Bernie Inspired Millions. Together We Will Defeat Trump!
Last August, ORMA members voted by a majority of 78% to endorse Senator Sanders for President of the United States. Visit Bernie’s About page (with a great video reviewing his long history of working for the good of all people) and his Issues page to understand ORMA’s enthusiastic support.
ORMA members across the Commonwealth were understandably saddened when Senator Sanders suspended his campaign for President. Nonetheless, Bernie’s calls for unity to defeat Trump resonate with our membership. As Bernie said when endorsing Biden’s presidential candidacy, “I will do everything I can to help elect Joe. We had a contentious campaign. We disagree on issues. But my job now is to not only rally my supporters, but to do everything I can to bring the Party together to see that Trump is not re-elected president.”
We in ORMA know the fight for genuine freedom, democracy, and equality is long. And we are encouraged by the fact that OR is now an extensive network of thirty statewide organizations in varying stages of development building a broad-based, grassroots, multiracial, economically and environmentally sensitive, national unity movement, including populating the Democratic Party with those who will implement the Progressive Platform. Thank you Bernie!
On March 12, Senator Sanders addressed the Nation on the Health and Economic Crisis and a few days later on the Coronavirus Response. The @BernieSanders campaign has stopped actively raising money for his candidacy, but he is using his vast online donor network to raise cash for five different charities. In a matter of two days, Sanders raised $2 million for groups hit hard by the Coronavirus crisis. See more information or donate here.
The campaign has raised over $3.5 million for coronavirus relief efforts through May 7, 2020. Click here to make a contribution to the groups the campaign identified most recently, or here for more info on this effort and Coronavirus Relief Resources.
ORMA urges our brothers and sisters in the remaining primary states to vote for Bernie. Doing so is much more than a symbolic act. It dramatically increases the turnout and the opportunity of down-ballot progressive candidates to benefit from having Sanders on the ticket. And increasing the number of Bernie delegates also increases the votes for a platform that gives priority to the needs of working class people and particularly people of color. Further, and crucially, this convention will determine the rules for the election of 2024. Without a strong Bernie delegate contingent it is likely that Superdelegates will again be given the right to determine the Democratic Party candidate.
On the Bernie campaign and the obstacles standing in its way: “It’s because he has inspired a mass popular movement which doesn’t just show up every four years to push a button but is acting constantly — pressuring — to achieve changes and having some success. That’s frightening for the business class.” – Noam Chomsky
- Bernie Sanders echoes the powerful, moving words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Bernie’s December 2010 “Speech” was a turning point in his career.
- Bernie’s deep commitment to civil rights.
- Alexandria Occasio-Cortez’ video in support of Sanders.
- “If you are a worker or poor person in this country, then Bernie Sanders is your candidate.” – from a great article by Marcelle Grair, former member of ORMA’s Coordinating Committee.
- “Sanders is shifting away from the antiquated paradigm of “foreign policy” [and] is targeting the global architecture of kleptocracy.” Excellent article about how Bernie is likely to deal with Russia and with Putin in particular.
- Words for today: from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union speech: “We have come to a clear realization… that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence… People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. … “ Read more of FDR’s speech.