Capping off a session that includes future progressive candidates sharing why they’ve decided to run for office in the Age of Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addressed the People’s Action “Rise Up” summit on Monday afternoon.
Sanders, who has been touring the country with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez on the party’s “Unity Tour,” appeared before roughly 1,000 activists after 2:00pm EST.
The “Movement Politics: Protest to Power” session of the three-day People’s Action convention, which began Sunday and concludes Tuesday, will also see the official unveiling of the “Protest to Power” platform to “electoralize the resistance” as co-executive director George Goehl told the crowd on Sunday.
“[W]e have to build a resistance that turns Defense into Offense,” he argued. “That means being exactly where they don’t want us to be, exactly when they don’t want us to be there. We have done it on healthcare, and we can do it on immigration, we can do it on policing, we can do it on the budget, and more.”
The platform specifically includes calls for racial equity; an end to mass incarceration; healthcare as a human right; environmental justice and a clean energy economy that “serves those most impacted by disinvestment, colonization, structural racism, and the impacts of climate change;” a just immigration system; and an economic system “that reverses the concentration of wealth and historic income inequality and allows workers and small businesses to thrive.”
Happy Friday friends! I had a great time seeing Bernie yesterday and will put some of my video of the rally in the comments. My phone died shortly after I arrived so I was not able to get many pics/video on it for twitter, etc, and then my camcorder was also giving me issues so I couldn’t get clips longer than about 5-6 minutes so many speakers are divided into multiple parts… but I think I managed to get about 95% of things. The crowd was pretty evenly split between young and old, male and female of multiple races/ethnicities. Local politicians were working the line, OurRevolution and other groups were seeking membership, merchandise was being sold and there wasn’t a negative vibe in the air.
Bernie Sanders came to North Texas on a mission Thursday.
The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate told Texans that if they are unhappy with the way the government is being run, they should do something about it.
“Texas: Are you ready for a political revolution?” Sanders asked nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Verizon Theater. “We are at a pivotal moment in American history.”
That is why the 75-year-old politician has joined Democratic leaders on a multi-state “Come Together and Fight Back” tour geared to unite Democrats in opposition to Republican President Donald Trump and encourage people to run for office and become politically active. He didn’t keep most of North Texas from sticking with Republicans last year, but now he’s looking to the future.
Texas, a longtime red state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office in more than two decades, was the latest stop on this tour geared to rev up Democrats not just for the 2020 presidential election, but the 2018 mid-terms as well.
“It’s about you,” Sanders told the crowd during a high-energy, nearly two-hour event. “We can transform this country. We can do extraordinary things in this country.”
Good morning TPW’ers! I’m trying to spread stuff out a little bit so will be putting the Bernie news in its own thread when time allows, as well as separating out some of the other bigger news items and then putting everything else here.
Kicking off a week of actions targeting the institutions financing the controversial Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipelines, activists on Saturday protested at banks in 25 cities to shine a spotlight on the roll they are having on climate destruction.
“It’s back—and so are we,” reads the call to action. After fierce nationwide opposition forced the Obama administration to halt the project, President Donald Trump has given it the green light and the climate movement has vowed to fight it once again.
The peaceful demonstrations are “designed to shine a spotlight on the the four key financial institutions bankrolling the KXL pipeline— Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and TD Bank—and pressure them and the broader financial community to pull out and ‘defund’ the project,” said the Rainforest Action Network, which is organizing the week of protest.
In addition to demonstrating outside banks, activists across the country are also planning a banner drop in Los Angeles and a protest targeting local government in San Franciscothroughout the week of action, which will culminate on Earth Day. Find an action near you here.
TPWers, I just discovered on twitter that yesterday was Tulsi’s birthday! I wish I’d seen the message sooner–Jane Sanders posted the note. Happy Birthday my friend! Nice to see you spending it with Town Halls in Hawaii @TulsiGabbard I know you will bring their voices to D.C. — Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) April 13, 2017
Last night I was complaining about the lack of DCCC resources for anyone who doesn’t secure corporate donors first. Folks at TOP kept saying that if DCCC had sent money to Thompson’s campaign, it would have sabotaged it. … Continue reading →
Happy Tuesday friends! There is a lot going on so will just get straight to things with Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk asking people to support Sanders’ call for Medicare-For-All. There will be a lot more in the comments on the topic and many others, and as always I welcome your contributions/opinions/etc.
Good Morning, Birdies! Here’s a thread, starting with Bernie Sanders in front of a small crowd of protestors in front of the US Customs Office. As usual, other news and comments are welcome. Have a great day!
With Democrats facing tough prospects in the midterm elections, will they also have to worry about primary challenges from their left flank?
During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his “political revolution” could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.
The path of Sanders’ former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections — and setting their sights on their own.
This week, Justice Democrats merged operations with another anti-incumbent group founded by former Sanders aides, Brand New Congress, which started last year.
“The point is we’ve watched this party over the last decade lose over 1,000 seats, lose a national election to least popular nominee in history, Donald Trump, and now we’ve seen poll after poll showing the Democratic Party less popular since election day,” Brand New Congress’ Corbin Trent said in an interview. “What we think is the American people are ready for a new direction.”
It’s a step farther than previous liberal efforts, which have fielded challenges to establishment favorite Democrats in open races but generally not against elected party members.
Greetings TPWers. Lots going on this weekend. We’ll Start with Bernie’s, Nina’s and Danny Glover’s March on Mississippi, which was held yesterday in Canton. Bernie’s message: share the wealth with the workers. As usual, please add your news and thoughts in the comments section below. The Real News has an interview of Bernie, Nina, and Danny … Continue reading →
I mean, amazing. pic.twitter.com/wmmCmUCDT6 — Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) February 28, 2017 I just had to share that tweet with Bernie verily amused! 😀 Also this tweet is also Bernielicious: This speech is crashing our servers right now https://t.co/IzUvVw6lDb — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 28, 2017 Did my heart good it did. READ IN FULL: Bernie Sanders’ Speech on Israel, Trump and anti-Semitism at J Street Conference Thank you for inviting me to address you here today. It’s a pleasure to be here with J Street, which has been such a strong voice for saner, more progressive foreign policy ideas. And I … Continue reading →
Seventy-five years ago on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced more than 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese descent into internment camps. This included nearly 70,000 American citizens. Over the weekend, “Day of Remembrance” events were held across the country to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans and legal residents. Many people are asking if history can repeat itself. In 2015, Trump defended his proposal for a total and complete ban on Muslims entering the United States and compared it to the actions of FDR. We speak to the legendary actor and activist George Takei, who grew up in an internment camp.