It's no longer possible to rely 100% on ads to keep our organization going. If you believe in why Films For Action exists, we hope you'll become a supporter on Patreon. A monthly donation of $1, $3, $5 or more per month will really help!
'The Struggle Continues': Sanders Refuses to Bend the Knee to Establishment
'We will take our fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to Philadelphia,' senator declares
'The Struggle Continues': Sanders Refuses to Bend the Knee to Establishment
Senator Bernie Sanders arrives at his campaign rally in Santa Monica. (Photo: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
By Jon Queally / commondreams.org
Jun 8, 2016

Bernie Sanders refused to concede the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination on Tuesday night even as he congratulated his rival Hillary Clinton on her primary wins and thanked his supporters for their determined commitment to the 'political revolution' he has championed throughout the hotly contested primary season.

"If this campaign has taught us anything," he told an enthusiastic and cheering crowd in Santa Monica, California just after 10:30 pm local time, "it has proven that millions of Americans who love this country are prepared to stand up and fight to make this country a much better place."

When Sanders took the stage, and as of this writing, major news outlets had awarded three of the day's six contests--New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota--to Clinton, while Sanders was able to claim victories in both Montana and North Dakota.

Results in California, meanwhile, remained too close to call.

Though roundly criticized as an inaccurate assessment of the delegate math, media outlets referred to Clinton as the "presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party" throughout the evening. During a prime time speech from Brooklyn, New York, Clinton celebrated the "historic" night after being the first female candidate of either major party to earn the distinction.

In his speech, though it appeared at first Sanders might submit to the not-so-subtle urgings of the Democratic Party establishment and many political pundits who said it was now time for him to quit the race, the U.S. senator from Vermont defied those sentiments by saying his campaign would forge ahead towards next Tuesday's final primary contest in Washington, D.C..

When he said the "fight would continue," the crowd erupted with a roar of approval.

"We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C.," he continued. "And then we will take our fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

While Sanders acknowledged the difficult "arithmetic" for his campaign on Tuesday night—calling the fight ahead "a very, very steep fight"—he stuck to his repeated promise that he was ready to take "the movement" and energy of his campaign all the way to July's national convention.

"Thank you all," he told the roaring crowd, before concluding: "The struggle continues."

Watch the full speech:

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

4.3 ·
3
Featured Films
The Staging Post: Courageous People Never Give Up! (2017)
61 min The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution. A real-life...
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective (2015)
92 min Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our...
Within Reach (2013)
87 min Within Reach explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles around the USA seeking sustainable community. Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they...
Schooling the World (2010)
66 min If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers...
Fall and Winter (2013)
102 min This stunning film takes you on a hypnotic journey, reaching to the past to understand the origins of the catastrophic environmental transitions we now face. Over two years, director Matt Anderson traveled 16,000 miles to document firsthand our modern industrial world and the...
The Economics of Happiness (2011)
65 min Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There...
Trending Today


Love Films For Action? Become a Patron!

Our Patreon campaign is now live! We hope you'll be among the first to support this new direction for Films For Action. The goal is to go 100% ad-free by next year and become 100% member supported. A monthly pledge of just $1 -5 per month x a few thousand awesome people will ensure we can continue our work and grow our impact across the world. Click here to join.

Join us on Facebook
'The Struggle Continues': Sanders Refuses to Bend the Knee to Establishment