The Working Families Party Endorses Bernie Sanders

12/08/2015 -- The Working Families Party, a growing national third party, is endorsing Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. Over the past week, 87% of WFP members voted to endorse Sanders. 

Only 11.5% of the membership voted for Hillary Clinton - and 1.1% for Martin O'Malley. The final endorsement decision was based on both the membership vote and the votes of the group's national advisory board. 

"We want to live in a nation that allows all people to live a decent life, no matter what is in their parents' bank account or who is in their family tree," Working Families Party National Director Dan Cantor said in a statement. "But the super-rich have used their economic muscle to buy political muscle, and unless you're one of them, what you think government should do basically doesn't count. That's why we're standing with Bernie Sanders to build the political revolution and make our nation into one where every family can thrive."

Working Families is fighting for a brighter future for America.

One where the economy works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected. One where politicians are accountable to working people, instead of Wall Street lobbyists and corporate CEOs. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure retirement.
We’re electing the next generation of progressive leaders and building grassroots power to renew the American Dream. And we want you to join us. Join now.

From WFP press announcement: Lindsay Farrell, Executive Director of Connecticut Working Families said: “Bernie Sanders is giving voice to a problem that Working Families has been fighting for more than 10 years: our economy is not working for too many families. While corporations and the wealthy elites get richer and more powerful, the rest of us are working longer and harder just to support our families. Bernie Sanders shares our commitment to building a fair economy and more representative government, and that is why we are standing with him.”
“I’m proud that Working Families is endorsing Bernie Sanders,” said Connecticut Working Families Board Member Ana MarĂ­a Rivera-Forastieri. “He is speaking about issues that are affecting millions of families across the United States. From economic inequality to the need to reform our racist and unjust immigration system, he is the candidate seeking a true political revolution.”

The announcement followed a Working Families Party membership vote. An overwhelming super-majority of 87.4% of Working Families Party members voted for Senator Sanders, compared to 11.5% for Secretary Hillary Clinton and 1.1% for former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The final endorsement decision was dependent on both the membership vote and the votes of the WFP’s national advisory board, which includes representatives from all the WFP’s state organizations. The Working Families Party’s endorsement will bring Senator Sanders’ campaign the support of the party’s activist base and skilled operatives.

The Working Families Party is a progressive party that fights for the 99% — and wins. With chapters in ten states and a supporter-base that spans the nation, the Working Families Party has won public policies that make a difference in the lives of working families, from paid sick days laws and minimum wage increases to reforms to criminal justice laws and policing practices to wins on student debt and environmental protection. The WFP’s progressive candidates pipeline is recruiting, training and electing the next generation of progressive leaders.

2015 has been a big year for the Working Families Party. 

In Chicago, United Working Families backed Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor and held Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a historic run-off election, and helped elect the largest-ever progressive city council caucus. Working Families Party members won special elections for state legislative seats. 

Connecticut State Senator Ed Gomes and New York State Assemblymember Diana Richardson became the first two state legislators elected only on the Working Families Party ballot line. 

In Ferguson, Missouri, WFP helped increase African American turnout in the city’s municipal elections following the killing of Michael Brown. Pennsylvania Working Families successfully backed Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney in his competitive Democratic Primary. 

In November, Elizabeth, New Jersey voters approved a ballot measure guaranteeing paid sick days with 86% of the vote, making Elizabeth the tenth municipal paid sick days victory for New Jersey Working Families; Hartford elected three WFP members to the Hartford City Council and a record 71 out of 111 of the New York WFP’s progressive pipeline candidates were elected to local office around the state. Meanwhile, new Working Families chapters launched this year in Wisconsin and Rhode Island.

Endorsing Bernie Sanders 

--- New Yorker Zephyr Teachout, the law professor who ran against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary last year, also announced her endorsement of Bernie Sanders today -- 12/8/2015.

--- Katrina vaden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation magazine and a prominent liberal activist, called the party's support, "the biggest endorsement for Sanders yet." She told the New York Times, "They have an active membership that can be deployed in campaigns, and they have savvy." 

South Carolina Voters Like What They Hear

"Establishment Democrats" can not automatically count on the "black vote" in South Carolina. And that's a good thing because it sets the stage for real change.

Nov. 20, 2015 -- Bernie Sanders spoke for 90 minutes to a Charleston Town Hall Meeting, where he received a standing ovation for his plan to tax Wall Street to provide tuition-free education.

Nov. 21, 2015 -- Senator Sanders' plan to improve racial inequality received a 65% approval rating at the BET Criminal Justice Forum at Allen University in Columbia, SC.

Sanders is very serious about making real change happen by way of a political grassroots movement that will involve the people today, tomorrow and when he is elected president. "Nothing will happen until millions of people rise up together to say Enough is Enough! Government must represent the people and not just a handful of billionaires."

In September, Christale Spain, the deputy executive director for the South Carolina Democratic Party, joined the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, as outreach director.

Andrew Springer, formerly the senior editor of social media at ABC News, has also joined Sanders' South Carolina team, as the state communications director.

Nationally, Bernie Sanders has expanded his support by 9% in the last 30 days, including a 16-point gain among non-white voters and a 23% gain among under-50 voters, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, released 11/22/2015.

The Charleston Town Hall Meeting

The town hall was hosted by State Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Dist.42), the Charleston Democratic Party and the House Democratic Delegation that includes State Representatives J. Seth Whipper, David J. Mack, III, Wendell G. Gilliard, Mary E. Tinkler, and Robert L. Brown.

Senator Sanders talked about his campaign that is fueled by more than 800,000 individual contributions averaging around $30 -- with no money at all from Corporate Billionaires.

“So, I do not represent the billionaire class or corporate America,” Sanders said.

We are a country with the largest income gap in the world --- with 487 billionaires and 16 million children living in poverty. We are a country that sends one out of every four young black men to prison, but does not prosecute and send to jail the Wall Street bankers, who crashed the US and world economy in 2008... and who continue to pay "settlements" instead of going to jail when they commit white collar crimes.

“It seems to me that it makes a lot more sense for us to be invested in education and jobs for our kids rather than jails and incarceration,” Sanders said.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation when he talked about introducing legislation that would make public universities tuition-free.

“People should not be denied going to college because they don’t have enough money,” he said.

The audience was also supportive when Sanders began talking about legislation that would take marijuana out of the controlled substances act.

“I’m not advocating smoking marijuana,” he said, and a few booed in the crowd. “It doesn’t make it legal, it just means that you’re not breaking the federal law. The reason we introduced that legislation is because I’ve talked to too many people whose lives have been destroyed because of the police records they get for possessing marijuana.”

Sanders said he advocates that full legalization of marijuana should be up to individual states.

The South Carolina Criminal Justice Forum

Nov. 21, 2015 -- The 20/20 Leaders of America, along with BET and Facebook, hosted presidential candidates at Allen University in Columbia, SC. Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton chose not to give a presentation or be part of the Q&A discussions.

The topic was Criminal Justice Reform, and Bernie Sanders' message was very well received.

Drum Poll Results: Sanders 65%, Clinton 23%, O’Malley 12%

The 20/20 Club is a collective of politicians, prosecutors, attorneys and law enforcement officials, who have been hosting listening sessions throughout the year to give both Democratic and Republican candidates a platform to speak on issues currently being faced by the African-American community. These issues include criminal justice reform and community policing tactics. 

Other organizations co-hosting the forum included Facebook, IMPACT, Insight America, the National Black Police Association and the League of Cities Black Caucus. 

"BET Networks continues to make a concerted effort to mobilize the significant voting bloc of unregistered African-Americans and encourage them to sign up and get to the polls," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks.

You can view the ABC News video of Bernie Sanders speaking to families here. 
Bernie Sanders advocates raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, closing tax loopholes exploited by the wealthy and profitable corporations, undertaking a massive $1 trillion program to fix roads and bridges, railways and other infrastructure that would also create or sustain 13 million jobs. His campaign advocates a Medicare-for-all health care system to provide better care for more people at less cost, and expansion of Social Security, and a tuition-free education at all public colleges and universities. 

His in-depth plan to address racial inequality and racial injustice was introduced at a rally in Seattle that was attended by a record crowd of 28,000 on Aug. 9, 2015. --- The policy plans that would be implemented by Bernie Sanders, as President of the United States can be found at

New Television Message To Workers

"If you're doing everything right, but find it harder and harder to get by, you're not alone," --- says Bernie Sanders in a television message that began airing today in Iowa and New Hampshire. --