People’s Progressive Movements Leading to Change in Washington

Misty Rebik, a native of Iowa who led Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Iowa Caucus campaign, presents the senator at a campaign event. (Submitted)

Misty Rebik walks with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders outside of a 2019 Iowa Caucus campaign event in Des Moines. Rebik, who campaigned in Iowa, is now the senator’s chief of staff. She will participate in a virtual program for the Iowa Progressives on Saturday. (Submitted)

Progressives win the argument of what politics and government should and could look like, says Misty Rebik, but their challenge is to “prove to workers that when Democrats are in power, we work for them, not for the interests. powerful ”.

As chief of staff to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Rebik is at the forefront of bringing the “big and bold ideas” to fruition that progressives have been advocating for decades.

The ideas appear in the federal coronavirus pandemic relief measures and are the ones progressives hope to include in a $ 3.5 trillion budget.

The ideas, she said, are what groups like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement have “been implementing for decades.”

Rebik will be among those attending the rights group’s “Another World is Possible – Ours” virtual conference on Saturday.

“I got started organizing at Iowa CCI in my early twenties,” right after graduating from the University of Iowa, says Rebik, now 35 and raised in Iowa.

Prior to working for Sanders’ 2020 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, she worked with the populist advocacy group, managed the gubernatorial campaign for union president Cathy Glasson, and worked on issues social justice and work.

The ideals of the citizens of Iowa for community improvement and other progressive organizations are winning because the movement offers “a vision of restoring our government’s promise to be of and for the people, a government that really cares about workers, ”says Rebik. “And we kind of thwart Trumpism with the notion of everyone in and nobody out.”

The change might not happen as quickly as some progressives would like, but Rebik believes the glass is definitely half full.

President Joe Biden, she said, has listened to progressives “and taken steps in the direction of what people have been asking for.”

“People from all walks of life are suffering, and he recognizes that and sees that the progressive movement offers a lot of solutions,” she said.

Sanders’ bid for the 2020 nomination may have failed, Rebik says, but in some ways the Socialists and Progressive Democrats won the election.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has won backing for a $ 3.5 trillion spending plan that includes Medicare expansion. Ten years ago, Rebik says, Democrats were fighting to prevent $ 4 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs.

“So I feel like we’re gaining momentum,” Rebik says. “We have to see this through to the end. We can’t stop now. We need to keep moving forward and delivering.

Additionally, as part of the conference, Rebik will interview Heather McGhee, author of “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” which is also on the program.

For more information on the conference and the speakers, visit https://cciaction.org/uptous/.

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