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‘Down Ballot Revolutionaries’ show how progressives can win office

Bernie Sanders riled up the People’s Summit in typical fashion last Saturday night – blasting the “absolute failure” of the Democratic party went down particularly well. But some of the most valuable moments at the summit took place in smaller breakout sessions.

In a Down Ballot Revolutionaries seminar on Saturday afternoon, Khalid Kamau was among progressives who have recently won office who shared tips and strategies on how the left can win.



Bernie Sanders was the star of the Summit show. Photograph: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images

The Black Lives Matter activist who won a seat on the city council of South Fulton, Georgia, in April gave specific, practical advice on how to run for office: from fundraising to collecting data on donors, to filing Federal Electoral Commission reports.

Alongside traditional and digital organizing, Kamau said, a major boost was getting the backing of progressive organizations – another positive sign that groups such as Our Revolution are having an impact on elections.

“Our Revolution endorsed me and in four days from this Our Revolution endorsement I raised over $7,000,” Kamau said, “[in donations] of less than $27.”

Watch the full video of the session here.

Thwarting Trumpcare

Republicans in the Senate are weighing up whether to pass a version of Trumpcare – AKA the American Health Care Act, AKA the House legislation that would strip 23 million Americans of healthcare – this month.

In response, Indivisible has published a guide for activists on how to stop senators passing the bill. It’s a pretty hefty piece of work, but the gist is this:


The senators who will either pass or sink this bill will be greatly influenced by what they’re hearing from constituents. Our strategy is to use constituent pressure on every member of the US Senate to force them to understand that voting against Trumpcare is in their best interest – and that of the people they represent.

Indivisible reckons there are “more than three Republicans” who activists can move to vote no. If more than two GOPers vote no, Republicans would likely not have the votes for the bill to pass.

A copy of the American Health Care Act



A copy of Republicans’ first attempt at healthcare reform. According to reports, some GOP congresspersons did not actually read the bill. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

What we’re reading

“I don’t know of any better illustration for the current dilemma of American progressives than this race and its result,” writes Shaun King in the New York Daily News. “The Democratic party is moving to the right.”

King is referring to Ralph Northam, who voted for George W Bush twice and has said he does not consider himself a liberal, winning the Democratic primary for Virginia governor. Read King’s piece here.

Along similar lines, Ross Barkan writes here at the Guardian that while the Democratic establishment might be terrified by the left, it cannot win without progressives’ energy.

Democrats “must understand it is Sanders right now who is offering a viable path to resurrection”, Barkan says. “It is Sanders – though technically not a Democrat – who remains the most popular Democratic figure in America by far, a frontrunner for the 2020 nomination if he decides to run.”

How Trump changed activism: a video

We spoke to a lot of activists at the People’s Summit about what Trump’s victory meant to them. It seems there was one positive: people are more energized than ever before.

Watch the video here.

How Trump changed activists



We chat to activists at the People’s Summit Photograph: The Guardian

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