DENVER, Colo. — Organizing for Bernie, a grassroots movement to encourage Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to run for president in 2020, announced it is partnering with The People for Bernie Sanders to host a multi-city, multi-country live streamevent this Saturday, January 12. The event is co-sponsored by Our Revolution and Progressive Democrats of America and will be live-streamed on Facebook by Act.Tv. Key movement activists will be joining as speakers, from different parts of the country for this national event. Link to live stream here.
Over 3,000 Bernie supporters have RSVP’d to the close to 400 confirmed simultaneous house parties in four different countries.
“Sen. Sanders said he will run for president if there is grassroots support and we are organizing to make sure he knows that should he decide to run we are with him,” said Dr. Heather Gautney, Our Revolution Executive Director, “Our Revolution is proud to be partnering with Organizing for Bernie and others to unite our movement in support of a possible Sanders campaign. Over the past three years all across the country, working people have been organizing and building power in their communities waiting for this moment. The progressive movement has grown exponentially, learned a lot, and is winning major victories with public opinion on our side. We’re ready for Sen. Sanders to finish the work we started in 2016 and throw his hat in the race for president in 2020.
“This is what a political revolution looks like,” said Mandy Nunes Hennessey, a co-founder of Organizing for Bernie, who served as the Colorado state Caucus and Delegate Director for Sanders in 2016. “Bernie’s credibility with grassroots volunteers is unmatched and his supporters are urging him to run again.”
Last month, Sen. Sanders said grassroots support would determine whether or not he decides to run for president again:
"If, and that is an if, I do decide to run, we're going to be taking on the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry, and Wall Street. And all of the powerful special interests who now control much of what goes on in Congress. So it’s not an easy decision, we gotta determine what kind of grassroots support exists, and that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
At the nearly 400 house parties planned on January 12, volunteers, grassroots leaders, and campaign veterans will discuss what they’ve learned over the past two years. If Sen. Sanders announces his candidacy, Organizing for Bernie will immediately connect volunteers and supporters into the new Sanders campaign.
The events are in 49 states, including critical early primary states such as New Hampshire and Iowa as well as large states like California and Texas, which have moved their primaries up to Super Tuesday.
The organization is urging supporters to find their closest event on January 12 and RSVP. If people don’t see an event in their area, organizers are standing by to help them host.