Offering a powerful narrative of overcoming adversity, former Sen. Nina Turner is a gifted orator who puts political and social trends in unparalleled perspective. She’s committed to advocating for progressive ideals and values, a vocation she views as bigger than political affiliation.
Most recently a national surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the turbulent 2016 Democratic presidential primary, Nina Turner is an insightful advocate and agent for social change. Today, she serves as president of Our Revolution, an organization dedicated to empowering progressive leaders and elevate political consciousness.
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 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.”
In this wide-ranging interview, Senator Turner discusses civic engagement, building the electoral and political power of black women, and healthcare disparities, with Terri L. Crawford of The Omaha Star.
Senator Turner argues that universal social programs, such as Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and free higher education, can mean the difference between life and death for millions of families across this country.
Ahead of giving remarks at the opening night of the Women's Convention, a Women's March-organized conference held in Detroit, Michigan, Turner spoke to Cosmoplitan.com about channeling your "inner man" to run for office and why she thinks it's important to incorporate men in the fight against institutionalized sexism.
Nina Turner is one of the most energizing, sharpest, and effective figures representing the progressive movement. At a time when Republicans are waging a class war and the Democratic Party still seems intent on ensuring that the needs of Wall Street, the health care lobby, and its corporate donors are a priority, Turner is a loud clear voice on the left who fights for Medicare For All, a $15 per hour minimum wage, and other similar policies.
The former Ohio State Senator and current president of Our Revolution addresses the controversy over Bernie Sanders' upcoming speech to the Women's March convention; Trump's new sabotage of Obamacare; the finale of "The Nina Turner Show," and more.
In this episode of The Nina Turner Show on The Real News Network, Danny Glover tells Nina Turner how he became an actor and activist, and calls for a global movement that raises expectations of itself and of the world.
In this article former Ohio State Senator Nina Tuner discusses her thoughts on education and politics.
After the loss of her mother at a young age, Education played an important role in Turner's life. Yet, Turner believes that it can be better for poor and working class individuals like herself: "[My situation] gave me a sensitivity to the plight of poor people because I did grow up in a working class family, but we were very poor and it made me really sensitive. Because education helped change my life, I do believe if people have the opportunity, that education can do the same thing for them and help more [people] become cycle breakers. That gave me my heart connection to education."
Improving education would come in many forms, however Turner specifically focuses on the need for after school programs and input from the community: "We do have to decide as a nation whether or not we are going to invest dollars, but also invest concentration, in our effort to create the types of programming that help our children overcome [any] challenges they may have at home or any challenges they may have in the community.”
In this article, Senator Nina Turner talks about the need to help the working men and women in the United States. Turner states that "The working men and women of this country are working more jobs and more hours, and they’re still barely hanging on. Beneath those fingertips, they can feel that middle-class dream – the American dream – slipping right away from them."
This is undeniably true for the Nissan workers in Canton Mississippi where, "today, 600,000 American manufacturing workers make less than $9.60 per hour – barely more than they could earn at a fast food joint. And their real wages dropped nearly 4.5 percent from 2003 to 2013. They are barely hanging on." They have also suffered through their pensions being taken away from them, while their companies are receiving millions in federal contracts and loans. "That means our government is helping keep American factory workers in poverty jobs while corporate executives get to pocket billions in profits."
Senator Turner calls for politicians both locally and nationally, including President Trump, to address this issue and follow through with the rhetoric and campaign promises that permeated the 2016 presidential campaign.
In this interview with Diverse, former Ohio state senator Nina Turner says her opportunities — internships and fellowships made available through the college — combined with academics, led to her career in public service.
In this interview, Senator Nina Turner talks about her time in the Ohio State Senate and the issues that are most important to her.
For Senator Turner, these issues include women's rights - "During her time in the Ohio Senate, Turner fought for legislation that would level the playing field for women and men—including introducing the “Viagra bill,” which would subject men to the same scrupulous levels of regulations women face over their reproductive choices" as well as workers rights - "Workers' wages are not keeping up with inflation. Their wages are not on pace with the amount of work that they do. We work harder and longer in this country, and still people’s wages are not keeping up with that."
On Saturday January 14th, 2017, former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner delivered a speech in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. at National Action Network's We Will Not Be Moved rally.
She calls on the crowd to not be discouraged by the situation that they find themselves in. Rather, they should look back at where they and their ancestors have come from and gain courage from that struggle and many of the successes that have led to a better (but not yet perfect) world.
Senator Turner also mentions other groups including the LGBTQ community as well as the hispanic and latino community that are with the African American community fighting for "social, economic, and political justice." She states that: “We may not have gotten here on the same ship but we are in the same boat right now.”
In this article the Honorable Nina Turner looks at the frustration of the lower and middle class - those that have been worst hurt by the recession and slow recovery. She states "They are frustrated about the flat-lined economic recovery, the lack of jobs and the failed housing market. They are frustrated that while they struggle to pay their bills with stagnant or falling incomes those at the top have rebounded; surviving the crisis relatively unscathed." Turner argues that this frustration has shown itself in both the Occupy and Tea Party movement.
Turner offers examples of what the private sector and government can do to address these ails. Ultimately she argues that "to do nothing is to fall behind, but by making strategic investments now we can maintain our competitive edge and lay a foundation of prosperity for generations to come."
Americans "are fed up, and they have decided that they are not going to take it anymore."