It was a question that the Progressive Caucus was asking after the caucus results were released Tuesday night.
“The progressive caucus has a very strong sense of urgency and urgency is not a word that comes to mind,” said Rachel Clements, the caucus chair and the former chair of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania.
“We have to move fast to turn the clock back.”
In fact, the Progressive caucus has already been working to make that happen.
“As we’ve moved from the Sanders caucus to the Democratic caucus, we have seen a tremendous surge of support from people who have been waiting a long time to make their voices heard,” said the caucus’s chair, David Kestenbaum.
“Our goal is to build momentum for the progressive vote in 2018.”
It’s a process that has taken the caucus a little over a year.
The Progressive Caucus began its work in January of this year, and since then, the group has collected more than 2.5 million signatures on the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination platform.
The Democratic Party endorsed Clements as chair in July of that year, after she helped to draft a platform that included the words “women’s rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, health care, and the environment.”
It also endorsed Calford and several other progressive caucus members for their leadership roles in drafting the platform, and for taking on Trump and the GOP during the 2020 campaign.
That platform includes the phrase “All Lives Matter,” which Calfell called “one of the most important words in our platform.”
“I am proud of my progressive credentials, but we’re also a caucus,” Calfelds said.
“I’m a progressive, and that’s what we believe in.
We believe in fairness, and we believe that there is a way forward.”
The Progressive caucus began working on its platform in January, after the 2016 election, and it has collected over 2.7 million signatures.
In May, it formally launched its effort to draft the 2020 platform, which it released on Monday.
The platform was a long and difficult process, and one that involved a lot of meetings with various groups and individuals, and even with the Democratic National Committee, which has been supportive of the Progressive caucuses efforts.
“There were several times when we thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be an uphill battle,'” said Calfelelds.
But after the platform was finalized, and a final version was put out by the Democratic Leadership Council, the Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, endorsed the Progressive Coalition.
“It was a very important moment for us,” said Cufeleld.
“She recognized that there are issues that are important to us, and I think the progressive movement is really a movement for progress.
It is a movement to improve our lives, to protect our communities, to create a better future.”
Calfellelds says that while she is proud of the progressive caucus, she is also proud of her caucus and what it’s accomplished in the past.
“At the end of the day, the progressive effort was an important piece of the platform and was part of the work of the Sanders campaign and the Democratic candidates in the 2016 and 2020 campaigns,” Cufeld said.
The next step, she said, is to push the Progressive agenda to the top of the party platform, including the 2020 nomination process.
“Now that the platform has been published, I’m very excited to work with all of our members to see what we can do to make sure that we make sure the Democratic party is on the front lines of that fight,” Cfellelds added.
“So far, it has been really positive.”
The Democratic party platform includes a pledge to “promote racial equity in the voting process,” and it also calls for the establishment of a National Network for the Advancement of Women.
Calfielas goals, and those of other progressive members, are not just to help win elections, but also to make the Democratic platform more progressive.
“This is not just about voting.
It’s about making sure that every candidate is given a chance to run for president and to lead their party,” said Maddy McLeod, the chair of New Hampshire’s Progressive Caucus.
“If you think that it’s going to have a huge impact on our national elections, you are mistaken.
It will have a very big impact on the people who will actually be the leaders in the Democratic coalition.”