Bernie Sanders, pre-2020

Reply Fri 25 May, 2018 06:16 pm
Could be...

Bernie getting up close and personal with California.


Embedded video talks about how establishment Dems don’t excite voters.

It looks like his name will be super prominent after the Cali trip.
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Reply Sat 2 Jun, 2018 12:26 pm
Bill Maher, who I like less every day, interviewed the Bern and pledged 2020 support.



Bill Maher to Bernie Sanders: “I’ll be with ya if you run again”

Senator Bernie Sanders stopped by Bill Maher’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” show on Friday
JUNE 2, 2018 9:15AM (UTC)

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) stopped by Bill Maher’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” show on Friday. Maher did not hesitate to flatter the former presidential candidate, telling him he was more popular than Stormy Daniels’ lawyer.

“Sounds like they want you to run again,” Maher said.

Maher wasted no time to talk about politics though. Kicking off the evening, he asked Sanders to explain why the 2020 presidential election is “the most important election” of all time.

“It is the most important because we have a president who is a pathological liar,” Sanders said. “We have a president who has strong authoritarian tendencies who wants to everyday undermine American democracy, and in my state and all over this country, you have men and women who have fought and died to defend American democracy, and this guy looks all over the world and he kind of likes all of these authoritarian leaders.”

”He attacks the media every day, trying to make it harder for them to be critical of him, and we have a president who is a billionaire himself, who has surrounded himself with billionaires who gave huge tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country and then brings forth a budget that would cut Medicaid by a trillion dollars” Sanders added.
Reply Sun 3 Jun, 2018 04:04 am
Bernie is barnstorming California; drawing enormous crowds. He’s the only politician doing the work of the people.



In Anaheim, about 1,500 workers and their families filled the auditorium at River Church with chants of “Ber-nie! Ber-nie! Ber-nie!” and “Sí se puede!”

Sanders told the crowd that wealth inequality in America is greater today than at any time since the 1920s.

“If a corporation like Disney has enough to pay its CEO over $400 million in a four-year period, it damn well has enough to pay its workers at least 15 bucks an hour,” he said.

After praising Disney CEO Bob Iger for canceling Roseanne Barr’s show over her racist tweet, Sanders had another message for Iger: “You have the opportunity to lead corporate America away from the greed which is destroying this country,” he said.

In a written statement, Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the company made a contract offer to unions that represent about 9,500 workers that would increase minimum wages to $15 an hour by 2020, and the company is launching a program to help employees get education and skills training.

Under the offer, workers who now earn the state minimum wage of $11 an hour would immediately begin making at least $13.25 an hour, with two more annual increases to reach the $15 minimum.

“We are proud of our commitment to our cast, and the fact that more people choose to work at Disneyland Resort than anywhere else in Orange County. While Mr. Sanders continues to criticize Disney to keep himself in the headlines, we continue to support our cast members through investments in wages and education,” Brown said.

Workers who attended the rally said they stay with Disney because they love their jobs, but many of them have trouble making ends meet.

“We’ve got people that are living four or five people to a two-bedroom apartment. We’ve got people living in their cars,” said costumer Denise Anderson, a 30-year employee.

Anderson said she’s glad to have Sanders supporting workers because “He’s got a big voice” that will help “bring this message back to this big corporation that the world has its eyes on you.”

After the rally, Disneyland restaurant server Jasmine Vaneman, who’s worked for Disney for seven years, said that with Sanders joining their cause, “It definitely feels like more people are going to listen than if it was just the unions.”

In Carson, about 200 people gathered in an asphalt truck yard to hear Sanders say he’s introduced legislation to end workers being improperly classified as contractors and also to make it easier to unionize.

The senator said he’s heard from people who work 18 hours a day and still owe their employer money because of costs to lease and maintain a truck and other expenses.

“Your struggle is the struggle of every worker in America,” he said. “When we come together, nobody is going to stop us in the fight for justice.”

Warehouse worker Bruce Jefferson, 58, of Long Beach, said he came to the event because he wants to work regular hours in safe conditions instead of being treated like a temporary worker.

“The supervisors don’t care about safety,” he said. “It could be 105 degrees outside, and it’s 130 degrees inside the container that we’re unloading.”

Having Sanders’ support “means a lot to me,” Jefferson said. “It’s not just my fight. It’s about the future drivers and warehouse workers.”
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Reply Fri 15 Jun, 2018 12:52 am
Wow, Edgar.

Get a load of this.


I reject this idea that who Bernie Sanders was in the 1960s is irrelevant. Who you are and what you do, what you fought for, and who and what you fought against, is always relevant. Twenty and thirty and forty years from now, when people step up to lead, and run for office, what they did and where they were during the Black Lives Matter Movement will mean something. If what Bernie did in the sixties doesn’t matter now, then what you are doing right now doesn’t matter. But you and I know it does.
Dr. King once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Just a teenager, Bernie Sanders moved from his hometown of Brooklyn to Chicago at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. It was the most tumultuous and challenging time this nation had faced since the Civil War a hundred years earlier.
And most Americans, particularly most white Americans, remained silent. It was that silence, in the face of lynching, in the face of water hoses, in the face of bombings of homes and churches, in the face of assassinations, in the face of attack dogs being released on children, it was white silence that broke the heart of Dr. King as he languished in a Birmingham jail (read his letter here). It was that silence that he found told us more about the soul of America than the brutality and evil of this place.
Bernie loved Dr. King. And long before we used the phrase, Bernie had the notion that he needed to use his own white privilege to fight back against racism and bigotry and oppression and inequality. And that desire to hold this country to a higher standard began to well up in Bernie as a young student at the University of Chicago. He became the chairman of the university chapter of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) and merged the group with SNCC — the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Bernie literally helped lead the first known sit-in in at the University of Chicago, where 33 students camped outside of the President’s office — protesting segregating housing on campus.

Bernie Sanders leading a sit-in on the campus of the University of Chicago
Disturbed by police brutality in Chicago, Bernie once spent the entire day blanketing the city with flyers on the issue — only to notice that he was being tracked by police who were following him and taking the flyers down.
Bernie hates telling these stories and has resisted using them for political capital across the years — even when advisors and others have told him it would boost his profile — he has refused. He does what he does because he cares. When I introduced Bernie at a rally in Los Angeles by sharing many of these stories, his own family came to me in tears saying that even they had never heard them before. He has always felt that what he did during the sixties paled in comparison to those who were beaten or lost their lives — and so he has kept some powerful stories to himself.
It’s cool for people to say, “I marched with Dr. King” — and Bernie actually did attend the March on Washington, but he did so much more than that. This is not some exaggerated myth. This is the origin story of a political revolutionary.
In 1963, 9 years after Brown v. the Board of Education, the white power structure in Chicago was still fighting against school equality like their lives depended on it. They literally treated Black school children like they had the plague. Not only were Black schools woefully underfunded, they were overcrowded and bursting at the seams.
At the same time, with every single Black classroom in Chicago past capacity, sometimes with school children sharing chairs and desks, a report found that 382 white classrooms across Chicago were completely vacant.
Mayor Richard Daley, who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, still hailed as a Democratic hero to this day, and School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, decided that before they would let a single Black child fill one of those vacant white classrooms, they would start putting raggedy trailers on the playgrounds and in the parking lots of Black schools, and put Black school kids in those trailers instead. They were scorching hot in the summer and bitterly cold in the winter. They were so cheap and poorly constructed that they often had holes in the floor — allowing rodents to come in and out at will. And those awful trailers became known around Chicago as Willis Wagons, named after Benjamin Willis, the school superintendent.

Kids picketing the Willis Wagons in Chicago
In August of 1963, just days before the March on Washington, the City of Chicago was about to install some more Willis Wagons for Black school children, and a brave interracial group of local activists and organizers decided to put their bodies on the line to block the installation of those trailers. They stood in front of bulldozers. They chained themselves together. Out of his reverence for what activists in the South were doing, Bernie has long since downplayed this demonstration, but it took so much courage.

Bernie Sanders — chained to Black women — at the protest of Willis Wagons.
Bernie, side by side with Black women, chained to them, refused to move. Even when the Chicago Police told him they would arrest him and forcefully remove him, he refused, and even when they decided to arrest Bernie and pick him up and carry him out of that parking lot so they could install those Willis Wagons, he kicked and screamed and resisted the entire way. Have you seen that photo of them carrying Bernie? I love it. And that photo, to me, is not just who Bernie was, it’s who he’s been his entire life.

Police arresting Bernie Sanders
To say that all of that means nothing is fundamentally preposterous. It means everything. Bernie was a protestor. Bernie was an activist. Bernie was an organizer. And he is literally the only person in the United States Senate with this story. When he retires, he will be the last activist from the the Civil Rights era in the United States Senate.
He did much more than this. I could tell you a dozen more stories, but I wanted to tell you who Bernie was when it counted, before we knew him, before he ever ran for office, before he was ever a national figure. He was a fighter. He has always rejected the status quo. He spoke out against Apartheid in South Africa before it was popular. Today, he speaks out against the Apartheid-like conditions in Palestine — even though it’s not popular to do so.
It takes guts in this country to refuse to be a Democrat or a Republican. It takes guts to do what Bernie did last week in California, to stand outside of Disneyland, and tell the country that 1 in 10 of their workers have been homeless in the past 2 years, that 2 out of 3 of their workers are food insecure, and 3 in 4 don’t even make enough money to afford basic needs — while their CEO literally makes hundreds of millions of dollars and goes around hinting that he might run for President. Bernie Sanders is literally standing alone calling out Jeff Bezos for his extreme wealth while Amazon workers are struggling with basic needs all over the country.
I campaigned hard for Bernie to be President. I believed he could beat Donald Trump and I believe he still could, but nothing touched me more about Bernie on the campaign trail than his love and support of my friend, Erica Garner. I genuinely think her campaign ad for Bernie was the most compelling politcal ad of 2016. It disturbed the political establishment so much that Harvey Weinstein wrote Clinton’s campaign and urged them to find a way to shut Erica up.

Erica was forced into becoming a revolutionary freedom fighter after the NYPD murdered her father in cold blood. Erica had a bullshit radar and could see BS coming from a mile away. So many politicians had looked her in her face and lied — over and over again — saying what they were going to do to bring her family justice. And Bernie was literally one of the only political leaders she trusted. She loved Bernie so much. Erica gave her life fighting for justice for her family. And my very last conversation with Erica before she passed away was all about how much we both loved Bernie and believed he could’ve beaten Trump. Watch the video again. She loved Bernie because she knew he was really just an activist at heart.
I think we need a radical reconsideration of who Bernie is — more faithfully centered in who he was when it mattered, and who he has been for generations now.
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Reply Fri 15 Jun, 2018 07:42 am
I think Our Revolution might have found our media voice.
Shaun King is coming on strong.



IN JULY 2015, Black Lives Matter activists bravely interrupted a town hall with Sanders at a liberal political event, demanding that he center structural racism in his message. The following month, Black Lives Matter activists in Seattle again interrupted a speech from Sanders — demanding that he center the struggle for black lives in his campaign. In both instances, much of Sanders’s white liberal base struggled to understand why such interruptions were necessary.

A few weeks later, in the wake of those two moments, Sanders met privately with another group of black activists to discuss criminal justice reforms. I spoke directly with many of the attendees that day, including DeRay Mckesson, and was told that the meeting didn’t go well – that attendees sensed very little emotional connection from Sanders and that some wondered if he truly even wanted to be there.

So, three years later, to be willing to co-host a public event in front of over 4,000 people, alongside six radical women of color, without ever asking what they would be talking about or knowing if they would plan on calling him out publicly yet again, was a pretty big deal.

Backstage, I met privately with Sanders, and was immediately struck by his vastly improved mastery of core issues around criminal justice reform. But it wasn’t just his newfound fluency on these issues that surprised me — it was his emotion.

“Our country is basically criminalizing poverty.”
“It’s disgusting, Shaun, that our country is basically criminalizing poverty. I’ll be honest with you. I really didn’t know this was happening. I had no idea hundreds of thousands of Americans, particularly African-Americans, were being held in jail, for months or years, even though they’ve never been convicted of a crime, simply because they can’t afford bail,” Sanders told me in a tiny dressing room backstage before the event.

“I’ve learned a lot,” he continued. “I see the racial disparities clearer than ever. I want to help – just tell me how I can best help and we’ll do it.” I was touched. He wasn’t reading from a script. He was admitting to me, as he soon would from the stage, in front of thousands of people, that he hasn’t always gotten this quite right.
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Reply Fri 15 Jun, 2018 01:33 pm
Hot damn. Bernie gets all the love at the first 2020 dog and pony show.


Democratic presidential hopefuls embraced their party's left flank during a presidential cattle call in the nation's capital on Wednesday.

More than a thousand energetic attendees gathered at the We the People Summit to hear from some top potential 2020 contenders: Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). But it was Sanders who won the most applause from the crowd of progressive and labor activists.

All of the possible 2020 candidates struck a liberal message, touting the need for universal health care as well as protecting and expanding Social Security and Medicare. But the lawmakers also made calculated decisions about what issues to emphasize as they look to build up their support among the party's activist base.

The energy in the room was palpable throughout the entirety of Sanders's speech. He received multiple standing ovations, and "Bernie!" cheers broke out when he walked on and off the stage.

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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2018 05:54 am

This is one of the primary reasons I go out of my way to support the Bern.

Everyone’s clamoring to support a change in the policy at our border now, and they frame is as completely the brainchild and project of Donald Trump. The hypocrisy is staggering and infuriating to people who remember Obama doing the same thing.

Bernie Sanders never concerned himself about what was popular or politically expedient. He called out Obama when no one else in the D party would.


Asking children as young as three to represent themselves at hearings is a shameful miscarriage of justice that cannot be allowed to stand. Families deserve fair treatment and our compassion, not a process rigged to expose them to danger. The cruel and inhumane imprisonment and deportation of Central American refugees who have been fleeing violence must end. The president should enact a moratorium on these raids as soon as possible.

“The arbitrary separation of families and the possible deportation of Wildin Acosta, a young teenager who fled Honduras after a gang member threatened to kill him; the Bangladeshi and South Asian asylum seekers currently in corporate prisons who are on hunger strike; and the pending deportation of Ladislao Padilla-Ochoa, a father who has lived in Tennessee for almost 20 years are wrong. They must be reunited with their families.

“We need an immigration system that unites families, not one that tears them apart.”

Sen. Sanders has previously called on the Obama administration to reassess its immigration enforcement initiative and extend Temporary Protected Status to families who have fled violence in Central America. He has introduced legislation that would eliminate quotas for the number of immigrants held in detention and ban private prisons, and cosponsored legislation to guarantee due process for border refugees. Recently, he joined a letter calling for transgender detainees to be protected from abuse, unreasonable strip searches, and sexual assault while in U.S. custody.
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Reply Sat 23 Jun, 2018 05:10 am

More Democrats will be running Sanders-style campaigns over the next few cycles regardless of what the party does, thanks to simple political reality and voters’ distaste for dictates from on high. The party’s power to decide for its voters is ebbing. And, for that, progressives — even ones that voted for Hillary Clinton — have Bernie to thank.

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Reply Mon 25 Jun, 2018 07:25 am
Young man out in the streets, earning his cheddar and his credibility:


Bernie stumps for the progressive candidate for governor.

His bellowing voice cutting through a mid-June evening in the diverse Washington D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous did not hesitate to invoke President Trump and strike a national tone.

"We are building a movement on Trump's doorstep to get rid of his doormat named Larry Hogan," said Jealous, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, flanked on stage by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, just one of the nationally prominent politicians who've boosted his campaign ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary in Maryland.
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Reply Tue 26 Jun, 2018 08:26 pm
Woohoo, motherfuckers!

Ocasio-Cortez wins.

It’s a new day, brought to you by Bernie ******* Sanders.

Twitter say:

Michael #23
Michael #23
Replying to @WalkerBragman
The "revolution" didn't begin until Bernie was cheated by the DNC. It seems to be precisely what was needed to mobilize people.

The revolution wasn't over when Paul Revere rode off into the night either. He was the prologue, not the epilogue, of the revolution.


She was outmanned and out/moneyed, yet she ******* persisted.

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Reply Tue 26 Jun, 2018 08:55 pm
Revolution, motherfuckers.

UPSET! CNN projects a progressive political activist has upset a member of the House Democratic leadership in NY-14 Dem primary. 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has upset 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley. Crowley outraised Ocasio-Cortez 10 to 1.

She and Cynthia Nixon endorsed each other a couple of days ago. Ocasio-Cortez WINS.

Come on, Cynthia!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply Tue 26 Jun, 2018 09:05 pm

Reply Wed 27 Jun, 2018 04:17 am
I hope this portends for Cynthia Nixon.
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Reply Wed 27 Jun, 2018 04:37 am
How do we know why people voted for her? Maybe she won because she is a woman, not because she’s a progressive. Or maybe she gave a great speech at one time. Or maybe she just has charisma. Are there any articles with compelling arguments for why people voted for her?
Reply Wed 27 Jun, 2018 05:16 am
You’re free to read the article I brought a few posts up and the many you’ll find -finally- on news outlet sites, and come to your own conclusion.

What she says about her improbable, stratospheric rise from nowhere might be instructive.
Reply Wed 27 Jun, 2018 05:51 am
Ben Jealous, OG Bernie Bro, is swept to the top of the Dem primary. Next: Governor!!


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Reply Wed 27 Jun, 2018 07:30 am
Lash wrote:

You’re free to read the article I brought a few posts up and the many you’ll find -finally- on news outlet sites, and come to your own conclusion.

What she says about her improbable, stratospheric rise from nowhere might be instructive.

I read the article(s), but I still don't see the information I'm looking for. I don't trust the people who "interpret" the results in hindsight, because I'm not convinced they know what the hell they are talking about. What I do trust, is asking the voters themselves (a lot of them), why they voted for her and listening to what they say. But I have not found that type of information anywhere yet.

From the clips I've seen of Alexandria, she's a compelling speaker and seems very honest, qualities I see in Bernie as well.
Reply Wed 4 Jul, 2018 10:37 am

Zillions of new Dem Soc candidates!!!

Thangs is changin’ ‘round hyar.

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Reply Wed 4 Jul, 2018 10:41 am
I’m happy to hear more people appreciating the policies of the DSs.

I do think calling for the abolition of ICE without a plan to secure our borders will hurt us in the general. Open borders will keep Trump in office.

Hope those super lefty types come up with a reasonable response to reasonable border security.
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Reply Sat 14 Jul, 2018 09:43 am
What’s Bernie Sanders doing with his time?
What are other Dems doing with theirs?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will make campaign swing through Kansas next week, rallying for two congressional candidates who argue that left-wing politics are the key to winning in red states.

“I’ve believed for years that the Democratic Party has committed political malpractice by writing off half the states in this country,” said Sanders in an interview, as he campaigned in Minnesota for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). “They’ve got to fight for every state in this country.”

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will head to Kansas on July 20. They’ll begin in Wichita, where James Thompson, who narrowly lost a special election in 2017, wants another chance to win the 4th Congressional District. They’ll continue with an event in the Kansas City suburbs for Brent Welder, a former Sanders delegate now seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Congressional District.

Both districts are now held by Republicans who’ve voted reliably with their party — Reps. Kevin Yoder and Ron Estes. The 3rd District voted narrowly for Hillary Clinton in 2016; the 4th District, which is strongly Republican outside of Wichita, voted for Trump. In a short interview, Thompson said he would relish it if Estes and Republicans criticized him for campaigning with self-identified Democratic Socialists.

“I’m extremely, extremely excited to have the senator and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in town for an event,” Thompson said. “They can say that, but my opponent here is a corporate socialist who’s been redistributing wealth to people who don’t need it.”

Sanders, who first talked to Ocasio-Cortez the day after she won her upset primary victory in New York, said that the tour came about after both realized they wanted to head to Kansas.

“All over this country, you have people who understand that we need to [change] the minimum wage to a living wage; that health care is a right; that we need to rebuild our infrastructure,” Sanders said. “Those are popular issues in the Bronx. These are popular issues in Vermont. In Kansas, they’ve gone through the [former governor Sam] Brownback agenda, and they do not believe you should give tax breaks to the rich and cut Social Security.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s win, which came in a deep-blue New York district, has been galvanizing for left-wing candidates in red and purple states. Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez dispatched campaign staff to help Kerri Harris, an insurgent challenger to Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.). Later this month, Ocasio-Cortez will also campaign in Michigan, where former Detroit health commissioner Abdul El-Sayed is running an underdog campaign for governor.

“Alexandria’s victory was a proof of concept for campaigns like ours,” El-Sayed said in an interview.

Sanders compared the Kansas campaigns to the races left-wing candidates had run in other Democratic primaries this spring and summer.

“Alexandria’s victory took place after hundreds of volunteers elected two progressive women in Pittsburgh,” he said, referring to two members of Democratic Socialists of America who ousted incumbent Democrats. “It worked in Baltimore, where three incumbent state senators were defeated by progressives. That is really something. It’s happened in Chicago, where not only did Chuy Garcia win a primary for Congress, but he brought more progressives into the state legislature. What this is all about is the political revolution.
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