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.
The president of Our Revolution on the disrespect women in this country face and why feminism needs men too.
By: Hannah Smothers
Throughout her career in local government and as an Ohio state senator, Nina Turner was asked plenty of times if she could "handle" being a wife, a mother, and a public servant all at the same time. Now as the president of Our Revolution, an organization that supports the election of progressives, she's encouraging women who feel they have something to give to their community, state, or country to feel the same sense of belonging that she says men feel when they wake up in the morning and decide they want to run for president.
On CNN, things got tense between former Sanders surrogate Nina Turner and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen over the recent revelations that surfaced about the DNC.
A conversation with Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution.
Repeatedly, establishment Democrats have infantilized and derided the progressive wing of the party.
Four years ago, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory walked outside the governor’s mansion in Raleigh and handed a tray of chocolate chip cookies to reproductive rights protesters, saying, “These are for you, God bless you.” A day earlier, he had signed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country. Understandably, the protesters were pissed: They slid the cookies back under the gate with a note expressing their preference for women’s healthcare over cookies, and chanted, ”Hey Pat, that was rude. You wouldn’t give cookies to a dude.”
Bernie Sanders and Nina Turner discuss the building of a movement to fight the oligarchy and the achievements of the People's Summit 2017.
Nina Turner: Senator Sanders, it is such a pleasure to have you on the debut of the Nina Turner Show.
Bernie Sanders: It is an honor to be here with one of my favorite people in the country.
Nina Turner: Well, thank you, Senator. I was hoping you'd say the world but you said the country.
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.
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.
“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.