Donna Brazile

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Donna Brazile


Donna Brazile...is a leading Democratic Party operative. She is an adjunct professor, author, a syndicated columnist, and the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee.

In the 1990s Brazile was the communications director for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) didn't fair as well in presidential politics. Donna Brazile ran Al Gore's campaign for the White House in 2000.[1]

In March 2019 Donna Brazile hired on as a Fox News contributor.

Background

Ms. Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to support the campaign of a city council candidate who promised to build a playground in her neighborhood. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, she has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as presidential campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore.

Author of the best-selling autobiography Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In the media, she serves as a political contributor on CNN; consultant to ABC News; regularly appearing commentator on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos; and frequent contributor to NPR's News and Notes. In print and online, she is a columnist for Roll Call and Ms Magazine.

Washingtonian named Ms. Brazile one of the '100 most powerful women' and Essence named her one of the top 50 women in America. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has bestowed upon her its award for political achievement.

Prior to serving as Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation, Ms. Brazile dedicated herself to strengthening the American democratic process as chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all American citizens to participate in the electoral process. Her passion is encouraging young people to vote, work within the system to strengthen it, and run for public office.

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco appointed Ms. Brazile, a New Orleans native, a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the guiding agency charged with leading the state s rebuilding process in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes.

Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C[2]

Morial role-model

Donna Brazile’s cousins worked tirelessly to elect the first African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest N. Morial, who became one of her new role models.[3]

WFDY Conference

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In 1981, Brazile attended a Youth Peace and Disarmament Conference in Helsinki, Finland, and learned firsthand how negatively other peoples viewed nuclear arms. That was one of the factors that hardened her resolve to want to go to Washington to work towards change. The conference was the World Federation of Democratic Youth for peace, detente and disarmament. World Forum of Youth and Students, Helsinki, 19-23, January 1981.[4][5]

USSA

Brazile became actively involved in the United States Student Association (USSA), lined up a job as a lobbyist with the National Student Education Fund and moved to Washington, D.C. [6]

National Union of Homeless

Savina Martin's work has taken her all over the country participating in conferences, panel discussions, and at times living off of honorariums as she traveled to Mercy College in Detroit, or Manhattan Borough Community College to lecture on issues of poverty.

She marched on and demonstrated at the Washington mall, as well as hosting "speak-outs and tribunals at the United Nations, in New York City. These efforts were organized by the National Union of Homeless and their ability to brilliantly organize across the nation.

In 1987 the union organized a national "Housing Now March!" in Washington D.C., during that time a young advocacy worker by the name of Donna Brazile was hired as their national coordinator. A press conference was held at the Washington Press Club, where Savina spoke to and with supporter's, one name remembered was Hollywood Actor: John Voight. This was the march highlighted in the film by Director Peter Kinoy entitled: "Takeover!" [7]

Campaigner

1984 Brazile became involved with the Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign, serving as mobilization director, and she also worked with the Rainbow Coalition. The same year, Brazile worked on Walter Mondale's unsuccessful campaign for the White House. In 1987 she was hired as national field director for Dick Gephardt, a Missouri senator making a bid for the Democratic Party nomination. Brazile made history by becoming the first African American to hold such a post for a mainstream white candidate. "She has the ability to walk into a room of Southern white male politicians and get results," a colleague in the Gephardt campaign office told the Wall Street Journal. When Gephardt won the Iowa caucuses early in 1988, Brazile's organizational skills were cited as a primary reason for the victory.

Wellstone Action

In 2009 Donna Brazile was listed as a member of the Advisory Board[8] of Wellstone Action, a Minnesota based organization based on the political legacy[9] of that state’s late ‘progressive” Senator Paul Wellstone.

Wellstone Action and Wellstone Action Fund combine to form a national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement. Founded in January 2003, Wellstone Action's mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by continuing their work through training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive individuals and organizations.

Cuba trip

Donna Brazile, Karen Bass, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Jane Harman
Brazile with Alarcon, June 8, 2011
Cuban Foreign Ministry, June 6, 2011
Eith Cardinal Jaime Ortega, June 7, 2011

Rep. Karen Bass traveled to Havana, Cuba on June 5, 2011, accompanied by Donna Brazile, former Congresswoman Jane Harman, and Sara Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, in a "Women's Leadership Delegation". The trip was paid for ($2915 for Bass) by the Center for Democracy in the Americas.

The delegates participating in the Cuba fact-finding trip, attended meetings with Cuban academics, policymakers, journalists and NGO representatives, and toured various sites.[10]

DNC

As of 2012, officers of the Democratic National Committee were;[11]

National Democratic Institute

Circa 2012,Donna Brazile served on the Board of the National Democratic Institute, a US affiliate of the Socialist International.[12]

Democrats for Public Education

An energized resistance to ongoing attacks on education was on display at 2014's American Federation of Teachers national convention Los Angeles, July 11-14. Under the theme of "Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education," speakers and more than 3,500 delegates pledged to rebuff attacks by corporate forces on teachers, while also vowing to bring back equity in higher education for students and faculty.

Political strategist Donna Brazile, self-described in her address as a "labor Democrat," teaches at Georgetown University and is presently organizing her fellow part-time faculty adjuncts into a union.

Brazile described the recent Vergara v. California decision as "perverse," in its ruling that teacher tenure violates the civil rights of children. Social and economic inequality are the result of bad policies that have resulted in 22% of children living today under the federal poverty line, Brazile reported.

"As a lifelong Democrat I am ashamed by attempts by some within in my own party ... who are trying to undermine public schools under the guise of reform," Brazile said. "Let me state this bluntly: the assault on public education is an assault on the principles of democracy and the foundation of our country."

Brazile introduced Democrats for Public Education, a new organization to counter Democrats for Education Reform and other billionaire-funded organizations that pour money into charters and laws rolling back union protections. Former Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan will be working in partnership with Brazile in the new organization.[13]

"Clearing a path" for Hillary"

The Democratic National Committee is 'clearing a path' for Hillary Clinton to be its presidential nominee because its upper power echelons are populated with women, according to a female committee member who was in Las Vegas for October 2015's primary debate.

Speaking on the condition that she isn't identified, she told Daily Mail Online that the party is in the tank for Clinton, and the women who run the organization decided it 'early on.'

The committeewoman is supporting one of Hillary's rivals for the Democratic nomination, and said she spoke freely because she believes the former Secretary of State is benefiting from unfair favoritism inside the party.

Clinton aims to be the first female to occupy the Oval Office, and 'the party's female leaders really want to make a woman the next president,' the committeewoman said, rattling off a list of the women who she said are the 'real power' in the organization.

She rattled off a list of women at the top of the party hierarchy and said two vice chairs helped craft a decision this summer to favor Clinton

'I have nothing against women in politics,' she underscored. 'But it's not healthy for the party if we get behind a woman because she's a woman, and risk having her implode after she's nominated because she isn't tested enough now.'

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, along with vice chairs Donna Brazile and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake , are part of a female cabal dead set on putting a woman in the White House, according to a DNC committeewoman.

Five of the nine elected leaders of the DNC are women, including chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz – a Florida congresswoman – and a majority of the vice chairs.

Before Wasserman Schultz assumed her post at the DNC, she eagerly campaigned for Clinton during the then-New York senator's 2008 presidential run.

Also mentioned were DNC women like convention chief executive Rev. Leah Daughtry, vice chair Maria Elena Durazo and CEO Amy Dacey.[14]

Power lunch

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The Collective PAC May 4, 2018. Join us May 10th for our DC Power lunch! We will be joined by special guest Michael Eric Dyson, Donna Brazile, Stefanie Brown James, Quentin James and more.

Event Time: 12:30pm-2:00 PM

Location: The Hamilton - 600 14th street NW Washington DC 20005.

Busboys and Poets

Julianne Malveaux November 7, 2018:

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TONIGHT -- Talk politics with me and the Colored Girls in the wake of yesterday's midterm elections. Come to the Brookland Busboys and Poets to hear Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore talk about their historic book, their thoughts about the Democratic Party, and the path to 2020!

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