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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bernie Sanders is an honest leader who speaks truth to power and is building a movement with all of us to make a future we can believe in. People are sick and tired of establishment politics and we’re ready for the kind of real change Sanders can bring to America.
Robert Reich shares 6 very reasonable reasons why Sanders is not only a great candidate, but will make a good president too. And explains that his proposals will save money for average Americans – they won’t hurt us financially.
I don’t generally approve of trolling but nevertheless, Tara Smith’s suggestion on New Jersey for Bernie Sanders appeals to me. I think it’s important to stick up for Bernie in the face of the core Dem Party distributing unconscionable and baseless reports about how valuable a candidate HRC is. Tara writes:
Please subscribe to Facebook pages of Democratic politicians in your state. Whenever they post something in support of $illary, please comment with the latest great news about Bernie. Whenever they post about an issue, post a comment about Bernie’s position on this issue. Your comments will reach far more undecided voters. #BernieWins
Apparently, this promotion has ended for now. Congrats to those who ordered their books before it ended.
Want to learn how Sen. Bernie Sanders became the only Independent federal Senator in the United States? Read his autobiography, which his campaign will send you in exchange for a donation of ANY size.
I had $3 to share so that’s what I sent and a few days later, there was the book sitting proudly in my mailbox. It’s a great, easy and fascinating read. I not only recommend it, I urge you to get your own copy and learn more about partisan politics, running an excellent campaign, community organizing and of course, Bernie Sanders himself – who has become the front-runner in the 2016 Democractic primary election despite being ignored by major media outlets much of the time.
U.S. Uncut reports that Bernie Sanders wants us to turn US Post Offices into banks. This makes sense when too many low-income Americans are cut off from essential banking services – like cashing payroll checks – either because of personal financial history or because banks won’t locate branches in their neighborhoods. The disenfranchised will save with easy access to low-cost, basic banking services and the USPS will win with a major infusion of needed revenue.
In a radio interview with Ed Schultz on Wednesday, Sanders explained just how much revenue this could generate for the USPS as (it continues) to battle back from the brink of extinction.
“A new report from the Postal Service suggests one way the agency could make as much as $8.9 billion in annual revenue would be to offer limited banking services like cashing checks and selling pre-paid debit cards. The USPS already takes in more than $100 million in revenue each year by selling postal money orders. One of the areas we should be looking at is banking.”
In May 2015, Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Stevens quotes from a USPS Office of Inspector General report, which points out that incorporating a banking model into operations could be done by simply customizing one of the successful models already in use at a postal agency in another country.
On average, (postal agencies) in industrialized countries generated 14.5% of revenues from financial services in 2012, according to the report.