The Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus chairwoman discussed being a former Black Panther at a town hall in Detroit on Saturday and explained how Democrats should mimic their grassroots community organizing strategies heading into the 2018 elections.
“I’m a former Black Panther,” Virgie Rollins stated. “When we talked about the movement … it was important for us to make people understand that it was about the movement for us, educating us.”
“We’ve got to be out here in masses this time in the midterms,” she continued. “It’s all about changing the Congress now.”
“They cannot win without black folks and women, so it’s up to us.”
“We’re going to do grassroots organizing in this election,” Rollins closed. “That is so important.”
“We’ve got to turn back to the revolution now, because it’s important. They depend on us.”
Just over halfway through the video, obtained by the Republican National Committee, DNC vice chair Keith Ellison appears to take notice of the videographer before whispering something to a companion on the dais.
He appears to make eye contact with the videographer several times until the clips conclusion.