Saturday, August 8, 2015
Alaska Airlines Arena
at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
The political revolution is like a wave across this country
Check out what Seattle did to build the energy for tonight's rally! (Thanks Brenna Cain for driving halfway across the country to get this video!)Posted by The People For Bernie Sanders 2016 on Saturday, August 8, 2015
SEATTLE – More than 15,000 boisterous supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders packed inside and outside the University of Washington’s Hec Edmunson Pavilion on Saturday.
“The momentum is unbelievable,” Sanders said. “We’ve got 12,000 people here,” he said to roar of the crowd inside the pavilion. “And a few minutes ago, I just talked to 3,000 people outside,” he added, citing a Seattle police estimate.
The big turnouts are sending a powerful message, Sanders said, in arenas and convention centers here and in other cities from Phoenix to Houston to New Orleans to Madison, Wisconsin. (The 11,300 turnout in Phoenix on July 18 was the biggest crowd for any presidential candidate before the rally here in Seattle.)
“All across this country people are sick and tired of establishment politics, establishment economics and they want real change,” he said. “The people of America understand that corporate greed is destroying our country,” he added, “and that much of the mainstream media is prepared to talk about everything except for what is the most important.”
The record crowd for any presidential candidate so far this campaign heard Sanders speak about wealth and income inequality, the need for a massive federal jobs program, tuition-free public college, the need to strengthen and expand Social Security, reform the criminal justice system and confront racism.
“As somebody who has one of the strongest lifetime civil rights record in Congress, no president will fight harder to end the stain of racism in this country and reform the criminal justice system,” he said.
He also has proposed making public higher education tuition free. “It makes more sense to me to invest in jobs and education for our kids than in jails and incarceration,” Sanders said.
The Seattle audience also cheered his call for raising the current $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage. He called it a “starvation wage” and congratulated the Seattle City Council for recently passing an ordinance that will boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Sanders recently introduced legislation in the Senate to make $15 the minimum wage nationwide by 2020. “You did it for Seattle. We are now going to do it for the entire country,” he said.
He also said he will push for passage of a massive federal jobs program to put our people back to work.” He has introduced legislation to invest $1 trillion in rebuilding America’s crumbling roads and bridges.
The video below shows what happened earlier in the day. Most of the other video clips that are circulating conveniently leave out the protesters' grievances. If you have headphones, please use them - it will be easier to hear what was said.
have conveniently edited out the grievances listed by the protesters.
Bernie Sanders cut short after 'Black Lives Matter' takeover r...
Bernie Sanders was cut short in Seattle today when Black Lives Matter activists took over the stage in Westlake. Here's a look at the events that unfolded. Full story: http://bit.ly/1W9sTqoPosted by KOMO News on Saturday, August 8, 2015
Q. You’ve described yourself as a socialist and as a democratic socialist. Can you tell us what that means?
A. “Democratic socialism is taking a hard look at what countries like Denmark, Sweden, Norway (and) Finland … have done over the years and try to ascertain what they have done that is right, in terms of protecting the needs of millions of working families and the elderly and the children. And I think there’s much that we can learn from those countries that have had social democratic governments and labor governments or whatever.”
Q. How does this moment in history compare to others in which more Americans were drawn to support socialist principles?
A. “If you look at the issues — you don’t have to worry about the word ‘socialist’ — just look at what I’m talking about. If you go out and ask the American people: Is it right that the middle class continues to disappear while there has been a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the top one-tenth of 1%? Trillions of dollars in the last 30 years have flown from the middle class to the top one-tenth of 1%. And the American people say, ‘No, that’s not right.’
“And if you ask the American people: Do you think it’s right that despite an explosion of technology and an increase in worker productivity, the average worker is working longer hours for low wages? They say no.
“And what the American people are saying pretty loudly and clearly is they want an economy that works for ordinary Americans. For working people. Not an economy where almost all of the income and all of the wealth is going to the top 1%. That’s what we have now.”
Q. You say the American people want those things, which would mean a greater role for government. But what about poll after poll that shows such distrust and even anger toward government?
A. “What we need is a cost-effective, well-run government. In many respects we don’t have it today.
“But on the other hand, if you ask people, should you get rid of Social Security, which is a major government program, they say no. Should you expand Social Security benefits? Yes. Medicare is a very, very popular program.
“But I think what’s happened in recent years is the Republicans have spent a lot of time trying to cut back on government services. They’re not operating as effectively as they should, and people get angry.
“So I think we have to take a hard look at all the wastes and inefficiencies in government. That’s absolutely legitimate. But I think in a civilized society, government has a very important role to play in making sure all of our kids regardless of income get a good quality education, that we have a strong childcare system, that we have a tax system that is fair, and we ask the wealthy and large corporations to pay their fair share. And on climate change, we have a moral responsibility to act boldly.”
Q. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, the miners and other nascent union movements pushed socialist ideas. Why hasn’t that vision taken deeper root in American society?
A. “Yes, in the 1930s in the Midwest, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, there was a strong populist movement — labor parties, farmer-worker parties, and certainly in the Depression era we saw a huge growth in the trade union movement, which worked with [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt to shape Social Security and [later] Medicare and Medicaid.
“But there is no question that in the last 30 years, there has been a huge impact on workers’ rights, and on government in general, by the very wealthy in this country, and by the Republican party.
“… When we lag behind many other countries on issues like medical and family leave, paid sick time, paid vacation time, the American people are saying something is fundamentally wrong with the economy of this country and the way we do economics, and people want real change.”
Q. Roosevelt’s New Deal was socialism under another banner. We have a long tradition of mainstream politicos co-opting “fringe” ideas that are gaining traction to keep the fringe from moving to the mainstream and eroding establishment power.
A. “Absolutely. That’s right.
“If you look at what people in the 1920s in the socialist party were saying — the idea of a 40-hour work week, time-and-a-half for overtime, the right for workers to engage in collective bargaining.
“The struggle for civil rights in this country, for women’s rights in this country.
“All of that came — gay rights — all of that came from strong grassroots political movements, which ended up filtering up to the top.”
Q. Are you worried at all about the front-runner in this race — Hillary Clinton — possibly co-opting so many of your ideas that she wins?
A. “Look, ideas are ideas, and people can take any ideas. I think when people look at the front-runner and they look at me, they look at who’s been talking about these ideas and implementing the ideas for the last 30, 35 years.
“… If you look at climate change, I introduced with Sen. Barbara Boxer sweeping climate change legislation. In terms of health care, we’ve led the effort in providing affordable health care for millions of Americans by expanding community health centers.
“The point that I’m making is that it’s one thing — I don’t want to be critical of anybody, anybody can say anything they want — but what people ought to do is check the record. I’ve been there.
“On gay rights. I voted against the 1996 so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act.’ When war broke out in Iraq, I led the opposition to the war in Iraq. I voted against the Keystone pipeline.
“What people need to look at is not what you just say today. It’s consistency. What you’ve been fighting for over the years.”
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Dear Bernie Sanders Supporters,
Please "check yourself before you wreck yourself."
THIS is a watershed moment, and NO ONE is going to ruin Bernie's chances in the primary except us if we don't stop this constant righteous indignation as we rise to his defense.
Yes, of course, to US Bernie Sanders is the real deal. Yes, of course, from where we stand, he has fought and fights tirelessly still for civil rights, but the bottom line here, and the point that many of us are missing, is this: People of color deserve, want, and need to make up their own minds on who to vote for. They are tired of being told who the best candidate is to advance their agendas. And they should be! Preaching is not helpful.
When we jump to Bernie's defense it weakens his position because it seeks to undermine people of color's RIGHT to self-determination. At best, it comes off as defensive is often indefensibly patronizing. This behavior is divisive and digs the hole we find ourselves in ever-deeper.
I am urging all of you who feel the need to defend Bernie's record to #BlackLivesMatter to just STOP now, before you do any further damage to this cause.
If Bernie's going to win the hearts and minds of people of color, he's going to have to EARN than vote himself. Behaving as his surrogate will only sharpen the divide.
Elections are easily lost when divides occur but can be won and made stronger when divides are bridged and fortified. It is hard work to have these discussions, but we need to have them if healing is going to happen. Even if we have our hearts in the right place, the Political Revolution is not going to be all neat and tidy - it is going to be difficult and messy! It is a process that is ever evolving and organic. Sometimes scary, sometimes exciting, but never dull.
Revolutions are messy things, but if we are to have a diverse but truly united constituency for Bernie, it must include all previously marginalized voices, not just the ones that feel comfortable to us.