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@MichaelAvenatti 1/ Let me introduce you to the “long history” of fighters in the Democratic Party.
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@MichaelAvenatti 2/Rep. John Lewis (GA)
Organized student sit-in demonstrations. Freedom Rider, challenging bus and rail segregation laws. Keynote speaker at the March on Washington. Helped organize a voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Won the presidential medal of freedom from Obama. Rep. John Lewis
@MichaelAvenatti 3/Rep. Barbara Lee became the first woman to represent the State of California’s then-9th (now 13th Congressional District in the U.S. Served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She Lee was nominated for the Alfred R. Nobel Peace Prize. In 2009.
@MichaelAvenatti 3b/“Rep Lee Was the Only Member of Congress to Vote Against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and She Objected to Certifying Donald Trump’s Electoral College Win” google.com/amp/s/heavy.co…
@MichaelAvenatti 4/Gabrielle Giffords.
Giffords studied in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship. Giffords became the youngest woman elected to the state Senate at the age of 32. She then became Arizona's first Jewish congresswoman. Gabby Gifford
@MichaelAvenatti 4b/ Gabrielle Giffords spent 6 months recovering from a bullet to the head. She now dedicates her life to gunsense legislation and stopping gun violence. giffords.org
@MichaelAvenatti 5/ Barbara Jordan was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. She was the 1st black woman elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction. She was first black woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Barbara Jordan
@MichaelAvenatti 6/ Ann Richards. 45th Governor of Texas. She delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. “Richards was the second female governor of Texas and was frequently noted in the media for her outspoken feminism.” Ann Richards
@MichaelAvenatti 7/Frederica Wilson when Trayvon Martin was killed by The congresswoman organized rallies and called for new laws to curb racial profiling. She pushed for reforms at nursing homes. When The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood lost power after Hurricane Irma and 14 people died. ‪Frederica Wilson‬
@MichaelAvenatti 7b/ Frederica Wilson stands up for her constituents “Before Johnson was killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month, he graduated from the program. Wilson was consoling his wife, Myeshia Johnson” washingtonpost.com/news/morning-m…
@MichaelAvenatti 8/Amy Klobuchar, “1st Woman Elected to a Minnesota U.S. Senate Seat. Co-Sponsored a Measure to Create an Independent Commission to Probe Russia’s Alleged Role in the 2016 Election. She’s a prosecutor and one of the most effective members of Congress.” Amy Klobuchar
@MichaelAvenatti 9/Maxine Waters, as a former an Assembly member, “Waters advocated divestment from South Africa's apartheid regime. In Congress, she has been an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War”. She stands up to Trump, called for his impeachment, & is a constant source of frustration for him
@MichaelAvenatti 9b/Maxine Waters is not “new to this” she has been speaking truth to power for decades: elitedaily.com/women/maxine-w…
@MichaelAvenatti 10/ Shirley Chisholm "became the first black woman elected to Congress. Repped NY's 12th Congressional District for seven terms, became the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for POTUS. The first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination." Shirley Chisholm
@MichaelAvenatti 11/I could spend the next 24hrs discussing the fighters in the Democratic party, but I've got work to do. I'll leave you w/ this, our next POTUS, @SenKamalaHarris. She's the one I'll be fighting for because she sees ALL of us: WOC/POC, Disabled, LGBTQ, the intersection of all. Sen. Kamala Harris
@MichaelAvenatti @SenKamalaHarris 12/ Make sure Micheal, that the next time you discuss the lack of 'fighters' in the Democratic party that you look to the WOC, POC, and women who LEAD the party. Perhaps then you'll see that we've been fighting all along and you just didn't notice.
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