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Video: Sen. Sanders Meets with Pastor in Sanctuary from ICE

Published on Apr 25, 2018
In Durham, North Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders met with Pastor Jose Chicas, who was denied an extension of his visa under President Trump and now lives in public sanctuary at the School for Conversion.

THE WEEK: Bernie Sanders has conquered the Democratic Party

Jeff Spross

April 24, 2018


Bernie Sanders' bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 was not universally welcomed, to put it mildly. His basic argument was that Democrats could assemble a cross-ethnic and cross-class coalition by offering big universal public programs like Medicare-for-all and free college tuition. But large portions of the party dismissed him as an interloper, a naive radical, or even just another entitled white male.

Which makes developments since the 2016 election rather interesting: Quietly but steadily, the Democratic Party is admitting that Sanders was right.

But the most interesting policy here is a federal job guarantee. This would be a public option for work, offering employment with a living wage and benefits to anyone who wants it. The idea goes back at least as far as the Civil Rights movement. Stephanie Kelton, one of Sanders' key economic advisers, has been working on the idea for years with economists associated with the University of Kansas City-Missouri and the Levy Institute, and pushing it up through Sanders' network of political outfits. Meanwhile, another group of economists, including William Darity and Darrick Hamilton, has also been building out the idea. And Sanders himself organized a townhall with Hamilton to talk about it.

CAP suggested a watered-down but still admirable version of a job guarantee a few months ago. Then Gillibrand publicly endorsed a job guarantee in mid-March. And she's kept up the drumbeat since. This past Friday, Booker released legislation for a pilot program version of the job guarantee, built off Darity and Hamilton's work. Then on Monday, Sanders pushed his chips in, announcing legislation for a full-bore national version of the policy.

This actually looks somewhat similar to how Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards all egged each other on towards health reform in the 2008 campaign. Parts of the Democratic Party are now taking the basic building blocks of Sanders' political philosophy and running with them.


The Sanders Institute Talks: A National Job Guarantee

Published on Mar 20, 2018
The Sanders Institute Talks: A National Job Guarantee Program

Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders (Founder, Fellow of The Sanders Institute) talks with Dr. Stephanie Kelton (Founding Fellow of The Sanders Institute, Professor at Stonybrook University) about the results of a new report on creating a national jobs guarantee program. Dr. Kelton co-authored the report with L. Randall Wray, Flavia Dantas, Scott Fullwiler, and Pavlina R. Tcherneva. The full report will be released through the Levy Institute in April, 2018.

Bernie Sanders to unveil plan to guarantee every American a job

By Jeff Stein April 23 at 1:27 PM


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will unveil a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker “who wants or needs one,” embracing the kind of large-scale government works project that Democrats have shied away from in recent decades.

Sanders's jobs guarantee would fund hundreds of projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, caregiving, the environment, education and other goals. Under the job guarantee, every American would be entitled to a job under one of these projects or receive job training to be able to do so, according to an early draft of the proposal.

Under the early draft of Sanders's job guarantee, local, state, and American Indian tribe governments in every section of the country would send proposals for public works projects for their areas to 12 regional offices that encompass the country. These 12 regional offices would act as a clearinghouse for these projects, tasked with sending recommended projects to a new national office within the Labor Department office for final approval.

Once approved, the projects would hire workers at a minimum salary of $15 an hour and paid family and medical leave, and offer the same retirement, health, and sick and annual leave benefits as other federal employees.


Video: Bernie Sanders on Van Jones Show 4/21/18

Published on Apr 21, 2018
Bernie Sanders on Van Jones Show 4/21/18

VIDEO: All-In with Chris Hayes: Sen. Bernie Sanders: It's time to decriminalize marijuana

The Vermont senator discusses his bill to change federal marijuana law and why Trump "deserves credit" for addressing U.S. trade policy.

''Bernie Sanders Spoke to a Crowd of Black Folks and He Didn't Screw It Up This Time''

Terrell Jermaine Starr
Today 6:05pm


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) not only rocked the house here at the National Action Network Convention on Friday morning but also may have been the crowd favorite among politicians who’d stopped by over the past three days.

Audience members shouted, “Ber-nie! Ber-nie!” as the Rev. Al Sharpton escorted him to the podium. The atmosphere had the feel of a presidential stump speech, even though he told another reporter at the conference that he hasn’t made up his mind on whether to run in 2020.

The theme at this year’s NAN conference reflects on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago. Sanders, who was criticized for what some thought were disparaging words about former President Barack Obama at an MLK event in Jackson, Miss., earlier this month, struck a chord with the packed room here when mentioning King’s role in fighting desegregation and the passage of the Civil and Voting Rights acts

Sanders may not be committing to a 2020 run at the moment, but in reality, he never really stopped running for the Oval Office. While some Democratic operatives bemoan the fact that he is not registered with the party, he has been its most vocal cheerleader. He barnstormed the nation with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and, via his own political organization (Our Revolution), he has quietly helped dozens of local and state officials win primaries and general elections. Sanders may not be a Democrat, but he is the party’s most important weapon against President Donald Trump.

Basically, he is the Democrat’s 2020 front-runner, whether he runs for president or not.



Photo: @SenSanders in NYC talking to @JetBlue IFCs about their monumental union victory


TMZ Video: Bernie Sanders Happy to Have Cardi B Join Fight for Social Security

Published on Apr 20, 2018
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