Nina Turner, president of the newly formed Our Revolution, Nashville/Mid-TN, will be coming to Tennessee State University, February 24, 2018.
Founded by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the contentious 2016 presidential election, Our Revolution is centered on the goals of revitalizing American democracy, empowering progressive leaders, and elevating the overall political consciousness of our citizens.
Our Revolution has over 500 chapters across the U.S. with hopes of doubling that number throughout the year. With this appearance, Turner is making good on her promise to travel to all 50 states spreading the group’s message.
“Establishing a local chapter of Our Revolution is a necessary step to empowering voters disenfranchised by our current political environment by educating them on critical issues and offering bold actions and candidates who better represent the concerns of our working families,” said Jim Wohlgemuth, founding member. “We’ve seen what the power of the people can do, most recently in deep red southern Alabama. Now it’s Tennessee’s turn.”
Most recently a national surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the turbulent 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, Nina Turner is an insightful advocate and agent for social change.
When she served in the Ohio Senate, Turner was known as a fierce advocate, garnering recognition and praise from elected leaders across the political spectrum. She maintained an uncanny ability to both unify opposing viewpoints and challenge political leaders to live up to their highest selves. Her political experience as an elected member of the Cleveland City Council and a strategic leader of the Ohio Democratic Party afford her a unique understanding of government processes and how to overcome partisan perspectives. Outside of the political arena, Turner has decades of experience as a college professor and motivational speaker. She routinely travels across the country to inspire action and instill hope in crowds of more than 20,000.
A champion for progressive causes such as labor, women’s reproductive health, voting rights and the eradication of wealth and income inequality, Turner forms deep connections with people from all walks of life. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that she was tapped to serve as the Democratic nominee for Ohio’s Secretary of State race in 2014. Turner is recognized as a voice of truth, even when speaking the truth is unpopular. In 2011, The Nation magazine named her “Most Valuable State Senator,” and in 2014 The Root listed her as one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in the U.S. Cleveland’s Inside Business Magazine recognized her in 2015 as one of the top 25 most powerful people in Northeast Ohio. In 2017, Politico named her to their Politico Playbook Power List of powerful powerful in politics.
In addition to her leadership at Our Revolution, Turner also serves as a founding fellow of the Sanders Institute, a group of leaders dedicated to transforming American democracy through the research, education, outreach and advancement of bold, progressive ideas and values. She has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows, such as “Meet The Press,” “The Bill Maher Show,” Comedy Central’s “The President’s Show,” “Democracy Now,” the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Breakfast Club,” “The Bill Press Show” and the “Thom Hartmann Radio Show.” Turner is also a political commentator on CNN, appearing frequently on “The State of the Union with Jake Tapper” and “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.”