Key allies of Bernie Sanders are planning to meet in Chicago after the final votes have been cast in the Democratic presidential primary to plot the future of the movement galvanized by Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Sanders’ loss in New York’s primary this week has put the Democratic nomination almost certainly out of reach, leading many to wonder what will become of the millions of people who donated, volunteered, and supported his campaign, including many who seem unready to settle for likely nominee Hillary Clinton.
The two-day People’s Summit is timed for mid-June in order to fall between the final set of primaries in California and elsewhere on June 7, and the Democratic National Convention in late July. It aims to continue building the “political revolution” Sanders often invokes and to develop a “People’s Platform” of issues important to the movement.
“There’s a vibrant conversation going on about what happens to the movement after the primaries are over,” said Charles Lenchner, who co-founded the group People for Bernie, which is helping to organize the summit. “This is a collection of groups that share a lot in common and want to work together in the future and who represent a significant portion of the coalition that has come together around Bernie Sanders.”
Personally I think a movement like this is essential to the future of politics in this country and 100% support it moving forward.
I actually see this an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement and think that if it can formulate a strong message, and find the right messengers, that it will have an important and dramatic impact on how politics is done in this country.
And as much as I might support Hillary Clinton right now, I would like to see an organization like this exerting some influence on her future policy decisions.
And do you know who would be the perfect VP to act as a liaison between Hillary and this group?
(Sorry, coudn't resist.)