WASHINGTON -- Declaring that "now is the time for a chair who has a very different vision of the party than those who are in control today," U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday told the hundreds of thousands who tuned in to Our Revolution's livestream event that "now is the time for Keith Ellison to become chair of the Democratic Party."
"The American people were listening last night," said Our Revolution's Executive Director Shannon Jackson. "Keith’s message and the outline of his vision for a united Democratic Party reached over 1 million people online through Youtube, Facebook Live, and ourrevolution.com."
The event, held at the American Federation of Teachers headquarters in Washington, D.C., included a speech from AFT President Randi Weingarten, who called Ellison "the kind of organizer and fighter the Democratic Party needs right now to help engage Americans who want a party that champions working families."
Hilda Solis, former Secretary of Labor under the Obama administration, joined the livestream via video message. Solis endorsed Ellison calling him "a coalition builder."
LaToya Williams, a low-wage federal contract worker at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and organizer with the Communications Workers of America and Good Jobs Nation, said that she supports Ellison because he "encouraged me to keep fighting and organizing. He said that every worker deserves a good union job."
Ellison took the stage as the final speaker and gave a passionate speech, saying "we've got to stand up tall for small" and encouraged Democrats not to "push away" voters who they disagree with, but to "bring them in."
"For those of us that have been battling for real change for decades, we know which side we must be on," said Our Revolution Board Chair Larry Cohen. "We will stand with Keith Ellison and ask that millions of Americans across this nation stand with us."
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To see the full livestream, click here.