1/24 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

With the Iowa Caucus less than two weeks away, the campaign continues to build momentum. A CNN Poll released this week shows Bernie in the lead over Biden. Endorsements continue to come in, including Tuesday’s endorsement from the University Professional and Technical Employees Union, the country’s largest chapter of the Communication Workers of America, representing over 17,000 employees across the University of California system. On Monday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced her endorsement at a rally in Des Moines, following last week’s endorsements from the Nevada County Black Caucus and Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.

Here in Philly, the campaign had a great turnout Monday night at its Bernie on the Ballot Barnstorm at the Ethical Society, with attendees setting up 22 canvassing events to collect signatures to get Bernie and his delegates on the ballot in PA. Despite our state’s somewhat onerous requirements for getting on the ballot, the turnout on Monday and follow up Barnstorm planned for this Sunday at U Penn sets us off to a great start, but we need your help!

Whatever pundits or establishment politicians say we know that ours is a unity candidate, because the things this campaign fights for brings together millions of people under a common interest, to make this country work for us, not the billionaires. So let’s take the few days we have left till the Iowa Caucus, focus our energies, and win this for Bernie.

Get Bernie on the Ballot in PA!

Bernie on the Ballot Barnstorm at U Penn
Sunday, January 26
6pm – 8pm
Houston Hall – Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Want to make sure Bernie and his delegates appear on the Pennsylvania primary ballot on April 28? Join us at the campaign’s Bernie on the Ballot Barnstorm on Sunday to learn about the requirements for collecting signatures to get Bernie and his delegates on the ballot in PA. The campaign will also be setting up Bernie on the Ballot signature collection canvasses. Getting these signatures is a non-negotiable part of the election process, so it’s crucial that we put in the effort here in PA to make sure it happens!

To make sure this happens, the campaign has set a goal of 4,000 signatures for Bernie state-wide, twice the required number, and at least 400 for each delegate, up from the required 250. Some signatures may be invalidated, that’s why the campaign isn’t taking any chances and has set its goal significantly above the required minimum.

Signature collections begin on January 28 and end on February 14, so we have less than three weeks to do this.

So, let’s ensure we can vote for our candidate and his delegates on April 28. Come out to the Barnstorm on Sunday and check out upcoming Bernie on the Ballot canvassing events starting Tuesday, January 28!

Regional Meetups + Citywide Conference Call

Monday, January 27
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, with a special focus on coordinating actions for Bernie on the Ballot canvasses.

Can’t make it to the meetup? Join us for our citywide conference call here starting at 8:30pm following regional meetups.

West Philly
Gojjo Ethipoian Bar and Restaurant
4540 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19103

South Philly
Bonnie’s Capistrano Bar
1503 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Stay tuned for locations of other regional meetups and join your local Philly for Bernie facebook group (see bottom of newsletter) for updates! 


Phonebanking is the number one activity we can participate in here in PA to help Bernie win Iowa and the other early primary states. By calling in and identifying Bernie supporters we are providing an essential service to on-the-ground volunteers in these states. Winning the early primaries will give the campaign the momentum it needs to carry these victories through to California and other Super Tuesday States on March 3 and Pennsylvania on April 28. 

Volunteer phonebankers broke through the campaign’s original goal of 5 million calls before the Iowa caucus. Now, we’ve got a new goal:10 million calls before February 3. So far, we’ve made over 6 million! But we can’t let up now, let’s get all hands-on-deck and hit that 10 million mark!

If you’ve never phonebanked 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:

You can also volunteer to send text messages with the campaign’s easy-to-use mass text platform. After a brief online training, you can join the campaign’s texting team Slack channel and receive texting assignments. 

Reclaim Presidential Endorsement Voting Still Open!   

There’s still time for vote for Reclaim Philadelphia’s presidential candidate endorsement. Voting ends right before midnight on Saturday, January 25, so get your vote in and win the endorsement for Bernie! To vote you must be a Reclaim member. All that is required for membership to Reclaim is a recurring $5 monthly contribution. Once you are a member you will be able to vote online!

Bernie Delegate Application

Time is running out to apply to be a delegate for Bernie, so if you want to apply, get it done ASAP! To apply to be a delegate for Bernie in PA, the first steps are to fill out the forms on the campaign’s website and at PA Dems. The deadline to apply to become a delegate in PA is January 27, 2020. 

We have a Philly for Bernie working group for delegates. If you are applying to be a Bernie delegate, get in touch with us at phillyisberning@gmail.com, or join the Slack channel #0-wg-delegates, and we can connect you with informational materials and support you in petition signature gathering and fundraising. 

Bernie Craft Night 

Saturday, January 25 
Houston Hall 
3417 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join us for a night of Bernie swag production! We’ll be making and making pin, sings, cards, etc. in preparation for future events. Pizza included!

Philly for Bernie Fundraiser 
+ Last Day to Order Philly for Bernie T-Shirts!

Friday, January 31
Doors open 6pm 
Field House 
1150 Filbert St 
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This will be a festive and productive evening of art, music, and politics! We have put together a unique lineup including musical acts, improv, comedy, burlesque, belly dancing, poetry and literature readings, political speakers, visual arts and crafts, digital Bernie photo booth, and more! 

We are still recruiting artists and speakers for this event. We are also looking for volunteers to help out with set up / clean up, check in table at the entrance, voter registration table, Bernie delegate petition signing table, merch sales, video slideshow, distributing flyers, etc. so please let us know if you would like to help out! Volunteers get a free drink ticket. Email us at phillyisberning@gmail.com if you’d like to get involved.

In the meantime, pre-order a Philly for Bernie t-shirt  here. TODAY is the last day to order to pick up at the fundraiser. We will have a limited number of additional shirts.

Take a Bernie Journey!

Phonebanking into early primary states is hugely important, but if you can, traveling to an early primary state and having face-to-face conversations is the most effective way to convince voters to support Bernie. The campaign is looking to bring 3,000 volunteers to canvass in Iowa by Feburary 3, so let’s do our part to help reach that goal! 

To get started planning your Bernie Journey, check out the campaign’s guide to traveling to an early primary state to canvass here

Or, check out one of the campaign’s upcoming webinars here

DSA Canvassing 

The Philadelphia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has been holding some great canvasses these past months with yuge turnouts. Door-to-door canvassing is the most effective way to build support for Bernie here in Philly. We encourage anyone who is able to attend a DSA Canvass. They are regularly scheduled throughout the week. Check phillydsa.org/events for more info!


The campaign runs off of the small donations of working people like us. Even if you can only afford to donate a few dollars, it makes a difference, and it makes possible the groundwork being done in Iowa and other early primary states. 

So head over to berniesanders.com/donate and chip in today! 

Join us on social media:

Philly for Bernie 2020 (Citywide)
South Philly for Bernie
North Philly for Bernie 
Northeast Philly for Bernie
Northwest Philly for Bernie
West Philly for Bernie

Twitter: Philly for Bernie

Subscribe to our Google Calendar

Also, check out our website phillyforbernie.org!

We’re almost there! Let’s keep pushing and win Iowa!

In Solidarity,
Philly for Bernie

Weekend Roundup: Yes, Bernie can beat Trump

Nina Turner | While Bernie Sanders has always stood up for African Americans, Joe Biden has repeatedly let us down

CNN | Yes, Bernie Sanders can pull it off

Bloomberg | Bernie Sanders Enjoys Newly Found Frontrunner Status in Iowa

FiveThirtyEight | Election Update: Sanders Now Leads A Wide-Open Iowa Race

CBS News | Bloomberg says “if it’s Donald Trump vs. Bernie, I would support Bernie”

Providence Journal | Bernie Sanders rally draws hundreds to Providence theatre

The Atlantic | Bernie Sanders Has Something New to Talk About

The Hill | Sanders campaign: ‘Appalling’ that Biden ‘refuses to admit he was dead wrong on the Iraq War’

SandersSenate.gov | Sanders and Lee Call for Vote in the Senate for No War Against Iran Act

Hear the Bern Episode 39 | To Heal the World: Bernie’s Jewish Roots (w/ Joel Rubin & Katie Halper)

Bern Notice | They Attacked Obama — Now They’re Attacking Bernie With the Same Line 

Big Endorsement from NNU and more Bernie News

Bernie won the endorsement of the largest nursing union in the country, National Nurses Union! TODAY the campaign is hosting a webinar for union workers who support Bernie. Please encourage people to attend!

Are you a union member who supports our campaign? We are launching our national organizing program to provide union members with the tools to organize their coworkers and community. RSVP for our Union Members for Bernie strategy webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7666694872049116173

The Supreme Court hears a very important case today deciding the future of  DACA. There are numerous rallies, protests and events calling for solidarity to share.

Let’s focus on our strategy of phone banking, text banking, canvassing (even out of state!) and donating, to win!

Have a wonderful day. Solidarity! 

Thanks once more for everything you do! Let’s win this!!


Major Nurses’ Union Backs Bernie Sanders and His Push for ‘Medicare for All’ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/us/politics/bernie-sanders-nurses-endorsement.html

Citing Deep Commitment to Medicare for All and Green New Deal, Nation’s Largest Nurses Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/12/citing-deep-commitment-medicare-all-and-green-new-deal-nations-largest-nurses-union

Sanders ‘very concerned about what appears to be a coup’ in Bolivia https://thehill.com/policy/international/469951-sanders-says-very-concerned-about-what-appear-to-be-a-coup-in-bolivia

A Billionaire’s Spouse Donated To Bernie Sanders. He’s Returning The Check. https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2019/11/12/one-billionaires-spouse-donated-to-bernie-sanders-hes-returning-the-check/#69625d3a2493

How to Fight Antisemitism (by Bernie Sanders) https://jewishcurrents.org/how-to-fight-antisemitism/

Bernie Sanders’ Oped Settles It: You Can Be Both Progressive And Zionist

Bernie Sanders Has More Diverse Support Than You Think  https://www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-has-more-diverse-support-than-you-think/

Editorial counterpoint: Actually, single-payer Medicare for All IS the only answer

Bernie Sanders holds veterans town hall in Des Moines https://youtu.be/ciuaThXBH-o


The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow? 32 journalists, wonks, activists and politicians on the party’s dramatic turn — and what it means for 2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2019/11/12/democrats-are-moving-left-will-america-follow-perspectives-partys-dramatic-turn/?arc404=true

Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn’t Afford Treatment https://news.gallup.com/poll/268094/millions-lost-someone-couldn-afford-treatment.aspx?utm_source=facebookbutton&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=sharing

The Supreme Court will hear my case today. Trump will not win on DACA. https://www.vox.com/first-person/2019/11/12/20953221/daca-supreme-court-immigrants


Keep up with events on the Bernie Sanders Facebook Events page: https://www.facebook.com/berniesandersevents/
Bernie Events Facebook page: bernieevents.com
Bernie Events Tracker Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BernieEventTracker/
Bernie Events Map: Make sure to add your Bernie activity to the Bernie Events Map (map.berniesanders.com) to amplify it and increase attendance.



Other stuff you can do . . .
Use the BERN app online: app.berniesanders.com
Download the BERN app from Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bern-official-bernie-2020-app/id1474294851?ls=1
Download the BERN app from GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.berniesanders
Encourage people to step away from their keyboards and get out into their communities.
Want to do more for Bernie? Volunteer here: volunteerforbernie.com
Invite graphic designers and social media gurus to this Slack: http://bit.ly/cwbslack.
Subscribe to the OFB2020 Bernie: Then And Now channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiesm-jLx5XlXh5BZfFCw8w
Subscribe to Bern Notice: https://bernie.substack.com/
Keep calling voters in early states! berniesanders.com/call

Big Victories for Progressives Nationally! Kendra has a Chance to Change Philly Politics.

Kendra Brooks wins a seat on Philly city council

There’s an embarrassment of riches in today’s news.

First, several great victories last night Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks has won herself a seat on the Philadelphia City Council. This has huge implications for the Left and is national news.

Kentucky Governors race, Virginia state house and senate, ranked choice voting in NYC. There are a couple of races still up in the air (SF District Attorney, Seattle City Council seats, etc) but by and large, it was a night to feel pretty good about.

There’s several positive articles about Bernie. There’s news about a Weather Channel special tomorrow on climate change and the 2020 race, and there’s polling news to review as well.

We’re coming up on a weekend of Bernie appearances in Iowa with AOC including the Climate Crisis Summit, and a couple of rallies.

Also… it’s 2 weeks out to the next Democratic debate!  So don’t lose sight of that.  People are encouraged to set up and/or attend debate watch parties, and map.berniesanders.com is ready to list them.

Make it a great day. Thanks for all you do to support Bernie and the political revolution. 


Phonebank! Making calls to voters is the single most important thing you can do to help our campaign. https://berniesanders.com/call/ 
Find an event to attend: https://map.berniesanders.com/




Other stuff you can do . . .
Use the BERN app online
Download the BERN app from Apple
Download the BERN app from GooglePlay
Encourage people to step away from their keyboards and get out into their communities.
Want to do more for Bernie? Volunteer here
Invite graphic designers and social media gurus to this Slack
Head over to the #discussion-chat channel to chat with fellow Berners.
Subscribe to the OFB2020 Bernie: Then And Now channel on YouTube
Listen to Hear The Bern
Subscribe to Bern Notice
Keep calling voters in early states!

Minneapolis Rally, November debate, and today’s Bernie News.

Yesterday’s Minneapolis Rally was YUGE and inspirational, Bernie is distinguishing his Medicare For All funding plan from Warren’s, and three sets of Polls were released yesterday exactly one year before the 2020 election. deep breath ARE YOU READY?!

MSNBC announced the November 20th debate will take place in at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Nine candidates have qualified so far. For the first time ever, an all-women panel will moderate, with Rachel Maddow,  Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, and WaPo’s Ashley Parker.

Let’s focus on phone banking, events and donations!Thank you, thank you, thank you for your hard work in support of this campaign. Have a great week! 

Sanders criticizes Warren’s health care plan: ‘I think we have a better way’

Bernie Sanders calls his plan to fund Medicare for All ‘far more’ progressive than Elizabeth Warren’s

Sanders, Warren seek to clarify their differences as the fight for Democratic left intensifies

Scrutiny Grows Over Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All Plan

One Year From Election, Trump Trails Biden but Leads Warren in Battlegrounds

Elizabeth Warren is a friend to capitalists, at least those who see revolution coming

Sen. Bernie Sanders brings his economic populism message to Minneapolis

Sanders holds rally with Omar in Minneapolis

Sanders, Omar push ‘working class’ politics at Minneapolis rally

Bernie Sanders aims to be ‘the climate candidate’ in Iowa caucus

Polls: Biden, Warren and Sanders lead Democrats

Marylanders Supporting Sanders Issue Statement Making Their Case

MSNBC announces Tyler Perry Studios as site for November debate

Politics Nation: Bernie Sanders Rises in Polls, Connects with Black Voters

Bernie Sanders mounts show of force, becomes more personal in appeal on campaign trail

Rising: 73% of young voters back Bernie Sanders in Michigan