MIAMI – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Wednesday after the Democratic National Committee announced the members of the Unity Reform Commission, which was established to help determine the best way forward for the Democratic Party in terms of rule changes:
“I look forward to working with the new Unity Reform Commission of the Democratic National Committee.
“It is my full intent, and the intent of the eight men and women I named to the commission, to fight vigorously for fundamental reforms in the Democratic Party. We must build a 50-state, grassroots party that opens its doors to the working class and to young people all across the nation – and that is prepared to take on the big money interests that have so much influence over the political and economic life of our country. We must build a strong grassroots, progressive movement at the local, state and national level that encourages bold, new leadership.
“Our political revolution is well underway, and it is my hope that this commission will actively move the Democratic Party, its rules and its practices, forward to ensure that we create a government that works for all Americans and not just the billionaire class.
“I chose the eight men and women listed below to sit on the commission because I know that they support meaningful reform. They have my full confidence, and I look forward to seeing the results of their hard work.”
The members of the Unity Commission appointed by Sanders are:
- Larry Cohen, Vice Chair of the Unity Reform Commission, District of Columbia
- Hon. Gus Newport, California
- Jane Kleeb, Nebraska
- Jim Zogby, District of Columbia
- Hon. Nina Turner, Ohio
- Hon. Lucy Flores, California
- Jeff Weaver, Virginia
- Nomiki Konst, New York