By Norman Solomon and RootsAction
Rep. Ro Khanna addressing the Bay Area housing crisis
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Statement on the June 28 vote by California's delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Barbara Lee, and former Labor secretary Hilda Solis as the delegation's co-chairs:
Our victory today was propelled by grassroots support for the strong progressive programs of the Bernie 2020 campaign. At a time when the pandemic has further exposed the terrible injustices of extreme income inequality and the inhumane consequences of profit-driven healthcare, the Sanders agenda is more compelling than ever.
Mindful that old formulas of power politics cannot create a decent society, we began the Ro for Chair campaign less than two weeks ago, shortly after the election of Bernie delegates all over California. In the next eight weeks, during the lead-up and proceedings of the party's national convention, we have an opportunity to reshape the contours of what is perceived as possible for the Democratic Party and the country.
The groundswell of support for Rep. Khanna to lead the largest state delegation to the convention has yielded a bonus -- the additional selection of his House colleague Barbara Lee. Their records in Congress show that they fully recognize the need for a fundamental change in national budget priorities. In tandem with grassroots activism, their leadership of our delegation will help to amplify Senator Sanders's insistence that the government should serve the public interest -- not corporate America, the 1 percent, and the military-industrial complex.
Bernie Sanders delegate 2020 (CA-02)
National director, RootsAction.org
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By John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle
pair of Bay Area representatives is in and Gov. Gavin Newsom is out as California Democrats chose the leaders of their delegation to the Democratic National Convention in August.
Rep. Ro Khanna of Fremont and Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland will join Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis as the co-chairs of the 495-member state delegation rather than Newsom, who as California's highest-ranking Democrat would normally lead the state contingent.
Dubbing the proposed co-chairs "California's unity team," Rusty Hicks, chair of the California Democratic Party, told delegates on a Sunday morning dial-in meeting of the delegation that the three "will represent the great diversity of California."
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