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Should Socialists Support Bernie Sanders?

Saturday, October 03, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Kristen Sheets
Location Details:
The Women's Building 3543 18th St #8 San Francisco, CA 94110

The Democratic primary campaign of Bernie Sanders has ignited a new enthusiasm among many who are fed up with the status-quo of politics in the United States. Tens of thousands have joined rallies to hear Sanders decry the billionaire class and call for an end to inequality. Many on the socialist left have embraced the campaign. Others have argued against support for Sanders, calling instead for socialists to organize independently of the Democratic Party.

Join the International Socialist Organization in a panel discussion on the question of support for the Sanders campaign and socialist strategy during elections. Speakers will represent both support and opposition to supporting the Sanders primary campaign.


Steve Early

Steve Early is a Labor for Bernie Volunteer and member of TNG/CWA Local 39521. Early worked as a national union organizer for the Communications Workers of America in New England for nearly 30 year and is the author of Save our Unions (Monthly Review Press, 2014) along with other books about the US labor movement.

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Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson is a member of the International Socialist Organization. She is involved in the climate justice movement and has been active in struggles for LGBTQ Liberation, Palestinian Solidarity, and against war and racism. Ragina was a coordinator for the Green Party’s Million Votes for Peace campaign and Todd Chretien’s 2006 bid for US Senate. In 2005 Ragina also helped organize the successful “College Not Combat” – Prop I ballot initiative in San Francisco which declared the city’s opposition to military recruitment in public high schools and universities.


Alex Shantz

Alex Shantz serves as Co-Coordinator for the Green Party of California. He is also an elected official serving on the St. Helena Unified School District Board of Trustees. He believes the Green Party can play a pivotal role as an electoral arm of the movement for social justice, socialism, and radical change.

Added to the calendar on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 8:33PM

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by Facts Matter
Kindly hand out the FOUR YEAR OLD WARNING from Counterpunch on Zionists, Russian hating, war contractors in Vermont supporting Bernie Sanders at
The Myth of Bernie Sanders
by Thomas H. Naylor in Counterpunch 9/30/11 at

Shame on Steve Early and his support of the latest Democratic Party sheepdog, Bernie Sanders. These elections do separate the serious labor organizers from the Labor Lieutenants of Capitalism. Socialists are the serious labor organizers.

by reader
Sanders claims, however, absurdly, that he has only supported wars that were a “last resort.” He includes among those, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia, despite neither having been remotely a last resort. Sanders admits as much, saying, “I supported the use of force to stop the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.” Set aside the fact that it increased the ethnic cleansing and that diplomacy was not really attempted, what he is claiming is a philanthropic mission, not a “last resort.” Sanders also says, “And, in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001, I supported the use of force in Afghanistan to hunt down the terrorists who attacked us.” Set aside the Taliban’s offer to transfer Osama bin Laden to a third country to be tried, what Sanders is describing is hunting and murdering people in a distant land, not a “last resort”—and also not what he voted for, and Rep. Barbara Lee voted against, which was a blank check for endless war at presidential discretion.
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