Tom Steyer is a hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, progressive activist, and fundraiser with a net worth of $1.6 billion. You know him as the man who appears in that “Need to Impeach” President Donald Trump ad campaign that runs on television quite frequently.
Tom Steyer was also the highlight of the speaking program at yesterday’s Women’s March Chicago: March to the Polls, as he delivered a powerful call to action.
“This year is different. This year we have to be more purposeful,” Tom Steyer said while, wearing a branded white hoodie with the words “NEED TO IMPEACH” on the front.
“Because in 10 months, there are going to be 435 congressional seats up … and that means we are going to have to be more organized, we are going to have to be engaged, and we are going to have to go to the polls and flip those seats.”
The D.C. march is the flagship, so they typically get the biggest and best speakers. The Los Angeles edition also draws a huge amount of star power, because, obviously, it’s in Hollywood.
However, the California billionaire is a really big deal in his own right, as he announced intentions to spend $30 million on mobilizing young voters in 10 different states to try and help the Democrats regain control of the House. Think of him as a #BlueWave #BlueWave2018 counter to the Mercers or Koch Brothers.
Steyer recently announced that he won’t be running for national or local office this year. He also closed his speech by appropriating the United States Men’s National Soccer Team’s favorite chant: “I believe, I believe that we will win.”
You can watch a video clip of his speech at this link, and listen to the full audio below:
Of course, Women’s March is an event for everybody, not just the wealthy, famous, well-connected and other individuals who exist on the same plane as Tom Steyer. It’s a march and rally for all of us, and 300,000 strong showed up yesterday. It’s an event for people working hard at the grassroots level, individuals like Patricia Zakavec of Grand Haven Progressives.
“This is very empowering, it gives me energy to keep fighting for women’s rights and human rights,” said the Romeoville native.
Zakavec is very concerned about DACA, an issue that is currently dominating the news cycle and the theme of multiple signs at the march.
“My grandparents were immigrants, they came through Ellis Island,” she continued.
“If they weren’t allowed, I wouldn’t be here. And they came to Chicago and were welcomed, became citizens and learned the language and everything. America is the home to all that will come in good faith and give their energies and their love, and work hard for this country.”
March goers carried signs, some of which even referenced the “Tide Pod Challenge” and the cartoon “this is fine” dog residing in a burning house meme.
They sang different chants of defiance, like “we want a leader, not a creepy Tweeter,” “if you build the wall, we’ll tear it down,” and “show us what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like.”
It was an opportunity for those who feel disgusted and angry at the current status quo of the Federal government to come together in solidarity.
In a world of online echo chambers and social media/email re-circulation of the same message, getting out IN REAL LIFE, yes even in the midst of winter, is what still defines true political action these days.
It’s just a shame that all three of the Sunday morning talking head shows barely even mentioned the march today. Face the Nation, Meet the Press and This Week continued being little more than free air time for D.C. insiders to voice their propaganda, largely unchecked.
These programs do not at all reflect the tone and views of the people, and that’s a prime example of why America has such strong distrust in the media establishment.
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.
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