From the beginning, Brand New Congress has been animated by the idea that all people deserve a voice in the decisions affecting their lives and a place at the table in America’s democratic institutions. Since its founding in 2016, this clear moral stance has attracted a diverse, passionate group of volunteers, political candidates and employees to BNC’s ranks. These people are the driving force behind BNC’s big wins in its mission to elect regular working people to bring these values to Congress.

So when a group of these dedicated BNC employees and volunteers came together last Fall to discuss barriers…

Reflections on the 18th anniversary of 9/11

By Robb Ryerse

On September 13, 2001, I drove a 15-passenger van with the seats removed through the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan. Where the seats had been were cases and cases of bottled water — over a ton of water in fact. I had done the math while driving across the country from a small town in Michigan where I lived at the time.

In the hours after the tragic attacks on September 11th, my farm-town community had rallied to help in some tangible way. Community members bought bottled water and dropped it…

One year later, we are still left with the question, “What are you willing to sacrifice?”

By Anthony Clark

Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother, with supporters in Charlottesville, VA. Photo credit: CNN

One year ago white supremacists converged on Charlottesville, Virginia, with the stated goal of unifying the American white nationalist movement. They engaged in violent confrontation, violently assaulting DeAndre Harris and murdering Heather Heyer. Their actions over the course of two days led to three deaths and dozens of serious injuries. This year, these same white supremacists are marching on our nation’s capital.

On this solemn anniversary I find myself wondering if those of us who stand against hate and oppression truly…

Transparency and accountability in the race to represent Missouri’s 1st

By Ron Stubblefield

Recently, our very own Cori Bush, candidate for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, was attacked by her opponent Congressman Clay for associating with Brand New Congress (BNC) and Justice Democrats (JD), whom he accused of being dark money conduits. The Congressman’s statements are patently false. We’re here, not to just simply tell you the Congressman is wrong, we’re here to show you the evidence.

Citizens’ trust in our politicians and government is around all-time lows due, in significant part, to money in politics. The lack of transparency around…

Justice must be driven by the best interests of the many, not the privileged few.

By Ron Stubblefield

In Federalist 51, James Madison famously opined that “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.”

The idea is that you give each branch of government the Constitutional means to protect themselves from encroachment by the other branches of government while providing the members of each branch the personal motive to resist the attempted overreach by other branches. In turn, you can avoid the plague of unfettered government power that only leads to the derailment of personal liberties and the existence of a…

Brand New Congress is fighting for the nation we must yet become.

By Ron Stubblefield

In honor of the 4th of July in 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of this nation’s finest orators, penned these words into the annals of American history:

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of…

Candidates often make vague promises to protect LGBTQIA rights. Generic affirmations are not good enough. We need concrete policy proposals to hold our elected officials accountable.

By Jordan Valerie Allen

Photo by Getty Images: Pride 2018

This weekend, I attended Pride for the first time in my life. It was incredible to see New York City filled with proud queer folks decked out in LGBTQIA paraphernalia. Though I have been out for about three years now, I never felt comfortable enough in my gender or sexuality to attend Pride. But finally, surrounded by friends I love deeply, I was able to join my community in celebrating…

Today, in Santa Fe, Texas, located in Adrienne Bell’s district (TX-14), the 22nd school shooting of 2018 unfolded when a gunman opened fire shortly after classes began at 7:30 a.m. local time, killing 10 and wounding more. In the wake of today’s shooting, the deadly Parkland mass shooting and the March for Our Lives, one thing is crystal clear: Americans are done with establishment politicians and their inaction on the gun violence epidemic. Legislators can no longer hide behind empty “thoughts and prayers,” and will be held accountable for their capitulation to the gun lobby.

With political will finally shifting…

We need far more than just visibility for one day each year.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images / KENA BETANCUR

By Jordan Valerie Allen

Today, March 31, is the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Today, we celebrate the transgender community and advocate for the change we so desperately need.

But a single day of visibility alone has no true meaning. Because with increased visibility, we have also experienced increased vulnerability, and for every other day of the year, our vulnerability is ignored and erased. Even today, few politicians or candidates are speaking up about the importance of transgender equality and the epidemic of anti-transgender violence in our nation.

2017 was the most dangerous year for transgender Americans in recorded history…

A record number of women are getting involved in our political process at every level.

If 2018 is remembered for anything, it may well be remembered for being #LedByWomen. Though midterm elections are still months off, candidates have been working hard to win primaries, to raise funds, and to set their sights on Washington — and this year, an incredible number of them are women.

Compared with 2016, the number of women running for major offices in 2018, vying to be mayors, governors, senators and representatives, has almost — or more than — doubled across the board. So far over…

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