I am very proud to endorse Bernie Sanders for President!
I am endorsing Bernie Sanders for President for a variety of reasons.
First, I believe that wealth and racial inequality are the biggest challenges facing the United States today. Since Bernie first became an activist in his college days, to his service as a mayor, congressman, and now U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders has always had a clear vision of how these two injustices damage America, and what actions must be taken to restore equality and justice to our country.
Today in the United States, the top one-tenth of Americans own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. Since the Wall Street crash, 58 percent of all new income has flown to the top one percent. This inequality is destroying the values of America, and contributing significantly to growing civic unrest, racism, sexism, and religious discrimination, violence, and poverty, and even further aggravating crises like climate change and substance abuse.
Second, I believe that Bernie Sanders stands for working families, and has dedicated his life to fighting corporate special interests. Throughout his political career, he has opposed policies including NAFTA, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), both the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, and the Patriot Act. By standing his ground on these critical issues, Bernie Sanders embodies the ideals that make the Democratic Party the party of working people, the party of equality and justice, and the party of change. The fact that he is not a Democrat, to me, speaks to more about how much the Democratic Party has abandoned its values, than it is a reflection on Bernie Sanders. This past Saturday in Worcester, I saw over 3,000 people attend a rally for Bernie Sanders, and feed off the energy of his vision for America.
Third, Bernie Sanders has an impressive track record in passing legislation in Congress, despite the challenges of being a progressive populist in Washington. On climate change, Senator Sanders co-wrote the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program as part of the 2007 energy bill, which led to over $3.2 billion being appropriated in the 2009 stimulus bill to the program, creating thousands of jobs while moving the country toward energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. During the 2009-2010 debate on the Affordable Care Act, Senator Sanders fought for provisions that provided $11 billion in new funding for community health centers, and inserted a clause allowing states to establish single-payer health care, which he has always supported nationally. Finally, Senator Sanders is known as the leader in the U.S. Senate on fighting for veterans, successfully co-writing a bipartisan veterans benefits law in 2014, reinforcing his reputation as being “The Wide-Eyed Pragmatist” in Congress.
I believe in Bernie Sanders. I think he would be the kind of president who would keep his focus on making the kinds of changes, whether it’s taking on Wall Street, fighting for a $15 minimum wage, reforming our criminal justice system, giving a fair shake to our nation’s immigrants, protecting women’s rights and fighting for equal pay, opposing mindless wars, expanding LGBT rights, and combating climate change, that are desperately needed if we still want to consider America a vibrant democracy and inspiring world leader, and Americans a prosperous people.
Bernie’s record and his actions as an elected official back my beliefs up, and I’m excited to begin volunteering for Bernie Sanders this Saturday in New Hampshire, kicking off a canvass at his Charlestown campaign office (89 Cambridge Street). If you’d like to join me in supporting a once-in-a-generation candidate, please contact his Massachusetts campaign director Paul Feeney (of IBEW Local 2222, which has endorsed Bernie) at Mass@berniesanders.com, 617-433-VOTE (8683), or visit Bernie’s website at berniesanders.com.