Sisters and Brothers,
I am writing from the DNC meeting in Atlanta. Like many of you I am disappointed by the result of today's Chair's race. But we knew this would not be easy. Creating a government that works for middle income and working families is a tough fight that we have to continue to wage. I am confident it is a fight we can win. Keith Ellison would not have had the strong showing he did without our progressive movement.
While the media has been focused on the race for chair, we have been winning elections within state and local parties. This would not be possible without you.
Our fight for progress doesn't end here. It's people like you who power our movement. Just like our inspiration Bernie Sanders has done for his entire life, our focus will always be about putting people's interests before corporate interest. As we continue to build our grassroots movement, together we will support progressive champions who run for office and work to transform the political system. This will be key to ensuring the Democratic party does everything it can to end the rigged economy that only benefits a select few.
I’m sure this DNC election has stirred up similar feelings to the ones you felt during and after the primary. It did for me. While Tom Perez ran a good race, many who supported him used tactics that were uncalled for. But he also made promises about building a grassroots party. We are going to hold his feet to the fire. One of the first steps he could take is to reimpose the ban on lobbyist money that President Obama put in -- and which those at this meeting shamefully refused to support. There's too much at stake to let the Democratic Party continue its old (and losing) ways. With Trump and his allies controlling Washington we have to take it upon ourselves to elect progressives even if elements of the Democratic Party are locked in complacency.
There will be many more wins and losses in the years ahead. What is most important is to never forget why we started our political revolution and why it is so critical to continue it.