Why We All Need to #MarchForBernie!
2016 America is a scary, uncertain place.
Income and wealth inequality has hollowed out the middle class, leaving millions of Americans left out of the economic recovery. Young people are graduating college with massive levels of student debt and are unable to find adequate employment. Workers in many industries are earning starvation wages in one of the wealthiest nations on Earth. Women are having their abortion services eliminated in many areas of the country, as the attack on women’s health organizations such as Planned Parenthood continues to intensify. Black people are brutalized and murdered by police everyday, immigrants live in constant fear of their friends and family members being attacked or deported, Muslim-Americans are treated like second class citizens, and the poor are being pushed out of their communities due to rampant gentrification.
Our political system is completely sick and corrupt, choking on high-paid lobbyists, SuperPACS, and dark money. We frequently elect politicians who fall to these pressures and fail to address the very serious issues our citizens face. Meanwhile, prime-time debates have war and ISIS in the crosshairs, leaving a deafening silence where urgent dialogue and action on domestic issues is needed.
Sometimes, It might seem easy or convenient to give up but in our darkest hours, we must remember this quote from a Bernie Sanders speech in Austin, TX earlier this year:
“All over this country we have a lot of bright, decent, good people. They’re saying, ‘You know what, this situation is hopeless. You can’t beat the Koch Brothers, you can’t beat the billionaires… you can’t win. I’m giving up.’ That is exactly what they want us to believe. And I beg of you, do not enter that world of despair. We can win this fight if we stand together.”
Bernie Sanders has always been ahead of his time. He is one of the only senators who voted against the Iraq war because he foresaw the unstable quagmire that would be created in the Middle East. He fought against breaking up Glass-Steagall, because he knew that the conflict of interest between consumer and investment banks would eventually lead to the 2007 mortgage crisis. Bernie opposed DOMA back when it was debated in the Clinton White House, and instituted Burlington’s Gay Pride Day in 1985, not when it became politically safe.
Bernie Sanders is the perfect candidate for 2016, because his message works to counteract the apathy that too many of us feel each day:
“Do you know why the minimum wage is going up around the country? Because workers are going out into the street, so we need a political revolution, in my view, where people begin to stand up and fight and take on the big money interests. If we don’t have that, no president, not the best president in the world will ever be able to accomplish anything.”
Just voting for Bernie won’t be enough. If we want to transform our energy system and mitigate the effects of climate change, if we want to end the brutality and criminalization of black and brown bodies, if we want to close the gender pay gap and end mass incarceration, if we want meaningful immigration reform, higher wages and a healthcare and education system that works for all of us, we CANNOT only check the box next to Bernie’s name on election day. We need to get active!
On Saturday, January 23rd, Bernie supporters from all across the country will answer this call for action with the #MarchForBernie, a decentralized day of action which will solidify the link between online organizing and offline action in the streets. We will show that while we certainly need to focus on voter registration and getting out the vote on primary day, we must also make our presence known in public squares throughout the United States.
This movement isn’t just about electing Bernie Sanders, but about changing the political paradigm and supporting a diversity of tactics as we fight for a system that works for all of us, and not just the one percent.
We are running out of time. Alone, we can only do so much to fight for justice and equality. But if we stand together, we will discover that we are more powerful than we ever imagined.
This is the political revolution and we are the people we’ve been waiting for.
Find your local event below or create your own, start a Facebook page, and share with the main event page:
Phoenix, AZ: #MarchForBernie- Phoenix
Los Angeles, CA:#MarchForBernie- Los Angeles
San Diego, CA: #March for Bernie - San Diego
San Francisco, CA: #MarchForBernie-San Francisco
Denver, CO: #MarchForBernie- Denver
Washington D.C.: Capital City #MarchForBernie
Orlando, FL: https://www.facebook.com/
Sarasota, FL: https://www.facebook.com/
Des Moines, IA: #MarchForBernie- Des Moines
Champaign, IL: #MarchforBernie Champaign-Urbana
Chicago, IL: Chicago #MarchForBernie
South Bend, IN: March For Bernie
New Orleans, LA: #MarchForBernie- New Orleans
Boston, MA: #MarchForBernie- Boston
Detroit, MI: MARCH FOR BERNIE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD!!!
St Louis, MO: #MarchForBernieSTL
Springfield, MO: March for Bernie -Springfield, MO
Manchester, NH: #MarchForBernie- Manchester
Buffalo, NY: https://www.facebook.com/
NYC, NY: #MarchForBernie NYC
Las Vegas, NV: Nevada March For Bernie/ Marcha En Nevada Por Bernie
Portland, OR: #MarchForBernie- Portland
Philadelphia, PA: #MarchForBernie- Philadelphia
Providence, RI: #MarchForBernie- Providence
Dallas, TX: #MarchForBernie- Dallas
Richmond, VA: March for Bernie - RVA -VCU - Monroe Park
Seattle, WA: #MarchForBernie- Seattle