Progressives Are Calling On Debbie Wasserman Schultz To Step Down From DNC Chair


The progressive activist organisation CREDO Mobile launched a petition Wednesday evening calling on the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz( D-Fla .), to resign from her post.

CREDO’s petition capitalises on yet another moment in which Wasserman Schultz has raised the ire of progressives. Earlier on Wednesday, the DNC chair suggested in a New York Times Magazine interview that there is “a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided.” The remark, which instantly angered reproductive rights activists, was in response to a question about whether she saw “a generational divide” among women when it comes to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.( Wasserman Schultz’s remark inadvertently implicates her, since she was only 6 years old at the time of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision decriminalize abortion nationwide .)

Wasserman Schultz’s remark resuscitated a claim that reproductive justice proponents have refuted previously. After the interview came out, Erin Matson, co-founder of different groups Repro Action, encouraged those born after Roe v. Wade was decided and who are active on reproductive justice issues to talk about their work employing the hashtag #DearDebbie on Twitter. Hundreds of examples followed. Wasserman Schultz later released a statement saying that her message was meant to convey that she believed “women of every generation — mine included” needed to speak out for reproductive rights.

The DNC chair, who was elected to a four-year word at the head of the committee in 2013, previously upset progressives by refusing to add more debates to the Democratic primary calendar and by attempting to undermine Democratic support for the Iranian nuclear bargain. The San Francisco-based CREDO quotes these moves, in addition to her lobbying “to stop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from cracking down on predatory lenders.” CREDO also blames Wasserman Schultz for letting the DNC to partner with the New Hampshire Union-Leader, which has published numerous anti-abortion editorials, when hosting one of the Democratic primary debates.

“As DNC chair, you have repeatedly failed to act in the best interests of progressives and the Democratic Party, ” CREDO’s petition reads. “You have lost the trust of grassroots progressives and Democrat. Please resign immediately.”

CREDO, a private, for-profit mobile phone company with more than 100,000 clients, uses funds created from the business side of its operations to fund donations to advocacy groups and to operate campaigns engaging its network of 3.6 million members for progressive causes.

Two recent petitions on other progressive platforms — and RootsAction — have already net virtually 90,000 signatures.

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