It’s with a full heart that I share this news

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Nearly one year ago, I got in the race for president because I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone.

I’ve always believed that. I still believe that. I’m proud I never compromised my faith in these principles during this campaign to score political points or tear down others. …


TO: Cory 2020 Supporters, Friends, and Staff
FROM:
Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager, Cory ‍2020
DATE:
Friday, December 27, 2019

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Happy holidays! I wanted to take this opportunity before the new year to update our campaign’s supporters and friends about our plan to position Cory for success in Iowa and beyond.

As you know, December has been an important month for Cory Booker and our campaign. …


Here’s why Cory should be your first choice on Caucus or Primary Day

Have friends or loved ones who live in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina — or live there yourself? Here are 11 big policy ideas from Cory Booker that prove he should be your first choice on Caucus or Primary Day.

Cory fundamentally changed the 2020 debate on gun violence, releasing the most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever advanced by a presidential candidate. More than a dozen presidential candidates have embraced his proposal for federal gun licensing.

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2. Cory has unabashedly run his campaign focused on issues of criminal justice reform and restorative justice, calling on other presidential candidates to openly acknowledge the failure of the 1994 Crime Bill and the “tough on crime” policies of the 1980s and 1990s. …


TO: Cory 2020 Supporters, Friends, and Staff
FROM:
Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager, Cory ‍2020
DATE:
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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Cory Booker’s standout debate performance last Wednesday has given our campaign an undeniable boost of momentum.

Almost immediately after the conclusion of the debate, a surge of donations from grassroots supporters began. All told, Cory 2020 raised more than $1 million debate night and the four days following — a period of time that also includes the first and second-best online fundraising days of our entire campaign.

This grassroots influx is particularly notable because it has been defined by an outpouring of new support. We added more first-time donors in the 24 hours after the debate than the day Cory launched his campaign. In fact, the Cory 2020 donors who became first-time donors in the three days between November 20th and 22nd represent nearly 10 percent of our total universe of donors. This wave of new donor interest pushed Cory 2020 over the 200,000 donor threshold needed to qualify for the December debate. …


Remarks as Prepared for Delivery at National Press Club in Washington, DC

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Hello everyone. I want to thank the National Press Club for having me here today, and for your tireless work.

I also want to recognize that so much of the work you do as members of the press doesn’t ever make it onto the page or onto TV, but in your defense of the truth, in your insistence on fact, in your commitment to telling the stories that need to be told as they need to be told, you do a great service to our democracy.

I believe that inherent to our freedom and to the health of our democracy is fearless journalism, and especially at times of moral challenge, a press who unflinchingly and unfailingly tells the truth to the American people, no matter how ugly or inconvenient. …


To: Cory 2020 Supporters, Friends, and Staff
From: Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager, Cory ‍2020
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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It’s been 10 days since Cory 2020 opened up to our supporters, friends, and the world about the high stakes of the closing days of September for our campaign: if we didn’t change our fundraising trajectory by the end of the month by raising an additional $1.7 million, we wouldn’t be able to grow our operation in time for Cory to compete for the nomination with the four best-resourced candidates in the field. Early voting begins in January, and you can’t build the organization you need to compete overnight. …


To: Cory 2020 Supporters, Friends, and Staff
From: Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager, Cory ‍2020
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Cory Booker decided to run for president because he believes that the only way to beat Donald Trump and heal our country is to bring people together — and he’s the best person to do that. He’s never been in this to raise his profile or to sell books. He is in it to win it.

The next ten days will decide whether or not he can.

We’ve known since the very beginning that he entered this race with some challenges — he didn’t have the near-100% name recognition of some candidates who’ve been on the national stage before, nor did he enter the race with tens of millions he could transfer from other campaign accounts. …


Remarks as Prepared for Delivery at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC

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Thank you Reverend Manning and Bishop Green for opening this sanctuary today.

We’re here this morning in the wake of yet another act of hatred in America.

But I come here today because of love.

The kind of love I learned about in church growing up.

The kind of courageous love of people who could love those who hated them, despised them, and cursed them.

A heroic love that pushed people to march knowing they could be beaten, to board buses knowing they could be bombed.

A love fueled by multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalitions that share a commitment to a common cause and to our common destiny. …


Cory’s Plan to Extend Clemency to People Serving Excessive Sentences

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The War on Drugs has been a war on people, tearing families apart, ruining lives, and disproportionately affecting people of color and low-income individuals — all without making us safer.

When it comes to restoring justice, we can’t be timid.

As president, I will act immediately to right these wrongs, starting by initiating a clemency process for thousands of nonviolent drug offenders who have been handed unjust sentences by their government. …


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My dad was born poor in the segregated South to a mom with health problems and a family who could not care for him. A local family took him in, gave him a home, and raised him as their own. Because of that family and a community that refused to let him fail, my dad was able to move his family from poverty to the middle class within the span of a generation.

But when he was promoted at work and he and my mom were looking to move into a neighborhood in New Jersey with great public schools, real estate agents refused to sell us a home because of the color of our skin.

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Cory Booker

U.S. Senator from New Jersey

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