Hi everybody, it’s Cenk. I’m in DC now. I’ll be back in the studio by Monday and I’ll explain what we’re doing with Operation Hope better then when I’m on-air. But for now, what I wanted to tell you is that we are going to build a community here and together we are going to solve how to get positive change in the world.
We are going to come up with ideas together and we are going to do those ideas in the real world (and often times in the online world) - together! So, the first idea I had was to try to get paid family leave passed from the outside, not the inside. We do need some partners on the inside and today I interviewed Rep. Ro Khanna - and already, he promised to help introduce it as a stand alone bill in the House. And he’s going to try to get a Republican colleague to co-sponsor it with him. We’re on Day One and we already have progress!
But all of us together are going to come up with different ideas on how we can push from the outside to get Congress to do what we want. I picked paid family leave because it polls at 84% with all Americans and 74% with Republicans! If you can’t get that passed, that means you don’t live in a democracy.
Yes, it’s our job at TYT to deliver the news in an honest way. So, yes, the state of the world is often depressing, including the dark times we’re in now. But that’s why we need hope more than ever. So, I want you to join me in this audacious effort. How are you going to do that? First step is going to be to reply to this post by coming up with ideas on how to pressure the politicians (both Republicans and Democrats) to introduce it, vote for it and fight for it. And ideas on how to pressure media to cover it, so it gets the spotlight it needs to create pressure to vote on it.
I think watching this interview with Rep. Ro Khanna will be very helpful to all of you in understanding the process (when you get the chance):
Then, let the ideas flow. Remember, we can’t do everyone’s ideas. So, you’re not allowed to get hurt if we don’t do yours. If it makes you feel any better, we reject tons of my ideas at TYT. That’s how collaboration works. We have to think and plan together, but not get hurt if we’re not at the front of the line all the time. The team needs everyone to function well. And we have to respect one another, even when we don’t get our way.
Now, let me whisper of a dream. What if it worked? What if you did it? That you were part of the team that somehow got this passed and improved the lives of millions of Americans? How great would that feel? Well, let’s find out!