Ask Jesse Episode 2: Progressives Vs. Establishment

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By Victoria Lynn Hall & Jesse Crall

You may have noticed in our first episode of “Ask Jesse’ that neither one of us was very happy with Nancy Pelosi’s HEROES Act bill. As it turns out, we were not alone in this. As we discuss in this second episode, Marianne Williamson further aligned herself with the progressive cause last week by endorsing Pelosi’s challenger, Shahid Buttar – a surprise move considering Williamson has voiced support for Pelosi in the past.

We discuss just why this move was so bold in the podcast as well as the former presidential candidate’s other bold endorsements of down ballot progressives who are going up against some entrenched and powerful establishment Democrats in upcoming primary elections.

We also discuss another former presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, who has surprised us with her endorsements as well, although – in contrast to Williamson, not pleasantly. We outline why we are so disappointed in her choices which are in direct opposition to other progressive candidates that we support.

What we didn’t really have the time to talk about enough, however, were the many reasons that we support these candidates beyond the fact that they are opposing the establishment political forces that we feel are detrimental to our society. We would like to do a little more of that here and also encourage you to check out these candidates and their platforms for yourselves to learn more. We have linked their web sites to their names below, where you can also donate and sign up to volunteer to support them.

Shahid Buttar, for Congress CA-12

Like many of the progressive candidates Shahid represents his community and has directly experienced some of the challenges facing them. For example, his own housing struggle as a teen has contributed to his being a strong advocate for housing as a human right. Three different parts of his platform address the homeless: Medicare for All, VA benefits, and affordable housing block grants through HUD.

McKayla Wilkes, for Congress MD-05

McKayla has experienced firsthand the inequities that the policies and the corrupt practices of our government have had on too many people in her community. Her views, policies for and commitment to things like criminal justice, education reform and building worker power come from a genuine empathy for and desire to serve those around her.

Jen Perelman, for Congress FL-23

Jen Perelman’s taken stances on foreign policy in direct contrast to those of her opponent, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. While Schultz has been one of the leading advocates for regime change in Venezuela, Perelman’s been critical of U.S. imperialism and supports cutting defense spending in half. On the domestic side, she endorses Medicare for All, environmental action as outlined by the Green New Deal and eliminating the cap on Social Security to allow for its continued solvency and expansion.

Kimberly Graham, for Iowa Senate

Graham, a lawyer and legal advocate for children, has earned the endorsements of the Sunrise Movement, Brand New Congress and NOW among other groups during her primary run. In contrast to her opponent, Theresa Greenfield, Graham supports single-payer healthcare, a Green New Deal and Bernie Sanders’ Workplace Democracy platform, the most sweeping pro-worker proposal set forth by a major party candidate in American history according to Jacobin Magazine.

Lindsey Boylan, for Congress NY-10

Lindsey Boylan, the former Deputy Secretary of Economic Development for New York, is seeking to represent one of the most economically unequal districts in the country. So in addition to a progressive platform that features Medicare for All, massive expansions to public housing and infusions of federal aid to combat the mental health crisis, she’s running without contributions from corporate PACS. Her opponent, 28-year incumbent Jerry Nadler, has taken almost $300,000 from corporations in this election cycle alone.

Lauren Ashcraft, for Congress NY-10

Lauren’s diverse background includes work as a comedian, project manager for the New York City Women’s March and compliance within the banking sector. This last role solidified her commitment to taking on inequality directly and her platform includes significant measures on corporate oversight, worker empowerment and a federal jobs guarantee.

We also encourage you to check out the websites and platforms of Charles Booker and Mike Broihier who are both challenging Amy McGrath for the chance to defeat notorious Republican Senator for Kentucky, Mitch McConnell in November.

To donate to the some or all of the candidates that Marianne Williamson is endorsing, you can visit:

If you have a question you would like to “Ask Jesse” or have a topic you would like us to explore in a future episode, you can email us at

Watch the full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at:

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

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