Posted 9 months ago on Dec. 8, 2017, 8:28 a.m. EST by factsrfun
from Phoenix, AZ
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Why “Democrats”? Why not just start a new party?
The two-party paradigm is the model for our country’s current political system. While we agree with and often champion many third-party candidates and movements, the reality is that right now it is next to impossible for a third-party candidate to win a national election.
We want our democracy to work for Americans again as soon as possible. The best way to do this is by working to change the Democratic party from the inside out. Once Justice Democrats take power, we plan to implement electoral reform like ranked choice voting so third parties can have more power in our democracy.
How are you different from these other Democratic groups such as Brand New Congress and Our Revolution?
We are thrilled that so many new organizations have come forward to enact change. Some groups, such as Our Revolution are focusing on local and state elections. Brand New Congress has many of the same principles as us, but are attempting to recruit Congressional candidates to run as Republicans in red districts. Justice Democrats is recruiting and running Democrats all over the country (starting with Congress) and our belief is that strong Democrats with a real message have the best shot of winning anywhere -- even red districts.
Who is running Justice Democrats? Who are the major players?
The current board of Justice Democrats is Cenk Uygur, CEO of The Young Turks, Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Saikat Chakrabarti.
What is the relationship between Justice Democrats and The Young Turks?
The CEO of The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur is one of the founders of Justice Democrats. The Young Turks Network has been calling for a truly progressive Democratic party for several years. Justice Democrats was founded with a practical mission to rebuild the Democratic party and run corruption-free Democratic congressional campaigns that lead to a progressive and un-bought congress in 2018. Donations given to Justice Democrats are entirely separate from any other funding raised by The Young Turks and will be strictly used toward the Justice Democrats mission.
About the Candidates Who will the candidates be?
All candidates are required to pledge not to take any corporate PAC or corporate lobbyist money. Additionally, they will be progressive candidates who generally agree with the Justice Democrats platform. Please check out the detailed description of who we are looking for at the top of our candidate nomination form. To help us find the right candidates, we need you to submit nominations of candidates in your district!. We've already launched some candidates -- read about them on our candidates page.
What about good candidates already in Congress? Are you going to run against them?
We won’t run against candidates that fully support the Justice Democrats platform, but we also know that challenging incumbents in primaries is the best way to make them start to listen to people over corporate donors.