Draft Bernie National Organizing Call – 9/14/17

The national conference call on Thursday, Sept., 14 was our 27th weekly call! We are proud to announce that the People’s Convergence Conference was a great success! We began on Friday with the rally on the National Mall followed by the trek to the Dirksen Senate Office Building where we crammed into Bernie’s office and spilled out into the hallway. Nick presented the 50,000 petition signatures to his staffers. Jimmy Dore and Tim Black joined in with rousing talks about the need for Bernie to join us. The Jimmy Dore Show Live capped the evening along with his guests Tim Black and Lee Camp.

The Saturday night Draft Bernie Town Hall proved to be the high point of the entire Convergence Conference. Over 400 attendees were inspired by the words of Dr. Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, Nick Brana and Jimmy Dore who all led us to the urgent conclusion that we must have a people’s party that is free of corporate control. We need to forge a movement where progressive groups converge to form a voting block that will assure success for a people’s party!

We’ll continue to have regional organizing meetings and conference calls to discuss next steps about forming a new coalition-based party. Stay tuned!

Draft Bernie National Organizing Call – 9/6/17

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, we held our 26th weekly national conference call where we talked about final plans as we head into the People’s Convergence Conference on Sept. 8-10 at American University in Washington DC! The weekend will begin on Friday afternoon with a rally and delivery of 50,000 petition signatures to Bernie’s office. The opening plenary will be Friday evening followed by The Jimmy Dore Live Show with Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, and Tim Black. From Friday through Sunday, progressive speakers will present workshops and plenaries covering a variety of important topics.

On Saturday evening, 8:00 pm at the Draft Bernie Town Hall, we’ll listen to Dr. Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, Nick Brana, and Jimmy Dore answer questions and discuss the all-important question: Should we try to reform the Democratic Party, or should we start a people’s party for the progressive majority free of corporate control? If you can’t attend in person, American University will be live streaming this historic event on the Official Draft Bernie YouTube channel.

Join us for an energetic, progressive-filled weekend!



As Sanders focuses on single-payer health care, some activists want him to start a new party – Washington Post – 9/11/17

Coverage of the People’s Convergence Conference, including the Rally on the Mall, petition delivery to Senator Sanders’ office and Draft Bernie Town Hall.

Full article can be read here.

Drafting Bernie Sanders & Third Party Revolution – Watching the Hawks – RT – 9/8/2017

On this episode of Watching The Hawks, Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace invite Nick Brana, founder of the Draft Bernie for a People’s Party movement, to discuss third party politics and the People’s Convergence Conference.


50K People Want to #DraftBernie for Third-Party Presidential Run – The Real News Network – 9/8/2017

The Real News Network interviews Kshama Sawant and Nick Brana, along with Draft Bernie supporters, at the rally in DC en route to delivering petitions to the Senate office of Bernie Sanders.

Read the transcript and watch the video.

Inspired by Seattle and turned off by Trump, the People’s Party looks for a national stage – LA Times – 9/7/2017

Coverage of the Seattle area People’s Party, a branch of the national Draft Bernie effort, and the upcoming People’s Convergence Conference.


Green Party To “Draft Bernie” Organizers Hoping To Launch A New Party: Go Green – Common Dreams – 9/6/2017

Green Party distributes a press release imploring the Draft Bernie movement to “Go Green,” published in Common Dreams.