Brand New Congress has joined Our Revolution, the Women’s March, Fight for 15 and more than a dozen other national organizations to launch the Summer For Progress, a campaign to push Democratic lawmakers to adopt a robust progressive platform ahead of 2018 midterms.
“The most invigorated and promising voices for change in America today are the coalition of communities behind Summer for Progress,” said Alexandria Ocasio, a Justice Democrat candidate running with the support of Brand New Congress in New York’s 14th Congressional District.
“The American people already know the agenda that will move us forward as a country. The majority of Americans support Single Payer healthcare, robust worker protections, strong and innovative response to climate change, and more. This summer, the Progressive movement will deliver on these promises and invest in our future,” she said.
Brand New Congress is joining forces with Democracy for America, National Nurses United, Progressive Democrats of America, People for Bernie, All of US, Food & Water Action, Good Job Nation, Healthcare Now, and many others in a movement seen as officially kicking off the 2018 election season
The Summer For Progress includes an intensive calendar of rallies, marches, protests, policy releases, and workshops. At its heart, the Summer for Progress petition urges members of Congress to sign on to the People’s Platform: eight bills currently in the House that address urgent concerns to normal Americans.
These include the Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676), College For All Act (H.R. 1880), Automatic Voter Registration Act (H.R. 2840), Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 15) and Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act (H.R. 771), among others.
“We want to show that progressive policies are real,” said Chardo Richardson, a Justice Democrat candidate for Florida’s 7th Congressional District. “All of us Brand New Congress candidates stand for the same common-sense solutions: a health care system for everyone, rebuilding the American economy with investment in infrastructure and clean energy, and a reformed criminal justice system that doesn’t lock up 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.”
According to Summer For Progress organizers: “At the end of last year’s Democratic presidential primary, we created the most progressive platform in history. Together we scored huge gains by getting free college tuition, closing private prisons, and creating a $15 national minimum wage into the driving document of the Democratic Party. Now, we’re asking you to join our campaign.”