From The Grio — Syene Jasmin, an African-American 22-year-old customer service agent, wants to see a viable liberal candidate to challenge Obama.
“Obama has not delivered and from the beginning there could have a more aggressive campaign for jobs,” Jasmin said in an interview with theGrio.
Jasmin has a job, but many of his friends and family do not.
“In this economy, if you’re not in the sciences or medical field, then things are tough…I don’t think there’s a middle class anymore.”
That’s why Syene joined the grassroots online community known as the New Progressive Alliance (NPA) in their effort to name a candidate as a primary challenger to President Obama.
“President Obama has to be accountable to his base. The progressive party got him elected,” said the Brooklyn native. Jasmin once supported Obama and volunteered as a deputy field organizer during Obama’s presidential campaign in North Carolina and South Carolina.
But, Jasmin, a registered Democrat has moved on. To him, the liberal agenda just makes more sense.
The NPA expects a nominee to fully support the organization’s comprehensive progressive platform ratified in August. Platform tenets include full employment at a living wage, environmental sustainability, social welfare and fair trade.
And while the NPA is trying to make headway, one of its members is also rallying for a similar cause.
Dr. Cornel West has teamed with consumer advocate Ralph Nader to bring progressive ideals to the forefront with a challenger to face Obama.
The Washington Post recently reported that West and Nader are leading a group of liberals and academics, seeking candidates to debate Obama on key issues.
Though Dr. West is on the steering committee of the NPA, the alliance’s facilitator Anthony Noel does not view his collaboration with Nader as any sort of threat.
“He should be doing whatever he needs to do to change things,” said Noel, 52, of West.