News Release

Progressive Groups “Urgently” Ask for a Meeting with Pelosi

Expressing “deep concern” about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent comments disparaging four progressive first-term congresswomen, a coalition of organizations with active support from nearly 10 million Americans has “urgently” requested a meeting with her “to discuss possibilities for turning a corner.”

“Dismissive comments about new progressive members of Congress have given the impression of a disdainful attitude toward like-minded progressives and Democratic activists across the country,” the groups said in a letter released today after delivery to Pelosi’s office at the Capitol on Wednesday.

The letter was signed by six national organizations — Demand Progress, Democracy for America, Just Foreign Policy, Our Revolution, Progressive Democrats of America and RootsAction.org. It was also signed by the largest caucus of the biggest state party, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

“Going forward, it is imperative that your role — not only toward those individual legislators, but also toward many millions of Americans who share their transformational outlooks — now include mitigating the damage from those comments and providing the caliber of leadership needed at this fateful historic moment,” the groups told Pelosi.

The letter added: “At a time when flagrant institutionalized cruelty, racism, xenophobia, misogyny and other forms of bigotry have reached new depths from Republican leaders, we can ill afford the slightest wavering from unequivocal opposition to such extremism. Efforts to strengthen our resolve should be welcomed.”

Noting that “the ultimate fate of legislative and electoral efforts will depend on active support from millions of people at the grassroots,” the groups wrote that “we respectfully request a meeting with you in Washington before the end of this month to discuss these pressing concerns.”

The letter was accepted by a legislative aide in Speaker Pelosi’s office at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. No response has been received yet.

The full letter can be seen here.