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The Intercept
04/25/2019
The Intercept

The Intercept

Like other Democratic candidates, Joe Biden is launching his presidential bid with a pledge to reject federal lobbyist cash. But the lobbyists attending his fundraiser today are either unregistered or registered with state entities, not the federal system.

04/10/2019
Shaun King

Shaun King

Today in the Senate, @BernieSanders will introduce the first serious plan for Medicare For All EVER introduced in the Senate. Every developed nation in the world has national healthcare with universal coverage. And Bernie has been fighting for this since I was a child. Today is a huge day because it takes us even closer to making this a reality.

Bernie Sanders’ immense fundraising haul reflects a resilient movement
04/03/2019
Bernie Sanders’ immense fundraising haul reflects a resilient movement

Bernie Sanders’ immense fundraising haul reflects a resilient movement

The $18.2 million Bernie Sanders raised since launching his presidential race put to rest any doubts about the resilience of his movement. It is an impressive show of force that cements his position as one of the strongest competitors in the Democratic presidential field.

Bernie Sanders
03/29/2019

Bernie Sanders

We are not going to let fossil fuel companies put their short-term profits ahead of the well-being of our planet, our kids and our grandkids. I'm proud that our campaign is taking the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge. Sunrise Movement

The Atlantic
03/27/2019
The Atlantic

The Atlantic

Three Democratic senators and one independent voted against the Green New Deal, saying it was neither practical nor attainable. The Senate rejected the plan, 57-0.

Unofficial: DNC
03/26/2019
Unofficial: DNC

Unofficial: DNC

Nobody should fight in the gutter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a vigorous debate about policy.

Bernie Sanders
03/24/2019
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Donald Trump wants to divide us up by the color of our skin, our country of origin, our gender, our religion and our sexual orientation. We are going to do exactly the opposite. We are going to bring our people together – black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native born and immigrant. Brothers and sisters: We're going to win this election not because we have a super PAC funded by billionaires. We're going to win this election because we will put together the strongest grassroots coalition from coast to coast in the history of American politics.

Our Revolution Alaska
03/22/2019
Our Revolution Alaska

Our Revolution Alaska

✅ Campaign workers unionized
✅ Campaign team leadership 70% female
✅ Campaign travel emissions offset
✅ Campaign walking the talk

Bernie Sanders
03/20/2019

Bernie Sanders

Our campaign is surging. A recent poll just put us ahead of Trump in a head-to-head matchup. The people of this country realize that we can no longer tolerate a government which only works for the billionaires and massive corporations. We are going to build a strong grassroots movement, defeat Trump, take on the powerful special interests and create a government that works for all.

Organizers for Bernie
03/20/2019

Organizers for Bernie

The Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign has announced 15 new hires in key positions, 10 of whom are women.

POLITICO
03/10/2019
POLITICO

POLITICO

Senate Democrats say they’re increasingly open to getting behind Sanders if he appears the strongest candidate in 2020. And there’s no whiff of an effort to try and deny him the nomination, according to interviews with more than 20 Democratic senators.

Bernie Sanders
03/08/2019
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

It is not acceptable to me that the top four packing companies control more than 80 percent of the beef market, 63 percent of the pork market, and 53 percent of the chicken market.

With the federal government not enforcing antitrust laws, we have seen mergers like the Bayer-Monsanto approved, giving the two largest conglomerates 78 percent of the corn seed market.

Further, instead of protecting family owned farms, federal support for agriculture is skewed toward huge farms. The top 10 percent of farms currently receive 77 percent of all subsidies.

The U.S. Congress has, for too long, ignored the many crises facing rural America. We need policies for rural America that represent the needs of working people and farmers, not agri-business and multi-national corporations. The time is long overdue for the U.S. government to stand with rural America, and that is exactly what I will do.

Shaun King
03/06/2019

Shaun King

LISTEN TO ME. This is why I’m supporting @berniesanders. He’s willing to step in and hold DEMOCRATS accountable for their bullsh*t when necessary. Some people are so beholden to the party that they won’t call out something ugly they see happening from Democrats. But this attack on @ilhanmn is just not going to work. Period. Nancy Pelosi needs to pull this dumb resolution from the House floor and we need to do better. I hate anti-Semitism. So does Bernie. And so does Ilhan. But this thing of Democrats coming together to blast her is just not gonna fly.

Bernie Sanders
03/05/2019

Bernie Sanders

In 1963 I was a student at the University of Chicago. It had been nine years since the Brown v Board of Education decision, but the school officials in Chicago had still refused to meaningfully desegregate the city’s public schools. Black schools were overcrowded and underfunded, with many students forced to share chairs and desks. Meanwhile, a report at the time found over 380 white classrooms were completely empty.

But instead of putting black children in those empty classrooms, the school officials decided to put old trailers on the black school grounds. We called them “Willis Wagons,” after the Chicago school superintendent of that time, Benjamin Willis. These trailers were a monstrosity. Students would boil in the heat, and freeze in the cold. They were infested with rats. They were an insult and a disgrace – and the community fought back.

One day, many of us went to the spot where they planned to put the trailers. We were corralled by a police line and told not to cross that line. Well, some of us did. And, of course, we were arrested and thrown into paddy wagons. We spent that night in jail, until we were bailed out the next morning by the NAACP.

The reason I tell you all of this is because my activities in Chicago taught me a very important lesson. And that is that whether it is the struggle is against racism, or sexism, or homophobia, or corporate greed, or environmental devastation, or war and militarism or religious bigotry - real change never takes place from the top on down. It always takes place from the bottom on up when people, at the grassroots level, stand up and fight back. That's a lesson I learned in Chicago, and a lesson I've never forgotten.

Massachusetts for Bernie Sanders
03/04/2019

Massachusetts for Bernie Sanders

Rock the vote - register today!

Jacobin Magazine
03/04/2019
Jacobin Magazine

Jacobin Magazine

Bernie Sanders is speaking in Chicago today — a city where he organized as a socialist, struggled for civil rights, and “began to understand the futility of liberalism.”

Shaun King
03/04/2019

Shaun King

Chicago!!! This isn’t a rally, it’s a MOVEMENT. Let’s GO!! We’re not just standing with @BernieSanders - we’re standing for big ideas for a better world!

03/03/2019
CNN Replay

CNN Replay

“I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers ‘you're fired.’ I came from a family who knew all too well the frightening power employers can have over everyday workers,” Sen. Bernie Sanders says in Brooklyn campaign rally. https://cnn.it/2TjgTtp

Shaun King
03/03/2019

Shaun King

Today I not only endorsed @BernieSanders to become our next President of the United States, but introduced him at his kickoff campaign event here in Brooklyn for 5 reasons. And I want to share them with you, then I hope you’ll come on over and join us. We want and need you on our team.

1. I told myself I’m not going to wait a long time and simply see how this thing goes. None of us can do that. For too long we’ve allowed other people, including the political machine or the media, to just choose who is who for us. That doesn’t work. I saw all of the plans and all of the teams and Bernie has a 50 state plan with a 50 state team that I believe can beat Donald Trump. Period. And I’m not gonna sit around and wait. I’m going to go all in.

2. I trust Bernie. I truly do. He is a man of his word. He has been fighting for everyday people now for 50+ years. He’s a good man.

3. He’s always learning. Anybody who says otherwise doesn’t know him and has probably never met him. I’ve seen him continue to grow and evolve and get better. I’ve personally introduced him to women & men, including today, who have kept it all the way real with him. Then saw Bernie integrate that new knowledge into his speeches and plans.

4. His new campaign staff is brilliant, skilled, and diverse in every possible way from the top down. They are genuinely good people and are in this to change the world.

5. I share Bernie’s core views on about 95% of the issues. From justice reform to campaign finance to climate change to pay equity to gun control to Medicare For All to affordable housing and so much more, we not only see eye to eye, but he’s all in. More than anyone.

Listen - I’m asking you to join us. I believe in what we’re building. Ask tough questions. Don’t just take my word for it. But whatever you do, go all in. Make a decision. Just know that we have room for you and want you on our team. All in. Love you all.

Shaun King
03/03/2019

Shaun King

CHICAGO!! Sunday night! 7pm! Navy Pier!! This picture is of Bernie as a college student in Chicago. No place meant more and was as formative to the origin story of Bernie Sanders than Chicago at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. When Bernie got there as a 19 year old, his dear mother had just passed, and his father would soon pass away as well. And through that pain, alone in a way that he had never been, Bernie jumped head first into the Civil Rights Movement there. These weren’t simply photo ops. Bernie was this head of CORE & SNCC at the University or Chicago. He organized the first ever sit in at the University to protest the crappy segregated housing for Black students, he blanketed the city with flyers about police brutality, and chained himself to Black women, standing in front of bulldozers, to protest the way Black school children were being mistreated. He was arrested for his courage. Don’t tell me this was irrelevant. It’s EVERYTHING. It’s who he was before we knew him. Before he was a politician. But it’s also who he has been his WHOLE LIFE. He’s an activist at heart. Chicago!! Meet us Sunday! Doors open at 5:30pm at the Navy Pier!!

PBS NewsHour
03/02/2019
PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

Sanders joins the 2020 race not as an outlier but as one of the best-known candidates in an large and expanding field. He also has a strong base of small-dollar donors: In the first week of his campaign, Sanders raised $10 million, far outpacing his rivals.

03/02/2019
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

What democratic socialism means to me is making sure that all people live with security and dignity. That was FDR’s vision over 70 years ago and it is what we must continue to fight for today.

Silvers for Sanders
02/28/2019

Silvers for Sanders

The endorsements are starting to roll in! Thank you, Danny Glover!

02/23/2019
Sunrise Movement

Sunrise Movement

This is how Senator Dianne Feinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution -- with smugness and disrespect.

This is a fight for our generation's survival. Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress.

PBS NewsHour
02/20/2019
PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

Can Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recapture the magic that fueled his first presidential campaign?

To win the nomination, he may not need to.

NPR
02/19/2019
NPR

NPR

"We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the independent senator told Vermont Public Radio in an interview airing Tuesday morning.

CBS This Morning
02/19/2019

CBS This Morning

TOMORROW: Senator Bernie Sanders will join John Dickerson for a revealing interview.

Watch only on CBS beginning at 7 a.m.

The New York Times
01/24/2019
The New York Times

The New York Times

3 weeks before the midterms, Joe Biden collected $200,000 to speak to a Republican-leaning audience in Michigan. He praised the local GOP congressman — who went on to beat his Democratic challenger by 4.5 percentage points. Democrats were stunned.

Organizers for Bernie
01/14/2019
Organizers for Bernie

Organizers for Bernie

Sounds like Bernie is starting to hear to us. Let's turn up the volume!

Time to take action!

📢 orgforbernie.com/take-action 📢

#RunBernieRun #Bernie2020 #FeelTheBern

06/22/2018
Raúl Andrés

Raúl Andrés

Why has it taken so long for the media to really focus on the danger that immigrants face when coming to this country?? The danger they face not only while crossing the border, but also after they have crossed the border (if they are lucky enough to survive). All of this was going on even before Trump became president, but the media and most politicians conveniently ignored it. Bernie, on the other hand, has been consistently talking about this issue for years. This is why he's so great. People over politics, always.

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