The Democratic National Convention is July 25th, 2016. At the convention, it will be up to the superdelegates to decide the Democratic party candidate. Right now, it is highly unexpected that Bernie Sanders will take the nomination. However, for most Bernie supporters, we are #stillsanders. If we don’t take the nomination, at least Bernie’s platform will have strong representation at the convention, compelling the Democratic party platform to shift left. Now and after the convention, we want to continue to support Bernie Sanders. More importantly, we want to support the revolution that his campaign has started. But without Bernie as the Democratic candidate, this leaves us millions of Sanders’ supporters across the world asking, “Now what?”
So many Sanders’ supporters were actively involved in the campaign – donating money and time. All across the world people made calls to U.S. households reminding people of their upcoming primaries and informing them of Bernie Sanders’ platform. People knocked on doors, packed rallies, sent texts, shared posts – people did what they could to support the candidate they love and trust.
Bernie Sanders may not be our president, but he can still be our leader.
This campaign has never been about any single candidate. It has always been about transforming America.
On June 16th, 2016 Bernie Sanders addressed his supporters on a live stream video thanking them and letting them know that the revolution is not ending. The revolution has always been about millions of people actively participating in politics in order to enact change.
We believe in Bernie. We look to him for leadership. That does not change whether he is Senator Sanders or President Sanders. Bernie Sanders has always been on the right side of history. That does not change whether he is Senator Sanders or President Sanders. With that said, what would Bernie have his supporters do now? We can look to his June 16th address for guidance.
Be The Bern – How to Keep the Revolution Going
Election days come and go, but political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end. They continue every day, every week, and every month in the fight to create a nation and world of social and economic justice…That’s what this campaign has been about over the past year. That’s what the political revolution is about and that’s why the political revolution must continue into the future.
Watch Bernie Sanders’ National Live Stream Address
You can watch the live stream address at berniesanders.com/stream. There you can also sign up to receive updates as the political revolution moves forward.
Sign up at berniesanders.com/win
Bernie referenced this URL specifically in his address as a place to get more information on invigorating our democracy and fueling the revolution.
Show up in Philly on July 25th
A strong presence of Bernie supporters in Philly for the Democratic National Convention will send a message to the Democratic National Committee and to the world that we are not going away. Our voices will be heard. A strong presence for Sanders at the convention gives support to his ideas and platform appearing on the official Democratic Party Platform which is decided at the convention. This four day event will also give Bernie supporters a chance to connect with one another. There is power in that communication, connection, and solidarity.
In advance of the convention, read the Democratic National Platform Draft.
Keep Donald Drumpf out of the White House
There are many die-hard Bernie supporters who are #bernieorbust and #neverhillary. Regardless of how things go down at the convention, it looks like Bernie is ready to work with Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to defeat Donald Trump. Those who believe that Hillary is too corrupt to vote for, consider this: Do you trust Bernie Sanders’ judgement? Do you trust the man whose mission has always been to look out for the well-being of the American people? Do you trust the man who has always been on the right side of history? This man recognizes a danger in Trump and is willing to work with Hillary Clinton to defeat him.
Campaign for politicians who support Sanders and his values
The political revolution is about invigorating our democracy with “Berniecrats”. These politicians can be described as follows:
- Their values and actions reflect the values of the Sanders’ campaign.
- They have been supporting Bernie during his primary run and continue to support him.
It’s not only important to campaign for existing Berniecrats, but to bring new blood into the political system. If you are interesting in stepping directly into the political system by running for office, the Sanders’ campaign seems to be gearing up to help. On the form at berniesanders.com/win you can check a box if you are interested in running for office in your area. If you aren’t interested in running yourself, you can support those who are.
Here are some sites to check out if you want to take an active part in carrying the movement forward:
Real change always occurs from the bottom on up when tens of millions of people say loudly and clearly “Enough is enough” and they become engaged in the fight for justice. That’s what the political revolution we helped start is all about.
Brand New Congress – Building on the tools, tactics and networks that developed during Bernie’s campaign, this movement aims to elect an honest, accountable Congress to enact Bernie’s program.
People Not Super PACs – This initiative creates and distributes digital media to support candidates across the U.S. They are looking for donations (according to the site, a donation of $15 will pay for 1 hour of content production) and video producers, writers, and graphic artists.
berniesanders.com/win – The official answer to “Now what?” from the Bernie Sanders campaign. Fill out the form on this page to get more information on running for office and/or volunteering for others in a variety of ways.
Call Voters For Candidates Endorsed by Bernie – The official Bernie Sanders’ phone bank effort is still going. Now that the primaries are over, phone bankers are calling for candidates endorsed by Bernie. If you phone banked for Bernie during the primary season, consider picking up the phone again! And phone banking for Congressional candidates is awesome because:
- The Sanders’ campaign has amassed a giant list of Bernie supporters – thanks to the 75 million calls made during the primary season, we have a yuge list of Bernie supporters we can contact. This makes the calling very efficient and impactful.
- We are calling districts, not states – For the U.S. House candidates, we are calling congressional districts. This means that each person we persuade to vote has a much greater impact. And if enough people call, we can actually exhaust the call lists!
- A Congress full of Berniecrats paves the way for Bernie’s political revolution
Get involved at the local level
Find out when your county and state elections are and participate. Don’t know who to support? Check out The Berniecrats Network.