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News from the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and ASDC (Association of State Democratic Chairs), among others, will be shared here.

FIRST --

As we head into the summer, the DNC Disability Council has some exciting news! On July 23, we will be joined by Governor Kate Brown for a grassroots fundraiser in Portland, OR. Can you join us?  

Earlier this year, Governor Brown signed HB2839 into law, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities seeking organ transplants.

Governor Brown's tireless advocacy for the disability community extends to the workplace as well. In her proclamation to declare October 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Oregon, Brown stated: "Workplaces welcoming talents of all people, including people with disabilities, are a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy. In the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Oregon’s Employment First initiative, we can improve and expand access to education and opportunities for people with disabilities to integrate into the workplace.”


RSVP Here!


We hope you can join us on July 23 or sponsor an attendee and support critical DNC programs by contributing at the link above. Thank you for the work you do for the Disability Council and feel free to reach out to PaolinoJ@dnc.org if you have any questions about the event or the council.


Best,

Joey

Joey Paolino

Disability Council Deputy Director

Democratic National Committee



Dear DNC Member,

 

Please find below Chair Perez's Medium article on Climate Change and the 2020 Debates. 

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Climate Change and the 2020 Debates

Climate change is an urgent threat to our nation and our planet. It imperils our children and grandchildren’s future, and it disproportionately affects our most vulnerable communities. That’s why, beginning in 2017, I made clear to our media partners that the issue of climate change must be featured prominently in our debates. That didn’t happen in 2016 — and it was wrong.

I’m not new to this issue, either. I’m proud of my record on environmental justice as labor secretary and head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division under President Obama. And I’m unwavering in my commitment to tackling climate change and the many other issues it affects.

I’ve continued that commitment as DNC Chair. That’s why I’ve made sure the DNC is constantly talking about climate change. I personally talk about it regularly; we include it as a staple of our messaging to millions of Americans, from social media posts to direct mail; and I have the utmost confidence that, based on our conversations with networks, climate change will be discussed early and often during our party’s primary debates.

These debates are an opportunity to see our candidates engage on a range of issues that matter to the American people and that the next president will have to tackle — from combating climate change and reforming our criminal justice system, to creating good-paying jobs and ensuring access to affordable health care for everyone, protecting Dreamers and fixing our broken immigration system, reducing gun violence and making college more affordable, and fighting this administration’s vicious attacks on voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive rights.

We have received more than 50 requests to hold debates focused on these important issues and many others. And we knew it would be unfair and unrealistic to ask the candidates to participate in so many. (This is not a new problem; in fact, in past Democratic primaries, candidates were frustrated by unwieldy debate schedules, leading the DNC to make reforms in future cycles.)

That’s why when I ran for this job, I promised we would set out the debate parameters before we knew the field of candidates, so there would be no question of our impartiality. I’ve kept that promise.

When we began engaging with presidential campaigns in February of this year, we articulated the terms of engagement clearly and unequivocally. We outlined a schedule unprecedented in scope, featuring back-to-back nights of debate in primetime, with more than one pathway to the stage. We made it clear that the DNC would hold 12 sanctioned debates this cycle focused on a range of issues, and that candidates participating in unsanctioned debates would not be invited to participate in the next DNC-sanctioned debate. We encouraged candidates to augment discussions of these issues through forums and town halls, and we gave straightforward guidance to campaigns and sponsoring organizations about what constitutes a forum. Every single campaign was informed of these rules at their initial briefing with the DNC; not a single one of them objected.

To amend these rules now, after having enforced them throughout this primary process, would be putting our thumb on the scale. As Chair of the DNC, I am committed to a fair, transparent, and inclusive 2020 Democratic primary process. And I take that commitment seriously. To that end, I concluded the DNC could not allow individual candidates to dictate the terms of debates or limit the topics discussed.

We learned a valuable lesson in 2016 that, in order to ensure the strength of our party and the trust of our voters, the DNC must remain neutral in both practice and perception.

If we change our guidelines at the request of one candidate who has made climate change their campaign’s signature issue, how do we say no to the numerous other requests we’ve had? How do we say no to other candidates in the race who may request debates focused on an issue they’ve made central to their own campaigns?

Already, a number of organizations and networks have hosted their own issue-based forums and town halls — and I hope and expect more of these will take place in the coming months. Nobody is prohibited from participating in a DNC-sanctioned debate because they participated in a climate change forum or town hall. And combined with our unprecedented debate format, our candidates have more opportunities than ever to communicate their values and vision to the American people.

Over the past year, we’ve taken many actions to grow our party, restore people’s faith, and return power to the grassroots. We’ve expanded the use of primaries, made caucuses more accessible, reduced the influence of superdelegates, and increased the transparency of the DNC’s budget and operations.

When all is said and done, I’m confident that we will meet our North Star test of ensuring that the primary process was fair to everyone, that our debates focused on the key issues, and that the American people will know the Democratic Party has their back. I’m equally confident that climate change will receive more attention than ever before — and deservedly so.

We have shared values and shared goals, and we must never lose sight of our number one priority: defeating Donald Trump. As I said when I took this job, our unity is our greatest strength and Trump’s worst nightmare. And the DNC will continue to provide a fair and critical platform for voters to evaluate our exceptional candidates and their visions for the future.

Trump’s Playbook: Claim Credit For Another Bogus Deal

After recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on Mexico, Trump is now falsely claiming credit for a deal with Mexico that won’t solve anything at all. This is Trump’s playbook: Manufacture a crisis, then falsely claim credit for reaching a solution that won’t actually change anything.

Instead of working on serious proposals to address our nation’s most pressing needs, all Trump has done is make “permanent uncertainty great again.

Trump's own administration confirmed his “new” deal with Mexico largely consists of provisions that were already agreed to months ago.

New York Times: “The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations.”

Trump claimed Mexico had agreed to large purchases of agriculture, but Mexican officials say there was no such agreement.

Bloomberg: “Three Mexican officials said Saturday they were not aware of any side accord in the works, and that agricultural trade hadn’t been discussed during three days of negotiations in Washington that culminated in a joint communique late Friday.”

To try and save face after his bogus deal became transparent, Trump claimed Mexico made secret concessions that he’d announce at a later date.

New York Times: “President Trump asserted on Sunday that there were secret, undisclosed elements to his new immigration agreement with Mexico as he sought to deflect criticism that he achieved less than he had claimed with his threat to impose punitive tariffs.”

Dear DNC Member,

 
I hope that your week is going well. We wanted to make sure that you were the first to know that today we are announcing that our July Presidential Primary debate, scheduled for July 30 and 31 in Detroit, MI will be taking place at the Fox Theater. 
 
As a reminder, our June debates, scheduled for June 26 and 27, is taking place in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. 
 
Have a great week!

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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June 7, 2019


NEWS OF THE DAY

Jobs Day

One-Year Anniversary of Trump's Health Care Attack

Trump’s European Trip

Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

2020 Census

Trump’s Lawlessness

Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

House Hearings In Mueller Investigation

Trump’s Tax Returns

Trump’s Economy



NEWS OF THE DAY


Jobs Day

  • Donald Trump’s reckless policies continue to damage our economy. Job growth fell well short of expectations, wage growth has slowed, and health care premiums continue to skyrocket.


  • But while millions of working families feel left behind, Trump and the Republican Party have done nothing but reward their wealthy friends.


  • The American people have had enough of this disastrous administration. They’re hungry for leadership that puts working families first, and they know the Democratic Party has their backs.


  • We’re fighting for good-paying jobs, affordable housing and health care, access to a quality education, and the chance to retire with dignity. We’re fighting to build a brighter future for all Americans, not just a wealthy few.


  • That’s why millions of voters elected Democrats across the country last November, and that’s why they’ll turn ballots blue again in 2020.”


One-Year Anniversary of Trump's Health Care Attack

  • One year ago today, the Trump administration launched an all-out assault to take away protections for people with preexisting conditions and make health care more expensive for hardworking families.

    • The cruelty of this administration knows no bounds, and so long as they remain in power, they will make it their mission to take health care away from as many Americans as possible.


  • Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege – and so do the American people. We believe no one should be discriminated against because they’re sick or have ever suffered from a preexisting condition.

    • That’s why we fought to pass the Affordable Care Act. That’s why we’ve fought tirelessly to preserve protections for preexisting conditions and prevent Republicans from sabotaging the law. And that’s why we will keep fighting back tooth and nail to protect the health care Americans need and deserve.


  • This battle is far from over, but Republican leaders should know this: the American people will not forget the GOP’s heartless and inhumane policies on Election Day. They will go to the ballot box to make their voices heard by voting Donald Trump and Republicans out of office.


Trump’s European Trip

  • Trump’s foreign trip was off to a bad start before he even touched down in the United Kingdom.


  • The United Kingdom is one of the United States’ closest allies, but that hasn’t stopped Trump from insulting its leaders and, once again, embarrassing us on the global stage.

    • Yesterday morning, in front of a backdrop of the graves of fallen American soldiers, Trump bashed Robert Mueller and Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview with Fox News.

    • Trump insulted London’s Muslim mayor and called Meghan Markle “nasty,” which is supported by audio of his remarks, despite the Trump team’s bizarre insistence it isn’t.

    • Trump has continued to weigh in on and seek to influence other countries’ domestic affairs by picking favorites for British prime minister and offering recommendations on Brexit.


  • Trump ended his taxpayer-funded trip by playing golf at his Doonbeg Golf Club in Ireland, once again reminding us how he has used the office of the presidency to promote his business.


Democratic Party Agenda

  • Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters.


  • Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform and provisions to strengthen our election systems.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM


2020 Census

  • House Democrats plan to hold contempt votes for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to the Oversight Committee’s investigation of the census citizenship question.

    • Barr and Ross had until Thursday to comply with Democratic subpoenas sent two months ago.


  • Newly released documents showed that the Trump administration added a citizenship question to the U.S. Census in a politically motivated attempt to help Republicans and suppress minority votes.

    • We now know that the architect of GOP gerrymandering, who was paid over $2 million by the RNC, was behind Trump's push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

    • The documents said it “would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats” and “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”


  • The census is a constitutionally mandated count of all U.S. residents, not a political tool for Trump to push his agenda and disempower Latinos and other people of color.


  • Adding a citizenship question to the census is an obvious attempt to keep immigrant communities-- including both citizens and non-citizens-- from having proper representation and resources.

    • Trump and Republicans are all but guaranteeing an inaccurate count that will jeopardize critical resources for communities across the country.

    • The Trump administration’s plan violates the constitutional mandate that we count the U.S. population accurately.


  • The way that the Trump administration added the citizenship question to the census also violated federal law -- a fact Wilbur Ross then tried to cover up.

    • Kris Kobach and Steve Bannon pitched Ross on adding a citizenship question, and likely did so out of “discriminatory animus,” facts Ross deliberately misled Congress about.


  • The results of a properly performed census are incredibly valuable to communities across America, who depend on an accurate count both for their own planning and to receive their fair share of nearly $900 billion in federal health, education, and other funding.


  • We believe the Census Bureau should have the resources needed to prepare for and conduct a cost-effective, complete and accurate census, as well as improve counting segments of the population that are historically and persistently undercounted.

    • This means communities of color, immigrants, LGBT people, young children, those with disabilities, and rural and low-income populations.

    • A new study found that more than 4 million Americans could be left out of the 2020 census because of mismanagement, underfunding, and the addition of a citizenship question.

      • The 2020 census could lead to the worst undercount of Black and Latino Americans in 30 years.


  • We can’t stress just how important it is that the census is conducted by the book. The data coming out of this next census will be used as part of the redistricting process.


Trump’s Lawlessness

  • The Mueller report painted a damning picture of a president obsessed with obstructing the Russia investigation, and trying to cover up the truth from the American people.

    • Trump and his allies have since tried to obstruct multiple congressional investigations into him and his campaign.

  • Trump has spent most of his presidency trying to undermine the Russia investigation.

    • Trump fired James Comey and attempted to fire Robert Mueller.

    • Trump repeatedly tried to intimidate former Attorney General Jeff Sessions into “unrecusing” himself from the investigation or resigning so Trump could have a loyalist oversee it.

    • Trump lied and instructed others to lie about his actions.

    • Trump has tweeted and complained in every possible venue about the investigation and attempted to smear Robert Mueller to try to swing public opinion against the Russia probe.

  • Trump has even repeatedly instructed his administration to investigate and prosecute his political enemies -- a stunning abuse of power.

    • This is a clear tactic to try to distract from Mueller’s findings and Trump’s efforts to cover up the truth.

  • Nobody is above the law. That includes Donald Trump.

    • House Democrats will continue to perform their constitutional duty and provide oversight as an equal branch of government.


Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

  • Trump doubled down on his cruel, chaotic and failed immigration strategy by recklessly threatening tariffs on Mexico.

    • Even Republicans oppose Trump’s reckless proposal. Republicans in Congress are reportedly looking to block his tariffs from going into effect.


  • Democrats and Republicans can agree that our current immigration system is broken. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.  


  • Trump’s immigration policies have been a complete failure -- and they’ve made the problem much, much worse. For almost two and a half years, he’s put children in cages and talked about a wall, but done nothing to address the real problems in our immigration system. And he’s made us less safe.

    • At least six migrant children have died in U.S. custody or soon after being released over the past eight months.

    • Young migrant children who had been separated from their families were kept in vans for up to 39 hours waiting to be reunited with their parents, and the Trump administration eliminated education and legal aid programs for unaccompanied migrant children.

    • The DHS inspector general found that several ICE facilities did not meet health and safety standards as immigrants have been detained in unsanitary conditions.


  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.

  • The last thing we need to do is give the Trump administration more authority or more funding to pursue its chaotic and dangerous immigration agenda. We urge Republicans to work with Democrats on smart strategies that put our security and humanity first.

  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. But what Trump and many Republicans are proposing right now isn’t reform. It won’t address the problems we see now, and it doesn’t put our security or our humanity first.

  • We can fix our immigration system if Republicans come to the table and work with Democrats in good faith.


House Hearings In Mueller Investigation

  • House Democrats announced that they will hold a series of hearings to continue to examine the contents of the Mueller report and Trump’s obstruction of justice.

    • Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean is scheduled to testify next week. Dean has experience with criminal investigations and White House cover-ups.

    • John Dean was one of more than 1,000 former federal prosecutors to sign on to a letter stating that Trump would have been indicted if he were not president.


  • Hearing from these experts is only the beginning and part of the House’s ongoing work. House Democrats are not wasting any time in beginning hearings, while they continue to work to have Don McGahn and Mueller himself testify.

    • The House will also vote next week to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas.


  • In his press conference last week, Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

      • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. That wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

      • In a Fox News interview last night, Trump said Mueller “made such a fool out of himself” with his public statement clarifying that the president was not “exonerated” of potential obstruction of justice.


  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel's findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.


  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government and, despite Trump’s attempts to obstruct House investigation, Democrats will continue to their jobs.


Trump’s Tax Returns

  • Americans deserve to know what’s in Trump’s tax returns and how financial interests affect how he governs. This is an important step forward in transparency, after Trump has tried to keep his returns secret.

    • Trump promised on the campaign trail that he'd release his returns. And a majority of Americans still want him to release them.


  • Trump’s Treasury Department broke the law and refused to meet a fourth deadline to release six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns to Congress, this time in response to a subpoena.

    • Mnuchin claimed that congressional oversight of the president is illegitimate if it does not advance a legislative agenda. This is simply not true.

    • A confidential IRS memo prepared last fall contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying Congress’s request for Trump’s tax returns.


  • Let’s be clear: It is the House’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the president, and House Democrats have absolute legal authority to request Trump’s financial records.

    • Despite Trump and his administration’s lies, the law is crystal clear: the House Ways and Means Committee has the authority to request Trump’s taxes. There is no room for ambiguity or interpretation.


  • The Trump administration’s attempts to block the release of Trump's tax returns is an unprecedented step that sets up a constitutional challenge. What is Trump trying to hide?


  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

    • The American people deserve to know what Trump is hiding, and Democrats are going to find out.


Trump’s Economy

  • Trump touts the economy as the greatest in history, but the reality is he has only created an economy that benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle-class families.

    • While Trump gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, many middle-class families have actually had to pay more in taxes.

    • Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.


  • Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, job growth has actually slowed and is on pace for the slowest year since 2010.

    • Manufacturing and construction job growth skidded to a near-halt in May in another sign that key sectors of the economy are slowing.


  • The Trump tax law remains incredibly unpopular because the American people know the truth: it’s not benefiting them.


  • A recent poll confirms the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 12% of Americans say their family has personally benefited a great deal from the economy under Trump.

    • A majority of Americans say they have not been helped either much or at all from the economy under Trump.

    • Only 18% of Americans say that middle-class families have benefited a lot from Trump’s policies, while 58% say that wealthy families have benefited a lot.


  • More Americans say they’ve had to pay more in taxes than less. Trump’s tax cuts are not delivering the results he promised:

    • Inflation-adjusted wages haven’t risen in the last three quarters, and are barely 1% above when Trump took office.

    • The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit widened to $691 billion in the first half of the fiscal year.

    • The manufacturing industry is showing signs of a slowdown, with manufacturing growth hitting its lowest level since 2009.

    • Business investment continues to trend down, with core capital goods orders falling sharply last month, despite the White House saying this was key to the tax cut trickling down to workers.


  • We know that Trump won’t stand up for working families. Trump falsely blamed local union leaders and workers at the General Motors facility in Lordstown, Ohio for job cuts that he vowed to protect, and continues to attack union leaders for calling him out on his broken promises.

    • Trump prematurely promised to Lordstown workers that jobs were coming back to the shuttered GM factory.

    • Trump’s tax law actually incentivized corporations to offshore jobs.

    • GM saved hundreds of millions of dollars from Trump’s tax law, but used that money to benefit their wealthy shareholders while shuttering factories.


  • Trump's reckless agenda has created chaos in our economy. From the longest government shutdown in U.S. history -- which cost to the tune of $11 billion -- to his threats to disrupt $1.7 billion in daily trade flow by shutting down the southern border, Trump has made working Americans question the stability of the economy under his volatile presidency.


  • Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.

Dear DNC Member,


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As always, please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be helpful. Have a great weekend!

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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June 7, 2019

DNC Chair Tom Perez to Join Organizing Corps 2020 Welcome Barbecue in Atlanta

Organizing Corps 2020 is an unprecedented, multi-million dollar general election field effort in battleground states.

On Tuesday, June 11, DNC Chair Tom Perez will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the Organizing Corps 2020 Welcome Barbecue and training kickoff in Atlanta. Perez will be joined by students participating in the landmark program, which is designed to prepare the next generation of organizers in battleground states across the country.

Organizing Corps 2020 is an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment by the DNC and progressive partners that will recruit, pay, and train young people to work on the 2020 presidential cycle, starting this year --  with a special focus on communities of color.

The program will ensure the eventual Democratic nominee has the support of hundreds of homegrown field organizers ready to hit the ground running in key battleground states and help win the White House in November 2020. More information about the program is available here.

Members of the media interested in attending should RSVP for additional logistics information to gutierreze@dnc.org.

What: Organizing Corps 2020 Welcome Barbecue

Who: DNC Chair Tom Perez and Organizing Corps 2020 Students

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:00 P.M. ET

Where: Georgia State University Commons Courtyard, 141 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA

The Democratic National Committee, Chair Tom Perez, DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins, Deputy National Finance Chairs Shefali Razdan Duggal, Daniel Halpern, Barbara Armand Kushner & Diane Robertson, AALC Co-Chair Adjoa B. Asamoah, and DNC Officers Michael Blake, Karen Carter Peterson, Jaime Harrison, and Lorna Johnson cordially invite you to the IWillVote Gala in Atlanta. 

Host Committee 
Barbara Armand
Adjoa Asamoah
Dr. JP & Maggie Austin
Governor Roy Barnes
Dr. Stephen and Arnika Dawkins
Mareco Edwards
Heather Foster
Daniel and Sonya Halpern
Stephen Hightower & Bernita McCann
Nicole Leffer
Kristin Oblander
Diane Robertson
Alfreda Robinson
Bertram Scott
Clark Seydel
Justin Tanner 
Michèle Taylor
Adrienne White

Details & RSVP
Thursday, June 6 | 6:00 p.m.
Address Upon RSVP | Atlanta, GA

https://finance.democrats.org/page/contribute/Atlanta-IWillVote-gala-20190606

All sponsorship packages and gala tickets include admittance to the African American Leadership Summit on June 6. Following your purchase, you will receive a subsequent link to register for the summit. To purchase a ticket for the Summit only, please do so here. 

Please contact Haley Link Krogman at LinkKrogmanH@dnc.org if you have any questions.

To request a reasonable accommodation for disability, please contact Ted Jackson at jacksont@dnc.org or (202) 854-1626 no later than June 1, 2019 at 6:00pm ET.

DNC Announces Details For Third Presidential Primary Debate
 
ABC News, along with Univision, to host third debate, to be held during the second week of September
 

Today, the DNC announced that ABC News, in partnership with Univision, will host the third debate.  The debate may occur over consecutive nights in prime time to accommodate a large field of qualifying candidates, with the first night on September 12 and the potential second night on September 13.
 

Last year, DNC Chair Tom Perez announced that his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; (2)  showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; (3) present an opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and (4) reach as many potential voters as possible.  Perez announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle.
 

The debate will air on the ABC television network, on Univision with Spanish translation, and on ABC News Live, the network’s streaming channel. It will be available on the ABCNews.com website and apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch, among other outlets.  Location, format and moderators will be announced at a future date.  
 

The qualification criteria for the September debate will also remain in place for October’s DNC-sanctioned debate. To qualify for the September and October debates, candidates must meet both the Polling Threshold and the Grassroots Fundraising Threshold, as detailed below:

  1. Polling Threshold. Candidates must receive 2% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) meeting the following criteria (“Qualifying Poll Criteria”):
  • Each poll must be sponsored by an approved organization, which presently includes the following: Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Winthrop University. Any candidate’s four qualifying polls must be conducted by different organizations, or if by the same organization, must be in different geographical areas.  The DNC and its media partners reserve the right to add a Nevada-specific poll sponsor to this list in the near future.
     
  • For the September debate, each poll must be publicly released between June 28, 2019, and August 28, 2019.  Deadlines for qualifying polls ahead of the October debate will be released in the future.
     
  • Each poll’s candidate support question must have been conducted by reading or presenting a list of Democratic presidential primary candidates to respondents. (Poll questions using an open-ended or un-aided question to gauge presidential primary support will not count).
     
  • Each polling result must be the top-line number listed in the original public release from the approved sponsoring organization/institution, whether or not it is a rounded or weighted number.
  1. Grassroots Fundraising Threshold. Candidates must submit a certification, executed by the Presidential candidate’s campaign Treasurer, demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from a minimum of (1) 130,000 unique donors; and (2) 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states. For the September debate, qualifying donations must be received by 11:59 P.M. on August 28, 2019.  Deadlines for qualifying donations ahead of the October debate will be released in the future. An acceptable certification must provide or attach adequate verifiable evidence to show that the fundraising threshold has been reached and may include verification from ActBlue or NGP VAN regarding the campaign’s fundraising.

May 22, 2019

DNCC and Milwaukee Host Committee Announce New Hires to the Milwaukee Convention


Today, the Democratic National Committee is proud to announce new hires to the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC): Debra Alligood White as DNCC Chief of Staff, who will oversee day-to-day operations of the convention team; Jorge Neri as DNCC Director of Public Engagement; and Teresa Vilmain as a DNCC Senior Advisor.

Additionally, the Convention Host Committee announced key members of its senior leadership team: Liz Gilbert as Host Committee Executive Director, Shirley Ellis as Senior Advisor to the Host Committee, Martha Love as Senior Advisor to the Host Committee, Marcus Switzer as Host Committee Finance Director, and Alex Lasry as Host Committee Finance Chair.

These announcements are just the beginning of what will be robust convention and host committee teams. Additional hires, including members of the technical leadership team, will be announced in the near future.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the team we’ve put together to make sure next summer’s convention is a success,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “By the time the balloons drop in July, I’m confident our nominee will be in the best position to defeat Donald Trump.”

“I’m humbled and excited to work with such an experienced and diverse team,” said DNCC CEO Joe Solmonese. “While we still have a number of critical positions to fill, I have no doubt in my mind that this team will play key leadership roles in successfully organizing one of the most consequential conventions to date.”

“In order to have the best possible convention, we must make sure we have the most experienced people in place who possess the unique skill set required to ensure a convention that reflects the diversity of background and perspective that make Milwaukee special,” said Congresswoman Gwen Moore. “I’m excited about each one of these new additions to our team and look forward to working with them in showcasing our great city in 2020.”

“We look forward to welcoming these staff members who are new to our city,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We’re excited about beginning the work to get Milwaukee ready for our moment in the spotlight.”

DNCC New Hires:

Debra Alligood White will serve as DNCC Chief of Staff, managing day-to-day operations to plan for and execute the Milwaukee Convention. Previously, Debra worked as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Planned Parenthood, where she was part of a leadership team that oversaw a staff of some 500 employees and a budget of some $175 million. She most recently played a key role in helping the organization navigate their leadership transition. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, the Harvard University and UCLA Law School graduate spent more than two decades practicing law.

Jorge Neri will serve as DNCC Director of Public Engagement. Jorge brings a wealth of regional and national political experience, and has spent more than a decade working with democratic stakeholders at the local, state and national levels. Jorge led Hispanic outreach at the White House under President Obama and served as State Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Nevada operation. Most recently, Jorge worked as Campaign Manager for Daley for Mayor, where he led a staff of more than 50 and served as spokesperson for the campaign.

Teresa Vilmain will serve as a DNCC Senior Advisor. Widely regarded as one of the top political strategists in Wisconsin and the national progressive movement, Teresa has directed campaigns and transition efforts for public officials at every level of politics, including Secretary Hillary Clinton and serving as State Director in Wisconsin for the Gore-Liebermann campaign in 2000. She also served as the General Election Strategist for the DNC over the 2004 presidential cycle.

Host Committee New Hires:

Liz Gilbert will serve as Host Committee Executive Director, overseeing the day-to-day efforts of the Host Committee to develop the resources, technical plans, and organizational infrastructure needed for the community of Milwaukee to deliver a successful convention. This will be Liz’s third consecutive cycle working for the convention host committee, having served in 2012 and 2016 in finance and housing roles. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Liz most recently served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

Shirley Ellis will serve as Senior Advisor to the Host Committee. Shirley is a highly respected political operative in Milwaukee, having worked with Congresswoman Gwen Moore for nearly three decades. She will be taking a leave of absence from her current role overseeing Rep. Moore’s district staff and operations, and bringing her deep political network, experience, and management skills to the Milwaukee Host Committee.

Marcus Switzer will serve as Host Committee Finance Director. Originally from Milwaukee, Marcus has extensive experience in political and campaign fundraising. Marcus was Deputy National Finance Director for the Hillary for America presidential campaign, where he managed Midwest fundraising efforts. Marcus also held senior roles on President Obama's reelection campaign and within the Obama administration. He served as National Finance Director of the African American Leadership Council (“AALC”) at the Democratic National Committee and as the Deputy Director of the AALC and the Midwest region.

Martha Love will serve as Host Committee Senior Advisor. Martha has extensive experience with the Democratic National Committee and its convention. Martha is currently a DNC member from Wisconsin and  has previously served as chairwoman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party and vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Alex Lasry, who chaired the Milwaukee DNC bid committee, will now serve as Finance Chair for the Host Committee. Lasry also serves as Senior Vice President for the Milwaukee Bucks.

May 23, 2019

NEWS OF THE DAY

 Trump’s Temper Tantrum

 Judge Upholds Democratic Subpoena

 Trump’s Tax Returns

 Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

 RNC Embraces Disgraced Alleged Sexual Predator Steve Wynn

 Trump Orders McGahn Not To Testify

 Alabama Abortion Ban

 Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

 Trump Abuses Power To Attack Political Enemies

 Trump Interferes In House Investigations

 Trump’s Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY


Trump’s Temper Tantrum

  • Democrats gave Trump the opportunity to launch a historic bipartisan infrastructure initiative, but instead he decided to hold the event hostage and throw a temper tantrum.


  • On top of killing plans for infrastructure investment, Trump said that he would not work on any legislative proposals while Democrats continue their investigations.


  • Whether Trump is on board or not, Democrats will continue to work for the American people and help create good-paying jobs.


  • At the same time, Congress will continue to work to uncover the truth for the American people, in the face of Trump’s unprecedented cover-ups. It is their constitutional duty.


Judge Upholds Democratic Subpoena

  • A federal judge upheld a congressional subpoena from House Democrats seeking Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One.

    • This is the second subpoena from Democrats upheld by the courts this week.

    • Earlier this week a federal judge upheld a subpoena seeking Trump’s financial records, which he appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • The court's decision deals another blow to Trump’s efforts to undermine the rule of law and obstruct Congress from continuing their investigations.


  • This also serves as further proof that the law is on the Democrats’ side, and despite Trump’s repeated interference, Democrats’ efforts to hold Trump accountable are working,


Trump’s Tax Returns

  • Yesterday, New York State lawmakers voted to turnover Trump’s state tax returns to Congress, and the governor is expected to sign the bill as soon as possible.


  • Americans deserve to know what’s in Trump’s tax returns and how financial interests affect how he governs. This is an important step forward in transparency, after Trump has tried to keep his returns secret.

    • Trump promised on the campaign trail that he'd release his returns. And a majority of Americans still want him to release them.


  • Trump’s Treasury Department broke the law and refused to meet a fourth deadline last week to release six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns to Congress, this time in response to a subpoena.

    • Mnuchin claimed that congressional oversight of the president is illegitimate if it does not advance a legislative agenda. This is simply not true.

    • A confidential IRS memo prepared last fall contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying Congress’s request for Trump’s tax returns.


  • Let’s be clear: It is the House’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the president, and House Democrats have absolute legal authority to request Trump’s financial records.

    • Despite Trump and his administration’s lies, the law is crystal clear: the House Ways and Means Committee has the authority to request Trump’s taxes. There is no room for ambiguity or interpretation.


  • The Trump administration’s attempts to block the release of Trump's tax returns is an unprecedented step that sets up a constitutional challenge. What is Trump trying to hide?


  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

    • The American people deserve to know what Trump is hiding, and Democrats are going to find out.


Democratic Party Agenda

  • Trump attacks Democrats for not getting any work done in Congress. The reality is that Democrats have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters.


  • Here’s a look at some of what House Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats reauthorized and expanded the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform and provisions to strengthen our election systems.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM


RNC Embraces Disgraced Alleged Sexual Predator Steve Wynn

  • The RNC accepted nearly $250,000 last month from Steve Wynn, a former RNC finance chair who resigned after his alleged decades-long pattern of sexual assault and harrassment of his employees became public.

    • Wynn attended a 40-person, high-dollar fundraiser for the Trump campaign and RNC in New York last week.


  • The RNC and Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel promised they would return Wynn’s past donations. Not only have they failed to do that, they’ve now accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars more from him.

    • The RNC said they would return Wynn’s donations if investigations by two state gaming boards and Wynn Resorts found wrongdoing by Wynn. All three investigations found a massive cover-up by Wynn executives, but the RNC is turning a blind eye to those results.

  • Chairwoman McDaniel called repeatedly for the DNC to return donations from Harvey Weinstein, citing his settling with victims as proof of his guilt. We know now that Wynn has settled at least eight cases. How does Chairwoman McDaniel justify accepting nearly a quarter of a million dollars more from him?


  • The RNC must return all of Wynn’s money and condemn his reprehensible behavior. In Chairwoman McDaniel’s own words, if the Republican Party truly stands up for women, then this should be a no-brainer. But of course we know they don’t.


Trump Orders McGahn Not To Testify

  • House Democrats plan to hold Don McGahn in contempt after he refused to show up to testify because Trump ordered him not to.

    • House Democrats subpoenaed McGahn to testify about his involvement in Trump’s obstruction of justice.


  • Mueller’s report laid out clear evidence of Trump’s obstruction. McGahn is a critical witness and saw firsthand Trump’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions with lies.


  • The Trump administration continues to try to cover up Mueller’s findings and prevent Congress from doing its constitutional duty to provide oversight as an equal branch of government.


Alabama Abortion Ban

Background: On Tuesday, hundreds of protests were held across the country to #StopTheBans.

  • Last week, the state of Alabama became the latest example of how Donald Trump’s extremist agenda has emboldened Republican lawmakers across the country to put women at risk.


  • In the middle of National Women’s Health Week, Republicans in the Alabama legislature passed the strictest abortion ban in the country since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land.


  • If implemented, this law would criminalize abortion and could endanger the lives of Alabama women by barring access to safe, legal reproductive health care.


  • With Trump in the White House and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, abortion bans in state legislatures have skyrocketed nationwide in a shameful effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    • Last week, the Missouri legislature passed an 8-week abortion ban, which would be one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country.


  • Democrats will always fight to protect women’s reproductive health care rights and stop these dangerous laws from taking effect.


Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

  • Last week, Trump unveiled an immigration plan that doubles down on his unnecessary and ineffective border wall, creates a merit-based point system, cuts in half the number of green cards offered for familial immigration, and does not include protections for DACA, which he rescinded.

    • Trump’s plan already faces skepticism from both sides of the aisle, which Lindsey Graham even said was “not designed to become law.” Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republican lawmakers refused to endorse the plan.


  • Trump is trying to reframe the issue, but it won’t work. The reality is this plan is just more of the same anti-immigrant, discriminatory policies that Trump has pushed for the last two years, and it will do nothing to solve real problems in our immigration system. Trump’s cruel and chaotic border strategy has failed.


  • Trump continues to double down on his chaotic anti-immigrant agenda:

    • The Trump administration is diverting $1.5 billion more dollars from Pentagon funding to pay for his ineffective border wall -- including $224 million from the military retirement system.

    • The White House is working with Lindsey Graham on legislation to allow children to be detained for up to 100 days at our border.

    • The Trump administration plans to send hundreds of TSA agents, including air marshals, to the southern border to perpetuate Trump’s fake national emergency.

      • Most suspected terrorists are apprehended at airports, not the border as Trump wants us to believe.

    • Trump continues to complain that Mexico is not doing enough to prevent immigration to the U.S. and announced he would respond soon -- indicating he may again threaten a complete closure of the border.


  • Democrats and Republicans can agree that our current immigration system is broken. But what we need is bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. And right now all we’ve seen from the Republican Party are proposals to detain children for even longer and limit asylum for those fleeing violence and persecution.  


  • Trump’s immigration policies have been a complete failure -- and they’ve made the problem much, much worse. For almost two and a half years, he’s put children in cages and talked about a wall, but done nothing to address the real problems in our immigration system. And he’s made us less safe.

    • At least six migrant children have died in U.S. custody or soon after being released over the past eight months.

  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill on border technology, ports of entry, more immigration judges, and to humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.

  • The last thing we need to do is give the Trump administration more authority or more funding to pursue its chaotic and dangerous immigration agenda. We urge Republicans to work with Democrats on smart strategies that put our security and humanity first.

  • Historically, immigration reform has been a bipartisan proposition. But what Trump and many Republicans are proposing right now isn’t reform. It won’t address the problems we see now, and it doesn’t put our security or our humanity first.

  • We can fix our immigration system if Republicans come to the table and work with Democrats in good faith.


Trump Abuses Power To Attack Political Enemies

  • Trump’s attorney general assigned a federal prosecutor in Connecticut to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation.

    • This is on top of the inspector general’s investigation and an investigation being conducted by a U.S. attorney in Utah, which have not even been completed yet.

    • Trump has long called for an investigation of the investigators. Barr’s decision to launch yet another investigation shows he is acting like Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, not the lawyer of the American people.

      • Trump said that he was “proud” of Barr for opening the investigation.


  • Rudy Giuliani backed down from going to Ukraine and encouraging them to pursue investigations to benefit Trump, but not because he thought he was doing anything wrong.

    • In 2016, Trump's team was willing to accept the help of a foreign government's interference in our political system to benefit Trump. Now, they were willing to seek out the help of a foreign government to interfere in our political system to benefit Trump.


  • Trump also said that he thought it would be “appropriate” for him to speak to his attorney general about launching investigations into his political enemies.

    • Throughout his presidency, Trump has tried to abuse his power to attack his political enemies, and now, he is setting the stage to do it in the 2020 election.

    • Attorney General Barr has already proven that he will not be independent and stand up to Trump -- he thinks he is Trump’s personal lawyer, not the lawyer of the United States.


  • These are all clear tactics by the White House to muddy the waters, to distract from the Mueller report’s findings and their persistent attacks on the rule of law, and to cover up for Trump’s failures. No one is buying it.


Trump Interferes In House Investigations

  • Trump is creating a crisis by repeatedly blocking Congress from doing its constitutional duty to provide oversight as an equal branch of government.

    • Trump and his allies are blocking more than 20 separate House investigations.


  • Last week, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a 12-page letter to the House Judiciary Committee rejecting document and testimony requests, and claiming that Congress does not have the standing to investigate the president without a specific legislative purpose.

    • The Justice Department can’t hold Trump accountable because a sitting president can’t be indicted. Now the White House is claiming that Congress isn’t allowed to hold Trump accountable either.

    • The White House thinks Trump should be able to do whatever he wants, with no accountability. Democrats aren’t going to let that happen.

  • The White House is also holding back Mueller’s testimony over questions on whether it will choose to exert executive privilege, and fully block Mueller from testifying.


  • Former White House counsel Don McGahn refused to comply with a House subpoena to testify before the Judiciary Committee.

    • The White House directed McGahn to not turn over any White House documents.


  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to provide oversight. Despite this, Trump has continually tried to interfere in investigations into him and his administration. Here’s just some of the other examples:

    • The White House rejected House Democrats’ request for documents related to the security clearances of Trump administration officials, who were allegedly granted clearances despite being denied by career security experts.

    • The White House initially instructed the official responsible for overturning the denial of Kushner’s security clearance to ignore a congressional subpoena to appear, and then set limitations on his testimony.

    • Trump, his children, and his business sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block them from turning over his financial records to Congress.

    • Trump exerted executive privilege to block the release of the full, unredacted Mueller report and its underlying evidence, despite his claims that it “totally exonerates” him.

    • Trump said he is opposed to any current and former White House aides testifying to Congress.

    • The White House refused to let Stephen Miller testify on the Trump administration’s harmful immigration policies, including family separations.

    • The Trump administration has repeatedly refused to comply with deadlines to release Trump’s tax returns to Congress.

    • Trump and his businesses sued his own accounting firm and Chairman Cummings to block a subpoena of his financial records, but a federal court upheld Democrats’ subpoena and the case has now been appealed to the D.C. Circuit.

    • Trump vowed to fight “all the subpoenas,” and White House lawyers plan to tell attorneys for any witnesses called to testify that they would assert executive privilege to block testimony.

    • Trump said congressional investigations were, in his view, “done” and that he would not allow any more staffers appear before investigating committees.


Trump’s Economy

  • Trump touts the economy as the greatest in history, but the reality is he has only created an economy that benefits big corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of middle-class families.

    • While Trump gave massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, many middle-class families have actually had to pay more in taxes.

    • Trump has given large corporations and big banks free rein while gutting protections for consumers and working Americans.


  • The Trump tax law remains incredibly unpopular because the American people know the truth: it’s not benefiting them.


  • A recent poll confirms the problem with economic growth under Trump’s policies: It hasn’t benefitted middle-class families, only the richest Americans.

    • Only 12% of Americans say their family has personally benefited a great deal from the economy under Trump.

    • A majority of Americans say they have not been helped either much or at all from the economy under Trump.

    • Only 18% of Americans say that middle-class families have benefited a lot from Trump’s policies, while 58% say that wealthy families have benefited a lot.


  • More Americans say they’ve had to pay more in taxes than less. Trump’s tax cuts are not delivering the results he promised:

    • Inflation-adjusted wages haven’t risen in the last three quarters, and are barely 1% above when Trump took office.

    • The White House continues to claim that Trump’s tax cut is paying for itself, but the federal budget deficit widened to $691 billion in the first half of the fiscal year.

    • Business investment continues to trend down, slowing even further in the first quarter of 2019, despite the White House saying this was key to the tax cut trickling down to workers.


  • Trump promised a sustained boost to economic growth that hasn’t happened. In fact, job growth has actually slowed -- more jobs were created in the last 27 months under President Obama than during Trump’s first 27 months.


  • We know that Trump won’t stand up for working families. Trump falsely blamed local union leaders and workers at the General Motors facility in Lordstown, Ohio for job cuts that he vowed to protect, and continues to attack union leaders for calling him out on his broken promises.

    • Trump’s tax law actually incentivized corporations to offshore jobs.

    • GM saved hundreds of millions of dollars from Trump’s tax law, but used that money to benefit their wealthy shareholders while shuttering factories.


  • Trump's reckless agenda has created chaos in our economy. From the longest government shutdown in U.S. history -- which cost to the tune of $11 billion -- to his threats to disrupt $1.7 billion in daily trade flow by shutting down the southern border, Trump has made working Americans question the stability of the economy under his volatile presidency.


  • Democrats will continue to fight for an economy that creates opportunity and raises wages for working families.

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Welcome to the DNC Member Monthly
On behalf of our office, we'd like to wish you a happy beginning of May and more importantly, a great start to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We stand with the AAPI community and celebrate the contributions made to this country by the fastest-growing constituency in the Democratic Party.

Below, you'll find DNC Member clips from around the country, a Member Monthly Spotlight on AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong, and important dates to note for upcoming DNC events. Enjoy!

5/17/2019



DNC Member News Clips
WJHG: Democratic National Committee Members Tour Counties Affected by Hurricane Michael
"The Democratic National Committee traveled across several counties Saturday in an effort to bring awareness to the destruction across the Panhandle. Members saw firsthand what the community has been living with for the last six months.
Ken Evans, State and National Committeeman for the Democratic National Committee, said, ‘I have to tell you it was shocking to be here today [Saturday], to walk around and see the devastation, to see people still living in homes that are falling down.’"


Washington Post: Texas to Stop Effort to Purge Voter Rolls

"Texas state officials have agreed to stop efforts to investigate and purge tens of thousands of supposed noncitizens from the state’s voter rolls, part of a settlement reached Friday with numerous civil rights groups.
“‘The work here is not done. We must remain vigilant,’ Texas Democratic Party ChairmanGilberto Hinojosa said in a statement after the settlement. ‘The Texas Senate deserves the opportunity to vet a new secretary of state.’”

New York Times: A 'Women's New Deal'
"This week, a new organization, Supermajority, was introduced by a trio of high-profile, progressive leaders: Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood; Alicia Garza, a founder of Black Lives Matter; and Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which advocates for improved working conditions for domestic workers."


Washington Informer: AFSCME Campaign Engage Young People of Color Ahead of 2020 Election
“‘ ‘I AM – Be the Change’ is meant to inspire young people of color to take action online and offline to drive change in their communities,’ AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in a news release.
“‘We intend to create a year-round organizing presence in disenfranchised communities that are too often ignored after Election Day and to inspire Black and Latino youth to reclaim Dr. King’s and the sanitation workers’ fight for civil rights and workers’ rights as their own,’ Saunders added."

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Monthly Member Spotlight
Bel Leong-Hong
Role: DNC Member, AAPI Caucus Chair
State: Maryland

How long have you been a member of the DNC?
I have been a member of the DNC since 2001.  I was appointed by Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

What got you involved in the Democratic Party to begin with?
After I retired from the government as a civilian employee, I was no longer “Hatched” and was finally able to get involved politically. My friends in the Clinton Administration persuaded me to get involved in campaigning for Gore, and for Democratic Party candidates in the 2000 election. I remember deploying myself along with five other friends to Michigan, helping in the coordinated campaign office, and knocking on doors for Debbie Stabenow… I remember feeling that I was doing something positive. I learned that the values of the DEMOCRATS writ large are closest to my own personal values, to the values that I grew up with as a Chinese American. 


What do you do professionally?
I am a Computer Scientist by training, with a strong focus on data. Early in my professional career, I wrote a technical book, which at the time was considered seminal in nature, because no one else had written on such a subject, and quickly became a text in advanced data science courses. After spending 30 years in government, I started my own business, focused on Information Technology Management, cybersecurity, program management, and knowledge management. The company has been in continuous operation since 1999.


What do you like to do outside of the DNC?
I spend a lot of my waking hours helping Asian Americans advance in their endeavors, trying to grow the number of AAPI Caucuses, and mentoring younger generation of leaders. When I am not dealing with DNC matters, I am working on Maryland Democratic Party matters. In my downtime, I love to shop, and to spend quality time with my family. 



Welcome to the DNC Family
Carla Joseph, Vice Chair, U.S Virgin Islands Democratic Party

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, Co-Chair, National Association of Democratic Lieutenant Governors
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, Co-Chair, National Association of Democratic Lieutenant Governors
Marcus Porter, Vice Chair, Democratic Party of New Mexico
Marguerite "Peg" M. Schaffer, Vice Chair, New Jersey Democratic State Committee

Thank You for Your Service
Robert Lara, Vice Chair, Democratic Party of New Mexico
Lizette Delgado Polanco, Vice Chair, New Jersey Democratic State Committee



EVENTS ON THE HORIZON


Join us at these upcoming events!




Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in North Carolina


I began this month in North Carolina, where I celebrated the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with the North Carolina AAPI Caucus, reflected on AAPI history, and talked about making sure our communities are heard in 2020. It was great to meet with AAPI leaders in North Carolina, and I look forward to continuing to reach out to AAPI communities across the country through 2020.
 

CDNY annual convention


In April, the College Dems of New York held their annual convention in Syracuse, and I was honored to attend and speak with so many passionate, politically-engaged students. We discussed education funding, election reform, the importance of local elections, and the need to expand student organizing opportunities across our state. I can confidently say that the future of our party is in great hands!

I'm committed to continuing my work with the College Dems of New York and young people across our country in the coming months to give them a voice in our Democracy. 
 

 Meeting with DNC and AAPI leaders  


Last week, along with DNC Chairman Tom Perez and other committee members, I met with AAPI leaders to discuss how to best engage AAPI voters heading into the 2020 election. AAPI voters make up about 1 out of every 3 immigrant voters nationwide and AAPI midterm election turnout soared from 27% in 2014 to 41% in 2018. AAPI voters are becoming an increasingly large percentage of the electorate in early voting and battleground states, so mobilizing our voters will be a key to victory in 2020!
 

Collecting over 16,000 period products for women in need!

 
For the second year in a row, I worked with DC Diaper Bank to collect thousands of menstrual products for women in need as part of our period product drive, and I’m proud to announce that we beat last year’s total with over 16,000 period products collected! Women and girls across the country still lack access to these essential products, but this drive is one small step in the fight towards menstrual equity. Thank you to DC Diaper Bank, which distributed over 160,000 period products to furloughed families during the government shutdown, and thank you to everyone who donated!

More steps forward for our party


Going into the 2020 election, Democrats are working to make sure the election process is as transparent as possible. We announced at the end of last year that we will be holding twelve debates. As we've gotten closer to 2020 and more candidates have qualified, it's already clear that this decision will help Democrats pick the best possible candidate. We also launched Organizing Corps 2020, a program that is recruiting and training the next generation of Democratic leaders. Applications closed in April, and I'm already excited for the incredible young people who are participating this summer. OrgCorps will help grow our party not just for 2020, but for generations to come.


Best wishes,
Grace
 

Congresswoman Grace Meng is a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, DNC Vice Chair, and Assistant Whip for House Democrats.

 

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