This morning on Meet The Press, DNC chairman Tom Perez said the comments made by Ilhan Omar were “wrong and divisive”. Well if it’s wrong to think that PACs have to much power in shaping our political agenda, than I don’t want to be right.

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Link to interview.
Comments referenced start at about 5:10

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A reminder from those of us who were here in 2016: Beware of T_D trolls

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They often pretend to be Bernie supporters, but they aren't. They will try to stick a wedge in between Bernie voters and those on the fence between Bernie and other candidates. Their goal is to try and get people here to fight with each other and make us attack those who are more/less liberal than we are. They want us to feel hopeless so they'll post clickbait articles or reference fake stories. They'll use our support for Bernie against us by posting hateful things about other democratic candidates and say things like, "If X (not Bernie) wins the nomination I'm not voting!" or "If X (not Bernie) wins the nomination I think we need to elect Trump again to send a message!"

Our goal is to spread Bernie's message. Our goal is to get Bernie the nomination. It is not our goal to stick it to other people or bring down other people. It is not our job to insult or attack other people.

The best way to make Bernie look good is by posting and sharing positive news about Bernie. It is not conducive to post negative articles about other people. We know what we want. We want Bernie, we don't need to bring down other people to achieve that.

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If you were banned before January of 2017, your ban has been lifted.

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Hi everybody!

Following a vote held on December 2, 2018, SFP has unbanned over 7,000 users who were banned during the 2016 primary.

Why did we go through the effort? Well, there were a number of reasons why. Foremost was the fact that people do change and so do their politics. Redditors who once supported Clinton, Trump, Stein, Johnson, or Kodos and chose to lash out on our subreddit may be looking to Bernie as the way forward. We respect that and welcome them with open arms.

The vast majority of those bans were for good reason. But many others were done unjustly and the fault for that rests squarely at our feet. By the end of the primary, moderation was applied with no real consistency, oversight, accountability, or transparency. The mod team at the time was crushed under the weight of brigading, trolling, high turnover, and their own disappointments realizing that Bernie Sanders would not be President in 2016.

Items within the queue for an extended period of time were treated with blanket actions: mass approvals, mass bans, and removed comment threads. Often without notes or reasons given. Basically some moderators operated with an unspoken zero tolerance policy.

In those waning days of the 2016 primary, there was no real internal organization. Moderators were not given complete training on how to do the job. It was sink or swim and many only stayed a month or two before being burned out. More activity meant more autonomy and “authority.”

These are not excuses, only reasons.

Today, we operate in a radically different way. There is a democratic internal system, with strict organization and formalized training. Included in that is a process for how users are banned and unbanned. Neither action can take place without team oversight. The consequences for any moderator who attempts to go rogue and conceal their actions are harsh and may include immediate de-modding.

There will be a lot of work to do soon, and correcting as many of the sins of the past as we can is a huge part of moving forward.

If you were banned at any point after January of 2017 and would like to appeal your ban, you may do so at any time in modmail. The team will review, vote, and issue a decision promptly.

This activity happened prior to last night. Some new users have been banned following the news that Bernie was going to announce.

Highlights include: "kill yourself, f—–t." "Why would you want a man as president who let two shrieking baboons take over his stage?" and "Killer yourself, you socialist f–k face."

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If you were underwhelmed by yesterday’s event, don’t despair. You can lead the charge in your town.

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First, I want to thank Organizing for Bernie for spearheading this early pre-campaign, bringing in new volunteers, getting experienced volunteers active again, and driving momentum for Bernie.

With that said, most of our signups no-showed due to weather and we were left with a small core group of experienced 2016 volunteers who didn't need the 45 minute recap of why we support Bernie, so the decision was made to tune out and get to work locally. The great thing about a bottom-up movement is that each location has the power to do what works best in their situation.

Once the video was off, we set an agenda. Monthly meetings, contacting and recruiting volunteers, canvassing, phonebanking, textbanking, making our movement more sustainably diverse, identifying and running precinct captains in the party, supporting local candidates and initiatives in 2019, and more. It's a lot, but together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

So, if you're feeling like the call to action wasn't quite right for your local progressives, say something! Get everyone together in a Facebook group or Slack channel or just a group text and decide on how you will organize locally, and share your results here so we can continue learning from each other.

With these thoughts in mind, here's some proposed next steps which may or may not apply to you. Take what you want and ignore the rest:

  • Follow your state subreddit (from the sidebar)
  • Create a space for your local Bernie group to have ongoing, asynchronous conversations (Facebook group, Slack channel, etc.)
  • Invite every local supporter you know to that conversation and share it in local Bernie 2016 social media groups
  • Learn how to respond to common Bernie-related myths and criticisms from friends and family in a helpful way — it may not convince the person making the comment, but others are listening
  • Participate here! Lurking is a start, but we want to hear from you.
  • Set a meeting for one to two months from now and create an agenda for that meeting
  • For your meeting, create a few calls-to-action that are achievable:

Here's a few suggested calls-to-action for your local groups:

  • Bring two people into the group or channel to become volunteers
  • Pledge to run for precinct committee at the next opportunity
  • Make a donation to the campaign on launch day

Beyond all those things, one final piece of advice:

  • ASK FOR HELP!

That's one of the reasons this subreddit is here. Organizing may sound easy until you get started. You'll run into roadblocks. Someone here will have already encountered these roadblocks and will gladly help you.

#RunBernieRun

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Imagine if the police department and the fire department we’re treated the same way as Healthcare in America.

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Imagine if the police department and the fire department we're treated the same way as Healthcare in America.

Imagine if a group of businessmen decided to privatize the fire department. First you would need a CEO with a beginning salary of at least 10 million. Then you need to establish premiums for the new service, $ 100 per month for one fire truck, $ 200 per month for two fire trucks, and $ 300 per month for three fire trucks. Of course Paramedic Services is extra for only $ 50 per month. Then you need millions more for staffing and administering the various plans. The total cost these services are estimated to cost about three times more than what we currently pay for our fire department.

Imagine if a group of businessmen decided to privatize the police department. First you would need a CEO with a beginning salary of at least 10 million. Then you need to establish premiums for the new service, $ 100 per month for one squad car, $ 200 per month for two squad car, and $ 300 per month for three squad car. Of course Detective Services is extra for only $ 50 per month. Then you need millions more for staffing and administering the various plans. The total cost these services are estimated to cost about three times more than what we currently pay for our police department.

Imagine if a group of businessmen decided to privatize the healthcare system. First you would need a CEO with a beginning salary of at least 10 million. Oh wait, we've already been down this road. You get the idea, next time someone talks to you about Medicare for All, ask them why the fire department and police department work. And of course why wouldn't Medicare for All work in the same way?

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