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Bernie’s a uniquely inspiring candidate. I wish there were more candidates with his legislative experience, voting record, and long-time independence from the two-party system, but there aren’t. An independent with an admirable record of integrity joining the Democrats at the best possible moment presents a unique opportunity for change.


Anything that increases visibility is a net positive. Musicians supporting Bernie gets music publications writing about Bernie more, it familiarizes music fans with Bernie as a candidate. Worst case scenario: some Vampire Weekend fans who won’t vote for Bernie came through. At least they saw the rally and heard him speak.


(People in the front row at the Washington Square Park rally) were mostly middle-aged men (members of the Communications Workers of America, who had gone on strike against Verizon), and when we came out they were yelling for ‘Freebird’ and Zeppelin. I loved seeing them though. I’m the son of a New York City union member and a former member of the teacher’s union myself.

—  Ezra Koenig on Bernie Sanders, performing at the NYC rally and the biggest difference at the rally in Washington Square Park (via Bernie Sanders’ NYC Campaign Is Like Pitchfork Come to Life on Wired)

Stand in Solidarity with Striking Verizon Workers

Tomorrow, May 5th 2016, striking Verizon workers with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have called a national day of action. From the event description:

“Nearly 40,000 workers from Massachusetts to Virginia are still on strike at Verizon. They’re determined to do whatever it takes to stop the outsourcing of good jobs and protect the benefits that workers and retirees have earned. On May 1st, Verizon cut off health care coverage for these workers and their families, leaving tens of thousands of families and children exposed. The company did not have to do this, they chose to. 

“Verizon continues to put corporate profits ahead of working families. They’ve refused to bargain in good faith and their scare tactics continue to fail. Tomorrow, May 5th, Verizon’s corporate executives will meet with shareholders to discuss one thing – their bottom line.”

Richmond City has three Verizon Wireless stores, at the following addresses: 7720 West Broad Street, 11591 West Broad Street, and 11409 Midlothian Turnpike. To RSVP to join the picket line of a wireless store near you, use this form.

huffingtonpost.com
Bernie Sanders' Campaign Just Got A Big Boost
WASHINGTON -- The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrun

WASHINGTON – The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton made it an easy call.

Larry Cohen, outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, told The Huffington Post he will serve as an unpaid volunteer stumping for Sanders as the Vermont senator seeks the Democratic nomination. One of the main factors in his decision, Cohen said, was Clinton’s equivocation on granting President Barack Obama so-called fast-track authority on his mammoth trade deal.

“I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” said Cohen, whose 10 years leading CWA came to an end in June. “We begged her to speak out.