‘BERN’ STILL SMOLDERING
“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 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.
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 grassroots 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.”