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A large Chunk of the Democratic Party takes another blow that just may have knocked them out of the party. On Saturday, Progressive activists second chance at reforming the Democratic National Commitee were dashed after their choice for Chair , Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, was defeated by Tom Perez. The vote, which due to party rules, consisted of party insiders, raised questions as it created the perception of unfairness that reopened old wounds felt by the progressive wing of the party after this years contentious Democratic primary.
After the results were announced, many of Ellison's supporters rose from their seats in the back of the ballroom at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and have left the Democratic Party. Leaving with them, are a number of leftists who had hoped to move the party to cut ties with big corporations and donors and to create greater focus on labor rights and intersectionality .
"This shows that the Democratic Party can't or won't change and that its time for something new, a fresh party to start over with ," said April Baca, an Ellison backer and supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the party's divisive 2016 primary race.
Moreover, a number of Prominent activist groups and people have disavowed the decision of the party leadership. This list includes popular unions and grassroots groups like the Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, and the National Nurses United Co-president Jean Ross, whose organization was the first national union to endorse Sanders in 2015. Ross said she was "bitterly disappointed" by the result and accused Ellison's opponents of running a "smear campaign" against him.
With the recent division of the Democratic Party groups like Draft Bernie for a People's Party, Brand New Congress, and even the Green Party have noted record numbers of new members and Donations . Leaders of these groups have claimed this uptick is due to the large number of disaffected democrats who have decided to join them and possibly leave the Democratic establishment behind.
Whether the progressive wing has left for good is up in the air , but one thing is certain , if the Democratic Party continues to ignore progressives, the rejection may serve as the catalyst to the political revolution that Sanders supporters have been advocating for since the 2016 primaries.