Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) Photo Credit, Wikimedia commons.
Dear Fellow Democrat,
As a fellow democrat and concerned citizen, I want what is best for our country and our party. I am a student in the 8th grade in Palo Alto, CA and am concerned about the direction of our country yet I see some amazing grassroots energy everywhere. In the era of President Trump, how do we enact a progressive agenda? How do we protect the rights of the LGBTQ community or the Muslim community or those who are undocumented or seeking asylum the US? How do we protect and restore our environment or ensure all have access to education and healthcare? And how do we make the Democratic Party win elections and pass legislation again? On Saturday, you will vote on who will lead our party. The election for DNC chair is a question of who will lead us in standing up to the racist and bigoted agenda of President Trump and his team.
I believe that as a party we need to stop taking money from lobbyists and large corporations. We need to stand up for the American people and represent them and not just for the wealthy. While you have been excellent advocates for all Americans, many politicians, even in our own party have become far too connected with special interest lobbyist dollars which are essentially bribes. Congressman Keith Ellison is the best candidate to lead our party back to victory and empower our activists and lawyers to stand up and fight back against the extreme and dangerous agenda of the Trump administration. He has been a vocal proponent of progressive policies such as universal health care and campaign finance reform in congress for years. Congressman Ellison helped organize efforts to successfully defeat harmful voter id. laws in Minnesota. He has shown that he knows what it takes to connect with working class voters in midwest. Keith Ellison can unite our party and has been endorsed by people from many different segments of the Democratic Party. He has drawn endorsements from prominent civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Ellison has also been embraced for his steadfast progressive values by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as well as many progressive activists. Congressman Ellison is also supported by many more moderate democrats including senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer and former leader of senate democrats, Harry Reid. It is because of his broad support, skill at winning elections and organizing, and staunch progressive values that Congressman Keith Ellison is the right candidate to become chair of the Democratic National Committee. Keith Ellison deserves your vote to become chair of the DNC.
This Letter was originally sent to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein.