Millennials for Bernie have come a long way during the past 14 months, reaching 6.7 million people on Facebook with over 100,000 followers, 1000’s of people mobilizing, door knocking and phonebanking for Bernie and for issues we care about. We have transformed the conversation completely with debates over minimum wage, ban on fracking, free college, income inequality and institutional racism.
Bernie’s endorsement today of Hillary Clinton might mean the end of a presidential campaign but it’s only the beginning for all of us and our movement.
Since the very beginning, we knew that this was more than a presidential campaign, but a political revolution much larger than Bernie Sanders and the past year of door knocking, phonebanking, rallies, marches, and GOTV campaigns.
Electoral change is important, and we have come further than we ever thought possible, but it has always been only one tactic. Even if Bernie Sanders became President, we would have still had to keep pressure on the oval office, both houses of Congress, and local politicians throughout the country. That is why we are going to move on to phase two and organize until our demands are met. Millennials proved in this year’s election that we are an electoral force, a rising tide for a sea of change. We still have a lot to be angry about and so much to fix. We’ve only just begun making moves to transform our society.
We are still angry about the results of the primary, outraged at our rising debt levels, climate inaction, the lack of a living wage, and the inability of our justice system to hold police accountable for murdering black and brown bodies.
The time has come to channel our rage into disruptive actions throughout the streets of America, with Bernie’s platform as our rallying cry. If we are serious about real transformational change, we have to act in the tradition of the civil rights and free speech movement of the 1960s, throwing our bodies upon the gears, wheels, and levers, until we shut this unjust, corrupt system down. As Mario Savio said on the steps of Sproul Hall in 1964, we have to ‘indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless we’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.’
The first battle of this political revolution might be over, but the Millennial uprising has just begun.
We hope you’ll join us.
- Millennials for Bernie Sanders
P.S. We are not joining Bernie Sanders in endorsing Hillary Clinton but we are supporting all of YOU and your strategy that makes sense for you and your community on a local level come November. We will continue to fight for our generation and engage in non violent direct action, and take the street until our demands for a just world is met.