News Release

News Conference on Key Issues at Dec. 8-9 Final Meeting of Democratic Party’s “Unity Reform Commission”


Key Issues at Dec. 8-9 Final Meeting of Democratic Party’s “Unity Reform Commission”

When:  Friday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

Where:  Marriott Wardman Park Hotel — Room 8226, Park Tower

2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Speakers at this news conference — representing organizations with several million members nationwide — will address key issues to be voted on by the Democratic Party’s Unity Reform Commission at its final meeting Dec. 8-9, including the contentious matter of superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention.

The final meeting of the Commission will convene on Friday (Dec. 8) at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.

During the hour prior to the news conference, speakers will be available for individual interviews beginning at Noon, also in Room 8226 in the hotel’s Park Tower section.

News conference speakers will include:

*  Kurt Walters, Campaign Director of Demand Progress

*  Norman Solomon, National Coordinator of

*  Karen Bernal, Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus

*  Pia Gallegos, civil rights attorney and Democratic Party ward chair in New Mexico

Solomon, Bernal and Gallegos are co-authors of the new report “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis.” The report warns that allowing any remaining superdelegates “would still represent a barrier to a democratic Democratic National Convention.” The report concludes: “The superdelegate system, by its very nature, undermines the vital precept of one person, one vote. The voting power of all superdelegates must end.” Concerns are detailed in the Autopsy report’s “Democracy and the Party” section.