In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money.
Tonight, our movement didn’t just win. We earned a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records.
Despite the attacks, our support has only grown.
This election isn’t about me. It’s about an agenda rooted in people’s everyday struggles—and the corporations and rightwing donors who are threatened by it.
It’s about standing up to a President who promised to ban an entire group of people from this country based solely on their Muslim identity, calls our countries of origin ‘shithole countries,’ and threatened to send us back to where we came from.
- $1200 in cash to those making up to $75K, $2400 for couples up to $150k, $500 for kids
- Increased unemployment benefits timeline
- $350 million in small business loans/direct $$ for those who maintain payroll
- $500B in aid to corps—with Congressional oversight
- $100B in assistance to hospitals
- $150B to state/local govts
- $250m in tax credits for paid leave
- $400m in election grants
- $1B for Defense Production Act
- $45B in disaster relief for local govts/tribes
- No word on universal and monthly cash assistance
- No word on coverage for all testing/treatment for coronavirus
- No word on eviction/foreclosure protections
- No word on a ban on stock buybacks/bonuses
- No word on student debt, mortgage and rent relief
•Make cash assistance universal and monthly
•Halt foreclosures *and* evictions
•Freeze all deportations
•Cancel student debt
•Pay for small business losses
•Bail out workers, not corporations
Here are some steps I have been taking to ensure this.
.@AyannaPressley and I led a letter calling for across the board student debt cancellation and immediate monthly payment relief to be included in the next package.
No one should have to choose between paying off student loans and putting food on the table during this crisis.
I led a letter to @DHS_Wolf requesting a plan to prevent outbreak in detention facilities—and a halt to deportations, interior enforcement and immigration court proceedings to prevent the spread of the virus. theintercept.com/2020/03/20/sto…
This is what happens when rightwing Twitter trolls are treated as authorities on campaign law.
Let’s clear the air.
1. The gov't doesn't fund my campaign. Grassroots donors do.
2. Everything we spend is used for a legitimate expense and paid at fair market value. (Thread)
Will Hailer and Tim founded eStreet after working on Keith Ellison’s campaign for years. Will, who is from MN, managed Keith’s Congressional campaign two cycles and helped increase voter turnout in #MN05.
His work played a major role in keeping Minnesota blue under President Obama, helped defeat an anti-voter statewide constitutional ID, elected a blue state legislative delegation from our district and laid the groundwork that allowed us to keep it blue in 2016.
I’ve seen it right here on Twitter, where my calls to avoid a war with Iran were met with anti-Muslim slurs and tropes in my replies. We’ve seen it at the U.S.-Canadian border, where dozens of Iranians and Iranian-Americans have been held for questioning for no reason at all.
From 2003 to 2007, we saw alarming rates of death threats, vandalism, and violence against Arab-Americans and others assumed to be of Middle Eastern heritage.
Today, I believe we are squandering a real opportunity to support peace in Israel/Palestine.
Here is why I can't support the final version of H.Res 326, a resolution about U.S. support for a two-state solution that I fear will make it impossible to ever bring about that peace.
First some background: before Trump, the two-state solution was the policy of the United States for decades. It is the only way to end the occupation and for both Israelis and Palestinians to have their own sanctuaries and self-determination.
I cosponsored the original resolution for that reason.
A year ago today, I was elected to represent #MN05. I ran to help build a movement that reflects working people -- not corporations or the wealthy few.
We didn’t just win the election -- we got 78% of the vote without accepting a cent of corporate money. We connected with our neighbors about what unites us. We came together to fight for the soul of our democracy and the future of our planet.
I say “we” because this campaign isn’t about me. It’s about the people-powered movement we’ve created together. It all comes down to our shared belief that healthcare, education, housing, a fair living wage, and clean air and water aren’t privileges, but human rights.
We have a president who understands the way in which his words incite particular people to act in ways that are not in line with the values that we have. And he constantly feeds them. He’s the chief in command of white supremacists in this country. #DeconLive