Bernie Sanders supporters kick off local organizing effort

Supporters of Bernie Sanders kicked off campaign organizing in Union County with several events, which were among nearly 5000 such gatherings across the nation Saturday to organize around the 2020 hopeful.

Lisa McCormick, New Jersey’s leading progressive activist, joined volunteers at a house party in Union Township, where Sanders supporters watched an organizing video that was transmitted to the thousands of campaign kick-off meetings.

“We’re trying to empower local volunteers who are interested in getting Bernie in the White House,” said McCormick, one of the 2016 Bernie Sanders supporters who ran for US Senate last year in response to the presidential candididate’s call for a political revolution. “Building a bigger team, empowering ordinary citizens to become organizers and enlisting voters to engage in a people-powered campaign all mean that we can do more with less money.”

According to Bernie Sander’s campaign staff, this party was one of an estimated 5,000 house parties happening in the USA and overseas.

There was food, refreshments and plenty of talk about giving presidential hopeful Sanders the Democratic nomination because he is the party’s best hope to knock President Trump out of the White House.

Attendees also watched a 40-minute organizing video featuring Sanders and his campaign staff. Many in the audience found the presentation useful, but some had experience knocking on doors to promote their candidate.

“I went door to door and met a lot of interesting people,” said. “Met a few hostile people too. But just a few.”

Cook said canvassing will be a focus ahead of the primary, which is less than a year away.

McCormick said America needs to get Trump out of the White House the President but he is only the a sympton of a bigger problem and that sentiment was echoed by others.

“Bernie Sanders is at the very top in terms of candidate quality. He’s the most progressive, he has put forth the boldest vision and he wants to help those that need it the most.” said Delegate Vaugh Stewart, a state legislator who attended a similar party with his constituents in Germantown, Maryland. “Just removing Donald Trump, getting him out of the White House, will be putting us back to square one just like in 2016 and that still leaves a lot of folks behind.”

Sanders’ campaign does not take money from corporate PACs but his newest rival, former Vice President Joe Biden followed the announcement of his candidacy with a high-dollar fundraising event at the Philadephia home of a Comcast executive and lobbyist. Many progressives feel betrayed by establishment Democrats who rely on super PACs and dirty money.

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