Kim Brown of The Real News Network interviews Nina Turner, a former state senator of Ohio, and a principal surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign of 2016.

 

The transcript:

KIM BROWN: Welcome. Well, as always, we’re glad to have you here, Nina. So, Senator, let’s break this down into sort of two parts, if we could, like the environment at large with rising seas, more powerful storms, and hurricanes and the like, and then environmental justice part, the sort of willful neglect of citizens in communities like Baltimore, like Cleveland, like Flint and countless others across the country.

 

Let’s start here, if we could, with the environmental justice perspective. Why is it that the major parties, both Republican and Democrat, don’t seem to make the issues like lead contamination, like air pollution, like all these different public health impacts that are a direct result of environmental toxicity?

Her Candid Interview About Life, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an exclusive in-depth interview that Journalist Walter Yeates conducted with Former Ohio State Senator, Senator Bernie Sanders surrogate, and current Our Revolution Board Member, Nina Turner.

Early Career in Public Service

“What you are seeking is seeking you” — a popular quote Turner mentioned spur-of-the-moment when asked what motivated her to run for office. “I never saw myself running for office, but as my life began to unfold and I had different exposure, I saw the power of public policy and what strong, committed people, especially strong personalities, could really do with the bully pulpit — to both push policy and make a difference in the lives of individuals.”

Turner served in the cabinet of Cleveland Mayor, Michael R. White, in 1999 and was the Director of Government Affairs for the Cleveland Municipal School District shortly thereafter. In 2001, Turner made an unsuccessful run for the Cleveland City Council, yet would later win her second bid for the city council in 2005.

Her time in office and her life experiences played a key role in molding her worldview and developing her political philosophy.

Former Ohio State Senator Turner tells Paul Jay that in defeating Keith Ellison as DNC Chair, the leadership has chosen to maintain the dominance of big donors and reject the progressive wing of the party.

PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore.

Tom Perez beat Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison for the DNC Chair in a vote held last Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia. Perez, who served as President Obama's Labor Secretary won by a thin margin, only 35 votes out a 435 vote total. Following his victory, Perez appointed Ellison his Deputy DNC Chair, though according to the intercept, this is not an official position in the party's bylaws.

Perez was an outspoken supporter for Clinton during the primaries while Ellison was a vocal backer of Sanders. The race came to signify the conflict between the establishment and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. During the campaign, Perez was criticized for representing the faction of the party that's unwilling to break with its Wall Street alliance, while Ellison was hit by a smear campaign spearheaded by Democratic Party donor Haim Saban.

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Okay we’re live on the Real News Network in downtown Philadelphia. This is Paul Jay and I’m in the car with Danny Glover. Activist and actor. This is Danny. Are we seeing Danny?

So we’re on our way to the media pavilion at the Wells Fargo Center where the Democratic Convention is taking place there dealing with Nina Turner who’s going to speak, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, and others. Nina’s going to explain what happened to her at the Democratic National Convention. She was--as far as we know right now, as best we know, Nina was supposed to nominate Bernie Sanders and at the last minute was told—Bernie Sanders had to say, that she couldn’t. We’re going to get the whole story when we get to the press conference. What the press conference is about is in support of Nina Turner. Nina Turner of course is a surrogate, is an actor but was also campaigning for Bernie Sanders throughout the whole primary campaign. As a former senator from Ohio and some people are even talking about her as a possible presidential nominee or candidate in 2020.

On Saturday more than 1,000 protesters will rally outside a Nissan assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, a demonstration that is the culmination of years of corporate policy intended to dissuade workers from unionizing. Marching alongside employees, activists, and politicians alike will be Nina Turner, the Democratic leader and former Ohio state senator who has spent decades advocating for everyday Americans. During her time in the Ohio Senate, Turner fought for legislation that would level the playing field for women and men—including introducing the “Viagra bill,” which would subject men to the same scrupulous levels of regulations women face over their reproductive choices—and her dedication has continued into her postlegislative role.

On a grey Saturday afternoon, former Bernie Sanders surrogate Nina Turner addressed an assembled crowd in front of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., calling on them to act in the spirit of the civil rights leader and take inspiration from his struggle for the fight ahead.

Former State Senator Nina Turner (OH-D) is one of the most engaging, inspiring, dynamic and feisty progressive leaders out there. Turner made headlines as a state senator for her creative and spunky legislating, including her 2012 bill that sought to apply the invasive, infantilizing and humiliating laws that controlled women’s bodies to men. 

Progressive activists are pushing for Bernie Sanders champion Nina Turner to run for Governor in Ohio in 2018.

I guess since we’re already dreaming about our progressive savior taking the presidency back in 2020, it’s okay that we begin thinking about which Bernicrats we can elect in the 2018 election too.

A growing movement to get Turner to run for governor is being led by progressive Berniecrats who have created “Turn Ohio Around,” a play on Turner’s name. Many in the state who worked for the Sanders campaign have jumped onboard this new project, inching toward fundraising for Turner as their next step.

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