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DMO Statement On The White Supremacist Attack in Buffalo

Contact: Nils Robbins
Tel: 202-770-8053
Email: Nils.Robbins@NationalDMO.org

 

DMO STATEMENT ON THE WHITE SUPREMACIST ATTACK IN BUFFALO

 

Once again a Black community has been subjected to mass violence at the hands of a white supremacist. On Saturday, a white gunman drove several hours to Buffalo, NY, specifically targeting a supermarket that serves Black Americans. There are at least ten reported victims of his attack, including a security guard who attempted to stop the assailant.

More disturbing than the violence itself is what motivated the man to go hunting for Black lives. His manifesto espouses a belief in a white supremacist conspiracy called the “Great Replacement Theory”. This fear that white birth rates are falling behind those of people of color can be found not only in the shooter’s manifesto, but on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight”. Carlson personally supported Great Replacement Theory as a tactic Democrats are using to gain political control of the country. The shooter also targeted Jewish people in his manifesto, citing them as the source of “critical race theory”, another Fox News bogeyman widely broadcast on the network.

While hate speech is protected by the Constitution, incitement to violence is not. When gunmen draw clear lines between their attacks and the words of right-wing media personalities, it is time to hold the broadcasters accountable. DMO also calls on the Biden Administration to reinvigorate funding, resources, and interdepartmental coordination on efforts to identify and stop white supremacist violence before it can happen.

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Ron Galperin Named DMO Blue Star Rising

Galperin Named DMO Blue Star Rising

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Ron Galperin a Blue Star Rising candidate as he campaigns for California State Controller.

Blue Star Rising Candidates

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the Blue Star Rising candidate program to support promising Democrats who have made significant contributions to the organization and are running for a wider state or federal office. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Ron Galperin?

Ron Galperin currently serves as the Controller of Los Angeles. As the son of immigrants and of a Holocaust survivor, Ron is L.A.’s first citywide-elected LGBTQ official. Controller Galperin’s focus in office has been on transparency, equity, and sound management of how dollars are spent. Indeed, he has modernized the controller’s office by taking city expenditures and staff salaries online, and making city services more available to the public. He serves as the watchdog for the finances of the nation’s second biggest city, as is well positioned to take that acumen to overseeing the state’s expenditures.

As controller, Galperin has tenaciously sought out waste, fraud, and abuse of Los Angeles’ finances. He has revealed billions in misspent funding that should have gone to address homelessness. His changes to the office have transformed how controllers in the city must fulfill their duty to the public, and made it more difficult to commit malfeasance with taxpayer dollars. As State Controller, Galperin will continue his track record of improving infrastructure, safeguarding pension funds, and advocating for LGBTQ rights.

Galperin currently serves on the Executive Committee of Democratic Municipal Officials, advocating for the interests of local elected officials as our Representative to the DNC. He has also served as Chair of the California Chapter, Chair of the Council of State Chapters, and Finance Chair.

Why Does This Race Matter?

As one of the largest economies on Earth, the state of California deserves sound financial management from a responsible controller. Ron Galperin would bring the care and expertise he developed overseeing spending in Los Angeles, impacting the financial wellbeing of not only California, but the nations and other states that engage with it as trading partners. 

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Ron Galperin’s campaign or contribute you can visit ronforcalifornia.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying to reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Barbara.Moore@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

Jennifer Yeh Named DMO Blue Star Candidate

Yeh Named DMO Blue Star Candidate

 

The Executive Committee of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Jennifer Yeh a Blue Star Candidate as she campaigns to be reelected to the city council in Eugene, OR.

Blue Star Candidates

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the Blue Star Candidate program to support promising Democrats who stand to retake a mayor’s office, secure a council majority, or break significant grounds with their election. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Jennifer Yeh?

Yeh has served on the City Council since 2017, and has fought to create more affordable housing, build out local infrastructure, and protect the environment. Specifically, Yeh is involved in municipal measures to combat climate change, including the decarbonization and electrification of Eugene. She believes in public safety, while also listening to the community and working to reform policing. She is a strong advocate for public education, including making sure children do not go to class hungry, or feel at risk when travelling to school.

Why Does This Race Matter?

Yeh’s opponent is close with the timber and natural gas industries, and stands in opposition to the measures that Jennifer has proposed to combat climate change. While Jennifer seeks ways to provide service to marginalized communities and transition those experiencing homelessness off the streets, her opponent supports measures that would criminalize them instead. This would be a step backwards for the city of Eugene and the residents who depend on representation from elected officials like Jennifer Yeh.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Jennifer Yeh’s campaign or contribute you can visit electjenniferyeh.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying to reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Barbara.Moore@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

Angela Rogensues Named DMO Blue Star Rising

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Angela Rogensues a Blue Star Rising Candidate as she campaigns for United States Congress in Michigan’s 10th Congressional District.

Blue Star Rising Candidates

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the Blue Star Rising candidate program to support promising Democrats who have made significant contributions to the organization and are running for a wider state or federal office. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Angela Rogensues?

Born and raised in Macomb County, Angela has spent her career dedicated to public service. As a member of the Warren Council, Rogensues introduced a bill to create a Veterans Affairs Committee, and strongly advocated for working and low-income families. Her dedication to service drew recognition, and Governor Whitmer appointed Rogensues to chair the board and executive committee of the Michigan Municipal Services Authority.

In her work at DMO, Rogensues has served as Labor Chair, Michigan State Chair, Chair of the Council of State Chapters, and now as Vice President, where she holds a seat on the Democratic National Committee. Her commitment to organized labor has been well demonstrated during her time at DMO. Angela went above and beyond as Chair of the Labor Council, standing on picket lines, coordinating with unions on state legislation, and penning an op-ed with UAW President Rory Gamble supporting voting rights. She currently co-chairs the Michigan AFL-CIO Labor Caucus.

In past years, Angela was recognized as Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Education Leadership, Corp! Magazine Most Valuable Professional, Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40, and is involved with the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference Future Leaders Program.

Upon hearing the news of her Blue Star Candidate certification, Rogensues said, “I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of the Democratic Municipal Officials. Thank you to my municipal colleagues from across the country who are tirelessly working to improve their communities by advocating every day for the needs of their residents. To endorse my candidacy for the United States Congress is an honor of a lifetime and I could not be prouder to stand next to them in our efforts to make the world a better place.”

Why Does This Race Matter?

The 10th District is purple, at times leaning more conservative. Rogensues‘ election would establish a Democrat in a seat usually held by a Republican. She would serve as a testament to Democratic, pro-labor values.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Angela Rogensues‘ campaign or contribute you can visit angelaforuscongress.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying to reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Barbara.Moore@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

DMO Statement on the Leaked Decision to Overturn Roe

DMO Statement on the Leaked Decision to Overturn Roe

 

Make no mistake – the leaked Republican Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe and Casey is deeply immoral, and puts every woman in the United States in jeopardy.

An end to Roe returns us to a nation where the wealthy will continue to have access to safe abortions, but Americans without means will be left to fend for themselves. We will return to an America where entire wards of hospitals are dedicated to patients who have gone septic or poisoned themselves because they lacked access to a safe and legal abortion.

Most abortions are undertaken by people who already have children – parents who are making the responsible choice for themselves, their family, and their future. The majority of Americans support the right to a safe and legal abortion. Congress must act now to enshrine the right to choose into law, and protect Americans from this despicable attack on our most fundamental rights.  

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Please join Planned Parenthood Action Fund in calling on supporters to rally Tuesday, May 3 at 5 p.m. local in town squares, in front of federal courthouses and federal office buildings. In DC, we’ll be on the steps of the Supreme Court all day to declare #HandsOffOurBodies and abortion care is health care. In the coming days, we will provide additional organizing guidance regarding larger mobilization efforts as we work to channel supporter outrage and energy into a clear and strong national response. In the meantime, please encourage supporters to pledge to continue to mobilize for abortion access. https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/j24GFQnOukubW16eBEIJig2

Please share these breaking posts from PPFA: 1, 2, 3, PPAct, and Alexis McGill channels. 

Statement from Planned Parenthood Federation of America president and CEO, Alexis McGill Johnson, as well as top points in English and Spanish are below.  As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

“Let’s be clear: Abortion is legal. It is still your right.

“This leaked opinion is horrifying and unprecedented, and it confirms our worst fears: that the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade. While we have seen the writing on the wall for decades, it is no less devastating, and comes just as anti-abortion rights groups unveil their ultimate plan to ban abortion nationwide. Understand that Planned Parenthood and our partners have been preparing for every possible outcome in this case and are built for the fight. Planned Parenthood health centers remain open, abortion is currently still legal, and we will continue to fight like hell to protect the right to access safe, legal abortion.”

The press releases are available in English here and Spanish here

Top Points: 

  • Let’s be clear: Abortion is still legal. As of today, it remains your constitutional right. 
  • But tonight’s leak makes it clear that our deepest fears are coming true. We are at a crisis moment for abortion access. 
  • The court seems prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion. This outcome is as dangerous as it is unprecedented, and will open the floodgates for states across the country to ban abortion. 
    • This is not the end goal for the anti-abortion movement. They said it themselves this week: Their ultimate goal is to pass a nationwide abortion ban that would block abortion access in every state in the country. 
  • The court, which is now dominated by justices hostile to our freedoms, has failed this country. We are devastated, we are furious, and we will fight back.
  • The threat to abortion access across the country is not hypothetical–our right to abortion is being crushed right now. The consequences of this impending Supreme Court decision will be swift and devastating for communities nationwide: Overturning Roe means 26 states could swiftly move to ban abortion–including 13 states with laws that could immediately go into effect. That means in half the country  people would no longer will have power over their own bodies and their own lives. 
    • That means 36 million women — nearly half of the women of reproductive age (18-49) in the United States — plus people who can become pregnant, could soon lose abortion access. 
  • We know the harm that will come from this decision, because we’ve seen them play out in Texas: People who do not have access to the financial resources and support they need to travel out of state are forced to carry pregnancies, flee their state for care, or seek abortion outside of the health care system. 
    • Barriers to accessing abortion and other health care services have always existed — like finding child care, taking time off of work, and navigating the costs of transportation and lodging associated with traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles. But this decision means the number of people dealing with these obstacles to get the essential health care they need will skyrocket.
    • The people who this decision will most harm are front and center in our response: Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other people of color disproportionately feel the effects of abortion bans and restrictions, a product of this country’s legacy of racism and discrimination.
  • The Supreme Court is acting in defiance of the American people. Research shows abortion bans and restrictions are deeply unpopular: 
    • Washington Post-ABC poll finds that 75% of people say decisions on abortion should be left to the woman and her doctor, including 95% of Democrats, 81% of independents and 53% of Republicans.
    • Gallup poll finds that 80% of the American public think abortion should be legal
  • We are in a fight to make sure everyone has the power to control their own bodies, lives, and futures. We deserve elected officials –at all levels of government–and judges who believe that as well. We’ll keep fighting in every state in the nation – this won’t stop us.
    • No judge, no politician, no ban should ever block your personal medical decisions or set the course for your life. Abortion access should not be based on your ZIP code, income level, or immigration status.

Spanish Top Points:

  • Seamos claros: el aborto es legal. Al día de hoy, sigue siendo tu derecho constitucional.
  • Pero la filtración de esta noche ha dejado claro que nuestros peores temores se están haciendo realidad. Estamos en un momento de crisis para el acceso al aborto. 
  • La Corte parece preparada para acabar con el derecho constitucional al aborto. Este resultado es tan peligroso como sin precedentes, y abrirá las puertas a que estados a lo largo del país prohíban el aborto. 
    • Esta no es la meta final del movimiento contra el derecho al aborto. Lo dijeron ellos mismos esta semana: el objetivo es aprobar una prohibición nacional al aborto que bloquee el acceso en cada uno de los estados del país. 
  • La Corte, que está actualmente dominada por jueces hostiles a nuestras libertades, le ha fallado al país. Estamos devastados, estamos furiosos y lucharemos contra esto. 
  • La amenaza al aborto a lo largo del país no es hipotética; nuestro derecho al aborto esta siendo destrozado en este momento. Las consecuencias de esta decisión inminente de la Corte Suprema serán rápidas y devastadoras para comunidades a lo largo del país. Aunque esta decisión no es final y el aborto sigue siendo legal, si esta decisión se emite 26 estados estarían preparados para moverse rápidamente para prohibir el aborto, incluyendo a 13 estados con leyes con cláusulas de activación que podrían entrar en vigor de manera inmediata. Esto significa que en la mitad del país las personas no tendrán más el poder sobre sus propios cuerpos y vidas.  
    • Esto significa que 36 millones de mujeres, casi la mitad de las que están en edad reproductiva (18-49 años), y más personas con capacidad de gestar, podrían perder pronto el acceso al aborto. 
  • Sabemos que el daño que esta decisión tendrá, porque hemos visto lo que ha ocurrido en Texas: las personas que no tienen cómo acceder a los recursos financieros y al apoyo que necesitan para salir de sus estados se ven obligadas a continuar embarazos en contra de sus voluntades, buscar como abortar fuera del sistema de salud. 
  • We know the harm that will come from this decision, because we’ve seen them play out in Texas: People who do not have access to the financial resources and support they need to travel out of state are forced to carry pregnancies, flee their state for care, or seek abortion outside of the health care system. 
    • Las barreras para acceder al aborto y a otros cuidados de salud siempre han existido. Pero esta decisión significa que el número de personas lidiando con obstáculos para acceder a cuidados de salud va a aumentar considerablemente. 
    • Le damos prioridad a las personas a quienes esta decisión les hará más daño: las personas negras, latinas, e indígenas, y otras personas no blancas, que ya sufren de forma desproporcionada los efectos de las prohibiciones y restricciones al aborto como consecuencia del legado de racismo y discriminación de este país.

 

  • La Corte Suprema actúa en desafío a las personas de este país. Las investigaciones señalan que las prohibiciones y restricciones al aborto son profundamente impopulares: 
    • Una encuesta del Washington Post con ABC encontró que 75% de las personas creen que las decisiones sobre el aborto deben depender solo de una mujer y su médico, incluyendo a 95% de los demócratas, 81% de los independientes y 53% de los republicanos.
    • Una encuesta de Univisión señaló que 55% de los latinos apoyan las protecciones de Roe vs. Wade.
    • Una encuesta de Gallup encontró que 80% del público americano cree que el aborto debe ser legal
  • Generaciones antes que nosotros han luchado sin descanso para obtener y proteger los derechos de los que gozamos hoy. Planned Parenthood no se detendrá. Estamos en esta lucha para asegurarnos que todas las personas tengan el poder de controlar sus propios cuerpos, vidas y futuros. Merecemos oficiales electos, a todo nivel del gobierno, y jueces que crean esto también. Seguiremos luchando en todos los estados del país; esto no nos detendrá.
    • Ningún juez, ningún político, y ninguna prohibición deben bloquear tus decisiones médicas personales ni dirigir el curso de tu vida. El acceso al aborto no debe depender del código postal, el nivel de ingreso, ni el estatus migratoria de una persona.

DMO Statement on the Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

Democratic Municipal Officials stands firmly with the people of Ukraine against the unprovoked and illegal invasion by Russia. We applaud the determination and bravery of the Ukrainian people, and want to recognize the efforts of our elected counterparts abroad in protecting, guiding, and providing for their constituents during wartime.

The nation of Ukraine has a right to self-defense, and the defense of Democracy against violent threats is an enduring legacy of the American people. We encourage the United States to continue providing aid to Ukraine in a timely manner as the need arises.

As elected officials across America, we encourage local leaders to do their part to support the people of Ukraine. Municipal officials should welcome Ukrainian refugees fleeing violence into their communities, working with state and federal agencies to house, provide supplies, and grant asylum. We also support American cities that choose to divest from Russian businesses for the duration of the conflict, as well as from companies that provide material support for the Russian war effort.

The light of Democracy is precious and must be defended from acts of tyranny. We urge a speedy and peaceful end to Russia’s invasion. The people of Ukraine are in our thoughts and our hearts, and American cities will do their part to forever support the free people of the world.

Signed,

The National Board of Democratic Municipal Officials

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DMO Blue Star Candidate Phillip Bailey Wins Election

We are excited to announce the victory of DMO Blue Star Candidate Phillip Bailey in his election for Alderman in the city of Glendale, WI. 

When first endorsed by the DMO Board of Directors, Bailey said, “Since I launched my campaign late last year to be Glendale’s next 4th District Alderman, I’ve been out knocking on doors and talking to voters about their concerns and ideas for our city. I have been inspired by the support I’ve received from neighbors who are ready for a fresh and new perspective on our City Council. The support and encouragement of Democratic Municipal Officials and other local officials has been so appreciated as a first-time candidate. It’s an honor to be a DMO Blue Star candidate. I’m ready to get to work to serve my constituents.”

DMO Board Member and Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy remarked, “After serving for several years with Phillip on Plan Commission, I have seen his insight and thoughtful approach to city issues. I think he’s going to be an excellent addition to the Common Council.”

Bailey’s campaign brings a focus to transparency in government, promising increased accessibility and community engagement. He is also committed to safer streets and public infrastructure that makes room for pedestrians. He has served as a Plan Commissioner since moving to the city in 2018, and worked to help develop the city’s 2040 Vision Plan.

Once sworn in, Bailey will also be the first openly LGBT individual elected to represent the city. In 2021, Bailey worked with Mayor Kennedy and the Common Council to unanimously pass the “Glendale Pride Month Recognition Proclamation” so the city could recognize the contributions made by members of the LGBT community, and to actively promote a welcoming and inclusive Glendale. 

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Candidate program to draw national attention to local Democratic candidates, in particular when such an election would shift a mayor’s seat or council majority from red to blue. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

If you would like to learn more about Phillip Bailey’s campaign or contribute you can visit phillipforglendale.com

ROBERTS HONORED AT NATIONAL MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL CELEBRATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nils Robbins
Tel: 202-770-8053
Email: Nils.Robbins@nationaldmo.org

 

ROBERTS HONORED AT NATIONAL MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL CELEBRATION

Shoreline Council Member Christopher Roberts given award for exemplary leadership at Democratic Municipal Officials’ National meeting

 

Washington, DC, March 16, 2022 –

Shoreline, WA Council Member Christopher Roberts received the Susan Burgess President’s Award for Exemplary Leadership yesterday morning during the Democratic Municipal Officials’ (DMO) “Oh So Blue” Celebration. Named in honor of the late Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem and DMO President Susan Burgess, the award honors one member of DMO for their outstanding service to the organization.

DMO National President and Philadelphia At-Large Council Member Derek Green presented the award to Roberts. “It is the nature of local elected Democrats to work tirelessly, and not always receive due recognition for that hard work. We wanted to shine the spotlight on a leader whose efforts behind the scenes have led to incredible success for our organization on the national stage.”

A member of the Choctaw nation, Roberts accepted the award with a surprised, “Yakoke” (Thank you). He was joined at the event by several of the previous recipients of the Susan Burgess President’s Award, including Detroit Council Member Scott Benson, former Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, Northfield Council Member Suzie Nakasian, and former Rome, GA Commissioner Wendy Davis.

Held during the National League of Cities (NLC) annual Congressional City Conference, the DMO “Oh So Blue” National Breakfast gathers mayors, council members, and other local elected Democrats comprising the membership of DMO for their biannual meeting. The crowd heard from guest speakers including a video greeting from Stacey Abrams, the DNC’s Reyna Walters-Morgan, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Roberts’ own Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, and keynote speaker Doug Emhoff. Also on stage were some of Robert’s fellow DMO Board Members, including Savannah, GA Mayor Van Johnson and Detroit, MI Council Member Scott Benson.

Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) is the DNC Association for municipal elected officials who personally identify as members of the Democratic Party. The organization holds three seats on the DNC, and advocates for the thousands of local elected Democrats across the United States.

 

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For more information, please call 202-770-8053 or email Nils.Robbins@nationaldmo.org

Ketanji Brown Jackson Nominated to SCOTUS – Local Talking Points

President Joe Biden has taken his first step in keeping a promise he made to the voters in 2020 on the campaign trail. He has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to be our next Supreme Court Justice. When confirmed, she will be the first African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court in our nation’s history.

Our country was established on the belief that we can make our union more perfect. In 2020 this is precisely why so many of us voted for President Biden. Now we must now stand up collectively in every city and speak our truth to power. Republicans began tearing down Ketanji Brown Jackson before she was even nominated. Now our voices must be so loud and amplified that those in the United States Senate hear our demand that Ketanji Brown Jackson be confirmed to the Supreme Court and make history!

This is our moment to demonstrate the power of local Democrats; by writing op-eds, holding press conferences with other elected officials and community groups, interviews with media, social media campaigns, and any other way you and your community can support our Supreme Court nominee. 

Social Media Tips

  • Only share positive and factual information – let’s focus on building up Ketanji Brown Jackson

  • Tag @NationalDMO, @POTUS, and @VP 

  • Suggested posts

    • “@ [your senator] Vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson. The Supreme Court needs her voice to make sure our people are reflected in our laws.  @NationalDMO @POTUS @VP @[local media]”

    • “@ [your senator] Now is the time to do what is right and vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson. As elected officials, we have the moral obligation to represent every member of our constituency. Let’s make history together. @NationalDMO @POTUS @VP @[local media]”

Talking Points

  • President Biden is nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation’s brightest legal minds, to the Supreme Court.
  • President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law.
  • A former clerk for Justice Breyer, whom she is nominated to replace, Judge Jackson is a top jurist with strong experience on the federal bench, currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • Judge Jackson has broad experience across the legal profession – as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender.
  • Judge Jackson has been confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis three times – most recently last year for her current seat.
  • If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
  • Judge Jackson is an outstanding nominee for Supreme Court, and the Senate should move forward with a fair and timely confirmation and hearing.

Bio – Ketanji Brown Jackson: Who is she?

 Jackson studied government at Harvard University, graduating in 1992. She also received her law degree from Harvard in 1996.

— Jackson clerked for three federal jurists, including a district court judge in Massachusetts, an appellate judge in the 1st Circuit and Breyer himself.

— Earlier in her legal career, Jackson worked as an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C., where she worked on appellate cases, and served as vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission for several years.

 President Barack Obama nominated Jackson for a district court judgeship in D.C. near the end of his first term as president, and she was confirmed in early 2013. He also interviewed her as a potential nominee after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.

 Biden nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March 2021, as part of one of his early slates of nominees, and she was formally elevated last summer.

 As a district court judge, Jackson issued several high-profile rulings. In 2019 she ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to shield former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying before Congress, writing that “presidents are not kings.”

Barbara Jordan Named Blue Star Candidate

Jordan Named DMO Blue Star Candidate

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Barbara Jordan a Blue Star Candidate as she campaigns for Mayor of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Blue Star Candidates

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the Blue Star Candidate program to support promising Democrats who stand to retake a mayor’s office, flip a council majority blue, or break new grounds with their election. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Barbara Jordan?

Jordan is a combat veteran, having served over 20 years in the United States Air Force. Her current work highlights systems of social injustice in New Mexico and abroad. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and a graduate of Emerge New Mexico. 

Her race for mayor is a campaign to bring new perspectives and energy to municipal office in New Mexico. Jordan’s personal history informs her work championing equity, inclusion, and mental health services, particularly for children. She will serve as a strong advocate for the disabled, LGBT, and BIPOC communities. Jordan’s infrastructure goals include repairing the city’s roadways and protecting essential groundwater from radioactive waste dumping.

DMO President and Philadelphia At-Large Councilmember Derek Green remarked, “Barbara Jordan has shown a commitment to this country with over 20 years of service in the Air Force and continued her commitment to the community by founding People Requiring Equality Systemic Systems (PRESS). Barbara’s campaign is about her experience of not feeling heard by city leaders and taking action to ensure all in the city feel heard in the future. I see the same excitement, energy, and commitment to serving people that many DMO members around the country in both rural cities and metropolitan areas have every day. I am thrilled to announce DMO’s endorsement of Barbara Jordan for Mayor Rio Rancho and look forward to working together in the future.” 

DMO Political Director Alejandro Chavez, grandson of labor leader Cesar Chavez added, “My grandfather would say, ‘It’s never about the grapes or lettuce but always about the people.’ I see that in Barbara’s campaign and believe she will be the peoples’ mayor.”

Upon hearing the news of her Blue Star Candidate certification, Jordan said, “Being endorsed by DMO solidifies the work that I am doing for our community and my city. It is a clear signal that I am fighting for all people and for humanity itself. I know that with DMO by my side, we can do this.”

Why Does This Race Matter?

If elected, Barbara Jordan will not only become the first Black women elected mayor of Rio Rancho, but of any major city in the state. Her election would break new ground in the political landscape of the Southwest, and inspire more leaders of color to run for local office.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Barbara Jordan’s campaign or contribute you can visit jordanforriorancho.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying to reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at alejandro.chavez@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.