US presidential candidate Sanders in Los Angeles

This 2 June 2016 video from the USA is called Sanders slams ‘rigged economy’ ahead of California primaries.

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Bernie Sanders Speech in Los Angeles: ‘This is an economy that is rigged’

10 August 2015

Thousands turn out for Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles. Thousands of people flooded into the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Monday night for a chance to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders, in a raspy voice, hammered into his standard campaign speech, calling for the need to end income inequality, institutional racism and mass incarceration. “The reason we’re doing so well in this campaign is we’re telling the truth,” he said to chants of “Bernie!” “This is an economy that is rigged and meant to benefit those on top. We need an economy that works for all people,” he said, as attendees stomped their feet on packed bleachers.

“There is no president that will fight harder to end institutional racism,” he said.

Sanders, who has been interrupted on several occasions in other cities by Black Lives Matter demonstrators, allowed the group to open his rally in Los Angeles.

By Eric Gordon in the USA:

Feeling the Bern: How a socialist senator took Los Angeles by storm

Thursday 20th August 2015

Bernie Sanders is reclaiming Republican talk of ‘morals’ to champion universal healthcare and pay equality, explains ERIC GORDON

IMAGINE batting practice in which every single hit is a home run.

That’s what it felt like on August 10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles. Independent Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, now a candidate for the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination, drew 27,500 wildly enthusiastic listeners, both in the arena and in the overflow crowd.

Each point he made drew a storm of applause, cheers and chants.

I remember when I was a teenager meeting Virginia Epstein — in her 90s, blind and in a wheelchair — who mesmerised me with her recollection of hearing socialist leader Eugene V Debs at Union Square a century ago. She pointed a finger into the air, as Debs did, and transported me into history.

Sanders’s campaign is also making history: record crowds and record support while still a year out from the nominating convention — and all for a guy who says he’ll refuse all corporate cash. This is a people’s campaign.

Before Bernie came out on stage, several speakers addressed the crowd. First up, the campaign’s national press secretary Symone Sanders (no relation), a young, black criminal justice advocate and national youth chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, who right off the bat referred to the one-year anniversary of Ferguson, and said a lot more work has to be done in this country to truly make black lives matter. We need someone in office, she said, “who will turn those words into action.”

The next speakers came from the environmental, immigrant rights, labour and healthcare rights movements, and the actress-comedian Sarah Silverman, who played an important media role in the Obama campaign in 2008. She told the crowd that we need to take back such words as “morals” and “values” from the right. “Bernie is not for sale,” Silverman said to deafening applause. “That is so neat.”

“Working people matter,” said Donte Harris, president of the Communications Workers of America flight attendants unit in Los Angeles. “Corporations are not people, we are people, and there is only one candidate who can’t be bought.”

All these speakers reflected the constituencies for major components of Senator Sanders’s campaign.

Sanders stood in his shirtsleeves and spoke for an hour hitting point after point, each one with a short exposition of the facts, and then a resounding commitment to make his a transformative presidency. But he reminded his followers: “I will need your help the day after the election as well … No one person can do this alone.

“This campaign is not a billionaire-funded campaign — it is a people’s campaign (with) more individual contributions than any other campaign.

“No president will fight to end institutional racism as I will,” said the candidate who 50 years ago as a college student went south to work in the civil rights movement. “I will push harder for fundamental change in our criminal justice system.”

Sanders spoke of the outrageous income and wealth inequality that has grown in the US over the past 40 years, with the top dozen or so wealthy individuals controlling as much as the bottom half of the whole population. He called it “the great moral issue of our time. This country belongs to all of us and not a handful of billionaires … We need a grassroots political revolution about transforming the United States of America.” The T-shirts many in the audience wore showed their allegiance to that revolution.

“We have a message to the billionaire class,” Sanders told his audience. “You can’t have it all.”

He spoke at length about the true extent of unemployment. The official figures are deceptive. They do not include those who have given up looking, and all those who are working part-time when they’d like to be working full-time. Among youths the unemployment numbers are frightening: for whites 33 per cent, Latinos 36 per cent and for black US citizens, 51 per cent.

Unemployment is closely related to the numbers of people in prison. “It makes a lot more sense to be investing in education and jobs than incarceration and jail,” said Sanders, who has clearly absorbed the lessons of Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow.

Other points Sanders hit on to drive home his true “family values” agenda include pay equity for women, women’s right to control their own bodies and the right to acquire contraceptives, the defence of same-sex marriage, paid medical leave, 12 weeks of paid family leave after the birth of a child, paid sick leave, at least two weeks’ paid vacation, free state college and university tuition and a massive federal jobs programme to put people to work fixing the crumbling infrastructure.

Sanders stands unequivocally for a Medicare for all single-payer healthcare system that will finally cover every person in the US as a right and not a privilege.

He also criticised TTIP and Wall Street greed, recklessness and arrogance. “The kid who smokes marijuana gets an arrest record,”

or gets a death penalty by cop without any trial

he reminded us, “while the CEO who destroyed the economy gets away with it.” “Restore Glass-Steagall!” he thundered, referring to the now defunct Act which regulated banks.

He is not profligate with campaign promises, but when he becomes president, he said, he will provide a litmus test for all Supreme Court nominees: They must vote to overturn Citizens United, the disastrous Supreme Court decision that essentially handed over the US political process to the billionaires.

And as for the court’s decision two years ago on the Voting Rights Act, which reopened the door to widespread voter suppression targetting people of colour, older and younger voters and students, he recalled a little of his own history, having both lost and won elections: “It never occurred to me that the way to win an election was to deny people the right to vote.” Those who do that today, he said, “are nothing more than cowards.”

Let us have, instead, automatic voter registration as soon as you turn 18. And let us “bring 11 million undocumented people out of the shadows,” people who are exploited and living in fear, without legal rights. Let us pass comprehensive migration reform and create a path toward citizenship.

On issues of international war and peace he showed profound annoyance with his Republican colleagues who are always moaning about the budget. “How can they forget about the cost of war?” he asked, citing figures of soldiers coming back dead, maimed and traumatised from futile wars in the Middle East.

Iran? By all means work to keep nuclear weapons away from further proliferation there, but “we have to do everything we possibly can without another war. War has to be the last recourse, not the first.

“When we stand together,” he opined “there is nothing, nothing, nothing we cannot accomplish.

“The reason we are doing well in this campaign is because we are telling the truth.”

This article first appeared at

From Symone Sanders’ Twitter account today:

Sanders rally in Charleston this weekend is being moved from Burke H[igh] S[chool] to the Charleston Convention Center—looks like another big crowd.

This move to a bigger venue is about the Saturday 22 August Charleston rally.

USA: Here’s why denouncing or defending the 14th Amendment is the GOP’s litmus test:]

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  1. Tuesday, 25 August 2015


    US Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders called on US trade unions to rise up and join his political revolution to defeat the Koch brothers during a speech in Nevada.

    At the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention, Sen. Sanders said: ‘Today, as a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the Koch brothers, the second wealthiest family in America, is prepared to spend some $900 million this election cycle – more than either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is likely to spend.

    ‘Why? What do the Koch brothers want? Let me tell you. The Koch brothers and their billionaire allies don’t just want to cut Social Security, they want to eliminate Social Security. They don’t want to just cut Medicare, they want to eliminate Medicare; they don’t just want to cut healthcare at the VA, they want to eliminate the Veterans Administration.

    ‘They don’t want to just cut the Postal Service, they want to eliminate it; they’re not only opposed to increasing the minimum wage, they don’t believe in the concept of the minimum wage; they don’t want to just cut the estate tax, they want to abolish it.

    ‘In other words, the Koch brothers and the billionaire class want it all. They want to give Americans the “freedom” to live in poverty working for $3 or $4 an hour without healthcare, without childcare, without a pension, without the ability to send their kids to college, and without any hope that their children will have a higher standard of living than they do.

    ‘And they understand that the major obstacle standing in the way of their extreme, right-wing agenda is the trade union movement. That’s why they have fought so hard to eliminate unions in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and all over this country by ending collective bargaining rights.

    ‘And, that’s why I believe that we need to create a political revolution in this country of millions of workers, veterans, the elderly, the disabled, people of colour standing together and telling the billionaire class that enough is enough! Your greed is destroying this country. You cannot have it all! You cannot continue to get tax breaks while children in this country are going hungry. This country belongs to all of us, not just to a handful of millionaires and billionaires’.

    Sen. Sanders is correct. For the Koch brothers to be defeated, unions are going to have to use their power. Unions don’t have the money to match the Kochs, but they have something more important. Union members are some of the best organisers in the country. The Kochs have the dollars, but unions have millions of members, and supporters and industrial and political power.

    The Kochs and other right-wing billionaires were routed in 2012 because regular Americans went to the polls and voted. The ‘political revolution’ that Bernie Sanders is leading is a movement of the people. Sanders has not only tapped into the anger of ordinary American. Sanders is giving them an avenue for action, and the action that the Koch brothers fear the most is millions of Americans coming out to vote on Election Day.

    However this will not be enough. The American workers require not just a political revolution – they require a social revolution where the bosses and bankers are expropriated and a planned socialist economy brought in to replace the anarchy of capitalist production.


  2. Over the weekend, another positive poll came out for our campaign — one that showed us within single digits of Hillary Clinton in Iowa for the first time.

    I want you to read this note I received from a supporter last week. It speaks to some of the reasons we are doing so well in Iowa, New Hampshire, and states across the country:

    “I am unemployed. I am uninsured. I am a recent college graduate who graduated with a 3.75 GPA. I am going through a difficult divorce and I have $27 dollars in my bank account. I donated 10 of my remaining 27 dollars because I believe if Bernie is elected I will not have days like this. Days where I stress about where my next meal will come from. Days where I cannot go look for a job because I do not have the gas money to pound the pavement. Days where I cry when thinking about the unpaid medical bills and student loans in my name. I believe things will change. I am making an investment in a person I believe in with the hope that he will change my homeland for the better.”

    Our campaign is doing so well because we are telling the truth about the reality of American life today. We are talking about a reality in which most of the new wealth and income in this country are going to the top one percent while working families are struggling more than at any point since the Great Depression.

    Our success is also because over 400,000 people have contributed to this campaign, even though some, like the author of the note I shared, can hardly afford it. Through our campaign, the American people are finally telling the billionaire class: “ENOUGH is ENOUGH, this great nation and its government belong to all of the people, not just a wealthy few.”

    But we still have a long way to go. …

    Here are two more stories I received from campaign contributors last week. I want you to read them — they are important:

    “I lost my job in 2012 and my house in 2015. I am currently unemployed and looking for work. I don’t have a lot of money and barely surviving on food stamps. Despite all of that, I am compelled to donate because I feel that Bernie Sanders will help bring America back to the middle class. A small donation now in exchange for a better future is a no-brainer. The inequality gap must be fixed!”


    “I am broke. I was a proud union electrician. I have never donated money to a politician before however, as broke as I am, I trust Bernie and want to say that I am a part of this revolution. God bless him!”

    When we started this campaign, the word “fringe” was tossed around a few times. No one is using that word any more.

    Every day, thousands of people are joining our political revolution. It’s why we are leading in New Hampshire, within single digits in Iowa, and closing the gap nationally with each passing day. If we continue to stand together, we’re going to win.

    Bernie Sanders


  3. THE South Carolina AFL-CIO executive board passed a resolution supporting US Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and recommending his endorsement by the state and national labour organisation.

    ‘We call on the AFL-CIO, union members and working people everywhere to unite behind Bernie Sanders and elect the president America’s workers desperately need,’ the resolution said. The resolution ‘strongly urges’ the national AFL-CIO to endorse Sanders.

    Erin McKee, president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, the executive board member who recommended Sanders, said: ‘Nobody in a very long time has stood up for working people and labour like Bernie Sanders has.’

    South Carolina is among the first four states in the nation to hold primaries or caucuses to begin the process of selecting the Democratic Party presidential nominee. The action by the South Carolina executive board made it the second state, after Vermont, to back Sanders.

    Sanders learned the news while campaigning in Iowa, home of the first-in-the nation caucuses. We are very pleased to have received the support of the executive board and their recommendation that the South Carolina and national AFL-CIO follow their lead,’ Sanders said as he prepared to address an audience at United Auto Workers hall.

    On June 13, 2015, the Executive Board of the South Carolina AFL-CIO met and voted to adopt the following resolution:

    ‘Whereas: The SC AFL-CIO Executive Board is committed to building a broad, effective movement for democratic change, and
    ‘Whereas: Our goal is a government that carries out the will of the people, not prop up the profits of the 1% at the expense of the rest of us, and
    ‘Whereas: We firmly believe that Senator Bernie Sanders is the strongest candidate articulating our issues. His commitment to union principles and labour’s values is longstanding and heartfelt, and
    ‘Whereas: As a truly progressive candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, Bernie has the chance to inspire millions of Americans with policy proposals that put the interests of the labour movement, front and centre.
    His campaign will draw attention to what unions and collective bargaining have accomplished for workers and energise our movement, and
    ‘Whereas: Labour must step up to fundamentally change the direction of American politics, by refocusing on the issues of our time: growing inequality and pervasive racism, the power of concentrated wealth and its corruption of our democracy, an escalating pension and retirement security crisis, runaway military spending and a militarised foreign policy, Medicare for All, and the need for new, bold solutions to our shared problems.

    ‘Therefore be it resolved that:
    ‘We call on the AFL-CIO, union members and working people everywhere to unite behind Bernie Sanders and elect the President America’s workers desperately need, and

    ‘Be it further resolved that:
    ‘The South Carolina AFL-CIO Executive Board strongly urges the AFL-CIO to support Bernie Sanders 2016 and his campaign to become the nominee of the Democratic Party for president. ‘Adopted on June 13, 2015 and respectfully submitted for consideration to the AFL-CIO by the SC AFL-CIO Executive Board.’


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  5. When we entered this race, people thought there was no way we could compete in New Hampshire.

    Now we’re ahead in New Hampshire: Bernie Sanders has 41%, while Hillary Clinton has 32%.

    Then people said there was no way we could win Iowa. Now we’re ahead there, too, according to a new poll released just this morning:

    Iowa Democratic Caucus Poll
    Bernie Sanders: 41%
    Hillary Clinton: 40%

    Now our opponents claim to be building an “electoral firewall” in other states across the country. Let’s show them the prairie fire we are starting in Iowa can’t be stopped.

    Our successes in these polls are a clear indication that Bernie’s message is resonating with voters. And the more people hear about Bernie’s vision of economic, racial and social justice, the more our support grows. But we need your help to keep spreading the word.

    We don’t have any Super PACs or billionaires. This campaign is being funded by hundreds of thousands of Americans. Your support is not only appreciated, it is essential to the success of this campaign.

    Your contribution will allow us to invest in people, helping them organize their communities, and build an organization of people who are empowered to create change all across the country.

    The organization we’re building will win Iowa, will win New Hampshire, will win the Democratic nomination for president, will win the White House, and that, most importantly, will usher in the political revolution that our country so desperately needs.

    Feel the Bern,

    Jeff Weaver
    Campaign Manager
    Bernie 2016


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