My tale of converting my husband, a Bernie voter, to become — not only a Bernie volunteer — but a highly motivated one.

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A few of you might remember that I was asking about some links for training for phone banking because I was trying to recruit my husband – a multi award winning salesperson and Bernie voter — to become a Bernie volunteer. I got him to sign up to a local phone banking event on the map but I think it was more to pacify me. I offered the links cuz I know it's his practice to walk into a sales experience prepared. Then just before I got ready to end my evening tonight, I asked if he would watch that 2 minute video on Bernie that referenced the callous remarks of newscasters, titled, 'Bernie Rising' . I pulled it up on my phone, handed it over to him and sat down on our bed w my back to him from where he was standing in our room. I could hear the audio. About 20 seconds before the end I turned around to check his expression. He was on his knees resting the phone on our bed with tears rolling down his face. He handed the phone back to me and I saw him reach for his sweater that indicated he was headed to his computer. I asked, "Are you going downstairs?"
"Yes." "To watch the training videos?" "Yes'" "Did this help?" "Like nothing else could.", he said. The campaign should hire the guy who made that." And he left the room still visibly emotionally moved. I think this video changed his viewpoint and more importantly, his motivation on a deeply visceral level. And I think the campaign just gained a valuable, skilled volunteer. I also think the 'power' of the Bernie Rising video can not be underestimated. Use it. Keeping my fingers crossed🤞🏻His event is next Tuesday. I'll let you know.

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So I agree with almost all of Bernie’s ideas and would like to see him become president, but can someone explain how he will manage to get his policies passed?

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I’m not well versed in the legislative process. Obviously some things can be done through executive order but how will Sanders be able to appease the republicans and centrist democrats in Congress and pass his more progressive policies like Medicare for All? Are we going to need to flip Senate?

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If public universities become free under a President Sanders, would that mean colleges like UVA and Michigan would be free for anyone regardless of the state you come from?

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Hello, everyone.

Recently, I’ve been wondering exactly this: If public universities become free under a President Sanders, would that mean colleges like UVA and Michigan would be free for anyone regardless of the state you come from?

If you don’t know already, UVA and Michigan are both arguably the top two public universities in the USA. But, would they be made free for anyone regardless of the state under a President Sanders? Or would it be free only for in state students?

Thank you!

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I just phonebanked for 15 minutes – my very first time! Join me and spend just a few minutes calling California and helping Senator Sanders become President!

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Another way to help Bernie: Become a delegate!

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I made a similar post back in August 2015, thought I'd do this again.

Why should I become a delegate?

To have a greater involvement in our political process! Delegates will select the party nominee at the Democratic National Convention July 13 – 16, 2020 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI. You can become a delegate for Sanders, Warren, Harris, Biden, or any other Democrat running.

Why would I want to be a delegate for a candidate other than Bernie?

If a candidate receives less than 15% of the vote in a primary of a proportional delegate state, their share of delegates gets divided among the rest of the candidates that received over 15%. Additionally, at the Democratic National Convention, delegates will vote on the official party platform and can propose amendments. By being there as a delegate (for any candidate) you can vote on the official stances of the party, E.g. prioritizing action on climate change or immigration reform.

Also, in the event of a brokered convention, all delegates become officially unbound and can vote for whichever candidate they choose. While unlikely, some think this may happen in the 2020 cycle.

How do I become a delegate?

The process for becoming a delegate will vary from state to state and territory to territory. Some states elect delegates during caucuses, some during primaries, others have completely separate events. Generally, the first step is to submit a statement of candidacy to stand for election as a national convention delegate or alternate. In this statement, identify which candidate to which you pledge your support. It's often more difficult (competitive) to be elected as a delegate for "front-runner". Your odds of being elected generally increase by announcing support for candidates polling with lower numbers.

The delegates elected during this process are called pledged delegates because those running voice their support for a specific candidate. Because pledged delegates are not actually bound to vote for that candidate, candidates are allowed to periodically review the list of delegates and eliminate any of those they feel would not be supportive. The process also involves selecting alternates in case there is a need to swap delegates or delegates cannot make it to the convention.

Find your state or territory below for more information on becoming a delegate. Most of the links are PDFs; a few that I couldn't find are linked to "The Green Papers" which generally has some info and will get updated as more info becomes available. If you find any broken or better links, let me know.


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Policy Discussion: How should be get transporation funding as electric cars become more popular, removing taxes gained through fuel taxes?

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I was reading up on fuel taxes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_taxes_in_the_United_States and how much they (+ other fees) comprise of road funding https://taxfoundation.org/state-road-funding-2017/ and it got me thinking about how funding will need to shift as electric cars start to take a greater proportion.

If anyone has valuable reads or has ideas about this, please comment!

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The Volunteer Principles (become a volunteer)

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Volunteer Principles

We represent Bernie.

When we talk with voters about Bernie and his platform, each of us is the face of the campaign. The impression that we make matters, and we take that responsibility seriously. We treat everyone we encounter with care and respect, whether or not they agree with us. If we ever encounter disrespect or hostility from others, we walk away from the situation.

We listen with empathy.

We’re interested in the people we engage, in their stories and experiences as individuals. Our canvass scripts invite people to share their thoughts with us. We actively listen and validate people’s experiences, even if we don’t always agree with them. Active listening allows us to find common ground that we can build upon.

We don’t argue or debate.

Research has shown that when two people enter an argument or debate, both parties usually come out more committed to their prior beliefs than before. In other words, rational debate is not an effective tool for persuasion. That’s why instead of arguing, we always come back to sharing our own stories and motivations. (See below.)

We connect by sharing our stories.

We share what motivates us as individuals to vote and volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. This opens the door for others to resonate with our motivations. Sharing familiar and relatable parts of your own story is key. Talking about your own struggle with student debt or with the healthcare system is much more powerful than an abstract policy argument.

We stay focused

Our goal is nothing less than electing Bernie Sanders as president and transforming America to work for all of us. This is important work. No matter what, let’s stay positive and focused on what matters.

Not Me Us

This isn’t about Bernie Sanders. It’s not even about the Bernie Sanders campaign. It’s about all of us — every single person who is part of America, regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or country of origin. Our job is to connect with people and to tell an aspirational story of America; a story about what we are capable of achieving when we join together; a story that the people we’re talking to will want to be part of.

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Can we get the campaign to become a verified BRAVE Publisher?

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I use the brave browser and would gladly send all my $ BAT tokens to the campaign if they used it.

I also use the Bittube airtime extension and would gladly donate my $ TUBE there.

Not sure if campaign finance laws would prohibit this though… or campaigns are not thinking about it. What do you all think?

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