The two-time progressive congressional candidate is leaving the Democratic Party to build a major new party free of corporate money
Savannah, GA – June 8, 2021 – Lisa Ring, the progressive candidate for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District in 2018 and 2020, has joined the People’s Party as development manager. She brings years of experience as a strong candidate in a Republican district, anti-recidivism activist, and former Georgia Democratic Party leader. A Bernie National Delegate in 2016, she Co-Chaired the Georgia Delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
Ring will increase the kind of small-dollar grassroots fundraising that powered the Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns and allowed working people to seriously challenge the big-money political machines of the corporate parties. The Sanders campaigns raised more than $200 million each in small-dollar donations, with an average contribution of $27.
In the first full quarter since it began registering as a political party, the People’s Party has already exceeded the Green Party’s fundraising by 50 percent. It plans to far exceed that and take on the corporate parties as it brings together a development team with decades of experience in grassroots fundraising. The People’s Party rejects all corporate money and is proud to have an average contribution of $19.
The People’s Party’s corporate-free principles drew Ring.
“It took me decades to realize nobody in the two-party system cares that my children and I don’t have healthcare. That I spent more than two decades weighing the cost of childcare against a minimum wage job despite having a degree and experience. That my children may never own a home and are bogged down by the same student loan debt I still have.
They don’t care that my son has to fight for assistance to treat any issues created by his deployment to Iraq when he was 18. That our planet is suffering a climate crisis while they drill for oil in the Arctic.
A party driven by the will of the people is a necessity for folks like me. Our survival depends upon it.” – Lisa Ring
Ring ran for Congress against Republican Earl “Buddy” Carter in GA-01 in a historically Republican district. In 2018 she raised more money and got a higher percentage of the vote — nearly 43%, 106,000 votes — than any Democratic candidate in the district in nearly 30 years. Ring was endorsed by Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, the Georgia AFL-CIO, the National Social Workers Union, the Sierra Club, Nina Turner, Marianne Williamson, and more.
Ring held many other Democratic Party positions, including founder of the Bryan County Democratic Committee, Chair of the 1st Congressional District, and member of the state Democratic Party Executive Committee. She was also the executive director of an anti-recidivism initiative.
The People’s Party has more than 150,000 members and is fighting to guarantee a good-paying job, Medicare, housing, college, strong unions, a basic income, a secure retirement, and a Green New Deal as human rights. It is fighting to guarantee freedom from war, mass incarceration, and monopolies and trusts. It will host its National Founding Convention this Fall.
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