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Let’s Wrench Power Back from the Billionaires

If we stand together against powerful special interests we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Guardian. Here is where we are as a planet in 2018: after all of the wars, revolutions and international summits of the past 100 years, we live in a world where a tiny handful of incredibly wealthy individuals exercise disproportionate levels of control over the economic and political life of the global community. Difficult as it is to comprehend, the fact is that the six richest people on Earth now own more wealth than … Read More

It’s on Republicans to stop a shutdown

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Washington Post I do not know why President Trump and the Republican Party — which controls the White House, the Senate and the House — are so willing to shut down the government. Maybe they think it will be good for them politically. Maybe they believe the chaos created by a government shutdown would be a welcome distraction from the ongoing Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Whatever the motives of the Republican leadership, one thing is clear: A government shutdown would be disastrous for the American people. A shutdown … Read More

Warren and Sanders: Who Is Congress Really Serving?

By Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The New York Times WASHINGTON — Over the past year, Republicans have made their priorities clear. Their effort to repeal Obamacare would have left tens of millions of people without health insurance. Now Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, wants to ram through an enormous tax giveaway to the wealthy before seating Doug Jones, Alabama’s newly elected Democratic senator. The Republican agenda on health care and taxes may be popular with wealthy campaign donors, but it is widely disliked by the American people. It’s no wonder why. Despite a … Read More

Press Release

Sanders Statement on DNC Unity Reform Commission

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Saturday following the fifth and final meeting of the DNC Unity Reform Commission in Washington D.C.: “The Democratic Party will not become a vibrant and successful 50 state party until it opens its doors widely to the working people and young people of our country.  I am extremely pleased that the Unity Reform Commission has begun that process, voting nearly unanimously to limit the role of super delegates along with making our caucuses and primaries more democratic. Now it is incumbent on the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws committee and the … Read More

We Must End Global Oligarchy

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared on CNN One of the major, untold stories of our time is the rapid movement toward global oligarchy, in which just a handful of billionaires now own and control a significant part of the world economy. Here in the United States, the top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Incredibly, according to a recent report from the Institute for Policy Studies, three of the richest people in America — Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett — now own more wealth than bottom 160 million people in our country. But this is clearly … Read More

How to Fix the Democratic Party

It’s time we come together to enact real reform—only then can we defeat Donald Trump and retake the country. By Bernie Sanders – November 10th, 2017 This piece originally appeared in Politico Donald Trump’s presidency represents an unprecedented crisis for our country. His campaign, and now his White House, seek to divide us using racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and xenophobia. His economic agenda is the agenda of the billionaire class. He wants more tax breaks for the rich, while cutting education, nutrition, affordable housing and other programs desperately needed by working families. And his refusal to acknowledge the great danger … Read More

We must fund community health centers now

BY SEN. BERNIE SANDERS — 11/07/17 02:15 PM EST This piece originally appeared in The Hill Under the radar of most Americans and the mainstream media is a looming crisis that could strip health care from millions of people and result in the loss of tens of thousands of good paying jobs. With the funding deadline for community health centers having lapsed over a month ago, Congress must act right now or 70 percent of funding will be cut, and the doors of 2,800 health centers will close. Community health centers are an integral part of our nation’s health care system. They provide … Read More

Bernie Sanders warns of ‘international oligarchy’ after Paradise Papers leak

US senator warned that leak of documents exposing offshore tax havens show ‘rapid movement’ toward a group of billionaires controlling the global economy by Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith in Washington This piece originally appeared in The Guardian Bernie Sanders has warned that the world is rapidly becoming an “international oligarchy” controlled by a tiny number of billionaires, highlighted by the revelations in the Paradise Papers. In a statement to the Guardian in the wake of the massive leak of documents exposing the secrets of offshore investors, Sanders said that the enrichment of wealthy individuals and companies in tax havens was “the … Read More

Bernie Sanders: The health care crisis no one is talking about

October 31, 2017 – Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Boston Globe The United States faces a major crisis in primary health care, and unless Congress acts immediately it is likely to become much worse. Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their access to health care because Congress did not renew funding for the community health center program at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. Unless we renew funding immediately, 70 percent of funding will be cut, the doors of 2,800 community health centers will close, and 9 million patients will lose access to … Read More

Senator Bernie Sanders: Puerto Rico Is Not Alone

During a visit to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, Sanders said during a press conference that “Puerto Rico is not alone,” after seeing the island. This piece originally appeared in teleSUR United States Senator Bernie Sanders visited Puerto Rico for the second time, where he met with local authorities following devastation from Hurricane Maria in late September. After visiting Playita, an impoverished sector of San Juan that was affected by Hurricane Maria, Sanders said in a press conference held with the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz: “I want the Puerto Rican people, like the people … Read More

Bernie Sanders Is Coming to Somerville

This piece originally appeared in Boston Magazine. By Spencer Buell Bernie Sanders is coming to Somerville on Monday, where he will stump for progressive candidates in local elections. The Vermont Senator says he’ll be at Once Somerville, the music venue, at 9:30 a.m. to rally behind a pack of candidates in Cambridge in Somerville who are running for school board, city council, and board of aldermen. The election for those seats is on November 7. He will also “be discussing how we can make local government work for ordinary citizens,” Our Revolution says on its website, adding, “Join Bernie and our candidates for local office … Read More

The Republican budget is a gift to billionaires: it’s Robin Hood in reverse

Donald Trump and Republican leaders claim their plan would provide a ‘big league’ tax cut for the middle class. Nothing could be further from the truth. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Guardian fter failing to pass a “healthcare” bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a bill that was more unpopular than the Wall Street bailout, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back. Now, they are pushing one of the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposals in the modern history of our country – … Read More