We couldn’t be happier to hear Councilmember Gym’s announcement!
“I’ve seen movements reshape our city and state, and I believe in the power of movements to reshape our country. Bernie Sanders doesn’t just talk about movements for change, he leads them.”
Read More From the Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/helen-gym-endorses-bernie-sanders-20200226.html
We would like to once again thank Councilmember Helen Gym for speaking at last month’s Philly for Bernie Variety Show Fundraiser. Her leadership on so many issues has improved the lives of working families here in Philly. Here are her remarks at the event. She spoke directly to the need for regular folks like us to take leadership on the most important issues of our time. If you missed the fundraiser you can watch her speech below.
Bernie Sanders and Helen Gym: Philly’s fight for Hahnemann represents the need for quality health care for all https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/hahnemann-university-hospital-bernie-sanders-helen-gym-20190711.html
No one can deny it anymore, Bernie is the leading candidate. We’ve won every primary thus far: Iowa, New Hampshire, and as of yesterday, Nevada by 47%. This makes Bernie the first candidate in US history to win the popular vote in the first three primary states. It didn’t happen because of billionaire donors or establishment politicians, it happened because of the efforts of working people like us. But, the elites of this country will stop at nothing to drag us down, so we’ve got to keep up the pressure. The South Carolina primary is this Saturday, February 29, and Super Tuesday is March 3, less than two weeks away! So, let’s all chip in, and continue phone banking, taking Bernie Journeys, and donating to the campaign. To start things off we’ve got some great events happening this week!
Debate Watch Party at Underground Arts TONIGHT (Free!)
Tuesday, February 25
7 pm – 12 pm
1200 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
RSVP: Facebook | Eventbrite
Join Philly for Bernie, along with Philly DSA, Socialist Alternative and Sunrise Movement Philly for the tenth Democratic presidential primary debate, live from Charleston, South Carolina. Come and enjoy Bernie drink specials–$1 from each drink goes directly to the campaign–and a vegan menu from chef Jennifer Zavala (tamales!). T-shirts, buttons and Bernie merchandise will also be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from merch will go directly to the campaign. Also, bring a plain, light-colored t-shirt for on-site silk screening ($5 donation suggested)!
Super Tuesday MEGA Street Canvass
Tuesday, March 3
4 pm – 6 pm
1 S. Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19102
While we should continue doing what we can to help Bernie win in other primary states, Super Tuesday will be a yuge opportunity to get out and show support for Bernie in our own city! Let’s take the biggest primary day and make it an opportunity to make visible support for Bernie in Philly and help to kick off organizing efforts in preparation for Pennsylvania’s primary on April 28th. We’ll meet up at City Hall, have a quick briefing, then split up and head out across the city for an afternoon of street canvassing/tabling, signing up volunteers, and making noise, showing this country the kind of support we know this city holds for Bernie. Join us!
Bernie Block Captain Program
Our efforts to build support for Bernie are made easier when we’re talking to our own neighbors. That’s why Philly for Bernie is starting its own Block Captain Program as a way to make sure we’re all building support and canvassing for Bernie with the people who live on our own street.
Interested in being a Bernie Block Captain? Sign up here!
After signing up and verifying your address, we’ll send you a sticker to put on your window to let your neighbors know you are a trusted resource on Bernie. We’ll send you a few emails per month in the run-up to the Pennsylvania primary in April. When Bernie wins the nomination, we’ll continue regular contact and check on your progress on canvassing your block. Starting in September, we’ll begin weekly emails.
We’ll be here to provide canvassing literature and to answer any questions you have about Bernie and his policies and will help guide you through speaking on any topics you are unsure about.
2020 Progressive Summit
Friday, March 6, 5pm to
Saturday, March 7, 5pm
Marriot Downtown Philadelphia
1200 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Keystone Progress will be holding its annual Progressive Summit on March 6-7. This year’s summit will be the official start of a new organization, PA Stands Up, made up of several local groups throughout the state, including Reclaim Philadelphia, with the goal of fighting for progressive political change in PA.
This Summit is a great opportunity to connect with local progressives, and show that Bernie the candidate to fight for the policies we need in Pennsylvania and the country as a whole.
Reserve your tickets here!
Phonebanking has been a huge part of our victories in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. By calling into primary states, identifying supporters and talking about why we support Bernie, we are performing an essential task for volunteers on the ground. This month, the campaign has a goal of 15 million calls before Super Tuesday. We’ve still got a good way to go before we reach that goal, so, let’s hit those phones!
If you’ve never phone banked before, don’t worry. You aren’t alone and it’s not as hard as it might seem. The campaign is here to help you. Sign up for an online training and join the Bernie Call Team Slack. It’s often easier making calls with other people, and Phonebank Parties are the perfect way to do that!
So head over to berniesanders.com and:
- Set up your own phonebank event.
- Sign up for a shift and phonebank on your own time, the campaign has resources to train you on how to use the Dialer!
- Or, attend an upcoming phonebank in your area.
The campaign’s BERN app is an important tool that allows you to talk with friends, family, and perfect strangers and log their level of support for Bernie! This will help the campaign ID Bernie supporters in each state and the issues they care about. The app will also provide supporters with essential information including polling locations!
This month the campaign has a goal of 1 million new entries into the BERN app. Adding friends is easy, and the campaign uses only publicly available voter data. So get out, have a conversation with a friend, family member, or stranger, and add ‘em to the app!
Download the BERN app here!
Knock Down Philly
The best way to convince folks is to talk to them directly. Philly DSA has been doing amazing work training and running canvasses. If you want to knock doors and speak directly to Philadelphians please join these upcoming canvasses.
Northwest Philly Canvass
Tuesday, February 25
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 27
6 pm – 8:30 pm
South Philly Canvass
Sunday, March 1
12 pm – 3:30 pm
Join Us on Social Media
Join us on slack here!: bit.ly/join-ph4b
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Onward to South Carolina and Super Tuesday!
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New Polling collected before Sanders’ Nevada win shows Bernie is in the lead in key swing state primaries with results also pointing to a near tie between Trump and all of the Democratic candidates in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
44,000 votes swung Pennsylvania to Trump in 2016, and the race is shaping up to be just as tight in this general election. The new Poll from the University of Wisconsin, has Sanders with the best footing against Trump, leading 47% to 45% — The poll carries a 3% to 4% margin of error. Biden leads Trump 46% to 45%, and every other Democrat is even with Trump in the Keystone State.
Read More From the Philadelphia Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/news/2020-poll-pennsylvania-michigan-wisconsin-donald-trump-bernie-sanders-democrats-20200223.html
This latest victory in Nevada was made possible by the work we do every day. As we continue to march forward to the Pa. Primary remember that your contributions are what will create the momentum needed to bring the political revolution to Pennsylvania.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
If you haven’t already, please get busy and get your networks into the BERN app – even if they don’t support Bernie. This will help with everything else the campaign is doing. Identifying people who don’t support Bernie is as valuable as identifying those who do, or are open to it. Here’s a great resource about what to do. https://berniesanders.com/bern-to-win/
Please consider signing up to be a Bernie Block Captain. Philly For Bernie will hook you up with everything you need. Click here to learn more and get started.
OTHER STUFF YOU CAN DO . . .
- Encourage people to step away from their keyboards and get out into their communities.
- Want to do more for Bernie? Volunteer here: https://act.berniesanders.com/signup/volunteer-bernie-sanders/
- Listen to Hear The Bern: https://berniesanders.com/podcast/
- Subscribe to Bern Notice: https://bernie.substack.com/
- Keep calling voters in early states! berniesanders.com/call
RESOURCES TO TAKE ACTION
- Bernie Journey: http://berniesanders.com/berniejourney
- BERN app: http://app.berniesanders.com
- Events map: http://map.berniesanders.com
- Canvass guide: http://bernsanders.us/cc-guide
- Host agenda: http://bernsanders.us/cc-agenda
- Tutorial video: https://youtu.be/8PHfI5PEbC8
- FAQ: https://app.berniesanders.com/help/app-frequently-asked-questions/
Currently, with 60% of the precincts reporting, Bernie is the projected winner of yesterday’s Nevada caucuses. So far, he’s taken 46% of the vote, adding 10 more delegates to his count.
From CBS News: Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, CBS News projects
Last night, Bernie earned another entry in the political history books, becoming the first presidential candidate of either major party to win the popular vote in the first three election contests.
From Newsweek: Bernie Sanders Becomes First Candidate, Democrat or Republican, to Win Popular Vote in All 3 Three Early Voting States
Make sure to check out his victory speech from Nevada here.
As predicted, the Latinx and youth vote carried Bernie to victory in Nevada. There are a couple of analyses in the Bernie news below.
From USA Today: Sanders wins Nevada and also trounces competitors with Latino and Hispanic caucus-goers
From Reuters: Broad-based support powers Sanders to big win in Nevada Democratic vote
From Jewish Press: Bernie Sanders Takes Nevada, Could Ditch the Pack March 3 Super Tuesday
From NBC News: It’s not just bros: Sanders wins with a diverse coalition
From The Washington Examiner News: Trump congratulates Bernie Sanders on ‘great win’ in Nevada
From Common Dreams: MSNBC in ‘Full-Blown Freakout’ Mode as Bernie Sanders Cements Status as Democratic Frontrunner
From Vox: Mainstream Democrats shouldn’t fear Bernie Sanders
From Common Dreams: Joe Biden Serves Wall Street, Not Main Street
POLITICAL REVOLUTION NEWS
Be sure to watch this video of the young boy who came out at a Buttigieg rally. It’s heartwarming and inspiring. There’s an article about it, too.
From Newsweek: 9-Year-Old Asks Pete Buttigieg For Help Telling ‘The World I’m Gay, Too’
From Propublica: Trump’s New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the U.S. Accused of Corruption
#RisingQs: Andrew Yang to CNN, Obama & Bloomberg, and more: Andrew Yang to CNN, Obama & Bloomberg, and more
BERNIE IN THE NEWS
Bernie unleashes volunteer army on Nevada
5 things to watch in the Nevada caucuses: Can anyone stop Bernie Sanders?
‘How Can We Stop the Workers Who Want Higher Wages?’ Sanders Mocks ‘Nervous’ Establishment on Eve of Nevada Caucus
ON THE ISSUES
The Lancet Medicare For All study, which Bernie referenced in last night’s debate, has been freed from the paywall. An article from the Washington Post says the research shows a single-payer health-care system would save more than 68,000 lives and $450 billion a year. A link to the article and study are included below (it requires a free registration to access).
- Beat the paywall: http://archive.is/hhARx
- Lancet study: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)33019-3/fulltext#%20
Curious How much M4A might cost you? Get an idea about how much you’ll save with Bernie’s tax plan, and how marginal tax brackets work here:
Download some of the best resources that we’ve found to help promote Bernie’s Medicare For All plan here:
After our victories in Iowa and New Hampshire we need to continue doing all we can to rack up delegates for Bernie and make his nomination uncontestable. So let’s continue phonebanking into South Carolina, Nevada and Super Tuesday states, making Bernie Journeys and donations to the campaign and talking to our friends and family about why we support Bernie. We’ve got a couple events planned for the coming week. Check ‘em out below!
South Carolina Bernie Journey
We’re inviting those who can to join an independently organized Bernie Journey this weekend to conduct door-to-door canvassing in South Carolina. Having face-to-face conversations is the most effective way to convince voters in upcoming primary states to support Bernie. All housing and transportation costs are covered, so this is a great opportunity to build support for Bernie and win SC on January 31! Space is limited, so sign up ASAP!
Friday, February 21 @ 11:30 am
Sunday, February 23 @ approx 11:00 pm
Pickup / Dropoff Location:
2401-2499 Aramingo Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Sign up here:
Please direct all questions to:
732-789-9732 (call or text)
Philly for Bernie Local/Regional Meetups
Monday, February 24
6:30pm – 9pm
Join Philly for Bernie for our regional meetups this coming Monday in your area! We’ll be coming together to build support for Bernie in our respective neighborhoods to discuss building support for Bernie in Philly and other primary states over the coming month.
Can’t make it to the meetup? Join us for our citywide conference call starting at 8:30pm following regional meetups.
Check phillyforbernie.org, or the Philly for Bernie citywide local facebook pages for more details on locations for meetups soon!
Join Us on Social Media
Join us on slack here!: bit.ly/join-ph4b
Twitter: Philly for Bernie
So far, we’ve shown what a grassroots movement can achieve in the face of attacks from the billionaire class. Let’s keep that up and push onward to South Carolina, Nevada and Super Tuesday!
Bernie denounced Trump’s pardons for Rod Blagojevich, Bernie Kerik, Michael Milken, and Edward DeBartolo, Jr., as evidence of “a broken and racist criminal justice system”.
It’s another busy week. TONIGHT at 8pm ET, Bernie takes the stage in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first of five CNN Town Halls to be hosted over the next two days.
A mixed bag from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist’s poll showing Bernie leads the nation by 12 points over second-place Bloomberg but also qualifies Bloomberg for tomorrow’s NBC/MSNBC debate at Paris Theater in Las Vegas. Moderators are Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc and, Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent. The 2-hour debate starts at 9pm ET.
From CNN: How Bernie Sanders became the Democratic primary’s early front-runner https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/17/politics/bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-2020-election/index.html
From The Hill: Sanders opens 12-point lead nationally https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/483408-sanders-opens-12-point-lead-nationally-poll
From NPR: Sanders Leads The Field, Bloomberg Qualifies For His 1st Debate https://www.npr.org/2020/02/18/806703427/npr-pbs-newshour-marist-poll-sanders-leads-bloomberg-qualifies-for-debate
Join us at Field House to watch the debate!
Philly For Bernie and Philly For Warren will come together to watch and discuss the race. State Rep. Chris Rabb will be at the debate watch party! Get there a few minutes early to hear his thoughts on our shared progressive agenda! RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/174560780632360/
Things will move very quickly over the next few weeks. The campaign focus is on winning Nevada, then South Carolina before moving on to the March 3rd Super Tuesday states which comprise 40% of the U.S. Population. Accordingly, the Bernie Victory Program has been expanded to every state in the nation, except Pennsylvania whose launch is delayed not for lack of support, but because of our very complicated ballot process. Never fear, an entire action team, Bernie Ballot Access Team, is doing this work!
The expansion of the ground game plus spending by Super PACs and billionaires means the campaign needs our donations now more than ever.
‘You Are Not Going to Buy This Election,’ Sanders Tells Bloomberg at Rally of 17,000 in Tacoma, Washington this past weekend that turned out an astonishingly strong 17,000+ Bernie supporters.
Read More From Common Dreams: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/18/you-are-not-going-buy-election-sanders-tells-bloomberg-rally-17000-washington
It seems we are not the only people concerned about Bloomberg’s meteoric rise in the polls. There are some interesting opposition pieces in the news today which some have called “disqualifying”.
From The Intercept: When Bloomberg News’s Reporting on China Was Challenged, Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me for Speaking Out https://theintercept.com/2020/02/18/mike-bloomberg-lp-nda-china/
From Current Affairs: Why Does Anyone Think Michael Bloomberg Would Beat Donald Trump? https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/02/why-does-anyone-think-michael-bloomberg-would-beat-donald-trump/
From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Let’s talk about the time Mike Bloomberg spent millions to reelect Republican Pat Toomey in Pa. https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/mike-bloomberg-pat-toomey-20200218.html
From In These Times: At What Point Does Bloomberg’s Unprecedented Ad Spending Amount to Bribery of the Media? http://inthesetimes.com/article/22316/michael-bloomberg-political-campaign-ad-spending-media
From National Review: Mike Bloomberg Gave to a Lot of Republicans Over the Years
From The Guardian: Mike Bloomberg has a terrible past. Will his money stop scrutiny of it?
As always THANK YOU for your loyal support of Bernie! None of this would be possible without you!