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jcitybone

I put this in yesterday but thought it might be good to put it here again on the first day of BNR. Plenty of diversity in the highest posts in his campaign

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/02/bernie-sanders-democratic-frontrunner-president/583066/

A full operation is being put together, with the assumption that he will have well over $200 million in online fundraising to draw from. That includes top leadership of the campaign meant to illustrate the diversity of his support, demographically and geographically. Faiz Shakir, a former aide to Harry Reid, is leaving his job as the political director of the American Civil Liberties Union to be the campaign manager. In addition to his deep political experience, he will be the first Muslim presidential-campaign manager in history. Analia Mejia, an organizer of Colombian and Dominican descent who most recently directed the Fight for $15 and Earned Sick Days campaigns in New Jersey, will be the political director. The deputy political director will be Sarah Badawi, who was most recently the government-affairs director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal group that led the effort to draft Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 race.

Here’s photos of Analilia Mejia (the article spelled her first name incorrectly) and Sarah Badawi

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jcitybone

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/03/08/profile-family-s-own-story-motivates-her-to-help-the-working-poor-in-nj/

Why she chose union organizing: Mejia said her mother, an undocumented immigrant from Colombia, and her father, a Dominican, both did factory work while she was growing up. They lived in poverty and did not have enough to eat.

“It wasn’t until my mother got a good union job that we became less food unstable,” she said. Had it not been for that, she would not have gone to college, Mejia said, because “when you are worried about feeding your kids, you have little time to dream.”

Her mother was a member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which today is part of UNITE HERE. She jumped at the chance to work with them on such issues as immigrant rights and low wages, which had impacted her mother.

What she is doing at Working Families: Although it was formed eight years ago, New Jersey Working Families was not well known and most of its efforts revolved around budget issues.

Mejia is a dynamic woman who set out to strengthen the organization from the start and has done so quickly. The organization’s mission is to help improve life for working families, whose decline predates the Great Recession.

“The pain on Main Street is what triggered the collapse on Wall Street,” Mejia said, noting that workers’ job losses and mortgage defaults predated the financial decline that led to the stock markets losing half their value.

The organization’s major battles are for fair taxes and a fair state budget, a $15 minimum wage, guaranteed paid sick leave, and expanded voting rights for all New Jerseyans.

“Americans, New Jerseyans, are tired of the inequality that has been baked into our political and policy decisions,” she said. “Our focus is on inequality, whether it be racial injustice, economic injustice, immigration rights … It’s all about expanding the pie for working families. Too much of the gains have gone to the top 5 percent, the top 1 percent. The rest of us find ourselves stuck with crumbling roads, underfunded schools, jobs that don’t pay enough.”

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jcitybone

https://www.netrootsnation.org/profile/sarah-badawi/

Sarah leads the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s (BoldProgressives.org) legislative outreach effort to build support for PCCC policy initiatives, working closely with congressional allies and their staff to incorporate bold progressive ideas into their legislative priorities. Most recently, Sarah helped lead the effort to build broad support for the Big Idea of debt-free college on the Hill resulting in a joint resolution introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. Prior to joining our Hill team, Sarah was a key member of PCCC’s electoral team working with endorsed candidates on building strong fundraising

jcitybone

https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/20/bernie-sanders-democratic-party

That said, while Sanders’s ideas won’t set him apart from this field as dramatically as they did in 2016, his authenticity still might. Harris, Gillibrand and Booker are all recent converts to big progressive policies. Sanders has been saying the same thing for 40 years – almost comically so. That he is constitutionally incapable of lying has been a major part of his appeal, and a stark contrast from polished party functionaries willing to change their tune to suit a new poll or donor. The onus will be on candidates newly gravitating toward left ideas to prove their endorsements of progressive policies are more than just empty talking points.

What remains unique about Sanders, too, is his long-held belief that political change is driven from below. As other candidates pitch their own progressive bona fides, Sanders will pitch a political revolution. Investing too much faith in any one person is a dangerous thing, particularly in an office as fraught as the American presidency – for him, just a means to an end. Sanders is all too aware that he’ll need an army at his back to get anything done should he win. Accordingly, he’ll treat his campaign as an opportunity to train them into fighting shape.

The Democratic party is stronger for Sanders having thrown his wrench into its coronation plans two years ago. And we’re all better off. It’s painfully easy to imagine two years of an electoral news cycle orbiting around personality beefs and debates about “electability” instead of, say, the looming collapse of human civilization. With as few as 11 years left before the climate crisis veers into a full-on global catastrophe, the presidential race needs to be a place to debate issues, not individuals. With Sanders on the scene, we can rest assured that it will be.

Bernie Sanders showed us that another world is possible. If that world becomes a reality, we’ll have him to thank – whether he becomes president or not.

Benny

Benny

Bernie is Running, Thank God

By making this pervasive exploitation and egregious inequality central to his campaign, Sanders came out of left field to garner thirteen million votes against the party front-runner. By continuing to use his platform to push for ambitious redistributive policies and highlight working-class struggles, he graduated from the campaign to become the most popular politician in the country. The rise of Sanders represents an American awakening — incomplete but significant — to the failures of liberal bipartisanship, corporate accommodationism, and capitalism itself.

Sanders doesn’t just acknowledge the constant churn of class conflict: he picks a side. While other politicians know which way the wind is blowing and strike various progressive poses accordingly, Sanders is a storm that generates that wind.

He does this by standing up consistently for working people against capitalist interests. No other candidate for the Democratic Party nomination will have a comparable track record of fighting to put people over profits.

polarbear4

I hope Chris Hedges joins us this time.

phatkhat

I quit paying attention to Hedges a long time ago. He has, IMHO, crossed into the real nutcase realm. Maybe his vegan diet has deprived him of sufficient B-12. Dunno, but he just seems to be mean-spirited anymore.

orlbucfan

Hedges was brilliant at pointing out our nation’s problems, but he never had a coherent solution. I quit reading him years ago.

orlbucfan

*****Volunteer Campaign Worker Signup*****
I got this address off a Sanders’ worker’s text yesterday. I should be on the list cos of the last campaign, but you never know. I pointed that fact out to them, too. It is https://act.berniesanders.com/signup/volunteer.

T and R to the usual excellent BNR2.0 suspects!! 🙂 LD: you’re going to have to start posting at least 2X daily. This is a wonderful change from 2015. 🙂

bernin
bernin

Updated numbers: looks like he got $6 million from over 223,000 people in the first 24 hours. (That’s close to his all-time record of $6.4 million in one day after the NH primary) Pretty incredible!

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

The HuffPo reported similar numbers, but managed to characterize the six million total as “more than double the $1.5 million raised by Sen. Kamala Harris”

It is true that 6 is more than double 1.5, but could be viewed as showing a tiny bit of bias.

Benny

Created by @lonestarmike

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polarbear4

For those of you that still go to TOP and that are on our desktop.

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On A desktop.

polarbear4

Expect more of the same. If it weren’t for WikiLeaks, we likely would have never known.

patsy and b
patsy and b

Just stopped by to say “Hi” Liepar. Got Sanders’ news yesterday by email and am one of the 330,000 who pledged support and donated an addition $ (already regularly donating) to contribute to the now $6 million kickoff.

Hope everyone is well.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Glenn Greenwald commented on a NYT article on Bernie’s announcement. They changed a quotation but did not acknowledge the change. I don’t understand his point, but I went to the article and to the comments and the NYT Picks look like hand on the scale against Bernie.

Just a thought. I only read a little of the article.

Bernie Sanders, Once the Progressive Outlier, Joins a Crowded Presidential Field

They closed the comments at 2794 total

Now off to look at the reader picks

Well, they are sorted by the number of Recommends. On the right hand side see the Times picks which are as I noted above.

The biggest point is his age it seems.

Overall, as a Bernie fan, I was surprised at how many people were not totally on board

And probably could say the same thing for WA PO but I have not done anything like this and don’t even know if they cover it

Well, went there and the top articles are about Trump and all that stuff. Had to look around for the Bernie announcement. Maybe with everything going on, not the biggest news. A even handed article but little thrust for Bernie. I went to the comments. Said that I had to register but then gave them anyway. Much shorter comments than NYT. Many more supportive of Bernie.

I seem to recall that during the last election WA Post gave almost no coverage of Bernie. Now owned by Bezos and Bernie is explicitly on his case so will be interesting to see how this turns out.

Sanders touts $6 million fundraising haul and draws the notice of Trump

Curious the WA top articles were about Trump and Republicans killing off our country but didn’t bother to note that Bernie is the best chance to address needed issues that politicians must address.

Global politics is the major issue today …..

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

“I seem to recall that during the last election WA Post gave almost no coverage of Bernie.”

Well there were the 16 negative stories in 16 hours around the time of the Flint MI debate.

But yeah, Sanders was largely ignored by the MSM. The six minutes of total coverage I have heard that he got yesterday is probably more than he received some months back in 2016!

jcitybone

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/bernie-sanders-2020-election-campaign-trump-democrat-candidate-race-a8788596.html

I had known Bernie well, during his 25 years in congress, when I decided to support his presidential campaign for 2016. When we met to discuss my role, I told him that my commitment was based on building a movement during and after the campaign. He put his hand on my arm and told me that was his purpose and that he did not expect to be president. The movement, which ended up being called Our Revolution and whose board I chair, emerged from that campaign. We now have several million supporters and more than 600 affiliated groups.

But in 2019 Bernie, and those of us supporting him, believe that this campaign is all about winning the Democratic nomination, defeating Trump, and entering the White House as a president who believes that this is a transformational time, and that real change is necessary.

Our Revolution will not merge with the campaign despite the huge support for Bernie within our membership. Like many other grassroots groups likely to support Bernie we will also be building the political revolution in local and state elections, mobilising on key issues like Medicare for All and criminal justice and democracy reform.

jcitybone

Well Bernie’s not mincing words

orlbucfan

Orange Moran sounds just like his atrophied brain. Is that more dangerous than stupid?

humphrey

Who will be first to get one?

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One can dream!

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Obviously NBC give him a space to rant.

The qualifications of the ranter.

By Zac Petkanas, president, Petkanas Strategies LLC and a former senior aide to Hillary Clinton

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Another berniebro responds to a hilbot.

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OzoneTom
OzoneTom

When I still visited Salon long ago, I would studiously avoid ever clicking on any of her screeds.

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Bernie Sanders Shatters Fundraising Record For Presidential Candidate

humphrey

Perhaps someone could translate this for me. I know he is not a Sanders fan.

Benny

h/t WotB

Benny

jcitybone

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/20/bernie-sanders-lived-on-an-israeli-commune-in-the-60s.html

Famous for his progressive politics, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is once again running for president on a platform that champions universal healthcare, free public college and higher minimum wages.

But Sanders’ progressive political beliefs appear to date all the way back to his youth. In fact, Sanders, who is now 77, spent several months during his early 20s living on an Israeli kibbutz, a small collective community and farm, one that was built on many of the same ideals that are now hallmarks of his political platform.

Sanders said that in 1963 he lived and volunteered at Shaar Ha’amakim, an Israeli kibbutz near the city of Haifa, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which during the 2016 presidential campaign unearthed a 1990 interview with Sanders.

While Sanders likely spent much of his time at the kibbutz working in the fields, picking apples, peaches and pears with other volunteers, he also would have been exposed to the social democratic ideology on which the kibbutz operated then and now, according to Yair Merom, the kibbutz’s current chairman, who spoke to The Times of Israel in 2016.

“Our values of mutual responsibility are social democratic values, and we choose willingly to create that society,” Merom told the newspaper. “Sanders is talking about the social democratic approach that gives freedom to the individual, but with responsibility for the whole. We do that in a practical way.”

jcitybone

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/02/bernie-sanders-24-hour-record-2020.html

Small-donor dollars will play a major role in the 2020 nomination, particularly as Democrats swear off corporate PAC money and continue to rail against the megadonors. Candidates will also use these kind of arbitrarily time-limited hauls—pegged to a campaign launch or some other specific event, be it a debate performance or a Trump attack—as modern day “money bombs” to garner free media attention and to show their base’s strength. There are more tangible benefits, as well. Such networks serve as a near-renewable resource that a candidate can continue to tap until his supporters either can’t afford to give any more or they reach their maximum contribution limit of $2,700, whichever comes first. A campaign can solicit small donations in good times and bad. Meanwhile, candidates who rely on big-dollar checks need to do more than send out an email blast when they have bills to pay. They need staff to find new donors, either through online outreach, by working the phones, or by holding traditional fundraisers, all of which take time and money.

This 24-hour total is yet more evidence that Sanders is by far the best positioned in the Democratic field to take advantage of these new fundraising dynamics. Many of Bernie’s rivals have followed the policy path he set out in 2016 with his insurgent challenge to Clinton, but none can claim to have the same small-donor strength that he does. When the New York Times recently looked at six years of federal election filings from ActBlue, the Democratic Party’s dominant donation-processing platform, they found 2.1 million people had donated online to Sanders during that time period, 87 percent of which gave exclusively to him. His lead on the field is so big that his donor base is the size of all the other potential Democratic hopefuls combined. Beto O’Rourke was in a distant second with a comparatively scant 743,000 donors, 72 percent of which gave only to him. Elizabeth Warren came in third with 343,000 online donors (40 percent exclusive), followed by Kirsten Gillibrand with 272,000 donors (52 percent exclusive), and Kamala Harris with 239,000 (47 percent exclusive). A past donation doesn’t guarantee a future one, but Sanders won’t have to work nearly as hard as his rivals to find people who are friendly to his cause and willing to prove it with a few bucks.

jcitybone

Bernie Sanders Sure Seems to Rely on the Big-Time Banks. 😁

jcitybone

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47312166

Sanders enthusiasm is high by another metric, as well. In the day the senator’s campaign announcement video has been up on Twitter, it has garnered more than five million views. Cory Booker and Ms Harris’s videos have over four million, but they’ve been in the race for weeks.

Benny

Benny

Heh heh

wi60

Big deal on Trumpcorp fundraising ,he’ll lie and say he raised 7 million in 20 hours or some BS like that.

polarbear4

And triple matching will grow it….

Benny

I sent Bernie’s campaign 3 more bucks.

I would gladly send Bernie’s transition team (if he wins) money to hire a shaman to clear out the Oval Office before Bernie had to meet with Trump.

jcitybone

🤣

jcitybone

A pretty good interview on CNN with Van Jones about where Bernie stands today: “I’ve never seen anything like Bernie Sanders”

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/02/20/bernie-sanders-presidential-run-interest-jones-nr-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/this-week-in-politics/

jcitybone

In which he expands on the racist, sexist, xenophobic Trump fraud theme

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Benny

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jcitybone

(Posted here from the other thread to here where it belongs)

Here’s a good WaPo article

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/20/bernie-sanders-starts-off-with-bang/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ab8a0a45333f&utm_source=reddit.com

Within moments of Bernie Sanders’s announcement he was running for president again in 2020, many stepped forward to pour cold water on his chances. He’s too radical, say some. Democrats’ leftward shift means he’s no longer radical enough, say others. He’s too ancient, say yet another group.

Not so fast. Early fundraising totals reveal a solid number of Sanders’s 2016 supporters remain committed where it matters — the wallet.

All this shouldn’t come as a surprise, yet it often seems to, at least in the Acela corridor. In a world where income inequality continues to soar, common sense says Sanders’s populist message appeals to many. Millions of Americans support Sanders’s agenda, or at least parts of it. Poll after poll after poll shows solid majorities of all ages say they want to see Medicare-for-all, a $15-an-hour minimum wage and higher taxes on the wealthiest among us.

But there is something else, too. Sanders — either deliberately or accidentally — has figured out a way to make his relatively advanced age work in his favor. In American society, we often brush off the elderly. But there remains a long-established trope, something I’ll dub the “Golden Girls” appeal after the 1980s-1990s hit television show. These people are who they are, and they remain committed to their passions. They don’t talk down to the young people, but neither do they scold, or blame them for their woes. At the same time, they don’t sugarcoat their critiques. They don’t pretend to share their taste in music, but they share something more important — they share their idealism and their belief we don’t need to settle for realism, or second best. They are, you might say, brass-tack dreamers.

Sanders, who, in an age of polished video, often turns up looking as if he forgot to brush his hair, makes zero effort to modulate his distinct New York City honk despite decades of living in Vermont and released a campaign commercial in 2016 featuring the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, fits this profile perfectly. He tells a generation of Americans indebted by student loans that college tuition can once again be an inconsequential expense. It wouldn’t take a “magic genie,” as Klobuchar claimed Monday, just a society willing to support it. And he doesn’t just say he would like to see a $15 minimum wage. He all but shamed Amazon into raising its minimum hourly pay last year to $15 an hour, after he debuted legislation named in honor of Jeff Bezos, that would have required large companies to pay the government back if their employees still need government benefits to get by. (Bezos owns The Post.)

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