US Bernie Sanders supports British Corbyn


This video from England says about itself:

Bernie Sanders Endorses Jeremy Corbyn in Brighton

Senator Bernie Sanders giving his endorsement of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the Brighton Festival on 1 June.

© Steve Topple June 2017

By Thomas Scripps:

Bernie Sanders declares his support for Jeremy Corbyn

8 June 2017

Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, has toured Britain promoting his book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.

The Vermont Senator presented himself as an alternative ambassador from the US to Europe in opposition to the Trump administration. Prior to his arrival in the UK, on May 31, he spoke at Berlin’s Free University. In Britain, he spoke at events in Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Powys, and Brixton, London.

Sanders’ visit coincided with the run-up to polling day in the June 8 general election and he gave his endorsement to Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. At the Brighton Festival, he said of Corbyn, “What has impressed me—and there is a real similarity between what he [Corbyn] has done and what I did—is he has taken on the establishment of the Labour Party, he has gone to the grassroots and he has tried to transform that party… and that is exactly what I am trying to do.”

Members of Sanders’ team have been heavily involved in Labour’s election campaign, working with Momentum, the activist network supporting Corbyn.

At the Brixton event, Labour MP David Lammy said during the Q&A session he had just received a text from Corbyn inviting Sanders to return to Britain after he formed a government. Sanders replied he would be “absolutely delighted”.

There is indeed a “real similarity” between Sanders and Corbyn.

Sanders … won 13 million votes across 23 states in the primary elections to select the Democratic Presidential candidate, on the basis of his claim that he was a “democratic socialist” opposed to the “billionaire class”. Losing narrowly, he then called on his supporters to back Hillary Clinton, the favoured candidate of Wall Street.

This paved the way for a presidential contest between her and Donald Trump, the two most reviled candidates in American history. So despised were Clinton and the Democrats in significant layers of the working population that the fascistic billionaire Trump was able to emerge the victor.

Sanders’ book Our Revolution shares its title with the organisation set up by his team following their defeat in the Democratic primaries. …

Explaining in Brixton how the average American worker earned less today than 40 years ago, despite “an explosion of technology”, Sanders had no answer as to why this was the case beyond the greed of the “billionaire class” or “oligarchy”.

In Brixton, he reiterated his call for the breakup of the big banks and a crackdown on tax evasion. …

Trump’s recklessness, combined with the staggering growth of US and global inequality, are considered by Sanders a dangerous source of social tensions.

In Brixton, he said a central reason for Trump’s victory was that millions of working people had been “left behind” and that the Democrats had lost the election, as opposed to Trump winning it. But aside from this correct statement, the Obama administration’s attacks on workers living standards for eight years was passed over in silence along with its warmongering. …

“Almost all the polls that were done when I was still a candidate had me beating Trump with a larger margin than Clinton.”

14 thoughts on “US Bernie Sanders supports British Corbyn

  1. While most of the country wasn’t looking, House Republicans voted to claw back virtually every banking regulation implemented after Wall Street crashed and the Great Recession began. With so much scrutiny on the White House, Senate Republicans are now poised to roll back Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act in the same month. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and every other politician bought by Wall Street and corporate donors thinks that they can get away with this while we’re distracted by the daily circus in the West Wing.

    We haven’t forgotten what Wall Street deregulation got us last time. A reeling housing crisis, millions of people’s life savings wiped out, and 800,000 jobs lost every month by the time George W. Bush left office. We remember Occupy, and the reprieve that the most egregious offenders got from going to prison. Executives at the largest financial firms who gambled people’s hard-earned life savings away were treated less harshly than the people actually paying their mortgage.

    We need to break the big banks up and implement a modern day version of Glass-Steagall, but we have to stop Republicans from rolling back even more Wall Street regulations first. Will you join our fight to protect Main Street from Wall Street greed? Sign our petition to tell Congress: Stop the Wall Street assault on working families.

    The Financial CHOICE Act wipes out the Dodd-Frank law signed in 2010, putting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Donald Trump’s control. That’s right, the department charged with protecting consumers will be under the control of a person who has spent his entire life ripping people off. The biggest banks that were considered “too big to fail” at the time of the Recession are even bigger now, and virtually all new income is going to the top one percent. Giving Wall Street another break isn’t solving the crisis of income and wealth inequality.

    While Paul Ryan and the House were stripping essential banking protections, voters in the United Kingdom rejected the Conservative government and their cabal of bankers and billionaires, and embraced Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party’s reinvigorated progressive movement. People across the world are ready for a movement that takes on the greed of the few, and works on behalf of the many.

    Glass-Steagall is part of the solution, but it doesn’t solve the entire problem. We’ve still got so much work left ahead, like overturning Citizens United to get Wall Street and special interest money out of politics. Nobody could have prepared for the daily assaults on our health care, housing, environment, and civil rights since Trump took office, but organizing as many people as we can is the only shot we have at fighting back against the greed he serves. Stand with us as we take on Wall Street and the special interests that Congress represents. Sign our petition to let Congress know we won’t let Wall Street take us back into another recession.

    We will see economic justice be done in this country, with an economy that works for all. Thank you for joining us.

    In solidarity,

    Shannon Jackson
    Executive Director
    Our Revolution

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