Draft Bernie National Organizing Call – 6/22/17

The wind is in our sails as the movement for a people’s party speeds ahead! On this week’s call we began with some remarkable national news. Then we spoke to three of our new national field leads and talked about how you can make a people’s party a reality. Next, Lynette talked about how fast we are growing. We have new organizers in nine states! We also discussed how to get involved and use the online tools. Marie talked about our Twitter Storm Week of Action. Learn more about Draft Bernie, sign up to volunteer, contribute, and find our petition at DraftBernie.org.

Press Release: Draft Bernie for a People’s Party’ Seeks to Recruit Sanders to Start a New Political Party, Not to Run for President in 2020

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2017

Contact:

Carol Ehrle | carol@draftbernie.org |

‘Draft Bernie for a People’s Party’ Seeks to Recruit Sanders to Start a New Political Party, Not to Run for President in 2020

Following our high-profile presence at The People’s Summit in Chicago last weekend, there has been great media interest in our movement, and with it, some confusion about our mission. We seek to draft Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to launch a new progressive political party. We are commonly referred to as ‘Draft Bernie’ for short and are not advocating for or against Sanders running for president in 2020.

For all of the reasons cited in our briefing sent to Sanders, the Democratic Party is structurally incapable of becoming a people’s party. The only way to defeat Donald Trump and the Republican agenda is to start a new party for the progressive majority.

Polls show that most Americans want a major new party. Starting one is something that Sanders is uniquely positioned to do. During his presidential primary campaign, Sanders built a national volunteer and donor infrastructure of millions of people. He also popularized progressive policies and created a progressive electoral coalition. Rather than dissolve his campaign infrastructure, Draft Bernie believes that Sanders should turn it into a permanent people’s party.

Draft Bernie National Organizing Call – 6/16/17

The movement for a people’s party took it to the next level at the People’s Summit this weekend! The action began with a large gathering of Draft Bernie supporters from across the country on Friday morning, where Jimmy Dore lead the chant, “Draft Bernie! Draft Bernie!” It culminated with hundreds of enthusiastic supporters cheering for Bernie to start a new party in front of thousands of attendees and hundreds of thousands of livestream viewers back home. On this call, we recapped the weekend’s remarkable events, looped listeners into organizing, and discussed how we will move boldly into a people’s party. Brian Jones, the executive director of the Justice Party, joined us and shared his wealth of knowledge on progressive third parties. Learn more about Draft Bernie, sign up to volunteer, contribute, and find our petition at DraftBernie.org.

Press Release: RoseAnn DeMoro Announces Her Support for the Draft Bernie Movement at the People’s Summit

For Immediate Release

June 11, 2017

Contact:

Carol Ehrle | carol@draftbernie.org

Media Team | media@draftbernie.org

RoseAnn DeMoro Announces her Support for the Draft Bernie Movement at the People’s Summit

CHICAGO — To an eruption of enthusiastic cheers, RoseAnn DeMoro took the stage at the packed Arie Crown theater and announced her support for the movement to Draft Bernie for a People’s Party on Saturday. DeMore is the executive director of National Nurses United, the leading organizers of the People’s Summit and a major union that backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president.

Thousands watched as Sanders condemned a Democratic Party that has not embraced his progressive platform. Draft Bernie supporters waved red rally signs and cheered throughout his speech with calls for him to launch a new party.

Afterwards, DeMoro joined Sanders on stage and announced her support for starting a new party with Sanders. “I want to thank all of the Draft Bernie people. I’m with you,” she exclaimed, pointing into the crowd to great fanfare. “Nurses, are we with them,” she asked, as the crowd erupted in cheers again. DeMoro then turned to Sanders, “I always say: ‘heroes aren’t made, they’re cornered.’”

“We’re honored to have the support of such a bold progressive and champion in the fight for universal health care,” said Nick Brana, Draft Bernie founder. “RoseAnn joins the rapidly growing movement to build a new party for working people.”

Sen. Nina Turner, who tweets favorably and often about Draft Bernie, interviewed Brana on her new show with the Real News Network on Friday. Turner recently discussed the growing call for a third party on CNN’s State of the Union.

On Wednesday, Draft Bernie released a 15-page briefing sent directly to Sen. Sanders. on the feasibility and necessity of creating a party for the progressive majority.

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Weekly Organizing Call – 6/7/2017 – with special guest Jimmy Dore

Comedian and popular YouTube news commentator Jimmy Dore joined us on the call this week to share why he thinks the timing is right for Draft Bernie and to comment on how the current political arena is supporting the movement. Carol and Randi gave an update on our new event map, our Facebook week of action, plans for the People’s Summit, and more. Listen to past episodes of our weekly calls, learn more about Draft Bernie, sign up to volunteer, contribute, and find our petition at DraftBernie.org.

Draft Bernie For A People’s Party Releases Briefing Sent to Sen. Bernie Sanders

Draft Bernie For A People’s Party Releases Briefing Sent to Sen. Bernie Sanders

June 7, 2017

Contact:
Carol Ehrle | media@draftbernie.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.

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VIDEO: Draft Bernie, PIP and Justice Party Members Chair Panel Discussion at Left Forum

Draft Bernie’s Jonathan Martin, Nicholas Brana, Bayo Sharp, joined Araquel Bloss of Progressive Independent Party and Brian Jones of the Justice Party in a panel discussion at Left Forum in New York City. The panel topic was titled “The Revolution Must Go On! Can Berners Build a New Party That Wins?”.

 

Weekly National Call – 6/1/17

The movement for a people’s party is on a roll! We discuss updates like Nina Turner’s exciting appearance on CNN this past week, where she spoke about how Americans are calling for a third party. We always have way more questions than we can answer on our weekly calls, so this week we had a Draft Bernie Q&A Day, where we devoted the second half of the call to answering your questions. Learn more about Draft Bernie, sign up to volunteer, contribute, and find our petition at DraftBernie.org.

Can or Should The Democratic Party Be Reformed?

William R. Kildall, Ed. D.
Draft Bernie
Washington State Lead

For those who are part of the establishment, hidden or out in the open, and those who are fence sitters not sure whether to bail out or hang on, the future of the Democratic Party appears very dim. You can dress up a cadaver for a funeral but you cannot expect it to get up off its death bed and go on about life as before. The same applies to the Democratic Party.

Here are three reasons why the Democratic Party and the two-party system is doomed: First, the Democratic Party resembles the Republican Party because it abandoned the working class and organized labor. Examples can be found in the coal mine country, the rust belt and the sawmill towns across this nation. Both parties are indistinguishable and have betrayed the working class because they are creatures of Wall Street and represent the interests of a few hundred wealthy individuals and families, not the working class and certainly not the common voter.

Second, as a result, the few wealthy control and play their zero-sum gaming of the economic system. Under the protection of their political sycophants, our environment is now reaching critical mass for permanent destruction. Just look how the fossil-petrol-chemical military-industrial complex has reversed and proposes further repeal of legislation we have enjoyed since the Roosevelt era. Ask yourself: how effective has Congress been in defense of the people’s stance against the construction of the oil pipelines and rail cars running from north to south and east to west? Or in regard to the huge expenditure of our taxes spent on arms?

Then look at Detroit and Flint, MI. and the collapse of their infrastructure after corporate interests abandoned the state and the lead poisoning of Flint’s population. Consider the melting rate of the Polar ice cap and the continued rise of the sea level. What about the dwindling working class now becoming a large underclass just one paycheck from poverty and ending up homeless? Don’t forget about the latest move to put off a $15 per hour minimum wage until 2024 and how Big Pharma and the for-profit insurance companies are becoming unbridled in charging what the market will bare.

Now ask yourself, how effective has the Democratic Party been when acting on behalf of the public interest on these issues?

Third, don’t forget about the mess created by the DNC that occurred leading up to the blatant exposure of thuggery by government agents and DNC operatives to squelch the Berniecrats in Philadelphia. Think about how progressives have been treated since then. The Democratic Party has abandoned the electorate and the working class for Wall Street, from Bill Clinton’s Presidency until now. The Party has operated nationally and at the local level as though they are on a permanent status–quo autopilot since Clinton was elected. Because of that, Democratic leadership has run the Party into the ground.

Local and state establishment Democrats came out of the woodwork during Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign and leading up to the nomination. Since she lost the general election, establishment Democrats have maintained their grip on power in the Party. They continue to operate locally and nationally to employ counter-revolutionary tactics to undermine and squelch needed social, economic, political and environmental change.

Now they slithered out of their lair because they see a power shift to the left. Progressives are perceived by the neoliberal Democrats as threatening because the old guard fears their grasp on local control and that elected positions will be overturned as Progressive begin to organize.

Change is imminent because the Democratic Party is unable to advocate for programs that will meet the needs of the people. It persists with repressing change coming from the people. Even when the establishment begrudgingly allows progressive crumbs into its platform, their allegiance to the Wall Street elites makes it lip service. Their platforms serve as nothing more than window dressing and false advertisement.

The idea that both parties in Congress will reach compromise to achieve working class well-being is a myth. The only thing either party will be able to accomplish is to satisfy their own self-interest and that of the elite class through compromise at the expense of the working class. That is why neither party represents the interest of the 99 percent. Many of us have come to the realization that we will never become members of the elite donor class. That is a fantasy. We are left with the realization that a new people’s party is the only rational alternative to the present social, economic, political and environmental chaos.