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Nina Turner is the president of Our Revolution. She formerly served in the Ohio State Senate.

Backers and Non-backers

Progressive political observers on Thursday registered the Congressional Black Caucus's political arm's endorsement of Shontel Brown in the Democratic primary in Ohio's 11th district as the latest effort by the caucus—long a defender of corporate power—to stop leftist candidates from making inroads in Congress.

The CBC Political Action Committee announced it was endorsing Brown, chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, over former state Sen. Nina Turner as the former's campaign surged in fundraising and support.

This week alone Turner was endorsed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the state's largest newspaper.

In its statement Wednesday, the CBC PAC said Brown would fight for "affordable healthcare" and highlighted her work improving access to broadband in the 11th district, where Brown and Turner are running to replace Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge in an August 3 special election.

Turner is a vehement supporter of Medicare for All; a Green New Deal to create millions of green energy and transportation jobs; a taxation structure that ensures the wealthy pay their fair share; and other bold universal proposals she argues would lift up all the people of the 11th district, including its large population of Black residents.

While the CBC PAC claims to work "to increase the number of Black members of the U.S. Congress" and elect candidates who will "champion the needs and interests of the Black community," its endorsements in recent years have pointed to other priorities, including its strong opposition to proposals like Medicare for All—despite the fact that racial justice advocacy groups including the NAACP, United We Dream, the Movement for Black Lives, and the Black Women's Health Imperative have called on Congress to pass such a proposal.

Turner has won the support of a number of members of the CBC, including Reps. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)—all progressive lawmakers who refuse corporate donations and back policies aimed at supporting working people and the poor.

Norman Solomon, co-founder and national director of Roots Action, which backs the Turner campaign, said the CBC PAC's announcement came as "no surprise."

"Unfortunately, the days of the Congressional Black Caucus as an overall progressive force are long gone," Solomon told Common Dreams. "The CBC and its PAC now serve corporate interests to an extent that is truly sad, especially in light of how wonderful the caucus was decades ago under the visionary leadership of such progressive champions as Ron Dellums."

Ben Hauck, a leader in the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus and other left-wing causes in Southern California, noted that the CBC PAC supported Bowman's opponent, 16-term former Rep. Eliot Engel, in the 2020 primary for New York's 16th district.

"And we know how that turned out," Hauck said of the race, which Bowman won by nearly 15 points.[1]

Justice Democrats

Initial Justice Democrats endorsements for 2022 were Rana Abdelhamid, Nina Turner and Odessa Kelly.

Email Blast, Our Revolution Subscribers Oct. 30 2017

Our Revolution sent an email blast on October 30 2017 to subscribers announcing a visit from Our Revolution President Nina Turner to Sarasota and Venice Florida on Friday November 3 2017. The email was signed by Arlene Sweeting of Progressive Sarasota and read in part:

"The 2018 election is critical for Florida and for Sarasota County. We will be electing a new Governor and Cabinet that will decide the direction Florida takes for the next four years. We’ll also have a chance to expand voting rights to 1.6 million previously disenfranchised Floridians. At the county level, we are fighting an attempt by the right wing to take over our local school board.
"In order to win these fights, we need to be organized and we need to get to work now. You were a part of the political revolution in 2016, as Bernie Sanders showed the country that someone with integrity and ideas could take on the establishment and inspire change. We are asking you to continue to work for a future we can believe in and join us to build a political and economic system that works for all of us."

California fundraiser

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Nina Turner with Rashida Tlaib, Melina Abdullah, Jim Hightower, Marie Kinderman, Bryant Odega.

Hosted by Ben Hauck, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

Campaign co-chairs

February 2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders tapped Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) and Ben Cohen, a co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, to serve as co-chairs of his presidential campaign.

Board Members of Our Revolution

Nina Turner is a board member for Our Revolution, an organization run by former campaign workers and supporters of former socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[2]

PowerPAC+

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PowerPAC+ is a political action committee formed in 2012 to build the political power of America’s multiracial majority. It emerged from the groundbreaking work of Vote Hope in 2007-08. At that time, then-Senator Barack Obama was assembling his Presidential campaign and California’s primary moved from June to a more influential month, February. "We created Vote Hope, the first super-PAC aimed at supporting Barack Obama’s bid for president. Vote Hope was the largest independent effort in the nation to increase voter turnout in communities of color. It drew in $10 million, and expanded to 18 states during the primary season".

Since then, PowerPAC+ has consulted with the leadership of the Democratic Party, organizations and campaigns about how to best build support in the communities of color.

Thanks to our many donors, we have been able to support some of the most exciting leaders to emerge in modern politics. From Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard – a two-time veteran and first Samoan in Congress, to Congressman Mark Takano – the first non-white openly gay member of Congress, to Ohio Minority Whip Nina Turner – who is standing up for voting rights in this important swing state – our group of social justice champions represent an exciting future for American politics.[3]

PowerPAC+ 2014 and 2015 Endorsements

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PowerPAC+ 2014, 2015 endorsements;

Launch of Democracy in Color

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Launch of Democracy in Color Loew's Hotel Philadelphia July 25 2016, at Democratic National Convention.

Steve Phillips July 28, 2016

Words can't convey the power of these women taking the stage and showing by word and symbol what the future looks like. — with Stacey Abrams, Nina Turner, Lucy Flores, Alida Garcia, Rida Hamida, Jane Kim and Aimee Allison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The People's Summit

At The People's Summit, Chicago 17-19 2016, a Saturday session was held "The People's Agenda";

Moderator Donna Smith - Progressive Democrats of America.

Speakers;

March on Mississippi

Citing a pattern of civil rights abuses by Nissan against its predominantly African-American workforce in Mississippi, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and hundreds of workers, civil rights leaders, and social justice advocates converged on the automaker’s factory in Canton, March 4, 2017, to demand that the company respect its workers’ right to vote for a union free from fear and intimidation.

The March on Mississippi – expected to be the largest protest to hit the Magnolia State in years – follows a series of rallies at Nissan dealerships that swept across the South last month.

“I am proud to join in fighting to give workers at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi, plant the justice, dignity and the right to join a union that they deserve,” said Sen. Sanders. “Nissan has union representation at 42 out of its 45 plants around the world. The American South should not be treated differently. What the workers at the Nissan plant in Mississippi are doing is a courageous and enormously important effort to improve their lives.”

The march was organized by the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), a coalition of civil rights leaders, ministers and worker advocates. In addition to Sen. Sanders, Glover and Brooks, a diverse coalition of politicians and civil rights leaders including U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson, and Sierra Club President Aaron Mair joined the march.

“Powerful corporations like Nissan are the poster-child for America’s rigged economy,” said Danny Glover. “Nissan’s arrival in Canton promised good jobs for the community, but instead the company has committed rampant safety and health violations and denied its workers their basic right to vote for a union free from fear and intimidation. Nissan workers in Canton have my full support for their fight for fairness and respect at the workplace.”

The March on Mississippi began with pre-march speeches by Sanders, Glover and others at 12:30 p.m. CST at the Canton Sportsplex, 501 Soldiers Colony Road, in Canton. Protestors then marched approximately two miles to Nissan’s assembly plant to deliver a message to the company: Workers’ rights equal civil rights.[5]

Unity Reform Commission

In 2017 the Democratic National Committee's 21-member Unity Reform Commission included nine members selected by Hillary Clinton, seven members picked by Bernie Sanders, three picked by Thomas Perez, and the chair and vice chair ― selected by Clinton and Sanders, respectively.

Aside from Chair Jen O’Malley Dillon, a Clinton pick, the breakdown of the members selected by Perez and Clinton is not public.

Sanders named his selections to the commission. They were Larry Cohen, the vice chair; former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner; former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver; former Sanders New York delegate Nomiki Konst; James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute; former Berkeley, California Mayor Gus Newport; former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores; and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.

The DNC declined to name the three members Perez picked and a spokesman for Clinton did not respond to a request for information on her appointments.[6]

Women's convention

Women’s March announced that U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will open the Women’s Convention’s Friday evening program, which will take place in Detroit from Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29 2017.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Wendy Carrillo, and Erica Ford will also join the roster of over 60 women speakers, femmes, and allies of all backgrounds who will join thousands for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building. The theme of the Convention, “Reclaiming Our Time,” will honor U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who will be headlining the Convention on Saturday evening.

“It was amazing to be part of the Women’s Marches and witness democracy in action...I fully expect to see that same turnout, passion and energy here in Detroit, and I look forward to speaking with women leaders from across the country,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow.

The growing list of speakers include: Angela Rye, Amber Tamblyn, Symone Sanders, Piper Perabo, Sally Kohn, Nomiki Konst, Leah Greenberg, Lilliana Reyes, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rebecca Cokley, Nina Turner, Stephanie Schriock, Ai-jen Poo, Aida Hurtado, Lenore Anderson, Stephanie Chang, Raquel Castaneda Lopez, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Sarah Eagle Heart, Rashida Tlaib, Brittany Packnett, Winnie Wong, Stosh Cotler, and the Women’s March co-chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.[7]

DSA connections

Partners

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

Democratic Socialists for Nina

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Democratic Socialists for Nina. With Heather Hillenbrand.

Fight for 15

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Honolulu Comrades

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Honolulu Democratic Socialists of America February 9, 2018;

DSA HNL members with Nina Turner ✊ — with Ida Peric, James McDonough, Mikey Inouye and Kaniela Saito Ing.

2018 19th Annual Douglass-Debs Dinner

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Detroit DSA Douglass Debs Dinner with Nina Turner

Public Hosted by Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America

Saturday, May 5 at 5 PM - 8 PM EDT

UAW Local 600, 10550 Dix, Dearborn, Michigan 48120.[9]

Akron DSA endorsement

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Fundraiser for Beckles

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Join us for an evening with Jovanka Beckles, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, actor/activist Danny Glover, and former Golden State Warrior Adonal Foyle. Emceed by KPFA's Andres Soto, with unity messages offered by former primary opponents and current Jovanka endorsers, Judy Appel, Andy Katz, and Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto. [10]

Sanders Institute Fellows

The Sanders Institute Fellowship is comprised of leaders dedicated to transforming our democracy through the research, education, outreach and advancement of bold, progressive ideas and values.

Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders, Prof. Robert Reich, The Honorable Nina Turner, Harry Belafonte, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Cornel West, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Bill McKibben, Danny Glover, Benjamin Jealous Dr. Stephanie Kelton, Michael Lighty, Shaun King.[11]

Our Revolution Maryland

Our Revolution - Maryland's first statewide meeting. Sunday, April 23 3:30 p.m. Tommy Douglas Conference Center 10000 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20903. A livestream with Nina Turner, Larry Cohen, Lucy Flores, Benjamin Jealous and DSA member Mike Connolly.[12]

21st Century Democrats

21st Century Democrats successfully endorsed Nina Turner for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014.[13]

In the Ohio State Legislature, Turner worked to defeat a bill limiting collective bargaining, and supported protecting women’s health-care freedom and expanding voting rights. She has been named a Legislative Champion for Children, a Friend of Labor by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, named as the 2011 State Senator of the Year by The Nation, and honored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation with the Drum Major for Justice Award.

Rainbow Coalition

Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC Transcript 09/12/15.

Guests: Lizz Winstead, Nina Turner, Jemele Hill, Mary Pilon, Gina Glantz, Beverly Johnson

Nina Turner:If you look at the Democratic ticket right now, if I can just go there, there is not an African-American running for the presidency, and I believe that African-Americans need to run every single election cycle along with my Latino brothers and sisters and Asians, all the people of color, the rainbow coalition, every single election cycle.[14]

She the People 2018 Summit

She the People's three-year initiative kicked off with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The sold-out, first-ever national summit of women of color in politics drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.

Speakers included Nina Turner.

Deconstructed podcast

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Deconstructed podcast with Mehdi Hasan, October 2018. With Rep. Ro Khanna, Senator Jeff Merkley, Nina Turner of Our Revolution. political commentator Symone Sanders. "Left Turn: are democrats in Congress ready to get rsdical?"

National Strategy Call to Win Medicare for All

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With Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Castillo. November 13, 2018:.

Bernie co-chair

Cullen Tiernan February 21 2019:

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Holy duck 🦆 it’s going to be Nina Turner, Puerto Rico’s Carmen Yulin Cruz and Rep. Ro Khanna on the Bernie dream team. — with Ro Khanna.

Communist Party supporter

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Aleena Starks, Nina Turner, Morgan Ferrell.

Communist connection

The first weekend of May, the convention of the Ohio district of the Communist Party USA attracted about 30 people to the Euclid Avenue union hall of Laborers International Local 310.

The closest approximation of fist pounding happened when economic researcher George Zeller blasted “academics and elites” for perpetuating a myth of economic recovery, when hundreds of thousands of Ohio jobs have vanished:

“These people are not just liars, they are damn liars who should rot in hell!”

The convention included a bus driver, an ironworker, a farmer, a retired teacher and a lawyer. Their issues were Voter rights, worker rights, and reproductive rights. Green energy and immigration reform. Electing Ed FitzGerald and Nina Turner.

Politically well-connected, Nagin brought to the convention some well-known figures, including State Representative Mike Foley, local AFL-CIO leader Harriet Applegate, and the respected and often-quoted Zeller. Foley is serving his last term as a progressive Democrat in Columbus.

“Over the last three and a half years under Governor Kasich, I’ve called it the disaster of the week, or the atrocity of the week,” Foley told the audience. “One, two or three and four bills in a given week that are just awful.”

Michael Kilbane, the president of Fairview Park City Council, is one politician who did show up. Kilbane said he’s a lifelong tradesman, an ironworker. He said he’s not a member of the party, but stands with the communists because they stand for workers’ rights.

A few years ago, Kilbane pushed through a resolution through his council opposing Senate Bill 5, which sought to limit collective bargaining rights of public employees. More recently, he fought for pro-labor legislation regarding requirements for city contractors.

“I was met with a wave of manufactured opposition. The mayor vetoed the legislation,” he said in an interview. “I’m a voice of the working people. This (convention) is about protecting democracy. That’s it in a nutshell.”

On the subject of county executive Ed FitzGerald, Applegate, who heads the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, told the gathering the left is warming up to him. FitzGerald has embraced the progressive agenda in his gubernatorial run against Republican incumbent John Kasich. It hasn’t been easy mobilizing union members behind FitzGerald, she said. Though organized labor has donated generously to the Democrat’s campaign, his job-cutting county reform agenda and his management style alienated many party stalwart. In general, union folks don’t see mainstream Democrats doing much for them.

Applegate said FitzGerald did galvanize the base last month when he beat back state Republicans who tried to block him from mailing out absentee ballots.

She asked the communists to not just defend FitzGerald, but to “start saying he’s our man.”

“He brings a lot to this race. He’s got courage, he’s smart, he’s pretty damn liberal.”[15]

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