‘FEEL THE BERN’ IS STILL SMOLDERING

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“Do you still feel the Bern?” asks Nina Turner, pres­i­dent of Our Revo­lu­tion, a non­profit born out of Sen. Bernard San­ders’ pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which was flour­ish­ing less than a year ago.

In a fierce new out­reach re­leased Mon­day, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced its in­ten­tion to “re­claim democ­racy for the work­ing peo­ple.” It al­ready has de­liv­ered a “Peo­ple’s Plat­form” pe­ti­tion to Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee (DNC) head­quar­ters in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, de­mand­ing the party adopt a “bold pro­gres­sive agenda” and sup­port free pub­lic col­lege tu­ition for one and all, Medi­care for every­body, worker and vot­ers rights, en­vi­ron­men­tal jus­tice and other is­sues.

Ms. Turner said the or­ga­ni­za­tion was barred from the DNC build­ing.

In the af­ter­math, step two was in place. The group an­nounced its next goal as per­suad­ing the ma­jor­ity of the U.S. House Demo­cratic Cau­cus to pub­licly uphold their “Peo­ple’s Plat­form” by the time Septem­ber rolls around.

“We made the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee ‘feel the Bern’ last sum­mer with sus­tained grass-roots pres­sure, and we adopted the most pro­gres­sive plat­form in the Demo­cratic Party’s modern his­tory. But since then, they have pushed back at every turn,” says Ms. Turner.

“We need to show House Democrats that our grass-roots move­ment is more pow­er­ful than the party es­tab­lish­ment,” she notes. “The DNC may think they can con­tinue work­ing be­hind closed doors, but they will know dif­fer­ent when mil­lions of us come knock­ing.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.