On my first day with the Sanders campaign, we gathered around a wooden table with Bernie posters and Brooklyn Brewery beers scattered throughout the room, and began the long process of finding out what it means to be a campaign organizer.
We were asked to sit and reflect about a challenge we have faced in life, the choice we had to make when faced with it and the action we took. We understood that what was being asked of us was serious; to tell a story that comes from within, to a room full of almost complete strangers. Ten minutes later, we sat captivated by the narratives that were being told.
For many of us, there were stories lots of people could relate to; bitter tales of being young and thinking racism, sexism and classism were a thing of the past, until faced with the realization as an adult that not only are these things still hugely present in America, they adversely affect millions and millions of peoples lives, and have done so for centuries. Then there were those of being a Latino American and an LGBTQQIA+ individual, and realizing the discrimination that people you identify with have experienced for so long in America, and experiencing it yourself. Or of having friends graduate from college, and end up in unsafe circumstances because student debt is draining them and their families so badly they can’t do the things they need to do to get out of the massive hole they are in. Finally, of watching your brother sit in prison, across from you in chains, and not being able to do anything to help him or anyone else wrongly or too-harshly imprisoned for petty crimes, first-time non-violent drug offenses, or for belonging to the race they belong to.
We went two hours over schedule that day, and no one said a word about it. After that, dedicating myself to the campaign was easy. I will never forget the atmosphere of that room. This is what a revolution looks like! It is everyone sitting together, empathizing with each others’ struggles, and resolving to take action.
Bernie Sanders is a candidate of the people who has been honest and consistent for decades in his support for Americans of every walk of life and every segment of society. He is the candidate who has most actively opposed ableism in our community, having worked hard to ensure that people with disabilities are provided equal access to education, healthcare, and employment. He is the only candidate to oppose the dangerous and irresponsible practice of fracking, which threatens our water supplies and our planet. He is the only candidate whose feminism is truly intersectional, with a foreign policy which acknowledges the experiences of women across the globe who are victims of American imperialism. As a disability rights advocate, an environmentalist, and an intersectional feminist, I believe there is no candidate more qualified to be President of the United States than Senator Bernie Sanders.
But, he cannot make it without the dedicated support of millions of organizers, activists, and volunteers. He is only as great as we make him. That is why I show up to campaign every week, and reach out to my friends to get involved.
You, too, can make a difference in the Bernie Sanders campaign. Please visit berniesanders.com/issues to learn where he stands on issues that might be of importance to you, and berniesanders.com to discover events or volunteering opportunities near you, and more! He has already exceeded what people thought him capable of. Now is not the time to give up and quit; now is the time to unite.
As always, Feel the Bern and Long Live the Revolution, my friends.