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Bernie Socialist Workshop
Date Saturday April 16
Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details
Community Meeting Room
South Branch Berkeley Public Library
1901 Russell St., Berkeley, CA 94703
(one block North of Ashby BART, on MLK)
Event Type Teach-In
Organizer/AuthorGene Ruyle
Emailcuyleruyle [at]
Bernie Socialist Workshop

As a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders is leading a political revolution to transform a political system run by the billionaire class into one that represents working and middle class Americans and creates more opportunity for everyone. To be effective as Bernie advocates, we must understand his democratic socialism and how it is related to other forms of socialism The workshop, led by Eugene Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Cal State, Long Beach, will be a continuing exploration of various issues raised by the Sanders campaign.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 2-4 PM
Community Meeting Room
South Branch Berkeley Public Library
1901 Russell St., Berkeley, CA 94703
(one block North of Ashby BART, on MLK)

For info, call Gene 510-332-3865 or email: cuyleruyle [at]
Added to the calendar on Saturday Apr 9th, 2016 6:38 PM

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by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
Sunday Apr 10th, 2016 6:45 AM
Professor Ruyle is apparently so backward that he did not bother to read Sanders' voting record. Online, he can read it at:

SOCIALISM IS DEMOCRATIC by definition. Sanders hates Marxists. He calls the pope a socialist and has been invited by the pope to speak at a conference at the Vatican. Anyone who calls the pope a socialist is insane and has no business holding any office.

Democrat sheepdog Bernie Sanders has always been a supporter of military contractors in Vermont and everywhere else and always supports the war machine, including money for Israel during Israel’s July 2014 Gaza massacre and every other chance he got. Israel is a torture state. For more on Israel's torture, see:
Democracy Now, 4/7/16, we heard and read a former torturer, Eric Fair, describe the use of the Israeli torture chair at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. See
“Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use "Palestinian Chair" Torture Device” at

The torture perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians with US tax dollars in its efforts to steal Palestinian land was described with illustrations in Beyond Chutzpah: On The Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman Finkelstein (2005) University of California Press, particularly in the chapter, Chapter 6, Israel’s Abu Ghraib.

For more on Sanders' reactionary record, see:

Cindy Sheehan, a Peace & Freedom Party candidate in the past, has compiled the reactionary voting record of Sanders on 2/17/16, "Confessions of a Real Socialist" with lots of links at:

Senate Resolution 498, passed by unanimous consent, supported Israel's Gaza Massacre of July 2014. See (found on Cindy Sheehan's article above).

Barry Bush has his own listing of reactionary Sanders votes at:

See photos & article at Bernie Sanders Loves This $1 Trillion War Machine by Tim Mak, 2/8/16 at

The Myth of Bernie Sanders
by Thomas H. Naylor in Counterpunch 9/30/11 at
From Naylor's article:

"Senator Sanders rarely misses a photo opportunity with Vermont National Guard troops when they are being deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. He’s always at the Burlington International Airport when they return. If Sanders truly supported the Vermont troops, he would vote to end all of the wars posthaste."

"Since he always “supports the troops,” Sanders never opposes any defense spending bill. He stands behind all military contractors who bring much-needed jobs to Vermont."

"Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch could hardly contain their enthusiasm over the news that Burlington International Airport had been named as a possible site to house the Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jet scheduled to replace the Vermont Air National Guard’s aging fleet of F-16s. The new high-tech instruments of death will cost $115 million a pop in sharp contrast to the F-16s which cost a mere $20 million each."

"Sanders is the darling of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee and the right-wing Likud government of Israel. He has done everything within his power to keep the myth of Islamic terrorism alive. He never questions the U.S. government’s unconditional support of Israeli acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians."

"Last, but by no means least, is the U.S. government-owned Sandia National Laboratories. For over two years Sanders and former University of Vermont President Daniel Fogel have been encouraging Sandia to open a satellite laboratory in Vermont. Sandia, whose historical origins can be traced back to the Manhattan Project in World War II, designs, builds, and tests weapons of mass destruction. The Vermont laboratory envisaged by Sanders would not be involved with nuclear weapons but rather would be engaged in projects related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric grids. Sandia, interestingly enough, is operated under contract by Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor in the world. Lockheed Martin produces F-35s and drones. General Dubie, who has close ties to Lockheed Martin, recently received an honorary doctorate from UVM. No one at UVM seems to care whether or not the University gets in bed with a manufacturer of atomic bombs."

Bernie Sanders Is a Russia-Bashing, Pro-Israel, Militarist Tool at
He also called Hugo Chavez, the late leader of Venezuela murdered by the CIA, a communist dictator, standard US capitalist war machine hatemongering. See
US Presidential Candidates Demean Muslims and Hugo Chavez by Steve Lendman, 9/19/15 at

His support of US imperialism is outrageous and unconscionable. See
Does Bernie Sanders’ Imperialism Matter? by Shamus Cooke, 1/5/16

The Black Agenda Report of May 6, 2015 has a good description of all of the Democrats' sheepdogs at

If you oppose the pro-war, pro-Israel, pro-torture Democrat-Republicans, change your registration today to the peace, pro-Palestinian, anti-torture Peace & Freedom or Green parties.

You can register online at:
For more information, see (Gloria LaRiva for President) (Be sure to read her serious socialist program.)
and (Jill Stein for President)
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