By: Jasmine Hardy
Activist and Women’s March Co-Chair, Tamika D. Mallory was joined by Senator Nina Turner, President, and CEO of National Urban League, Marc Morial, Artist, Mysonne, and more for the “Power to the Polls” event in Washington, D.C. The event highlighted voter suppression and the importance of the fight to help those formerly incarcerated earn their voting rights back.
Turner's speech on voting rights is the one thing you need to hear today.
Ohio State Senator Nina Turner delivered a fiery speech today in Washington, D.C., at the “Power of the Polls” event calling out voter disenfranchisement as a reinvented form of racism.
“After Reconstruction in 1877, some Jim Crow laws lasted until 1975 on purpose. What was the purpose of Jim Crow? To carry out what the Black codes set in motion, on purpose— not by accident,” Turner said to a crowd at New Bethel Baptist Church.
Nina Turner in her Our Revolution office in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2018 Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr (The Root)
If Nina Turner is tired and stressed out when I catch up with her in April, in her cluttered, Washington, D.C., office at Our Revolution, she doesn’t show it. She rarely works less than 12 hours a day, and her hectic schedule essentially keeps her on a plane; she has just flown into D.C. after a canvassing event the day before and is headed out of town to another one the following day.
Nina Turner is a lifelong Democrat. But she believes the party needs to take a good, hard look in the mirror before it can secure its future.
Turner — a passionate supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the president of Our Revolution, the political organization initially founded by the senator to push his agenda — said the Democratic Party needs to own up to its mistakes to win back voters to the party.
On Thursday, political organization Our Revolution announced the addition of a progressive powerhouse, Nina Turner, as its president.
The organization announced their new addition through a press release issued online.
“The Our Revolution Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of a new president. Our Revolution is dedicated to the mission and founding principles of the political revolution started by Senator Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. Nina Turner, the former Ohio State Senator and Our Revolution Board Member, is set to take the helm and lead the organization to the next phase of success and growth.”
Turner is set to replace previous President Jeff Weaver, who previously served as Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager. Some were critical of Weaver’s involvement in the organization, considering some of the mishandling and missteps he engaged in during the 2016 campaign.