Pushing to make the Democratic Party democratic isn’t easy. But it has to be done.
That’s why, at this moment, RootsAction’s cofounders and many other progressive activists are on an “informational picket line” in front of the Chicago hotel where the full Democratic National Committee is convening today.
Those activists understand that a democratic and transparent party is needed to win big elections and bring progressive change.
You can help support this nationwide RootsAction campaign now.
On Saturday, the 447 DNC members will vote on the future of the Democratic Party’s “superdelegates.” That decision will go a long way toward shaping whether -- in the words of a sign that we’re holding right now in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel -- it will be a “Party of the People or Party of Elites.”
RootsAction initiated and is coordinating this visible grassroots presence in support of a proposal that would basically prevent “superdelegates” from casting a vote on the first ballot at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. (The party’s national convention hasn’t had a second ballot in more than 60 years.)
This is an issue of democracy.
During the 2016 election campaign, more than half of the superdelegates (who are elected officeholders and party officials, including lobbyists) committed themselves to Hillary Clinton nearly three months before a single voter had cast a ballot in a primary or caucus -- thus sending a message that party elites had already put their thumbs on the scales.
This organizing drive for a democratic Democratic Party is costing RootsAction many thousands of dollars. To enable us to keep up the pressure on the DNC in the days and weeks ahead, we need your financial support now! Please contribute whatever you can afford.
After donating, please read the Background articles below, by RootsAction cofounders Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon, about the important Democratic Party issues that RootsAction is organizing to address.
--- The RootsAction.org Team
> Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams: “Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?”
> Norman Solomon, HuffPost: “Democrats Should Finally Put Superdelegates Behind Them”