Rights & Democracy invites fellow Vermonters to add your name to this open letter supporting Congressman Keith Ellison as the next DNC Chair to be a strong voice for a bold progressive direction for our country.
Dear Vermont Democratic Party Committee members,
We, the undersigned, support Rights and Democracy in requesting that the Vermont Democratic Party (VDP) pass a resolution urging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to elect Keith Ellison as the next DNC Chair.
Representative Ellison is a proven leader. He is Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), the largest membership group of the Democratic Party in Congress, with 71 members including Vermont’s Rep. Peter Welch and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The four core principles of the CPC’s Progressive Promise reflect the values and Platform of the VDP:
1. Fighting for economic justice and security for all;
2. Protecting and preserving our civil rights and civil liberties;
3. Promoting global peace and security; and
4. Advancing environmental protection and energy independence
As Senator Paul Wellstone said, “There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.” We agree and believe Keith Ellison has the experience, energy and commitment to lead us in just such a renewal.
We agree with Sen. Sanders that “we need a Democratic National Committee led by a progressive who understands the dire need to listen to working families, not the political establishment or billionaire class. This is why I support Keith Ellison to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, and why I hope you’ll join me in advocating for him to lead the DNC.”
We agree with the Communication Workers of America that “Ellison supports the economic policies that are critical to addressing the needs of millions of Americans who have been left out and left behind by unfair trade deals and trickle-down austerity economics. ... Rep. Ellison understands that in order to win these voters back, the Democratic Party must clearly embrace its historic core values of racial and economic justice.”
We agree with Senator Harry Reid that ".. Keith Ellison is a terrific leader and a strong progressive who knows how to get things done… Now is the time for new thinking and a fresh start at the DNC. Now is the time for Keith."
Representative Ellison's congressional leadership positions him to be a force for progressive change and the prioritization of inclusion and action within the Democratic Party. He understands the challenges facing working people, and he is committed to building a party that is responsive and accountable to their concerns and hopes for their communities.
Please join with us in supporting Rep. Keith Ellison as the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee.