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Bernie Sanders to Huddle With Progressive Leaders in Burlington
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49579"><span class="small">David Siders and Natasha Korecki, Politico</span></a>   
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:08

Excerpt: "The Sanders Institute, the Vermont-based think tank formed by Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane, in 2017, has quietly lined up progressive activists from across the country for a three-day gathering next week in Burlington, assembling a speaker lineup billed as 'thought leaders from across the country and around the world.'"

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty Images)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty Images)


Bernie Sanders to Huddle With Progressive Leaders in Burlington

By David Siders and Natasha Korecki, Politico

21 November 18

 

he Sanders Institute, the Vermont-based think tank formed by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane, in 2017, has quietly lined up progressive activists from across the country for a three-day gathering next week in Burlington, assembling a speaker lineup billed as “thought leaders from across the country and around the world.”

Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, is expected to speak at the event’s opening but will not make any announcement about his plans for a potential 2020 campaign, sources familiar with the events said.

Listed speakers include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Our Revolution President Nina Turner, intellectual and activist Cornel West, “The Young Turks” founder Cenk Uygur, environmentalist Bill McKibben, writer and activist Naomi Klein, and Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

RoseAnn DeMoro, former executive director of National Nurses United, the powerful union that supported Sanders in his unsuccessful 2016 presidential run, is listed as a speaker. So is Peter Knowlton, national president of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, whose union also endorsed Sanders against Hillary Clinton.

The actors John Cusack and Danny Glover are also expected to speak.

The event coincides with the release of Sanders’ new book, “Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance,” and follows a furious spate of campaigning by Sanders ahead of the midterm elections. Sanders, a favorite of progressives, has polled well ahead of the 2020 election, trailing only former Vice President Joe Biden in a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of Democratic voters released last week.

Blue America PAC’s Howie Klein, a prominent blogger, activist and Sanders supporter, said he was invited to the event several months ago but cannot attend because he will be out of the country. He said preliminary planning appeared to include panels and, potentially, music.

The institute, a nonprofit, is legally separate from Sanders’ political activities. It said on a nonpublicized link provided to invited guests that “the core intent of the Sanders Institute Gathering is to share replicable policies, develop actionable steps, establish ongoing networks and articulate a progressive vision.“

The event is scheduled to run Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the performing arts center Main Street Landing in Burlington.

Sanders is scheduled to speak ahead of the event, on Nov. 27, at George Washington University. The following week, on Dec. 3, he will host a livestreamed town hall event on climate change.

Sanders easily won reelection to his Senate seat in November, receiving 67.4 percent of the vote. Like other potential 2020 candidates, he focused his midterm election campaigning on helping Democrats — including in key presidential states — raising and donating some $2.6 million while traveling to 18 states.

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+11 # tedrey 2018-11-21 12:07
Bernie is like the Energizer Bunny; he just keeps going and going and going...

Long may he hop along to energize us all.
 
 
+9 # Wise woman 2018-11-21 12:07
Come on, Joe. You've had your turn. The progressives of the land as well as many indies and our young people, are behind Bernie. The middle of the road has begotten trump because he stepped out of it. It didn't work in 2016 and it certainly won't in 2020.

Now I understand your a nice guy and a seasoned politician, but we need a NEW direction. The same old Will get us more trump. Oh the horror of that thought.
 
 
+2 # Inspired Citizen 2018-11-21 21:54
#ProgressiveOrB ust in a nutshell.
 
 
+7 # RagingGrannyVicki 2018-11-21 12:44
More than celebrity speakers, we need a viable coalition third party that will advocate for something worth voting for -- TRUE election reform, including ranked-choice voting, eradication of the electoral college, an end to gerrymandering and voter suppression in all its forms, and an end to corporate election financing. Add to that a party that will advocate for single-payer health care and tuition-free higher education, tax reform that favors people over corporations, rapid transition to sustainable energy sources, and an end to war as an instrument of foreign policy, and we might have something worth getting excited about. If Bernie can't get people together to form a fusion party that will adopt that (or something similar) as its platform, we're doomed.
 
 
+7 # Robbee 2018-11-21 15:02
Bernie Sanders to Huddle With Progressive Leaders in Burlington, 21 November 18

O U T S T A N D I N G !
 
 
+5 # Inspired Citizen 2018-11-21 17:14
"The following week, on Dec. 3, he will host a livestreamed town hall event on climate change."

If voters don't take a #ClimateOrBust stand on Democratic Party candidates including Sanders, then there's really no valid reason to vote "Blue no matter who."
 
 
+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-21 19:52
I'm surprised that RSN does not run more stories on the organizing of the progressives in congress and just give up on the Mueller-Trump-F acebook-etc. conspiracies.

Mainstream conservative democrats are already trying to push down the efforts of activists like Ocasio-Cortez to frame the issues in the new congress. Her suggestion for a "Green New Deal" is being slammed by the Demo party establishment who simply don't want her ideas and don't want progressives to exert any power in congress.

The biggest obstacle Sanders and his group face is the mainstream media which blacked him out in 2016 and is ignoring him now. After that, it is the Demo party.

What a huge struggle. The people are behind the progressives, but the elites are against them. The elites hold all the advantages.

It is good to see Tulsi Gabbard at Sanders' meeting. I'd like to see her run with Sanders in 2020.
 
 
0 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-21 21:44
I love Bernie because he's a JEW and always stands up for the disenfranchised .. that is his core .. yeah he's flawed as are all humans .. he won't be president but he has stiven to represent those in need .. learned it from his moral upbringing and parents .. and oh yeah he is also a New Yorker the best and biggest melting pot of what is and should be America today .. of which this country is formed and upholds ..