Monday, February 6, 2017
Via Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Gloria Steinem today released the following statement endorsing Keith Ellison for DNC Chair:
"When I began to volunteer in electoral politics, the Republican Party was proud to be the first to support the Equal Rights Amendment, and the Democratic Party was proud to have passed the Civil Rights Act. Our first feminist electoral effort – the National Women's Political Caucus – was bipartisan. Now, however, we have a President who rose up not through either Party or any elected office, but through a sealed tube of inherited money and fact-free 'reality' TV. As a result, we all have an obligation to fight back and to reach such majority goals as eliminating racist and sexist violence, and diminishing economic polarization and global warming.
"I'm encouraged that we can do this in the Democratic Party because we have an embarrassment of riches among our candidates for leadership. I thank DNC Chair Donna Brazile, whose courage I have admired since she was a young intern at Voters for Choice, and the other activists who have volunteered to take on this role. It is because of Keith Ellison's proven record of organizing on the ground in Minnesota that I believe he’s the best choice.
“His understanding that issues like a living wage and universal health care should be national goals – and his support for the ideas and energy of the Women's Marches around the world – make clear that he can and will lead the Democratic Party to a principled and populist victory. As both a strong advocate for feminism and a Muslim, he knows that, as Hillary Clinton said, 'human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights.' He is ready to overcome the dangers presented by Donald Trump, to inspire and mobilize the grassroots, and to elect Democrats across the country."