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Bernie Sanders made it clear that he will not be running this new movement and named as president Jeff Weaver, his long-time associate and former campaign manager who orchestrated his brilliant campaign funded by small uniform contributions i.e. $27. Executive Director is Shannon Jackson, who was deputy senior advisor to Sanders and had been budget analyst for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, and he invited everyone to hit Our Revolution.com/act.
Bernie Sanders was their voice Wednesday night and he told the country about the accomplishments of the progressive movement so far and talked about the number of candidates who are running for office from local school boards to the U.S. Senate. About two months ago Sanders put out the word for progressive candidates, and at that time about 1,600 had signed up to run for office right after the word went out.
When Sanders took the stage he discussed the success of the progressive movement and its adoption by the status quo Democratic Party. He had very little to say about Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and he never once mentioned GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Prior to the adoption of progressive revolution issues Sanders said anyone who seriously suggested such things as $15 an hour minimum wage, free tuition for public colleges and universities, making the rich pay their fair share, and expanding Social Security instead of cutting it were considered crazy.
Sanders said the Democratic platform that was adopted was the most progressive in the history of the United States. If they think it is going to become “a document sitting on a shelf collecting dust,” they are very mistaken. “We are going to bring it alive,” he said speaking to the movement.
Sanders mentioned that Clinton had adopted a program to provide free public college and universities for families making up to $125,000 a year which includes 83 per cent of Americans. He said this was a major step forward. He was not as happy with her medical care program and said it needed to be a single payer Medicare-type program.
Discussing trade agreements Sanders was sharply critical of President Barack Obama’s adoption of the TPP trade agreement and said Obama was “dead wrong”. Sen. Sanders said that if they tried to push it through the lame duck Congress he would defeat it. One of the problems, Sanders said, with trade agreements is in the case of the defeated Keystone Pipeline the corporation is now allowed to sue the U.S. taxpayer for $15 billion for lost income.
Discussing the Revolution that was formally launched tonight Sanders told them about several ballot issues that are up in Alaska, California, and Colorado that needed support. He said the movement which has drawn people 45 and under is a social and economic justice program which is the future of America. “This nation has never been about oligarchy we must never allow oligarchy to become the government, “
Before he sat down and Our Revolution executive director Jackson took the reigns Sen. Sanders commented “Election days come and go; the struggle for justice continues . . . .”
Our Revolution is intended to “revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness.”
To view the full hour and 20 minute program, click HERE.
To connect with the Revolution, go to ourrevoltion.com.
— Caroll Lucas