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Brand New Congress works to replace every member of Congress
Brand New Congress works to replace every member of Congress
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Fox News
Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Brand New Congress
Justice Democrats And Brand New Congress BLOWING UP
Justice Democrats And Brand New Congress BLOWING UP
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: The Young Turks
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Political Group 'Brand New Congress' Modeled After Bernie Sanders | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Published: 2016/05/19
Channel: MSNBC
Justice Democrats Joins Forces with Brand New Congress #BNC
Justice Democrats Joins Forces with Brand New Congress #BNC
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: Zoon Politikon with Holly Seeliger
Fall In Line - Brand New Congress & Justice Democrats (Unofficial Ad)
Fall In Line - Brand New Congress & Justice Democrats (Unofficial Ad)
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress Livestream
Brand New Congress Livestream
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: Brand New Congress
What is Brand New Congress.
What is Brand New Congress.
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Brand New Congress
[43] We Need A Brand New Congress!
[43] We Need A Brand New Congress!
Published: 2016/12/29
Channel: Redacted Tonight
BRAND NEW CONGRESS vs JUSTICE DEMOCRATS vs OUR REVOLUTION
BRAND NEW CONGRESS vs JUSTICE DEMOCRATS vs OUR REVOLUTION
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: McQueenPress
Brand New Congress Live Stream 6.6.17
Brand New Congress Live Stream 6.6.17
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Brand New Congress
BNC on MSNBC
BNC on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Brand New Congress
Justice Democrats Alliance with Brand New Congress
Justice Democrats Alliance with Brand New Congress
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Justice Democrats
PIP, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress Continue to Miss the Actual Problem Part 1
PIP, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress Continue to Miss the Actual Problem Part 1
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: Noah Wood
Brand New Congress & Justice Democrats Candidates ready to Fight Please Help Support
Brand New Congress & Justice Democrats Candidates ready to Fight Please Help Support
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL WARRIORS
New Political Movement Seeks to Replace Nearly Every Member of Congress
New Political Movement Seeks to Replace Nearly Every Member of Congress
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: RT America
Brand New Congress Pursues Republican and Independent Candidates
Brand New Congress Pursues Republican and Independent Candidates
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: Zoon Politikon with Holly Seeliger
Brand new Congress and Alex is telling us about it!
Brand new Congress and Alex is telling us about it!
Published: 2016/07/29
Channel: CABIN TALK
Stacey Hopkins Gives a Brief Introduction to Brand New Congress
Stacey Hopkins Gives a Brief Introduction to Brand New Congress
Published: 2016/05/02
Channel: The Benjamin Dixon Show
The Green Room (Eps 13) (Justice Democrats Ally with Brand New Congress)
The Green Room (Eps 13) (Justice Democrats Ally with Brand New Congress)
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: The Green News Network
Brand New Congress Live Stream
Brand New Congress Live Stream
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress - Kickoff meeting in L.A.
Brand New Congress - Kickoff meeting in L.A.
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: puppetMattster
Brand New Congress meeting: Q & A
Brand New Congress meeting: Q & A
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: GVFJ
Brand New Congress meeting: Nasim Thompson
Brand New Congress meeting: Nasim Thompson
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: GVFJ
Insight Live with Sarah Smith! Brand New Congress Candidate in Washington State!
Insight Live with Sarah Smith! Brand New Congress Candidate in Washington State!
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: Insight News Network
BNC Nationwide Livestream - Sept 20, 2016
BNC Nationwide Livestream - Sept 20, 2016
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress is the Political EVOLUTION of the Bernie REVOLUTION!
Brand New Congress is the Political EVOLUTION of the Bernie REVOLUTION!
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: lba10
PIP, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress Continue to Miss the Actual Problem Part 2
PIP, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress Continue to Miss the Actual Problem Part 2
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: Jamarl Thomas
Paul Perry Is Running To Represent PA-07
Paul Perry Is Running To Represent PA-07
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress
Published: 2016/05/23
Channel: Nasim Thompson
Brand New Congress meeting: Interviews
Brand New Congress meeting: Interviews
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: GVFJ
CANCEL THE APOCALYPSE #3: w/Brand New Congress
CANCEL THE APOCALYPSE #3: w/Brand New Congress' Corbin Trent
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: The Climate Mobilization
Robb Ryerse interview With Thom Hartmann
Robb Ryerse interview With Thom Hartmann
Published: 2017/05/27
Channel: Brand New Congress
Cori Bush is running for Congress
Cori Bush is running for Congress
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress meeting: Yolandra Gonzalez
Brand New Congress meeting: Yolandra Gonzalez
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: GVFJ
Brand New Congress meeting: Zack Exley
Brand New Congress meeting: Zack Exley
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: GVFJ
Brand New Congress Song
Brand New Congress Song
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: Jonathan Mann
Join the Fight - Justice Democrats + Brand New Congress (Unofficial Ad)
Join the Fight - Justice Democrats + Brand New Congress (Unofficial Ad)
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Exophrine
Interview with Brand New Congress Candidate Republican Robb Ryerse at Netroots Nation
Interview with Brand New Congress Candidate Republican Robb Ryerse at Netroots Nation
Published: 2017/08/12
Channel: Egberto Willies
Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Sabrina Moyle
BRAND NEW CONGRESS
BRAND NEW CONGRESS
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: McQueenPress
America’s Lawyer [20]: Airline Gangsters, NFL Fleeces Taxpayers & A Brand New Congress
America’s Lawyer [20]: Airline Gangsters, NFL Fleeces Taxpayers & A Brand New Congress
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: RT America
Q&A 2 Familiar with Brand New Congress, Progressives running in every district in 2018, John Nichols
Q&A 2 Familiar with Brand New Congress, Progressives running in every district in 2018, John Nichols
Published: 2016/11/20
Channel: Daniel Folkman
Brand New Congress Livestream
Brand New Congress Livestream
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: Zenia Perez
Stacey Hopkins Talks about Brand New Congress
Stacey Hopkins Talks about Brand New Congress
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: The Benjamin Dixon Show
First meeting of Brand New Congress in our local area
First meeting of Brand New Congress in our local area
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: Real Progressives
Will Bernie
Will Bernie's Legacy Be A Brand New Progressive Congress?
Published: 2016/07/27
Channel: Thom Hartmann Program
Help us find candidates!
Help us find candidates!
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress
Brand New Congress
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: RND0MPolitics 1
Brand New Congress meeting: Stephen Metoyer, Black Men for Bernie
Brand New Congress meeting: Stephen Metoyer, Black Men for Bernie
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: GVFJ
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Website brandnewcongress.org

Brand New Congress is an American political action committee formed by former staffers and supporters of the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign to elect hundreds of new Congressional representatives in line with the campaign's political platform.[1][2][3][4][5]

Background[edit]

Brand New Congress is a volunteer-led American political organization that intends to run campaigns for over 400 United States Congresspeople with candidates of the organization's choosing[6] by the 2018 midterm elections, regardless of party affiliation.[7] The organization plans to make staffing and fundraising decisions for all of its candidates at once.[8] About 20 volunteers from Senator Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign formed the group in April 2016 as Sanders conceded the primary to Hillary Clinton.[9] They planned the organization to support Sanders's platform and carry its supporters' momentum into policymaking.[10] Brand New Congress planned to announce 50 candidates by March 2017 and over 400 by July 2017.[8][11] Of the 535 total seats in the United States Congress (House and Senate), 468 will be up for reelection in 2018. The group intends to run both Democratic and Republican candidates,[12] depending on regional demographics, as well as independents when an incumbent wins the primary. Brand New Congress requires candidates to align on Bernie Sander’s presidential platform, regardless of party affiliation. While there are large differences in Republican and Democratic policy beliefs, the Brand New Congress hopes that people will unify under the goal of reforming Congress.[13]

The grassroots are better qualified to run electoral campaigns than Democratic party operatives ... They just need to be given the tools, the data, the offices and the structure to succeed.
Zack Exley, former Sanders advisor and a founding member of Brand New Congress[14]

The group attended the July 2016 Democratic National Convention to canvass for support in protestor sites and throughout the city. As of that time, the group had raised $85,000, about 90 percent of which were small donations. Its email list contained 20,000 addresses. Brand New Congress was beginning a tour of 100 cities in mid-2016.[8] Founding members of the group were encouraged by the successful role of grassroots[15] fundraising in the Sanders campaign, which surpassed the Clinton campaign several times in monthly income.[14] As of October 2016, the group is accepting nominations for future candidates and is openly developing its economic platform.[16]

In March 2017, Brand New Congress announced that they teamed up with Justice Democrats to further their goals.[17]

Candidates[edit]

As of June 9, 2017, there are twelve candidates officially endorsed by Brand New Congress and ten by Justice Democrats, plus incumbent Ro Khanna.[18][19]

Candidate State Party District or Senate
Cori Bush[20] Missouri Democrat Missouri's 1st congressional district
Paula Jean Swearengin[21] West Virginia Democrat U.S. Senator of West Virginia
Anthony Clark[22][23] Illinois Democrat Illinois's 7th congressional district
Robb Ryerse[24][25] Arkansas Republican Arkansas's 3rd congressional district
Adrienne Bell[26] Texas Democrat Texas's 14th congressional district
Michael A. Hepburn [27] Florida Democrat Florida's 27th congressional district
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez New York Democrat New York's 14th congressional district
Sarah Smith Washington Democrat Washington's 9th congressional district
Danny Ellyson Georgia Republican Georgia's 8th congressional district
Ryan Stone Texas Democrat Texas's 10th congressional district
Letitia Plummer Texas Democrat Texas's 22nd congressional district
Chardo Richardson Florida Democrat Florida's 7th congressional district

Platform[edit]

Their platform contains many progressive priorities, with the following overarching goals:[28]

  • Rebuild the economy through infrastructure and community investment.
  • Fix the healthcare mess with Medicare for All and increased access to medical services.
  • End mass incarceration by ending the War on Drugs and demilitarizing police.
  • Fight for families through fixing schools and family leave.
  • Clean up Washington D.C. by cutting taxes for middle and low income people and removing money from politics.
  • Reform our immigration system with employment verification systems and global legal immigration centers.
  • Stop fighting reckless wars yet support economic development like with the Marshall Plan.
  • Address climate change through building a green economy and a 100% renewable energy system.

Summer for Progress[edit]

Several progressive organizations, including Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, Democratic Socialists of America, National Nurses United, Working Families Party, and Fight for 15, announced in July 2017 a push to encourage House Democrats to sign on to a #PeoplesPlatform, which consists of supporting "eight bills currently in the House of Representatives that will address the concerns of everyday Americans."[29] These eight bills and the topics they address are:

  1. Medicare for All: H.R. 676 Medicare For All Act[30]
  2. Free College Tuition: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017[31]
  3. Worker Rights: H.R.15 - Raise the Wage Act [32]
  4. Women’s Rights: H.R.771 - Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017 [33]
  5. Voting Rights: H.R. 2840 - Automatic Voter Registration Act[34]
  6. Environmental Justice: Climate Change Bill - TBD
  7. Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: H.R. 3227 - Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2017[35]
  8. Taxing Wall Street: H.R. 1144 - Inclusive Prosperity Act[36]

See also[edit]

  • Our Revolution – the official political action organization spun out of the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign
  • Justice Democrats – a PAC dedicated to replacing corporate-backed Democratic Congressional representatives

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stein, Jeff (May 30, 2016). "The Bernie Congress: meet the insurgents trying to recreate Sanders's movement down ballot". Vox. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Mahler, Jonathan; Alcindor, Yamiche (May 22, 2016). "Bernie Sanders Makes a Campaign Mark. Now, Can He Make a Legacy?". Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ Mahler, Jonathan; Corasaniti, Nick (May 5, 2016). "Bernie Sanders’s Online Foot Soldiers Weigh Their Next Campaign". Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bernie Won’t Get the Nomination. But His Online Army Isn’t Done". Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Brand New Congress: 535 progressive candidates, 1 ticket". April 26, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ "FAQ". Brand New Congress. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  7. ^ "The Plan". Brand New Congress. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  8. ^ a b c d "What's next for Sanders backers? Replace the entire Congress". Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ SCHMIDT, PETER. "What's Next For College Students Who Backed Bernie Sanders." Chronicle Of Higher Education 62.41 (2016): A13. Education Source. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.
  10. ^ Sanders also announced his own organization to run progressive candidates, Our Revolution.[8]
  11. ^ "Still Feeling the Bern." CQ Magazine (July 25, 2016). http://library.cqpress.com/cqweekly/weeklyreport114-000004934438.
  12. ^ GUTTENPLAN, D. D. "The Future Of Bernie Sanders's Grassroots Army." Nation 302.25/26 (2016): 12. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.
  13. ^ GUTTENPLAN, D. D. "Clean Sweep." Nation 303.9/10 (2016): 22-24. Academic Search Complete. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.
  14. ^ a b Lachman, Samantha (April 27, 2016). "Former Sanders Staffers Want To Elect A 'Brand New Congress'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ SMITH, DALLAS, et al. "Letters." Nation 303.15 (2016): 2-34. Academic Search Complete. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.
  16. ^ "Brand New Congress". brandnewcongress.org. Retrieved 2016-11-20. 
  17. ^ Tom McKay (January 23, 2017). "Cenk Uygur, Bernie Sanders staffers team up to take over the Democratic Party". Mic.com. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Brand New Congress Official Candidates". 
  19. ^ "Justice Democrats Official Candidates". 
  20. ^ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/4/21/1655196/-Cori-Bush-Brand-New-Congress-candidate-for-Missouri-s-First-District
  21. ^ https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/joe-manchin-bernie-sanders-primary-challenge-west-virginia-senate-2018/525918/
  22. ^ http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-17-2017/Oak-Park-activist-announces-run-for-Congress/
  23. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-anthony-clark-congress-tl-0525-20170518-story,amp.html
  24. ^ https://www.arktimes.com
  25. ^ http://talkbusiness.net/2017/05/pastor-plans-gop-primary-challenge-to-rep-womack-running-on-brand-new-congress-platform/
  26. ^ http://www.galvnews.com/politics/buzz/article_95aff27f-c317-5dc0-9fe9-58c5648d5479.html
  27. ^ https://sflcn.com/bahamian-american-michael-a-hepburn-running-for-congress/
  28. ^ "Brand New Congress Official Platform". 
  29. ^ "Summer for Progress Petition". Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  30. ^ 115th Congress (2017) (January 24, 2017). "H.R. 676 (115th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 23, 2017. Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act 
  31. ^ 115th Congress (2017) (April 4, 2017). "H.R. 1880 (115th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 23, 2017. College for All Act of 2017 
  32. ^ 115th Congress (2017) (May 25, 2017). "H.R. 15 (115th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 23, 2017. Raise the Wage Act 
  33. ^ 115th Congress (2017) (January 31, 2017). "H.R. 771 (115th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 23, 2017. Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017 
  34. ^ 115th Congress (2017) (June 8, 2017). "H.R. 2840 (115th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 23, 2017. Automatic Voter Registration Act 
  35. ^ 115th Congress (2017) (July 13, 2017). "H.R. 3227 (115th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 23, 2017. To improve Federal sentencing and corrections practices, and for other purposes. 
  36. ^ 115th Congress (2017) (February 16, 2017). "H.R. 1144 (115th)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 23, 2017. Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2017 

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