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Democratic Socialists of America announces support for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Democratic presidential primary
Says his candidacy is singular in opposing reckless U.S. military interventions, invasive government information-gathering, drone-bombing in place of diplomacy and supporting jobs, economic and social justice, trade unions rights and Medicare-for-all.
New York, N.Y., April 30, 2015
Following Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement earlier today that he was declaring his candidacy for president in the 2016 Democratic primary races, the national political committee of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the nation’s largest socialist organization, declared its unanimous support for the only socialist in Congress and its full support for his nationwide campaign effort.
A petition from thousands of supporters urging him to run for president read “By running in Democratic Party primaries, Independent Senator Sanders would challenge the dominant discourse of the neoliberal Democrats that privilege corporate business interests over those of all working people. Thus he would contribute to building a strong movement to halt the vicious attacks of Tea Party Republicans at all governmental levels on workers' rights, voting rights, and people of color in general.”
Sanders has a long history that justifies support.
In Congress, he advocates for effective campaign finance reform that reduces the influence of special interests and corporations and works to shift attention from enriching the 1 % to improving the living standards of working families.
He would end attacks on civil liberties that, in the name of national security, stifle civic discussion and demonize upstanding members of suspect minorities.
The senator is a leader in expanding voting, women’s and civil rights and criticizing right-wing efforts to use negligible instances of voter fraud to spark restrictive voting measures passed in 22 states since the 2010 mid-term elections.
He is a key proponent of making Medicare available to all, not just as a public health measure but as a basic element of economic justice.
He voted consistently against the environmentally ruinous Keystone XL pipeline and other misadventures by the Energy Industry. He has long advocated public investment in infrastructure and alternative energy production as part of a federal plan to achieve full employment at living wages for all.
Sanders was the first lawmaker to announce he would boycott the nakedly partisan congressional appearance of Israeli prime minister and notorious war-hawk Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress on March 2.
He was also the first Congress member to take constituents across the Canadian border to buy prescription drugs at a fraction of the inflated U.S. price. He fights for lower cost drugs and backs legislation allowing re-importation and enabling Medicare to negotiate lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries.
As president, he would also ensure that trade deals such as the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement or the as-yet secretly negotiated multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership, both of which threaten U.S. jobs, are quashed. He would see that Fair Trade deals become the norm.
He would break up giant financial institutions that pose a systemic risk to the financial system and the economy as a whole.
His campaign alone will help stoke grassroots insurgency against the class of super-rich corporate suits, the real beneficiaries of most elected officials’ largesse.
“Sen. Sanders as president would be a counterpoint not just to the far-right cliques currently controlling Congress and many state legislatures, but a force against the many Democrats who also act as shills for venal business interests,” Maria Svart, the DSA national director said.
Added Joseph Schwartz, chair of the National Political Committee and political science professor at Temple University, ”It’s time we had a president who will stand up to corporate America, fight to get private money out of politics and advocate for the needs of all the people of the United States.”
Sanders was endorsed by DSA in his initial run for the US Senate and in subsequent elections. He was warmly appreciated as keynoter for the group’s 1999 national convention in San Diego, Cal. and served as the keynote speaker at the awards dinner at DSA’s 2007 national convention in Atlanta, Ga.
Democratic Socialists of America is a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people. Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few.