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Mother, Advocate, Strategist. Founder and Executive Director of @DemsWork4USA. #DemsWork4USA #WinBlue Mastadon @rmazzara@mas.to
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Jun 19, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
1. Some people are saying that #Juneteenth is just a symbol - low hanging fruit that doesn't address the very real problems on the table like police reform, voting rights, wealth inequality, etc. They are right, of course, but symbols aren't irrelevant to social change. 2. Systemic racism is reflected in generations of accepted thinking in this country - and while we fight for change and the fruits seem sometimes insignificant, there will be differences in the accepted social norms for the next generation, and so on. That matters.
Mar 12, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
🧵1. There are a lot of political organizations out there and a lot of candidate endorsements. I co-founded @DemsWork4USA with @sumoh7 in 2017. We take a strategic approach to grassroots activism. We believe we need more money on the ground, not more money in ads. Democrats Work For America: Strategic Grassroots Activism de 2. Make no mistake - there is a grassroots army, and they are uniquely positioned to assess candidates and address gaps in the party infrastructure. Our goal is to provide a framework to leverage and maximize the power of on the ground activists - and translate it into wins.
Jul 9, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
My 5th great-grandfather was Chief Kiyo’kaga Keokuk of the Sauk, then Sauk/Fox tribe. He tried to be a diplomat. He sided against the British in the War of 1812. He entered into the Fourth Treaty of Prairie du Chien, resulting in war with with Chief Blackhawk of the Fox tribe. 1/ He moved his people to Kansas, as it was agreed. After his death, my 4th great uncle, Moses Keokuk became Chief and moved his people again to the Oklahoma Territory - which, @TedCruz thinks was somehow stolen today. 2/
Jun 15, 2020 52 tweets 14 min read
Voter turnout for #Election2020 is critical. The GOP will use the pandemic to further suppress votes. Contact your Election Official. Demand your vote and safety are protected. Get answers and educate others in your community. See this thread for contact information by state: Alabama Secretary of State
John H. Merrill
Phone number: 334.242.7200
Mar 10, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
1. I did some analysis on individual donors to gauge the importance of down-ticket races to the supporters of presidential candidates. This is the percentage of unique donors that also donated to a House or Senate race. 2. This shows a critical difference between Sanders and Warren supporters - who both want to see big, structural change. The Warren supporters get what it will take. Bernie has done his supporters no favors with his "anti-establishment" rhetoric.
Feb 25, 2020 38 tweets 8 min read
1. Since Bernie has put this out here, I do hope there are some probing questions in tonight's #DemDebate2020 in #SouthCarolina. I'm going to use this thread to try to dig into the details of his funding plan without getting too wonky. 2. He starts off with his $2.2 Trillion plan to cancel student debt. He plans to pay for it with a Wall St. speculation tax estimated to raise $2.4 Trillion over 10 years. It does seem like a plausible funding stream and he cites an abstract: tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…
Feb 9, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
1. Every debate the candidates talk about their different healthcare policies, but there's very little focus on the actual GOP attacks we'll face in the general or the path to successful legislation. I worry that many #M4A or nothing voters aren't prepared for what lies ahead. 2. It's important to familiarize yourself with the history of healthcare reform, particularly the legislative process to pass the #ACA - which arguably came through by the skin of it teeth. forbes.com/sites/physicia…
Feb 7, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
1. Some may not want to hear this, but to save democracy, the post-Trump era must be helmed by someone who can ease the division of our electorate. We can’t continue this way and expect our institutions to survive, let alone enjoy any lasting progress. 2. This trend started before DT - he leveraged it. Voters used to reward bipartisanship - working across the aisle. Then Newt Gingrich came along, quickly followed by the Tea Party. At peak dysfunction and polarization, we must think carefully about where we go from here.
Nov 26, 2019 5 tweets 1 min read
1. We have 3 branches of government for checks and balances. The problem is bigger than Trump, and, thus, bigger than impeachment. The Congressional act of impeachment is a necessary first action, but it will be the Judiciary that deals the final blows by forcing transparency. 2. We do not know what the Senate will do. We do not know if court decisions will come through before they must decide their verdict. But, court decisions will come. The truth will come out through FOIA dumps, SCOTUS decisions will be made. Indictments and trials will happen.
Nov 16, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
I received an email from Twitter Legal that they received official correspondence from a legal representative about removing this tweet. They did not do so. I have no idea on whose behalf this was done. Thoughts @NatashaBertrand? @NatashaBertrand
Oct 30, 2019 6 tweets 1 min read
1. America’s healthcare crisis is destroying lives - killing people, bankrupting people, oppressing people. The need to act is paramount. How to act is the most critical platform difference between candidates. Running on Medicare For All without the numbers is unacceptable. 2. Our healthcare plan can’t be de-prioritized while we figure it out. There is a clock ticking in the lives of the vulnerable and a clock ticking until the next election cycle and unknown majorities, assuming we even have the needed votes in 2020.
Oct 17, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
1. Ok, Real Talk. Pragmatism isn’t the same as Centrism. Pragmatism is playing out the string, carefully considering the outcomes and playing the long game. Vetting candidates, policies and strategies is CRITICAL, not divisive. 2. I’m tired of hearing 2020 placed in the misguided construct of targeting swing voters vs. the base in terms of center and far left lanes. Our base is WOC. The nominee must have their support to win and they’re not generally far left voters. For good reason.
Jun 6, 2019 12 tweets 3 min read
1. I've seen a lot of comments from Right Wingers claiming transgenderism isn't real or is a mental illness. Ignorance is an unnecessary affliction. In honor of #PrideMonth , here's a brief education for #GOP, #Conservatives, #MAGA and #Evangelicals. 2. If you think recognition and 'tolerance' of different gender identities is a construct of progressivism, you are wrong. In fact, (White) Western culture is behind the curve on this.
May 7, 2019 7 tweets 2 min read
1. She’s right. He is. He’s banking that he can politicize a failed impeachment and the earlier in the 2020 cycle, the better it is for him. Even worse, the GOP are willing to let him delegitimize and weaken the institution of Congress to sweeten the dare. 2. Congress has a duty to perform oversight and protect the Constitution. By disregarding congressional subpoenas, the WH is putting our entire separate but equal system of government at risk. All players know that an impeachment hearing wouldn’t allow for this stonewalling.
Apr 14, 2019 13 tweets 2 min read
1. Frustration among activists is reaching a fever pitch - understandably after such a shocking and unrelenting week. There are people I respect very much adding their voices to the fervor. I respect them enough to listen and to push back with my concerns. 2. We all want to see DT, his campaign and administration held to account. We all want to see a forceful repudiation of our country's flirtation with authoritarianism. We are, indeed, fighting for the soul of this country and it is a battle that will extend beyond this crisis.
Apr 10, 2019 47 tweets 7 min read
1. #Democrats have a lot of great candidates for 2020 and it's exciting to hear bold policy ideas, but that's only part of the equation. What's the path to change? How will we pay for it? And, most importantly, how will you get it passed? 2. It's worth reviewing those that have Congressional experience to get a sense of their efficacy in passing legislation. In this thread I will identify how long a candidate was in Congress and their sponsored bills that were passed or incorporated in another bill.
Apr 7, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
1. Ideally, the purpose of the media in an election cycle is to vet and elevate name recognition of the candidates. They also, of course, control the narrative that decides what pundits talk about, how candidate messages are received, and how the electorate is informed. 2. Whether they admit it or not, I think much of the media recognizes how they failed in the 2016 election. But, as we enter into the 2020 cycle, they are already starting to become enslaved by their own narratives. Here's some feedback on the framing we're seeing so far.
Mar 25, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
1. The Mueller probe was never going to solve the problem our nation faces. Even if the high bar of criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt could've been met, the DOJ was never going to indict a sitting president. And William Barr was never going to concede obstruction. 2. No, Mueller tossed the mess right back where it inevitably belonged - with Congress and the American people. Barr must #ReleaseTheFullMuellerReport so we can tend to the task before us. The standards for the office of POTUS are greater than mere criminality.
Mar 7, 2019 5 tweets 1 min read
1. To successfully navigate this issue Democrats must start by recognizing more than one thing can be true at the same time.

Democrats split on response to Ilhan Omar's latest Israel comments - NBC News apple.news/AbWB-sz6ZRkKay… 2. Discussing U.S./Israeli relations has always been sensitive. We are in a time of heightened awareness of hate due to the environment created by the Trump administration. We are aware of the anti-Semitism that has pervaded the Labour Party. This is the context.