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Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

March 17, 2017

 

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State’s Attorney Foxx and Florida State Rep. Ausley join U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (VA), New York State Assembly Member Michael Blake, and California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma as honorary co-chairs

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What a month! New Leaders Council and its chapters are always living the call for progressive leadership across the country, but this month was unique. February has been a banner month for NLC, and we will continue to build on the momentum. Here's what NLC was up to this month:

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The executive actions banning refugees and Muslims by President Trump is an attack on the foundation of what we stand for as Americans. We are a nation of immigrants built on principles of freedom, and President Trump’s ban is nothing more than blatant discrimination. We must refuse to sit silently. 

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The past few weeks have been an incredibly exciting time for NLC. We have launched this year's NLC Institute, celebrated with our alumni who are impacting their communities, and marched for the progressive values we share. We are excited to see what our community accomplishes in 2017.  

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There has been some exciting news from the NLC community over the past week. In just a few days, NLC alumni have been elected, sworn in, or appointed to local office. These leaders join dozens of NLC alumni who have been elected or appointed to public office, or are working for progressive candidates.

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Our hearts are heavy today as NLC mourns the loss of a leader and a friend, Reese Neader. 

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Donald Trump has surrounded himself with advisors who have a history of racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and nationalist behavior.

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Forward

Every movement in our nation’s history faced setbacks. Yesterday, the progressive movement was dealt a blow, yet even in the worst of times we’ve come together to find the strength to move forward. 

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Moving Forward

Six years ago, I spoke as Executive Director of New Leaders Council for the first time. I spoke to a room filled with millennial leaders, and told them this plain truth: their forbearers broke the system—they fractured the basic compact underlying the American process. I put the challenge to the room: it was up to them, to their generation, to clean up the mess. 

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