June 7, 2017
Carol Ehrle | firstname.lastname@example.org
Draft Bernie For A People’s Party Releases Briefing Sent to Sen. Bernie Sanders
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of the People’s Summit this weekend in Chicago, Draft Bernie for a People’s Party has released a briefing sent directly to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the feasibility and necessity of creating a new progressive party.
“The facts and figures in the briefing show that a new party is the only way to defeat Trump and the Republican agenda,” said Draft Bernie founder and director Nick Brana, the former national political outreach coordinator for Bernie 2016 and former electoral manager for Our Revolution. “This is the case that has convinced Sanders surrogates and working people across the country to join the movement to Draft Bernie.”
President Trump’s unpopularity and Sanders’ monumental efforts to expand the Democratic Party should be generating a surge in the party’s membership. But polls reveal an alarming trend: since the 2016 general election, affiliation with the Democratic Party is declining while the Republican Party is holding steady. Democrats are increasingly becoming independents.
The American people are leading the way to an independent alternative to the major parties. Instead of struggling against the progressive current in an effort to reform an establishment party, Sanders should swim with the progressive current and create the new party that the majority of Americans want.
If Sanders starts a party for the progressive majority, it could supplant the Democrats in a few short years. Much like Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans replaced the Whig Party in just four years.
The 15-page briefing was written by activists, academics and former Sanders staffers. It can be read in its entirety here.