User Guide for Demonstrating Happily for Bernie at the 2016 DNC

Bernie goes to the DNC
Source: change.org
Jared Pi-Trick put together a helpful User Guide for those planning to demonstrate for Bernie at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philly – complete with a video giving the reasons the protests must be peaceful:

On July 24th-28th Come to Philadelphia to rally for the future of our Democracy!

The Bernie Sanders presidential Campaign is going all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July. Despite the mainstream media’s manipulation of the facts and its insistence that this race is all but over, Bernie is going to finish strong in the primaries and it seems we will open the convention with it being statistically possible for either Democratic Party candidate to clinch the nomination on pledged delegates alone.

It is crucial that American citizens from all walks of life take a stand and show up to support Bernie during the Democratic National Convention, to show the DNC just how committed we are to his nomination as the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential candidate. It is critical to the viability of our political movement that we do not engage in any aggressive behavior, because the mainstream media is looking for excuses to discredit our movement, dehumanize us and to present Bernie supporters to the general public as thuggish, societal discontents.

No masts, no violence, Just Americans standing up for the future of our nation and the values we know are pivotal to preserving our democracy.

This is not a call to violence this is a call to presence: Rally, March, Demonstrate, and Peacefully protest. Together we can show the DNC that we have the motivation and the momentum to carry our candidate to success in the general election. With any luck we can generate such an enormous response in our support community that we will be a force to be reckoned with simply by being a mass of people too large to be ignored. There is no point in physical conflict, when we have enough people to make the DNC pay attention by simply showing up. Let’s make this Democratic National Convention one to be remembered.

Let’s make Philadelphia so overcrowded with support for Bernie, that the city feels like it is busting apart at the seams. Lets show the DNC what Philadelphia looks like when the rest of America shows up. And most importantly, lets prove that mainstream media has been lying to this nation about our “penchant for violence” and about Bernie’s chances of success.

This video was created for free by passionate supporters of Bernie Sanders with the most sincere hope that it is worth your time to watch and share with others who love him too.

Extensive Overnight and Travel Information by Laurie

Laurie Cestnik has put together this resource list on Facebook filled with useful information about ride-shares, housing, camping and more.

What to bring

  • Bring yourself, Bring your friends. bring Banners and signs (and extra markers etc, to make more signs with), Bring flags and bullhorns. bring cameras so you can show the rest of the world what our movement really looks like.
  • Pack LOTS of water with you (plenty for yourself, and some to share with those who didn’t plan as well), its going to be hot in Philadelphia in July, so keep yourself hydrated. if you are a real go getter, fill up a cooler with ice and bottles of water, to help cool off in the middle of a sweltering July day. it is a good idea to bring some electrolyte powder or sports drinks along as well, when you are sweating you aren’t just losing water, you are losing salt, if you find yourself chugging water and not feeling hydrated, its time to replenish some of your salt.
  • Bring food/snacks along with you. With a huge surplus of people in the streets, restaurants will be nearly impossible to get into, grocery stores will likely have difficulty keeping food in stock. so it is a good idea to bring food along with you from outside locations. again if you can bring extra for your fellow demonstrators, all the better. the more we are able to take care of each other the longer we can stay out to make our voices heard.
  • bring sunscreen, umbrellas, and (if you are planning on staying put for an afternoon instead of marching) pop up tents, to help provide some shade in the mid-day sun. Misters and spray bottles can also be a HUGE help for beating the heat.
  • Bring toilet paper- we will certainly be over taxing the restroom facilities, and TP is one of the first things to run out in situations like this. so keep a roll with you wherever you go. it is also useful for plugging up bloody noses (which can frequently occur from sitting in the sun too long).
  • Ladies! bring extra maxi pads/tampons. even if it is not your “time to shine” it can possibly help out for those who start up early, and those who find themselves in a pinch.
  • bring basic medical supplies, things like bandaids, gauze, ace bandages, cold packs, and antiseptic spray, for cuts scrapes and sprains. accidents happen, people trip and fall down. it is better to have some basic supplies immediately on hand than it is to spend hours looking for the nearest medical assistance.
  • Take good care of yourselves out there folks, and if you can help take care of some of your other demonstrators, please do.

Events/planning pages: connect with some of the organized rallys and marches

Other Events

Camping

Transportation

Legal assistance

Young Turks points out the ambiguities and the simply WTH moments at the Nevada state convention

Sanders supporters not counted
Source: Las Vegas sun via The Young Turks
Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks points out the ambiguities and simply WTH moments at Nevada’s state convention on May 14. Here’s the statement that accompanies his video report:

The establishment of the Democratic Party is doing everything they can to silence Bernie Sanders supporters. The recent convention in Nevada is another example, as the party voted in new rules, by ignoring Bernie Sanders voters. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday again won Nevada at the state Democratic convention, after her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, scored a surprise delegate victory out of the county conventions last month.

There was palpable tension between the two camps throughout the day at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, with Clinton supporters barely outnumbering those supporting Sanders among the more than 3,400 conventiongoers. Still, a 33-person delegate lead was enough to sway the division of a dozen delegates who were up for grabs Saturday in her favor.

Who would win the majority of those delegates remained uncertain going into Saturday because Sanders was allotted more delegates to the state convention. In April, Sanders had turned out more of his supporters to the county conventions — even though Clinton had won the popular vote in the February caucuses — thus allowing him to send more delegates to the state convention.”

And here’s the video report:

Cenk recommends that you read this Las Vegas Sun report. And Snopes offers clarification about the convoluted three-part Nevada primary process.

Bernie Sanders responds to paper attack by NV Dems which follows tactical attack at state convention

sanders actual Nevada winner
Source: The People for Bernie
MAY 17, 2016 – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following sensible statement, which I find quite beautiful and inspirational.

It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that the political world is changing and that millions of Americans are outraged at establishment politics and establishment economics. The people of this country want a government which represents all of us, not just the 1 percent, super PACs and wealthy campaign contributors.

The Democratic Party has a choice. It can open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change – people who are willing to take on Wall Street, corporate greed and a fossil fuel industry which is destroying this planet. Or the party can choose to maintain its status quo structure, remain dependent on big-money campaign contributions and be a party with limited participation and limited energy.

Within the last few days there have been a number of criticisms made against my campaign organization. Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence.’ That is nonsense. Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence. Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals. But, when we speak of violence, I should add here that months ago, during the Nevada campaign, shots were fired into my campaign office in Nevada and apartment housing complex my campaign staff lived in was broken into and ransacked.

If the Democratic Party is to be successful in November, it is imperative that all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness and the respect that they have earned. I am happy to say that has been the case at state conventions in Maine, Alaska, Colorado and Hawaii where good discussions were held and democratic decisions were reached. Unfortunately, that was not the case at the Nevada convention. At that convention the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place. Among other things:

  • The chair of the convention announced that the convention rules passed on voice vote, when the vote was a clear no-vote. At the very least, the Chair should have allowed for a headcount.
  • The chair allowed its Credentials Committee to en mass rule that 64 delegates were ineligible without offering an opportunity for 58 of them to be heard. That decision enabled the Clinton campaign to end up with a 30-vote majority.
  • The chair refused to acknowledge any motions made from the floor or allow votes on them.
  • The chair refused to accept any petitions for amendments to the rules that were properly submitted.

These are on top of failures at the precinct and county conventions including trying to depose and then threaten with arrest the Clark County convention credentials chair because she was operating too fairly.

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More at Young Turks points out the ambiguities and the simply WTH moments at the Nevada state convention

Instructions for using the Bernie dialer for phonebanking

Phonebank for Bernie
Source: Bernie2016tv Live
Phonebankers Ivan and have trained didn’t find the Bernie dialer instructions easy to follow, so I created this instruction sheet with very detailed instructions. It tells you exactly how to set up your phone and computer up to start making calls.

You can phonebank from home or with a group. Hope you find this guide useful.

Bernie Sanders’ stand on issues – in Spanish and English

When people ask where Bernie Sanders stands on issues, refer them to feelthebern.org. There’s plenty of good information here.

Bernie on the issues
Source: feelthebern.org

Y la información está disponible en Español también.

Las posturas de Bernie Sanders
Source: feelthebern.org/es

30 years of Sen. Bernie Sanders standing up for the American people against corporate interests

Sanders at seaport
30 years of Sanders video

Rocking Westfield with bilingual Bernie Phonebanking (English & Spanish)

Yesterday 35 Berners turned out for the bilingual Bernie Phonebanking event at the Westfield NJ Starbucks. The first wave of people were kinda crushed for space so Hope took a group of about 10 to the Dunkin’ Donuts down the street and a couple of people headed over to the local libary.

The rest of us settled in at Starbucks and shared our cozy spaces as more people streamed in. Ivan, Peter Jacobs, Joscandy and I floated around the room helping everybody get their scripts prepared, log into the system and with resolving technical issues.

Iowa put Bernie Sanders squarely on base. Now, go vote and bring him home.

Sanders
Source: Nation of Change
Nation of Change points out that Bernie Sanders did well in Iowa. If Hillary hadn’t won all those coin-tosses to decide districts where the two candidates tied, Bernie in fact would have won the primary

Sanders: Don’t Tell Me we can’t be a great nation of patriots engaging politically

Voters line up at the polls
Source: Don’t Tell Me video supporting Bernie Sanders 2016

In this cute animated video, Bernie Sanders says:

Anyone who tells you that politics is not important, you ask them why the Koch Bros are going to spend a billion dollars on this election … Involvement in the political process is what patriotism is all about. If we do that, man, we can create a country the likes of which no one has ever seen.

All across America, Bernie gains wild popularity – watch the 1-min video.

Bernie Sanders for president
Source: Bernie Sanders campaign America video
Simon & Garfunkel’s “They’ve all come to look for America…” plays in this delightful 1 minute video about the real people driving Bernie Sander’s outstanding popularity as a 2016 presidential candidate.

★ Join the political revolution at www.berniesanders.com
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About Bernie (from the Sanders campaign):
Bernie Sanders is a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. He is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. Sanders previously served as mayor of Vermont’s largest city for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jane and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents and grew up in a small, rent-controlled apartment. His father came to the United States from Poland at the age of 17 without much money or a formal education. While attending the University of Chicago, a 20-year-old Sanders led students in a multi-week sit-in to oppose segregation in off-campus housing owned by the university as a Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) officer. In August of 1963, Sanders took an overnight bus as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech firsthand at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

After graduation, Bernie moved to Vermont where he worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker. In 1981, he was elected as mayor of Burlington as an Independent by a mere 10 votes, shocking the city’s political establishment by defeating a six-term, local machine mayor. In 1983, Bernie was re-elected by a 21 point margin with a record amount of voter turnout. Under his administration, the city made major strides in affordable housing, progressive taxation, environmental protection, child care, women’s rights, youth programs and the arts. In 1990, Sanders was elected to the House of Representatives as the first Independent in 40 years and joined the Democratic caucus. He was re-elected for eight terms, during which he voted against the deregulation of Wall Street, the Patriot Act, and the invasion of Iraq.

In 2006, Sanders defeated the richest man in Vermont to win a seat in the U.S. Senate as an Independent. Known as a “practical and successful legislator,” Sanders served as chairman of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs where he authored and passed the most significant veteran health care reform bill in recent history. While in the Senate, Sanders has fought tirelessly for working class Americans against the influence of big money in politics. In 2010, he gave an eight-and-a-half hour filibuster-like speech on the Senate floor in opposition to extending Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthy. In 2015, the Democratic leadership tapped Bernie to serve as the caucus’ ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Known for his consistency on the issues, Senator Sanders has supported the working class, women, communities of color, and the LGBT community throughout his career. He is an advocate for the environment, unions, and immigrants. He voted against Keystone XL, opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, wants to expand the Voting Rights Act, and pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
To learn more about Bernie on the issues, click here.