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''I'm honored to be with everyone tonight at the Vermont Workers' Appreciation Dinner.''


Video: Bernie Sanders Intro at Twiddle Tumbledown 7/27/18


Welcomed with an explosion of huge applause from the group, Sanders took the stage, using the platform first to address the younger crowd.

Your generation is the most progressive generation in the history of Vermont. Your generation is helping to lead the fight against racism, sexism, religious bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia, and all the other phobias that Trump is trying to push now. Your generation understands that climate change is real. You understand that we have to public colleges and universities tuition-free; that we have to substantially lower student debt; that we have to bring about real criminal justice reform, immigration reform; that we will not accept Trump and his friends tearing babies from the arms of their mothers.

Let me also say, your vision is not going to be implemented unless you get involved in the political struggle. That means you got to register to vote, you got to get involved in campaigns, you got to run for office yourself. If your generation can do that, we can transform this country. We can defeat Trump and his friends to make the kind of beautiful nation we know we can become.

With the crowd breaking out into huge cheers throughout his address, Bernie Sanders wrapped up his introductory speech with a thank you for attendees, noting “Thank you all for what you do and what you will do,” before adding, “And now, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to introduce to you one of the great bands in Vermont! Let’s hear it for Twiddle!”

1986 Bernie: Who is Patriotic?

Published on Jul 27, 2018
Who is patriotic? And who is not? That is a question we must discuss.

Photo: It was great to speak tonight at the Tumble Down Festival in Burlington, Vermont!




Photo: Great to meet today with a @CarterCenter delegation of brave human rights defenders ...


Video: Protect Farm and Domestic Workers

Published on Jul 25, 2018
It is not a radical idea to say that every working person should have basic protections from discrimination and harassment. Yet, domestic workers and farm workers are often excluded from labor protections.

Bernie Sanders Goes After The Cash Bail System

Posted on July 25, 2018, at 1:17 p.m. ET


In the recent past, Sanders’ support for a given issue — like single-payer health care — has moved conversation around that within the Democratic Party, especially for prospective presidential candidates.

The Poverty Is Not a Crime Act, introduced by Sanders on Wednesday, would effectively end the use of cash bail as a condition for release before trial and amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to create a grant system to incentivize states to end their cash bail systems and create alternatives to cash bail.

Calls for changes to the cash bail system reached a crescendo in recent years after the death of Kalief Browder, who had been accused of stealing a book bag and spent three years in jail on Rikers Island because he couldn’t afford his $3,000 bail. Browder’s death offered a poignant example of the criticism of the cash bail system. Criminal justice advocates have long pointed to the cash bail system as disproportionately affecting working-class Americans who can’t afford bail.

“We have a broken criminal justice system,” Sanders told BuzzFeed News. Sanders added that in the midst of that, the country has a cash bail system that’s essentially “criminalizing poverty.”


As Support for Progressive Agenda Grows, Sanders Says 'Big Money Interests' ... 'Should Be Scared'

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
byCommon Dreams


"There is a reason why the corporate Democrats are getting nervous. And that's because we are making real progress in transforming the party and the nation."

On the very same day that democratic socialists Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) rallied thousands behind two progressive congressional candidates in Kansas last week, around 250 corporate Democrats and Third Way strategists gathered behind closed doors in Ohio to discuss ways to counteract the progressive momentum embodied by Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan's Abdul El-Sayed, and others throughout the nation.

These two "very different meetings," Sanders argued in an email to supporters Monday evening, represent divergent trends in the Democratic Party—one backed by corporate cash and the other backed by the majority of the American public.

"What are they concerned about? That our ideas, such as Medicare for all, tuition-free public colleges and universities, a $15 per hour minimum wage, and progressive taxation are now mainstream positions," Sanders wrote of the Democratic donors, financiers, and politicians who gathered in Ohio on Friday. "The big money interests should be scared."

"The corporate Democrats are plotting how to defeat progressives the only way they know how—with big money," Sanders added. "But you've shown that, together, we can overcome their brand of pay-to-play politics."


Thank you to the young people standing up to fossil fuel corporations and leading the movement ...


Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on their progressive push in deep-red states

Published on Jul 22, 2018
One a longtime figure and the other a rising star in Democratic politics, they're trying to make waves in unlikely places.
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