Monday, June 02, 2003

21st Century Democrats

It looks like there might be an alternative to the DLC within the Democratic party. It's an organization called "21st Century Democrats". Here's how they describe themselves:
21st Century Democrats, formerly Democrats 2000, was founded by progressive Democratic officials to give progressive and populist candidates the support they need to win elections. We identify candidates who need the support of the progressive community - and we make sure the support gets there. By organizing networks of elected progressives around the nation, we aim to advance progressive issues from affordable health care to fair taxes for all, from education to workers' rights, from protecting Social Security and Medicare to ensuring fair elections. We work closely with state legislators, mayors, city council members, school board members and statewide elected officials to build the next generation of Democratic leadership. Most importantly, we stand by our candidates from start to finish. We don't care who we offend or whose ego gets bruised. We're in the business of electing strong progressive and populist Democrats pure and simple. We see every year as a vitally important opportunity to elect progressive activists to office - and we're determined to make the most of it in 2003, 2004 and beyond.
Apparently this organization was founded 16 years ago by Jim Hightower, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Lane Evans (D-IL). The current board of directors includes James Carville! They have already come out strongly against the DLC's "divisive" tactics against Howard Dean, though they haven't officially endorsed Dean (yet). This definitely sounds like something worth paying attention to.


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