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Cheers as Sanders Unveils 'Most Progressive' Immigration Plan


Cheers as Sanders Unveils 'Most Progressive' Immigration Plan

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday unveiled an immigration plan to "keep families together" and reform militarization of border communities, an announcement that rights activists heralded as "the most detailed and progressive" blueprint from any U.S. 2016 presidential candidate.

"Millions of families are torn apart by our broken immigration policies," Sanders said Tuesday. "We cannot forget about the aspiring Americans who continue to live in the shadows."


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I think so too, but my first thought was, "Sanders just doomed his chance at the nomination"..


I would argue that the Wall Street whore was selected a long time ago as the corrupt demorat nominee for POTUS. Bernie never had a chance because Bernie is anathema to the economic, elite. US presidents are not elected,they are first selected by the oligarchical, economic elite and then the American people get to vote!

I can not stand HRC, and that is why I support my conscience and support people like Ralph Nader and Dr. Jill Stein even though they have no chance, at least I do not have to feel like a voting sucker!

I would love to be proved wrong, but unless millions and millions of democratic voters rebel against the corrupt democratic party and support Bernie, I do not see it any other way.

One thing I would like to see is a grass roots revolution inside the democratic party where millions of voters signed a petition stating that unless Bernie is given the democratic nomination for POTUS they will refuse to vote for HRC!


However this all comes out, Bernie is going to the Convention-and there will be a floor fight-not a coronation of the odious Hilary.


I think she was too, but I keep hoping for a miracle. More of that hopey changey stuff. But I fear with the super delegate situation, Bernie hasn't a chance, even if he really is in it to win. But that's not a bad idea. I wonder how many of my activist friends would actually do that.


Why can't this party be created and run as its own identity and values. I believe it will draw huge crowds from both Dem and Rep camps. It's a natural for the times. It should've been done from the beginning. It should still be done now and if Bernie doesn't get the DNC nomination he should just use the SDP as his vehicle to continue.

As an aside, I understand "showing balls", but not sure about showing ovaries. It doesn't have quite the same ring to it. But we do need a macho-esque gender neutral expression of courage. :wink:


I will not vote for Clinton if Sanders doesn't get the nomination, and I am a lifelong Democrat. I have finally decided to abandon the party entirely if that should happen. I will not "hold my nose and vote for Clinton," as the lesser of two evils. I'm done with that. I got conned twice by Obama, and it won't happen again with anyone else. I don't give a damn who the Republicans nominate, Clinton will not be getting my vote. It's very clear to me the DNC is manipulating this primary battle to get Hillary nominated, aided and abetted by the corporate media. The whole thing is disgusting.


The Labor Fightback Network has the best statement on the Sanders campaign. Those on the far left who completely dismiss the worth of his campaign might want to read it. The statement recognizes that his campaign presents great opportunity for building the movement around many of the issues supported by the left. And, it acknowledges the shortcomings of Sanders, which on foreign policy are glaring. Basically, the thrust is that his campaign should be seen as an opportunity for the left to build momentum in its fight to educate, organize, and mobilize working people. Thus, no reason to blatantly dismiss what opportunity his campaign has brought to the discussion--use it to create the infrastructure and the mass movement needed for change. Even though his definition of “socialism” does not jibe with those on the far left, at least he has resurrected it, which is a good thing.

The Labor Movement and the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign
Posted on September 30, 2015 by elnwebmaster
The Bernie Sanders “political revolution” is shaking things up in the labor movement to an extent we haven’t seen in many decades.

Workers who passively went along with what the trade union leadership called for in the past are finding their own voice at long last. An army of rebels is being formed. “Labor for Bernie” is thriving, headed up by Larry Cohen, who recently retired as president of the Communications Workers of America. More than 12,000 labor activists have joined “Labor for Bernie” and are working to secure labor support for Sanders nationwide.

Sanders has gathered some significant union endorsements. National Nurses United has endorsed the Vermont senator, as have a number of local unions and other labor bodies. The Vermont State Labor Council and the South Carolina AFL-CIO have sent recommendations of endorsement to the AFL-CIO.

But that is only part of the story. The 190,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union is polling its members to ascertain whether to endorse. The Nevada Culinary Workers branch of the national Hotel Employee and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) is doing likewise. The executive council of the United Electrical Workers and the president of the American Postal Workers Union have urged their members to take a close look at the Sanders candidacy.

In addition, AFSCME and the SEIU, which had been on the verge of endorsing Hillary Clinton, have pulled back and are awaiting developments, with pro-Sanders activists clamoring for a Sanders’s endorsement. The IBEW leadership has also committed to waiting before deciding. And they are not alone in the Building Trades.

This is not all. The American Federation of Teachers and the Machinists Union have endorsed Hillary Clinton, but this has provoked a strong and visible protest by Sanders supporters who have accused the leadership of failing to consult the membership in a democratic manner.

Such dissent over a presidential endorsement is unprecedented in the house of labor.

Why Bernie Is Attracting Such Strong Labor Support

Support for Sanders is a reflection of the very real ferment in society—and in the labor movement, in particular. Sanders’ positions in favor of a $15/hr. minimum wage, Medicare for All single-payer health care, free college education, fight against climate change, and his promise to tame Wall Street and the big banks are attracting many who are dissatisfied with politics as usual. Sanders has taken strong positions against police brutality and racism, especially after the incident involving Black Lives Matter activists during his speech at a Seattle rally.

Sanders’s popularity with many in labor’s ranks is a reflection of his decades-long support for workers’ rights and opposition to “free trade” deals. His steadfast opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has made him a champion of the fight for labor and environmental rights, and of democracy itself, against the austerity and privatization agenda of the transnational corporations. It goes without saying that Hillary Clinton (and Joe Biden) are strong advocates of TPP and have refused to take a firm stand on single-payer healthcare or the $15 minimum wage.

Because of his clear stand on burning issues facing working people, Sanders has made dramatic gains in opinion polls against Hillary Clinton. In New Hampshire, he is now 16 percentage points ahead of her. In Iowa, Sanders is now running neck-and-neck with Clinton. Sanders’ popularity with liberals, youth, and union members continues to confound Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

During a campaign swing through Western states, Sanders drew about 65,000 people to rallies in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

Where Do We Go From Here?

The Labor Fightback Network does not endorse candidates in either of the two corporate parties: the Democrats and Republicans.** We have stated time and again that working people and the oppressed need truly independent working class political action through the building of a party of labor and its community allies.**

Also, we are concerned that Sanders has an inconsistent voting record on matters of foreign policy; sometimes supporting U.S. military adventures abroad that not only harm workers in other countries, but divert resources from essential social services he otherwise supports.

Having said that, we are genuinely energized by the fact that Sanders has mobilized huge and growing support for single payer, $15 an hour and a union, and against TPP.

This shows the real potential for mobilizing large numbers of people, with labor and community in the forefront, in defense of the demands championed by Sanders and movements such as Black Lives Matter.

What is of paramount importance is that in all of his speeches Sanders emphasizes that this is not about him but about the indispensable need to mobilize millions.

The Sanders “political revolution” thus provides a huge opening for advocates of independent labor-community politics to find common action with Bernie Sanders supporters to build lasting mass-action coalitions in support of such issues as single-payer, a $15 minimum wage, labor rights for all—and opposition to TPP.

The key is building these movements, since without these movements even the best office-holders will be unable to carry out platforms that seriously challenge the ruling class agenda.

Only such independent mass movements in the streets, with effective and democratically controlled labor-community coalitions at the helm, can turn the tide in favor of working people and the oppressed. In turn, they can lay the basis for launching independent labor-community slates at the local level. Such coalitions can be the beginning of a campaign to build a real mass-action and independent electoral movement.


Yes, disgusting to say the least! We the people that see the corruption know Bernie would win in a landslide against Trump or any other Repug, but the corrupt dems, would rather lose in 2016 than nominate a winner because he is not the one of their cabal.


While I endorse most of the issues and concepts you preach, the generality you offer regarding the unacceptability of the two major political parties speaks as capitulation to the 'establishment' that successfully keeps their respected bases (most of your purported membership) fruitlessly pointing fingers at one another. To dismiss Bernie for "foreign policy... shortcomings" - after decades of his opposition to war and international corporate agglomeration - seems inconsistent with your suggested 'ideals'. The divisions within "labor" are like the manufactured "Hillary-itis" proclaimed via 'establishment' media to imply coronation guarantee.

Labor is no more blindly monolithic than is feminine awareness single minded. Nor is youth indifferent or self-indulgently unaware of the negative implication of accusatory, 'adult', blind adoration at accepting 'enemies' as our major impediment to a humane world.

I must argue that Bernie's rise in popularity among ALL groups is the recognition that he holds no bias or hidden agenda - no 'special' obligation to some influence or group - no 'outside' group or specific 'cause' dominating or controlling his desire to get us out of this mess we are in. Workers, women, youth, Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, progressives, intellectuals, welfare recipients and 'experience'-educated rednecks back here in Kentucky's hollows plus the abandoned and dying coal economy tailings ... ALL instinctively recognize Bernie's honest truth and dedication when 'allowed' to see and hear it.

Their hesitancy and uncertainty rests on an unspoken fear of the 'establishment' power to control outcomes, a disbelief that "things" can REALLY be changed, and an insecurity that they will recognize and have the ability and resources to adjust to ACTUAL CHANGE that represents their dreams and makes wishes into reality. He has asked us to join in this 'revolution' of spirit and commitment to a 'better' America. It's strength and success rest on our involvement.

It is OUR job - yours and mine - to convince everyone we are able to reach that HERE, NOW, REALLY! We have a LEADER running on the ideals that FDR built and MLK, Jr. fought and died for. Bernie needs us to simply get a lot of folks to stand up and yell,, "Yes!" "VOTE!" "Enough IS ENOUGH!" Feel the BERN!


Greetings Bruce,
Sorry if it seemed I was preachng. My intention was to advocate for.. And yes, Labor is not monolithic, and it has been decreasing in mass for 40 years. At one time almost 35% of working people in the U.S. belonged to unions, and now that number is below 11%, with only about 6% of that not in public sector unions. As you might know, both the AFT and SEIU (more recently) endorsed Clinton since the leaders of those unions never bothered to consider what their members want. To their credit, the NNU and the Postal Union have endorsed him, and yes when comparing Sanders to Clinton, all unions should endorse him if they are inextricably entrenched in the party and must choose between the two. But, of course, they won’t. That is the problem with Labor and what the LFN advocates for changing. The LFN would like to see labor independently run its own candidates, ones beholden to the panoply of issues central to the lives of working people, and to quit putting its waning power into a party that gives no return.

Unfortunately, Labor has been deep in the Democratic Party for decades with funding and supplying boots on the ground, and what has been the benefit of this alliance? The Democratic Party your candidate is running in will not allow Sanders to be the candidate. If Hillary implodes, which considering her dislike factor is possible, the Party will not clamor around Sanders. I think you misjudge what the Democratic Party is and how it operates. The Democratic Party is a corporate party that supports neoliberalism and the U.S. as police force to ensure capitalism rules unabated around the world. FDR has said he only gave into the demands of the masses in order to save capitalism. A couple years after he died, we got Taft-Hartley. Some Democrats helped with that.

The question is not whether I or others should support Sanders and are “feel(ing) the Bern”, as you put it. It is what are you and all those going to do after he loses the nomination and then gives his support to Clinton, which he has said he will do? That will be the key time to not become disillusioned. That will be the time to get to work.And will you then hold your nose and vote the lesser evil? I think it is about a movement. What issue oriented groups will you put your time and effort into, and money when needed to participate in this movement? Sanders is right, it is not about him, but many of his supporters, and your post gives the impression somewhat, that it is about a “LEADER” as you say. I say that with no intention of dismissing what Sanders is bringing to the public discussion. He is bringing up issues that many groups have been toiling tirelessly on with limited resources and people to help them. The issues are not new because of Sanders, even if they may be new to many of those who are supporting him. And, I am not sure that Sanders is calling for the revolution as being about transforming the Democratic Party. I think you sell his vision short if that is as far as you think it goes.

Sanders, a fan of Debs, is no doubt fully aware of the quote of Debs that says, “I would not lead you out of the wilderness because someone else will just lead you back in.” I also hope he is still aware of his quote about voting for what you want even if you don’t get it rather than voting for what you don’t want and getting it. Those Sander’s supporters should be well aware of that quote when they will be encouraged to vote for the corporatist, Hilary Clinton, after he loses the nomination, which is highly likely.

There is no uncertainty on my part that things can change, as you suggest. I am more in his camp in that I agree it has to be a mass movement that will take on the establishment, but transforming the Democratic Party is not where I put my energy these days and that is not the vehicle to ride to a better world. I am not going to outline specifics as to how and why, what you call “the generality I offer” as to the unacceptability of the two major parties. You’ll have to find that out for yourself, in particular with the Democratic Party. I once thought it possible to change it, but my politics have become clearer now.

And, I agree, Sanders is sincere. I am not criticizing his intentions, nor do I expect him to pass some purity test to get my support. He has done a great service in bringing up issues that get no usual hearing in the corporate media. I will vote for him in the primary and vote for third party in the election.

Last, standing up and yelling may be a kind of cathartic endeavor, as you ask all to do, but that in itself will not make change. It will be what you do after he loses in the primary, which is very likely when considering how the system works. That will be the time where participation cannot wane. It is hoped that Sanders is inspiring people of all ages to get involved in building a movement that will create change, but my hope is that this movement will create its own independent force and vehicle for change. I would like to see him linking those who are coming to hear him to the local and statewide and national groups that have been fighting for systemic change for years, but he does not do that at his campaign stops so I am unsure what he means exactly by this revolution of his. He shold be doing that now, not after Hillary gets the nomination. He has been pretty weak on just what must be done to make this revolution. I doubt it is just about voting for Democrats. We have to quit letting our movements get subsumed by the Democratic Party, whose spots do not change.

Keep on keeping on.


Exactly. Neither Sanders nor Clinton will do anything to prevent cheap labor from coming in by the millions -- it makes the rest of us more desperate and pliable and pleases the owner class.


Cheap lobor coming to our country are a result of our neoliberal, economic policies, and our 100 years of undermining governments to the south that try to address the large economic gap between the rich and the poor there. I don't blame the uprooted, undocumented workers coming here to feed their families. How many of us when put in desperate situations would not do the same. I doubt many Americans want their jobs and low wages.


The ones who come here are usually not the most desperate because those people don't have the wherewithal to survive the trip, never mind pay the coyote and establish themselves. The ones who come here are usually okay where they are, but want more and have enough education to know that "more" is possibly available in "el Norte".

Their jobs have low wages here because they're here and willing to take them at low wages. That's the guaranteed impact of too many people looking for work. The jobs should pay better, and if they did there'd be competition for them. But the bosses don't have to pay better because nobody will do anything to punish them for hiring and exploiting illegals.

The people coming in are like strikebreakers back in the '30s. They'd be brought in to break the strike and the union. And they hardly ever failed.


THANK YOU for responding, especially for the 'reasonableness' underlying both post and personal response. In part I was overreacting to 'sensed' unionist jargon via " Such coalitions CAN be the beginning of a campaign to build a REAL mass-action and independent electoral movement." or ":... a huge opening for ADVOCATES OF INDEPENDENT LABOR-COMMUNITY POLITICS to find common action with Bernie Sanders supporters.." as if they were separate sparring partners rather than members of the same family. It 'sounds' somewhat patronizing to a 'critical' ear.
I will respond to your 'substance' in the net day or so.

Suffice it to say, initially that I would be pleased it Bernie (a) took the next Clinton debate 'dismissal' as an opportunity to inquire of her 'real' commitment to actually support his defined 'principles, if he is nominated, with similar commitment he has encouraged for supporters to 'consider' her 'expressions' of 'concern' for 'somewhat similar' principles; (b) that he 'name' a slate of desirable Cabinet 'leaders' to participate, if willing, in his Presidency, and (c) directly confront the issue of faith-based political activism conflating with racism as a scourge against purported American patriotic and family values. But then, Bernie is a successful 'radical' politician ... and I am NOT.


No, I don't think all language needs to be gender neutral, and I don't think we are "trapped" by language. We can play with and against it. That could be fun. If you have the balls. :smile:


I doubt it. I'm not much for Sanders, but he appears to be an economic nationalist. He solidifies his support among workers, while at the same time being gung-ho regarding the military - which after all, provides jobs. Look up how he dealt with protests against GE in Burlington.


How so?


It is not only that the immigrants are torn apart by our lack of logical policy, it is that our own Democratic Plan has no recent sprouts of roots, other than these new roots Bernie is creating. Those very exceptional minds who've been fighting for decades for voting rights equalities, for women's right to be treated with respect, as often and in as many places as white men are, for immigrants to be able to function and progress, so long as they are building up our society and not tearing it down, are the people who've gone over bridges, over barriers that most in the South thought could never be climbed over. Those are the minds, the people who care most about Democratic principles, Democracy itself. They are the men and women who march, who write, who sing, who inspire us to keep on going until we achieve all of the worthy policies we can imagine. The Bernie Sanders, the Bill Moyers, the Amy Goodmans, the Martin Luther Kings, the many thousands of us who believe in ALL EQUALITIES will continue to speak out, to cheer Mr. Sanders on, and to VOTE for Democratic Policies, even when naysayers abound, even when doubters keep throwing a wrench into the wheel of progress. We will not be stopped, and maybe that idea will cause others to realize, when you fight for something worthy, it is never easy, but it does not stop the inevitable will of those who believe in possibilities. The Gandhiji's of this world never gave up. Neither should we. Speak out for good immigration policies. Stand up and speak out. Support people like Bernie Sanders.