Press Release: 50,000 Working People Petition Bernie Sanders to a Town Hall to Discuss Starting a New Party. Will he Attend?

For Immediate Release

Aug. 30, 2017

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50,000 Working People Petition Bernie Sanders to a Town Hall to Discuss Starting a New Party. Will he Attend?

Washington D.C. — Two weeks ago, Draft Bernie for a People’s Party sent the following letter of invitation directly to Sen. Sanders and to his staff. Draft Bernie offered to accommodate Sanders’ schedule and select another date if he cannot attend the Town Hall on Sept. 9th.

The Senator has yet to say whether he will acknowledge and meet with his supporters.


Hi Senator,

On behalf of the many thousands of working people who have been inspired by our movement to Draft Bernie for a People’s Party, Dr. Cornel West and I would like to invite you to join us for a town hall on Sept. 9th at American University.

Over the past six months, I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of your most dedicated and talented supporters and volunteers. Working people of all ages, colors, and genders who led their communities in the campaign to elect you president. These are the grassroots leaders who hosted canvasses, phone banked into every state, made social media an organizing hub, and greeted you at clutches. They gave you countless hours and funds that they often could not spare.

Your campaign gave them a common vision and purpose. Now they are united once more in their conviction that our nation needs a new genuinely-progressive party, and that you can create it for us and generations to come. Together, they are extending thousands of hands in invitation to the town hall, a conversation about our shared future as a country.

At the town hall we will discuss one of the greatest questions facing our movement: should we continue our efforts to reform the Democratic Party, or should we launch the new party that the large majority of Americans are calling for?

Please join us for…

The Draft Bernie Town Hall
Saturday, September 9 • 8:00-9:30 pm
American University • Washington College of Law
Washington D.C.

The town hall will be the feature event of the three-day Convergence Conference that is bringing together hundreds of progressive activists and many organizations to deliberate the same question. Our state and regional field leaders are hosting sister gatherings in nearly every state, where progressives will watch the town hall and participate in local discussions.

At 3 pm on Friday, September 8, we will deliver 50,000 signatures asking you to start a people’s party and inviting you to the town hall the next day. It would mean the world to your supporters if you were there to personally accept their petition and invitation to the town hall.


Nick Brana

Draft Bernie for a People’s Party


At the Town Hall, renowned intellectual Dr. Cornel West, socialist Seattle city councilwoman Kshama Sawant, political commentator Jimmy Dore, and Draft Bernie founder Nick Brana will discuss whether progressives should continue reforming the Democratic Party or create a new party free of corporate money and influence. Brana is the former National Political Outreach Coordinator with Bernie 2016 and former Electoral Manager with Our Revolution.

The conference begins with a rally on the National Mall along 7th St. at 1:30 pm on Friday Sept 8. The rally will be followed by the delivery of the Draft Bernie petition to Sanders. The weekend includes a live comedy special on Friday night with Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, Tim Black, Stef Zamorano, Ron Placone, and John F. O’Donnell. Saturday and Sunday will consist of plenaries and workshops on Medicare for all, democratic socialism, invigorating the American student movement, fighting racism, defeating the right wing, election integrity, progressive prospects in 2018 and 2020, and much more.

Many of Sanders’ delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention are joining the call on him to start a major new party. Last week, they addressed a heartfelt 2-minute video to the Senator.

Progressives across the country are waiting to see if Bernie Sanders will sit down with the working people who fought and sacrificed for him in 2016.