Showing posts with label progressives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label progressives. Show all posts

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner to Host New Show

America’s largest progressive news network - today announced that former Ohio State Senator, political icon, and self-proclaimed “hell-raising humanitarian” Nina Turner is joining the network as the host of an all-new daily live news show Unbossed with Nina Turner, slated to launch October 17, 2022. TYT continues its growth and expansion with the addition of Unbossed, where Turner will expose how the elites in government, the media, and other sectors game the system and how people can join forces to fix the corruption and restore democracy.

Sen. Turner said, "I am excited to continue my journey with the TYT family and to give voice to Americans frustrated with the current state of politics. Being the Executive Producer and Host of Unbossed gives me the opportunity to delve deeper into the ways in which the corrupting forces of our political system hinder the creation of a people’s agenda in this country. We will highlight the ways in which many of our elected officials are bought off by special interests and how those special interests impact the fabric of our daily lives. The team at Unbossed is ready to speak with the experts, roll out the receipts, and expose the corrupting forces and individuals that are a threat to collective liberty. We will bring soul, substance, truth, and hope to your feed every weekday. I can't wait for you to join me in October."

Turner is known for her political experience and leadership. She was the national co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, served as a national surrogate for the Sanders 2016 Democratic presidential primary, and served as president of the grassroots organization, Our Revolution. On Unbossed, Turner will share her leadership and organizing experiences to give the audience the tools and motivation to make positive change happen in their communities. Viewers can expect strong commentary from Turner on the Biden Administration, establishment democrats, and what progressives need to do moving forward.

TYT founder and host of the flagship news and politics show The Young Turks Cenk Uygur said, "Nina Turner is one of the strongest voices in the progressive movement and American politics today. She has challenged the establishment in a way that has them running scared. That's exactly the type of fearless attitude we love at TYT. The media is supposed to challenge the powerful, not comfort them. There's a reason why the elites in Washington are afraid of Nina Turner, it's because she's Unbossed."

TYT recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and the company’s mission to drive positive change remains evident in the programming line-up. Additionally, the network is experiencing aggressive growth and has added new shows like Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Richey - most recently named the fastest growing news show in America by the Hicks Evaluation Group - The Watchlist with Jayar Jackson, and is continuing to add new contributors to their Rebel HQ channel.

TYT Head of Programming Judith Benezra said, “Senator Nina Turner is a powerful and influential leader of the progressive movement, and the addition of her voice to TYT's programming slate further affirms that TYT is the 'Home of Progressives.' The show's title Unbossed is inspired by Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm's signature campaign slogan, which perfectly encapsulated the principled trailblazer as uncorrupted by money in politics and beholden to no one. Unbossed with Nina Turner is an extension of that ethos, as Senator Turner will call out the elites in media, politics, law enforcement and the financial sector, and be the voice for the people they try to crush along the way.”

Unbossed with Nina Turner starts streaming on TYT on October 17th via, Facebook, and on Twitch, and will be available as a podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Turner is currently a contributor on TYT with videos published daily on Rebel HQ.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Summer Lee wins Pennsylvania Democratic primary

Summer Lee has won a five-way Democratic primary for a Pittsburgh-based U.S. House seat, making her the favorite in the heavily Democratic district to win the fall general election and become the first Black woman elected to Congress from Pennsylvania.

After Tuesday, Lee led by less than half a percentage point. But there were still in-person ballots to be counted, as 26 precincts within the district didn’t return their memory sticks properly.

On Friday, those precincts were counted and they increased Lee’s lead up to 740 votes, according to unofficial results. Lee leads with 41.8% of the vote, and Irwin is behind her with 41.1% of the vote.

The Associated Press called the race Friday evening.

“We built a movement in Western Pennsylvania that took on corporate power, stood up for working families, and beat back a multimillion-dollar smear campaign,” Lee said in a statement.

Lee, a second-term state House member, lawyer and former labor organizer, comes from the party's progressive wing. She was endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the two-time presidential candidate and a leading voice in the Democratic Party’s left wing who came to campaign for Lee.

Lee will face the Republican nominee of the same name as the outgoing Democratic incumbent, Mike Doyle in the fall general election.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick wins Florida's District 20 Congressional seat

Progressive Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has been elected to Congress in a landslide victory over Republican candidate Jason Mariner in a special South Florida election to replace the late Congressman Alcee Hastings, who passed away in April 2021.

Cherfilus-McCormick was projected Tuesday night to win Florida's 20th Congressional District with a commanding 78.7% of the vote compared to Mariner's nearly 20%, according to state election data.

"It's officially official!" Cherfilus-McCormick cheered on Facebook. "This is just the beginning. Thank you for standing with me. I'm ready to stand in the gap and prioritize the needs of my fellow residents, of our families and of the next generation. It's time for a district that works for every resident."

The win makes Cherfilus-McCormick the first Democratic House representative of Haitian descent, according to the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network, which celebrated her victory on social media.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Democrat Shontel Brown defeats Nina Turner in primary for open House seat

Shontel Brown, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair and a county councilwoman, on Tuesday won the Democratic primary in the race for former Rep. Marcia Fudge's seat, after opponent Nina Turner conceded.

Brown will be the overwhelming favorite to win the Nov. 2 general election.

"I am eternally grateful," she told a group of supporters on Tuesday night. "I am completely overwhelmed by all of you that have showed up and showed out on my behalf. This was a collaborative partnership of the community."

She added: "This isn't an all-or-nothing thing. This is about making progress. Sometimes, it takes compromise."

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Nina Turner to run for Congress

Former state Sen. Nina Turner made her bid official for Rep. Marcia Fudge’s congressional seat in Northeast Ohio, becoming one of many candidates to jump in to what will likely be a crowded primary.

Turner, 53, of Cleveland, held multiple elected offices in both the city and state before becoming a national name through her work with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She becomes the third candidate to enter the race for the 11th Congressional District seat, which would be open for only the third time since 1968 pending Fudge’s confirmation as Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Watch Turner's announcement video below:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Mondaire Jones wins NY congressional primary

Progressive Mondaire Jones was declared the winner of the New York Democratic primary to replace Rep. Nita Lowey (D), putting him on track to become one of the first Black openly gay members of Congress.

Jones defeated seven other contenders in the primary in New York's 17th District, winning with 44.6 percent of the vote, according to Associated Press results out on Tuesday.

The race was declared three weeks after the June 23 primary after a surge in mailed-in ballots delayed results.

Jones, a lawyer and activist, will be heavily favored to win in November in the heavily Democratic district, and his victory provides progressives with a major victory after a mixed year of results.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Owning a gun does not disqualify Kamala Harris from running for president

By George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com

In the interest of full disclosure let me state that I am not a Kamala Harris supporter but I am a Democrat and as one I will support the winner of the Democratic primary. My purpose of writing this op-ed is to warn all Democrats, both progressive and moderate about ideological purity test hurting the party.

President Lyndon Johnson has been quoted as saying "You know the difference between cannibals and liberals? Cannibals only eat their enemies."

That statement is becoming even more true with upcoming 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary which is turning into a battle between moderate and progressives.

That brings me to a USA Today opinion piece written by Progressive Peter Funt who is a writer and host of "Candid Camera." Peter Funt writes that Kamala Harris should be qualified because she owns a gun. The argument he makes is that Harris' gun ownership somehow makes her less credible or hypocritical when it comes to gun control.

Harris owns a gun as someone who was a former prosecutor who had reason to worry about her safety. She keeps the firearm locked up and in a safe place in her home. Funt's arguments is another example of a purity test that doesn't help Democrats win the presidency in 2020.

The fact is many Democrats are okay with gun ownership but what common sense gun laws when it comes to who can own a gun, what types of firearms are legal, and how many guns one person can have. Most of us want laws that will prevent mass shootings and keep our children safe in schools.

Funt's rhetoric not only hurt Harris in this case but Democrats as a whole.

Here are three ways it hurts us Democrats:

1. The op-ed plays right into fringe right-wing fears that Democrats believe no one should own a gun and that the government wants to take their guns. A master charlatan like Trump would capitalize on that to remain, President of the United States.

2. This purity test will disqualify potentially good candidates like Harris, Beto O'Rourke, and Pete Buttigieg who also own guns. I don't think that what anyone wants as we want the best candidate up against Trump.

3. Fighting against gun ownership will hurt Democrats in swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. All states that Trump won and that Democrats need to retake the presidency.

I think those are three important reasons to back off the gun purity test.

In closing I would like to state that we as Democrats have to be careful about how candidates and their supporters go after each other during the primary season. The reason being that the winner of the Democratic Party will need to bring the party together after the primary season.

One way to do that is to get former candidates to endorse, and that becomes much harder when people feel that their candidate of choice was unfairly attacked. It also becomes much harder when losing candidates are so damaged by attacks during the primary that they lose credibility to endorse anyone or that their supporters are so angry that they stay home or worse yet vote for a third party candidate.

I don't care if you label yourself as liberal, moderate, or progressive Democrat, at the end of the day we are all Democrats, and we have to stop cannibalizing ourselves, or we will hand Trump a second term.

What's it going to be?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement on Suspicious Package

Packages containing potential explosives were sent to the Obama's,the Clinton's, and several others including California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Waters' Washington D.C. office received a suspicious package and she has released the following statement:

“I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI. I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Al Sharpton: 'Progressives' are shortchanging African Americans — again.

Food for thought! While African Americans are not monolithic and Al Sharpton does not speak for all of us, he is on target with this opinion piece that he wrote for USA Today about progressives failure to speak to African Americans. George L. Cook III African American Reports.

By Al Sharpton

Democrats might care about issues that are important to us. But are they fueling African-American participation or interest? Not even close.

When Jesse Jackson ran for president during the 1980s, as when I ran in 2004, there were progressives in America just like there are today. Those progressives were well meaning individuals and politicians who shared our views and strongly believed in what we believed in. Despite this progressive political presence, our presidential campaigns were so important and necessary because the voices of black, brown and poorer white voters were not heard by the elites in American politics and government. Our agendas were not getting carried out. There was a great deal of talk back then, but no real action. That same dynamic holds true today.

The press speaks a great deal about the supposed fact that the “Democratic base” is riled up and activated by the state of play in America. This assessment ignores the most important segment of that base: the African-American voter. We are not motivated by anyone right now. While Sen. Bernie Sanders did a remarkable job in the 2016 presidential primaries and went further than anyone thought possible, he did so without the African-American vote, losing among African-American voters by more than 50 percentage points.

While that progressive coalition purported to speak FOR the African-American voter, it did not talk TO African Americans. The so-called Hillary Clinton base of the party, while crushing Sanders, attracted substantially fewer black voters to turn out than in recent presidential primaries, and in the general election, running against a novice, the black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling 7 percentage points compared to 2012. Arguably, that disinterested black vote cost Clinton the presidency.

Read more: Al Sharpton: 'Progressives' are shortchanging African Americans — again.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bernie Sanders endorses Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders weighed into Maryland's race for governor Thursday, endorsing Ben Jealous in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary. Watch Sander's endorsement below.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Message to cowardly Republicans who won't hold town hall meetings.

Here's a message to Republican congressmen and senators who are refusing to hold town hall meetings because they don't want to face angry crowds.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Interview with Jaime Harrison: Candidate for National Democratic Committee Chairman

By George L. Cook III African American Reports

While most of us may have heard that both Keith Ellison and Thomas Perez are vying to become DNC chairman, many more of us aren't aware of other candidates running for that position. One such candidate is South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison. Once I became aware that he was running I reached out to him via Twitter to set up a interview and he quickly responded to my request. Check out my interview with Chairman Jaime Harrison on why he believes that he is the right person to be DNC chair below.

George Cook African American reports: Please introduce yourself and give us a little background on Jaime Harrison.

Jaime Harrison: I think I understand the challenges of so many Americans who feel disconnected and disaffected, because I grew up under similar circumstances. I understand we have to grow the Democratic Party from the ground up at the in every community.

I was born to a teen mom in rural South Carolina. My mom would often have to travel to Atlanta to find work. During those times, I was largely raised by my grandparents.

While my family struggled economically, they poured all of their resources into providing me with the best life possible. My childhood memories are not of struggle and poverty—they are memories of comic books, my grandmother’s lima beans and ham hocks, and the loving relatives who worked tirelessly to provide me with the opportunities they were not afforded.

I did whatever it took to make sure I made the most of my opportunities—whether it was thumbing through comic books and my grandparents’ bills to improve my reading skills, or studying furiously to try to impress my teachers.

My hard work and my family’s sacrifice paid off when, after months of walking to the mailbox to check for that thick, yellow envelope, I was accepted to Yale University—making me the first person in my family to attend college.

At Yale, I struggled initially. My first semester, I found myself well behind the other students, many of whom came from elite prep schools and wealthy families. But after a rough start, I put in the extra time and work and watched my grades slowly, but surely, trend upward.

Throughout my career, I have worked to provide mentorship and guidance and create opportunity for young people in the same situation where I began. After graduating from Yale, I returned to South Carolina to teach 9th grade social studies at my alma mater, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

In 1999, I moved to Washington, DC to become the COO of College Summit, a national non-profit dedicated to helping low-income students get into college. And after graduating from law school at Georgetown, I joined the staff of Congressman James E. Clyburn, my hometown Congressman.

Under Congressman Clyburn, I served as Executive Director of the House Democratic Caucus and as Floor Director for the House Majority Whip. During my time as Floor Director, I was responsible for securing 218 votes to pass every piece of legislation that came to the House floor. The House passed the most progressive agenda in a generation, including a minimum wage increase, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and legislation withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. And we never lost a party-line vote.

After I leaving Capitol Hill, I joined the Podesta Group, working on transportation and other issues from racial reconciliation to deepening Charleston Harbor.

In 2013, following my return to South Carolina, I was elected Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. As Chair, I have overseen successful initiatives such as the John Spratt Issues Conference, James E. Clyburn Political Fellowship, the 2016 First in the South Democratic Primary, and SC Democrats Care.

I live in Columbia with my wife Marie, a law professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and our 2-year-old son. He is my biggest motivation for bringing Democrats back into power so we can build the country that all children deserve, where everyone has the opportunities like I did to live the American Dream.

George Cook African American reports:Why are you running for DNC chair? what can you bring that other candidates can not?

Jaime Harrison: I am running for DNC Chair because we need to rebuild our Party from the grassroots in every community in America. With Trump and the Republicans in full control of the federal government and dominant in the states, the stakes for our country could not be higher. I believe I have a unique set of skills and experiences that will serve the DNC well.

As a State Party Chair in a red state, I know the struggles that each State Party encounters. I know what it’s like to fight to keep the doors open, meet a payroll each month, and conduct effective party building efforts. In 2018, have several U.S. Senate and governor's races in states that Donald Trump won in 2016. To win, strong State Parties will be essential. I know what we need to do to improve.

I also have experience in Washington, DC and with uniting diverse group of Democrats. As I mentioned earlier, as Floor Director for Majority Whip Clyburn, I had to corral 218 votes to pass every piece of legislation we brought to the floor for a vote. In the 110th Congress (which had a Democratic majority from every part of the country thanks to Howard Dean's 50-State Strategy), the Democratic Caucus was incredibly diverse with regard to ideology, region, and ethnicity. There was little margin for error, but we never lost a party-line vote during my time as Floor Director. I know I can unite the Democratic Party now because I've done it before.

I know what it takes to build an organization from the ground up. When I was 23 years old, I started working at College Summit, a non-profit organization that helps low-income students go to college. When I started as COO, there were four of us in one office in Washington. Over the next decade, as COO and then as a member of the Board of Directors, I helped College Summit expand nationwide to serve thousands of students. President Obama even donated a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award to the organization.

George Cook African American reports: What would be your top three priorities as chairman?

Jaime Harrison: My top three priorities are reinvesting in State Parties with a revitalized 50-State Strategy; re-connecting the Democratic Party with our communities; and protecting and enhancing our democracy.

In 2006 and 2008, we took back Congress and the presidency because of Howard Dean's 50-State Strategy. But then we abandoned it. As Chair, I will invest in all 50 State Parties (plus those in the territories and Democrats Abroad) by increasing the State Partnership Program to $12,000 a month and easing restrictions on how that money is spent. I will also ensure that we provide State Parties with professional and specialized operations, capabilities, and in-kind services on a permanent basis through regional Caucus hubs, i.e., provide political, press, fundraising, and tech staff dedicated to serve state parties in each region.

If we want to rebuild people's trust in the Democratic Party, we can't just tell people we care about improving their lives; we have to show them. We can no longer be a political organization looking for votes every two or four years; we must become a community organization working in our neighborhoods with grassroots activists addressing the day-to-day issues faced by middle and working class voters.

Relatedly, we need candidates and Party activists who come from every community. In South Carolina, we have established the Clyburn Fellowship, bringing together dynamic young leaders from throughout our state to participate in a rigorous nine-month training program to prepare them to run for office, manage campaigns, and lead local parties. The DNC must ensure that similar programs exist nationwide to groom candidates who can speak to the concerns of their constituents.

Our democracy is threatened on a number of fronts, and the DNC must lead the fight on all of them. We must back against the Republicans' undemocratic and un-American efforts to suppress voting. We must fight to overturn Citizens United and related cases and enact real reform to get big money out of politics. As we fight, I will cultivate small-dollar donors to the Democratic Party at every level. The DNC must fight Republican gerrymandering, so that voters pick their politicians, not the other way around. We have to fix the undemocratic Electoral College so that the candidate with the most votes wins.

We need to start improving our democracy now—in states where Democrats are in control, we should create laboratories for democracy so that every eligible voter has access to a meaningful ballot. In fighting assaults on our democracy, as with all of these fights, can't just be reactive; we have to be proactive.

George Cook African American reports: Where can readers find out more about you?

You can visit my website,, and find me on Twitter at @harrison4DNC and on Facebook at Your suggestions and feedback are welcome!

This interview does not constitute an endorsement of Chairman Harrison by either George L. Cook III or African American Reports