Bernie asks Jeff Bezos: You are worth $182 billion … why are you doing everything in your power to stop your workers from unionizing?

A Journal of People report

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At a hearing on March 17, 2021, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke critically about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who declined Sanders’ invitation to testify, and Elon Musk, the two wealthiest men.

“Bezos and Musk now own more wealth than the bottom 40%. Meanwhile, we’re looking at more hunger in America than at any time in decades,” Sanders said in his opening remarks at the Senate Budget Committee hearing, which was titled The Income and Wealth Inequality Crisis in America.

“If he was with us this morning, I would ask him the following question … Mr. Bezos, you are worth $182 billion – that’s a B,” Sanders said. “One hundred eighty-two billion dollars, you’re the wealthiest person in the world. Why are you doing everything in your power to stop your workers in Bessemer, Alabama, from joining a union?”Read More »

Bernie Sanders Suspends His Campaign: What Happened and What Now?

by Sam Husseini

MintPress News | April 09, 2020

Bernie Sanders feature photo

Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk commented just as Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign: “Bernie made a number of mistakes that I highlighted and broke down in detail. No excuses. Having said that, you’re out of your fucking mind if you think I’ll forget or look past ‘bloody monday’, aka the day Obama got Pete & Amy to drop & endorse Biden. Saving his campaign.”

In fact, the “Bloody Monday” move — when Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar both endorsed Biden just after his South Carolina win and just before “Super Tuesday” — might be the tip of the iceberg in terms of how the DNC or other establishment forces molded the campaign to producer this outcome.Read More »

Bernie Sanders Suspends Campaign for 2020 Presidency

teleSUR | April 08, 2020

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic Primary on Super Thursday.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic Primary on Super Thursday. | Photo: EFE

The Vermont Senator’s campaign took a turn for the worse after several Democratic candidates dropped out of the race and pledged support to former Vice President Joe Biden. 

U.S. Senator Bernie Sander of Vermont announced on Wednesday that he was suspending his campaign for the 2020 presidential elections, marking the second time in eight years that he has done so.

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Bernie Sanders in the Time of the Pandemic

by Dennis Redmond.

GroundXero | March 22, 2020

The current pandemic is just a foretaste of the horrors we are unleashing on ourselves via climate catastrophe. The planetary fight to defeat Big Virus by delivering healthcare for all is just the opening act of the battle to defeat Big Carbon by delivering green electricity and green mobility to all, writes Dennis Redmond.

While the entire planet gears up to battle against COVID19, a disease which threatens the lives of up to 322 million human beings (4% of our planet’s population), it is worth reflecting for a moment on the world-historic impact of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign in the United States Presidency. Far from being a failure, the Bernie campaign is one of the most remarkable success stories of the 21st century Left imaginable.

Back in 2019, Sanders and his team knew very well that their chances of wresting the Presidential nomination from the Democrats, a plutocrat-owned cash register masquerading as a political party, were minimal. Nor were American voters in an especially revolutionary mood. As late as last December, low-paid jobs were still plentiful in the US, and the two most powerful reactionary ideologies of contemporary America — debt-financed consumerism and imperial whiteness — were still credible to a significant plurality (although not an absolute majority) of US citizens.Read More »

Why Bernie shouldn’t quit yet

by C. J. Atkins

People’s World | March 11, 2020

Why Bernie shouldn’t quit yet

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. turns from the podium after speaking at a campaign stop at Daniel Webster Community College, Feb. 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. Sanders is under pressure by some to wrap up his campaign for the Democratic nomination, but front-runner Vice President Joe Biden has not yet embraced many of the key issues that have propelled the Sanders campaign. | John Minchillo / AP

Super Tuesday II was another round of victories for Joe Biden. Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho were added to his column on March 10; as of this writing, only North Dakota went for Bernie Sanders, and Washington state is still counting. After two tough weeks at the polls and with endorsements from elected officials rolling in for Biden, there are increasing calls for the socialist from Vermont to close up shop and head back to Burlington. But there are many big reasons that Bernie shouldn’t call it quits, at least not yet.

We can start with the numbers game. When it comes to the delegate count, there are only 164 separating the two candidates right now, with over 2,000 more still to be awarded. There’s no need to peddle false hope, though. With so many shockers in this race so far, nothing is certain, but it’s more than an uphill battle for Sanders at this point. If current trends and turnout patterns hold, he won’t go to the Democratic convention with the most delegates and thus won’t secure the nomination.

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U.S Democratice Presidential Primary: Feature or Bug? Super Tuesday Plagued by Long Lines, Closed Polling Stations and Systemic Failure

MintPress News | March 04, 2020

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Will America’s curiosity about socialism outlive today’s socialist moment?

by C. J. Atkins

People’s World | February 28, 2020

Will America’s curiosity about socialism outlive today’s socialist moment?
Can our country’s interest in socialism and what it means outlive the “socialist moment” we are currently living through? Or will the idea fade from discussion once the 2020 election is over? In this photo from Nov. 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders checks his watch during the commercial break of a Democratic primary debate in Iowa. | Charlie Neibergall / AP

It started with the near collapse of the economy in 2008-09 when millions lost their homes and jobs and started questioning the status quo. Discussion about it picked up again with the Occupy Wall Street movement as young people realized the future they faced—low-wage jobs, endless student debt—was anything but bright. Then, it emerged more fully into the open with the insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders in 2016. Now, as it looks like the independent senator might actually win the Democratic nomination, it’s a topic that everyone seems to be talking about: Socialism.

These last few years, the United States has been living through what’s been described as a “socialist moment.” In the post-Cold War days of the 1990s and early 2000s, when global capitalism reigned triumphant, the idea socialism seemed all but dead. But the self-declared “democratic socialist” from Vermont—along with hundreds of other progressive lawmakers, grassroots candidates, and movements across the country—has changed all that.

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Smearing Bernie Sanders

by W J Astore

Just before Tulsi Gabbard announced her candidacy for the presidency as a Democrat, NBC ran a smear piece that suggested Vladimir Putin and the Russians loved her.  This smear was then repeated and amplified by Hillary Clinton, who suggested Gabbard was being groomed by the Kremlin to run as a third-party candidate, thereby ensuring Trump’s reelection in 2020.  There was no evidence for any of these claims — none.  Yet Gabbard was put on the defensive and her campaign (still ongoing) has been essentially redlined by the mainstream media.

ABOVE: The media pack is after Sanders with the old “Russia meddling in US elections” hoax, repeating this just on the basis of some “intelligence” source saying so. Well they said So for the last thee years and no evidence or smoking gun ever came forth, not to mention that with America’s wholly manufactured paranoia about “Russian meddling” the Russians woud be fools to intervene in any way imaginable. Sanders is a fool to placate these criminals, but foreign policy has long been his most glaring deficiency. And notice who’s leading the howling mob accusing the Russians, the CIA’s own rag, The Washington Post, with the rest following in lockstep.

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Bernie Sanders Calls for Release of Brazil’s Ex-President Lula

teleSUR | June 12, 2019

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. March 9, 2019.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. March 9, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Senator Bernie Sanders: ‘Lula da Silva was imprisoned in a politicized prosecution that denied him a fair trial and due process.’

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should be released from prison and his conviction annulled, said United States Senator Bernie Sanders Tuesday.

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