September 19, 2023
The California Senate candidate has received the backing of Our Revolution, as top Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders argue that her advocacy for peace and justice distinguishes her as a candidate.
Representative Barbara Lee speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol on August 12, 2022.
(Photographer: Ting Shen / Bloomberg)
Joseph Geevarghese, the veteran union organizer and economic justice activist who played a vital role in launching the “Fight for 15” movement to raise wages, recalls the frustrating days when top Democrats hesitated to support calls for doubling the minimum wage.
“The Democratic establishment wasn’t with us and there were very few members of Congress who were willing to stand with the workers back in 2015,” recalls Geevarghese. “Bernie Sanders was there. And, of course, Barbara Lee.”
That’s one of the reasons Geevarghese, who now serves as executive director of Our Revolution, the national grassroots organization formed by Sanders backers after the 2016 presidential campaign, is so enthusiastic about her candidacy for California’s open US Senate seat. “At the end of the day,” Geevarghese says, “Barbara Lee is the movement candidate.”
That’s also why, tonight, Our Revolution will endorse Lee, swinging its...