Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution spoke to a crowd at at the Busch Student Center of Rutgers University in Piscataway, about the importance of getting out the vote on June 5.
Turner came to New Jersey to rally for progressive congressional candidates and hundreds of citizens running for county committee.
“In order to understand the state of the Union, we need to understand the state of the streets,” said Turner. Encouraging listeners to “move, protest, and plan,” Turner said: “You need to think.”
Founded by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election, Our Revolution is centered on the goals of revitalizing American democracy, empowering progressive leaders, and elevating the overall political consciousness of citizens.
Turner urged New Jerseyans to work together, “because this isn’t just a fight for African Americans. It is a fight for all races to get what they deserve.”
She also said: “It kills me when some of our neoliberal sisters and brothers say ‘well Nina Turner if you don’t like the party, get out’…This is what I say: ‘This is our party, and we ain’t going nowhere.’”
Turner appeared in support of progressive congressional candidates Peter Jacob and Jim Keady, as well as hundreds of candidates running for county committee and other offices.
Lisa McCormick, a Democrat challenging US Senator Robert Menendez in the June 5 primary, said it is important to elect members of Congress who will support a progressive agenda, including such measures as the Rebuild America Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, Medicare for All, and a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to a livable rate.
McCormick said Nobel Prize Laureate and Princeton University Professor Philip W. Anderson and actress Susan Sarandon are among those who have recently contributed to her campaign.
Among the speakers featured at the event Analillia Mejia, executive director of Working Families; and Larry Hamm, People’s Organization for Progress.
Our Revolution has endorsed Jim Keady in Congressional District 4 and Peter Jacob in Congressional District 7, over the candidates favored by Democratic Party bosses.
“The fact is, the majority of people in America of all political stripes support a progressive vision for America,” said Jacob. “The amount of people who would proudly say ‘Medicare For All,’ ‘FightFor15,’ ‘No More War’ and ‘stop political bribery’ would be overwhelming if our mainstream media did a better job covering these issues. But they don’t.”
“The political-media-economic establishment prefer gossip about Stormy Daniels,” said Jacob. “They prefer we not discuss the fact that those in power take money away from our schools, modern infrastructure, and communities like Flint, Michigan to build prisons, continue war, and to put up walls between nations. So, it is up to us to create the basis in which we realize the America we can become.”
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