WASHINGTON, D.C.–People’s Action Director George Goehl today released the following statement in response to news that Senator Bernie Sanders is suspending his campaign for president.
Bernie Sanders’ ability to cut through the corporate haze that clouds our politics is unmatched by any presidential candidate in our lifetime. Even as corporate power crested in our culture, Sanders and the social movements fighting alongside him have kept alive a vision of a country in which we put people and the planet first.
Millions of people have now rallied around that vision in which:
- Health care is a human right, ensured by Medicare for All.
- Housing is a human right, ensured by a Homes Guarantee.
- Fossil fuels are kept in the ground and just transition to clean energy creates new opportunities for everyone in America.
- Those who benefited the most from the systems of this country pay their fair share, and everyone is equally protected, empowered, and able to reach their full potential.
Most politicians follow instead of lead. Senator Sanders is an exception. He is not catching up to a movement to restructure the relationship between everyday people and big monied interests. He has been there the whole time.
Thank you, Bernie.
About People’s Action
People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing a candidate for president, we completed a national forum series that included Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and Andrew Yang. The Nation called our Iowa forum the “most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.
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