April 25, 2017
Dr. Cornel West and Draft Bernie Founder Nick Brana Invite Sen. Sanders to Town Hall
(New York City) — The renowned professor and progressive activist Dr. Cornel West and Nick Brana, founder and director of Draft Bernie For A People’s Party, issued an invitation to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to a Town Hall forum.
The two delivered the invitation this morning in a joint appearance on Democracy Now! with hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. The Town Hall will be held in Washington, D.C. at a date to be determined.
“A town hall is the perfect forum to discuss the question on every progressive’s mind: ‘Should the progressive majority form its own party?’” Brana said. Independents far outnumber Democrats and Republicans and a majority of Americans want a major third party. Polls also show that Americans are overwhelmingly progressive on the issues.
The Town Hall invitation comes on the heels of Monday’s announcement by prominent intellectual Dr. West that he is endorsing and supporting Draft Bernie For A People’s Party. Dr. West was one of the first nationally-known and respected influencers to endorse Sen. Sanders in his 2016 campaign for president. He is the second surrogate from that campaign to endorse the Draft Bernie movement, joining Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and anti-fracking activist.
Draft Bernie was launched in February by a group of Sanders campaign staff, delegates and volunteers under the direction of Brana, the former national political outreach coordinator on Sanders’ presidential campaign and the former electoral manager with Our Revolution.