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Together, we will reform the Democratic Party and create a government that actually represents working people. http://JusticeDemocrats.com
—@justicedems[1]

Justice Democrats are a progressive political organization formed just after the inauguration of Donald Trump, formed in response to Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 election. Founded by Cenk Uygur and Kyle Kulinski of The Young Turks, and Bernie Sanders staffers.[2] Their goal is "to usher in a new generation of diverse working class leaders into the Democratic Party. A Democratic Party that fights for its voters, not just corporate donors."[3]

Platform[edit]

Their stated purpose is a continuation of the anti-establishment left-wing movement started by Bernie Sanders in the 2016 race. Their campaign is called "We Will Replace You", and are ideologically aligned with Our Revolution.

On The Issues[edit]

Elections and Notable Members[edit]

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is their most notable success, ousting 10 term New York Congressman Joe Crowley.[5] [6] She is arguably the defacto leader. [7]
  • Ro Khanna, Congressman representing California's 17th district, joined while Uygur was still involved.[8]
  • Ilhan Omar, Congresswoman representing Minnesota's 5thth district.[9]
  • Rashida Tlaib, Congresswoman representing Michigan's 13th district.[9]
  • Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman representing Massachusetts's 7th district.[9]
  • Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman representing Washington's 7th district.[9]
  • Raúl Grijalva joined in December 2017,[10] he was the formed co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus [11]

2018 Midterms[edit]

The midterms weren't as good as expected, most media outlets reported the midterms as a disaster for Bernie Sanders.[12] However there were gains even if didn't result in wins as pointed out by D.D. Guttenplan.[13]

2020[edit]

Alexandra Rojas, Executive Director and person who helped to get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected, hopes to find new progressive talent for 2020.[14]

Actions[edit]

Opposition to Pelosi[edit]

While they weren't putting out candidates for Speaker of the House of Representatives, they were building their ranks which are generally more left wing and ideologically opposed to Nancy Pelosi.[15]

They're Coming To Get You[edit]

Those Democrats who aren't in opposition to 'money in politics' should watch their back, because Justice Democrats are going to Primary against them to get rid of them.[16] Politico describes it as an ideological war in the Democratic Party as the Progressive wing and Establishment wing try to wrestle control.[17] More recently, a video produced by them seemed to suggest that the general public should put pressure on Local Representatives who aren't Progressive enough, at least according to The Hill. [18]

They're Coming To Get Henry Cuellar In Particular[edit]

Described as a 'fake Democrat' in a Justice Democrat tweet,[19] they're seeking the overthrow the Texan.

Controversy[edit]

  • Cenk Uygur was kicked out of the group for being a sex pest and generally misogynistic.[20] These comments date back 20 years.[21] Justice Democrats also issued a statement.[22]
  • Kyle Kulinski also left because he didn't like the way Cenk was treated [23]

Fake Controversy?[edit]

  • Many right wing organisations reported that Saikat Chakrabarti, Cortez's Chief of Staff, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were removed from the PAC board.[24] There were also reports that Cortez may face jail time for not fully disclosing her relationship with the PAC. [25] This was called false by Justice Democrats.[26]

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