Our nation stands at a crossroads. In the words of Bernie Sanders, “We have won the battle of ideas,” and there is an awakening sense of purpose and possibility. A new generation is taking up the struggle for revolutionary change. Yet Trump and the Republicans are in power, and represent a profound threat to ordinary people and the environment.
What will it take to defeat the right wing and build a powerful alternative? How do we achieve the policies that the majority of Americans seek and Bernie campaigned for, like Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and free public college education? Should progressives continue the fight to reform the Democratic Party or should we launch a new people’s party, free from corporate money and influence.
Now that our struggle turns to achieving power, a dilemma has emerged. The more progressive that working people become, the more disenchanted they grow with the Democratic Party, a dynamic that propels Republicans to power with disasterous consequences. Americans are fed up with the policies of the billionaire class, and nearly 70 percent believe the two parties don’t represent them.
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, people from around the country will gather in the nation’s capitol for The People’s Convergence Conference, where Dr. Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, and Nick Brana will host a conversation about the way forward for our movement at the Draft Bernie Town Hall.
Thousands of working people who supported Bernie during the campaign are united once more in extending a hand of invitation to Bernie to join this discussion about the future of our movement and our country. A team of former Bernie Sanders staffers, delegates, and supervolunteers are also working side-by-side to draft Bernie to a new people’s party.
Join us in Washington, D.C. – or at a local sister gathering in your state – along with other progressives from across the country, to illuminate the path forward and finish what we started on the Bernie campaign!