A left-wing group that supports, among other things, the Green New Deal has endorsed a candidate for Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District, and it’s not Democratic incumbent Jim Cooper.
Members of that group, Democracy for America, said on their Facebook page this week that they want Nashville public defender Keeda Haynes to replace Cooper.
“Keeda Haynes gives Democrats in Tennessee’s 5th District the chance to replace the wildly out-of-step, Republican-lite Democrat who currently represents them, with a bold, visionary leader who is committed to their progressive values and will bring a range of life experience that is desperately needed in the halls of Congress,” DFA officials said.
In their statement, DFA officials also said Haynes served for a crime she did not commit.
On their main website, DFA officials said Haynes will fight what they call economic, racial, environmental, gender, and healthcare injustice.
DFA has 3,727 members in Cooper’s district and 18,883 in the state of Tennessee, according to the group’s website.
Cooper has represented Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District since 2003.
As reported in November, Cooper recently went from opposing the Green New Deal to supporting it. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) released the resolution that’s become a central part of the Democratic agenda.
The “Green New Deal” resolution calls for “10-year national mobilizations” towards a series of goals aimed at fighting global warming, according to a copy of the bill obtained by NPR. A separate fact-sheet claims the plan would “mobilize every aspect of American society on a scale not seen since World War 2.”
That includes getting all our energy needs from “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” by “dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s non-binding resolution calls for a variety of social justice and welfare state goals, including “a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security” and “high-quality health care” benefits for Americans.
The resolution calls for “repairing historic oppression” among certain groups, including minorities, immigrants, women, low-income workers, indigenous people and youth collectively called “frontline and vulnerable communities.”
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