In a national strategy call with progressives nationwide on Saturday evening, a newly-elected member of Congress—and some of the top organizers who led her successful campaign and others—committed to a strategy of holding the Democratic Party\u0026#039;s feet to the fire in order to \u0022save the country\u0022 by rejecting the corporate-friendly politics and submission to right-wing talking points that have shackled the ability to forge bold solutions to the most pressing crises.\u0022I don\u0026#039;t think people who are taking money from pharmaceutical companies should be drafting health care legislation. I don\u0026#039;t think people who are taking money from oil and gas companies should be drafting climate legislation.\u0022 —Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez\u0022All Americans know money in politics is a huge problem, but unfortunately the way that we fix it is by demanding that our incumbents give it up or by running fierce campaigns ourselves,\u0022 said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the representative-elect from New York, on the call organized by Justice Democrats.\u0026nbsp; \u0022I don\u0026#039;t think people who are taking money from pharmaceutical companies should be drafting health care legislation. I don\u0026#039;t think people who are taking money from oil and gas companies should be drafting climate legislation.\u0022Becky Bond, a political strategist and veteran of the 2016 presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, applauded Justice Democrats as being\u0022 founded by some of the best strategists in the progressive movement\u0022 and said she believes \u0022the group\u0026#039;s young, vibrant leaders are going to recruit and usher in the next generation of diverse working-class leaders into Congress.\u0022\u0022Too many people have been told to put our trust in the leaders who got us into this mess. We\u0026#039;re building a caucus of mission-driven legislators in Congress. This will involve recruiting primary challengers to Dem incumbents who aren’t fighting hard enough.\u0022 -@_waleedshahid— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) November 17, 2018According to Politico\u0026#039;s report of the strategy session,The group said they want Democratic members of Congress to be representative of their diverse communities and support liberal policies like Medicare for all, abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department, implementing a \u0022Green New Deal,\u0022 and rejecting corporate PAC donations. On the campaign trail, Ocasio-Cortez talked about forming a \u0022corporate-free caucus\u0022 as a means to push for reform. That type of group, if it forms, could turn out to be the left\u0026#039;s counterpart to the Freedom Caucus, which pushed Republican leadership to the right.During his remarks, Saikat Chakrabarti, a Justice Democrats co-founder and now Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s chief of staff, told the more than 500 people on the national call that the heart of their new\u0026nbsp; #OurTime campaign will be this: if they feel their elected leaders in Congress are not getting the job done, or going far enough, people should get behind someone who will.\u0022We need new leaders, period,\u0022 Chakrabarti said. \u0022We gotta primary folks.\u0022As The Intercept reports on Sunday, Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib, another Justice Democrat-endorsed candidate who just won a U.S. House seat in Michigan, was not on Saturday\u0026#039;s call, but released a statement endorsing the group\u0026#039;s new campaign. \u0022Powerful women coming together to reclaim our government is exactly what is needed right now,\u0022 she said. \u0022Help uplift women like us at all levels of government. We still need more of you to run with us. So get your squad together. We are waiting for you.\u0022It was a message many progressives have been waiting to hear made louder for some time:For decades, pundits, reporters and the political class have portrayed primaries against Democratic incumbents as unacceptably uncouth, as if incumbents are entitled to their public offices. But it looks like that culture of entitlement is being rejected. https://t.co/BX7oAGQsLv— David Sirota (@davidsirota) November 17, 2018On a strategy call tonight, @Ocasio2018 \u0026amp; @RashidaTlaib announced they’d be recruiting and supporting working class primary challengers in blue districts around the country. That’s a historic step for 2 incumbents.— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 18, 2018For her part, Ocasio-Cortez said that her decision to run for the U.S. House against the powerful incumbent Joe Crowley began on a very similar strategy call.\u0022If you\u0026#039;re a strong progressive leader in your community and committed to getting money out of politics, I want you to join me in Congress. I want you to run,\u0022 Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet ahead of the call. \u0022To run in 2020 without corporate money, you need to start considering now.\u0022According to Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress, there\u0026#039;s plenty of evidence to suggest that rank-and-file Democrats are suppportive of primary challenges, especially against more right-leaning lawmakers:Democrats are supportive of primary challenges and they feel that voting with Republicans too much is the top reason for an incumbent to face a primary. https://t.co/VzQIQsepx7 pic.twitter.com/9MY4WNKiOe— we\u0026#039;re going to abolish ICE (@SeanMcElwee) November 18, 2018\u0022The anti-primary argument is baffling to me,\u0022 added McElwee. Two women of color won primaries this cycle against white dudes who were going to try to hold onto their seats (in majority POC districts) into the afterlife. If we want a party that reflects our voters and values we need primaries.\u0022According to Claire Sandberg, another key progressive campaign strategist and veteran of Sanders\u0026#039; insurgent 2016 run, \u0022Every Democratic politician who has prioritized bank deregulation over responding to the threat of catastrophic climate change deserves to worry that they might be next to face a primary challenge from the left.\u0022At this point in history, added Sandberg, if \u0022Democratic leaders won\u0026#039;t advance policies to create a safe future for all, they should expect a new generation of candidates to stand up and take their places.\u0022The wave of new progressive candidates like Ocasio-Cortez, Bond added, \u0022has been a breath of fresh air for the entire country. We can demand so much more of the Democratic Party, especially through primary challengers.\u0022Correction: An update was made to this piece to better clarify who was on the strategy call.