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9 February 2019, 17:15 GMT / Updated on 10 February 2019, 8:20 GMT
From Alex Seitz-Wald
LAWRENCE, Mass. – Elizabeth Warren launched her Saturday presidential campaign formally with a call for "fundamental change", even as the critics of the "cowards and armchairs & # 39; the & # 39; extreme or radical & # 39; to mention.
"Because the man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken, he is only the last – and most extreme – symptom of what went wrong in America," said Warren of President Donald Trump during an open air rally on a cold , but sunny day winter day.
"It will not be enough to just undo the terrible acts of this administration," continued Warren. "We can not afford to just work on the edge – here a tax credit, a regulation there." Our fight is for big, structural change. "
With the cat coming out of her pocket more than a month ago with her plans for 2020 when she started her reconnaissance campaign, the Massachusetts senator had a number of symbolically attractive places in her how the back garden was for the formal rollout.
She could have chosen the battlefields of Lexington and Concord, down the street, and she called "the bite that was heard about the world" that triggered the American revolution.
Either she could have chosen a location in downtown Boston or her hometown Cambridge, where she might have made a crowd big enough to match the 20,000 Kamala Harris launched her campaign in Oakland city center last month.
But instead, she chose Lawrence, a distressed mill town about 30 miles outside of Boston, with a more obscure, but very revealing history: just over 100 years ago in the factory buildings that served as a backdrop for Warren's speech, defied female textile workers bosses and bayonets to start a strike, which, as Warren said, "America changed & # 39;
Warren went on the stage to Dolly Parton & # 39; 9 to 5 & # 39 ;, a number about a worker who barely went on & # 39 ;, after an introduction and approval from Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., Her former student who would be hoped for president himself by a number of Democrats this year.
Her staff said that 3,500 supporters filled the courtyard of the mill complex, some of whom had driven campaign buses from as far away as Cape Cod.
Then she told the story why she wanted them here.
After realizing that their salaries had been reduced in the winter of 1912, the women who worked here stopped the looms and began a political conflagration known as the bread and rose strike, in which tens of thousands of workers collided with the police and armed militiamen called by political leaders aligned with the owners of the mill.
"Nevertheless, they continued to persevere!" Warren said, relying on her now famous slogan when she looked at the phrase that had been plastered on hundreds of signs armed by supporters in the crowd.
The workers did not only work in civil disobedience, but destroyed factory buildings and machines as a protest against working conditions where one of the three million employees died at the age of 25.
Despite an attempt to paint the strikes as violent anarchists, public opinion turned in their favor when the police dragged mothers with a hair out of a train station when they tried to send their children out of the city and away from the turmoil.
"Within a few weeks, more than a quarter of a million textile workers got a raise all over New England, and within months, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to pass a minimum wage bill," Warren said.
In Washington, Congressional hearings and an action by the Ministry of Justice led to further victories for the burgeoning labor movement, such as child labor laws and the 40 working week.
"That's right, because of the workers here in Lawrence – and throughout the country – we have weekends," Warren said.
Today, Warren said, a new uprising is needed to confront the miller's equivalent in the 21st century and the politicians defending them, which they said were, among other things, members of both parties.
"When I talk about this, some rich guys scream" class struggle! "" Said Warren. "Well, let me tell you something, these same rich guys have been fighting class struggles against hard-working people for decades – I say it's time to fight back!"
With most of the leading 2020 Democrats adopting an equally progressive policy agenda, the new line of demarcation may lie between those who are willing to meet and find a compromise with the forces that are there, and those who say it is necessary to to confront and what Warren called a "rigged" system.
With her launch, Warren clearly positioned himself in the camp of confrontational thinking, in a way that many Democrats still find uncomfortable.
For example, Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J., who supports the same bill for Medicare for All as Warren, is in Iowa this weekend to talk about the need to work with Republicans and discuss his relationship with Chris Christie, the former Republican governor of his state. .
"People will say that it is" extreme "or" radical "to demand an America in which every family has economic security and every child has a real chance to succeed. against them: & # 39; Get ready, because the change is going faster than you think, & # 39; & # 39; Warren said.
To achieve this, the senator set a policy agenda in three broad buckets.
The first is about what Warren's corruption & # 39; of Washington with its aggressive ethical law and other reforms.
Subsequently, an extensive economic platform with its wealth tax, Medicare for All, whereby business monopolies are broken, making it easier to join a trade union. She also added the Green New Deal, an extremely ambitious plan to combat the climate change that was rolled out by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
And thirdly, to strengthen democracy & # 39; by banning partisan gerrymandering for both parties and making constitutional changes to guarantee voting rights and overthrow the Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court.
She also participated in that category of structural racism & # 39; and the & # 39; broken criminal justice system & # 39 ;, that they previously & # 39; racist from front to back & # 39; called.
"It is not an equal justice when a child can be thrown into jail with a shred of pot, while a bank manager who can launder money for a drug cartel can get a bonus," Warren said.
To call that agenda ambitious can be charitable. Many, including some in her own party, can call it utopian and unrealistic.
But Warren urged supporters to the critics of "doubters and cowards and armchairs & # 39; to ignore, building on everything from the abolition of slavery to its own success. Endlessly train her daughter in five days as examples of other struggles that were once considered impossible.
Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes called Pocahontas by me, joined the race for president. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years this is not so good anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9 February 2019
Warren struggles recently with a different history – her personal history claims native American ancestors, a controversy for which she was forced to apologize again days ago.
"Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the native Americans she imitated and did not respect to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts who deceived them to be elected," said Trump campaign leader Brad Parscale Saturday in a statement . "people will reject their unfair campaign and socialist ideas."
The hostility of Trump for Warren has been on display for years, and his campaign in particular did not make any statement about any other democrat who participated in the 2020 race.
But Warren will try to turn it into her favor.
"No one touches Donald Trump's skin like Elizabeth Warren," said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Introducing Warren.