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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) greets guests following a rally at Claflin University on February 26, 2016 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The South Carolina Democratic primary is scheduled to take place on February 27.

I worked for Bernie in 2016. Here’s why Black voters aren’t feeling the Bern in 2020

By Reparations

Sanders’ former national Black outreach director says the Vermont senator hasn’t yet learned from his past mistakes. By Marcus Ferrell, TheGrio — I know, I was there before. I feel like I’m in Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day in 2020. I was working as Bernie Sanders‘ 2016 national Black outreach director. One morning while doing early outreach in South Carolina my Facebook page blew up. I was pinged in messages that said, “Bernie Sanders does…

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Last-minute voters arrive to cast their vote during Missouri primary voting at Johnson-Wabash Elementary School on March 15, 2016, in Ferguson, Missouri.

Voter Suppression Exposes the Paradox of Black Citizenship in a Racist Society

By Editors' Choice

Voting can secure incremental change, but liberation requires taking on racial capitalism and white supremacy. By William C. Anderson, Truthout — Black citizenship has always been up for debate in the United States. The conditions in which Black people live — or survive — are a testament to this. Whether rich or poor, Black people live under the constant threat of state violence. There is no escape from it, and…

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Reached Out to Black Voters. Why Didn’t It Work?

By Commentaries/Opinions

The democratic socialist champions underrepresented groups. So far they’ve voted, en masse, for his rival. By Adam Harris, The Atlantic — Two years ago, Bernie Sanders journeyed south to trace the history of a past revolution, and to imagine a new one. On April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., thousands of people gathered on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, for a rally…

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Biden vs Bernie: Dramatic Turn in the Presidential Race — Vantage Point with Dr. Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio March 9, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Bill Fletcher, Jr. and callers. Topic Biden vs Bernie: Dramatic Turn in the Presidential Race Guests Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Host, The Hutchinson Report, Town Hall of the Air KPFK, 90.7 FM, Los Angeles, CA Bill Fletcher, Jr., Host, ARISE, WPFW, 89.3 FM, Washington, DC…

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Actor Danny Glover speaks at a Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign rally at Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss. Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Danny Glover makes pitch for Bernie Sanders in Mississippi

By News & Current Affairs

By Luke Ramseth and Justin Vicory — Actor and director Danny Glover visited churches and pumped up attendees of a get-out-the-vote event in Jackson on Sunday as he rallied support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid. “This is about a transformation,” Glover told about 30 volunteers gathered at Callaway High School in North Jackson on Sunday, discussing Sanders’ Medicare-for-all proposal, his Thurgood Marshall education plan and his pitch to eliminate college student debt. “We’re in a fight,…

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Noted California Political Analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson Calls Sanders The Best Choice for African-Americans.

Noted California Political Analyst Earl Hutchinson Calls Sanders The Best Choice for African-Americans

By News & Current Affairs

Los Angeles, CA — Noted columnist and political analyst, and Host of the Pacifica Radio Network Hutchinson Report, Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Saturday, February 29 called Democratic Presidential Contender Bernie Sanders “The best choice for African-Americans for President. Hutchinson is the most prominent California Black political commentator to formally endorse Sanders. The endorsement on the eve of the California Super Tuesday primary March 3 is especially important given the battle…

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Joe Biden and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

Biden Says, ‘The Black Vote Will Determine the Nominee’

By News & Current Affairs

By Stacy M. Brown — A sincere and open former Vice President Joe Biden spoke candidly to the Black Press during an interview Tuesday with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The interview was broadcast live from The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Biden and Chavis were joined by publishers and leaders from the Black Press of America. The Democrat,…

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Barbara Smith, Isra Hirsi, Aja Monet, Kenidra Woods, and Rachel Gilmer (L-R),

Bernie Sanders Earns Support From Black Women Activists

By Editors' Choice

In this conversation, moderated by the Dream Defenders’ Rachel Gilmer, Black women activists explain their support for Sanders’s campaign. By Teen Vougue — Senator Bernie Sanders has attributed his success in the 2020 presidential campaign to his “multigenerational, multiracial coalition” of supporters. Sanders’s win in Iowa has been credited in part to his support among the minority and immigrant voters who turned out to the “satellite” caucuses set up for those who couldn’t make it to…

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Attendees wear buttons supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University on November 21, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Black America May Decide the Fate of the Democratic Party

By Editors' Choice

By Nicholas Powers, Truthout — “There are seven white people on this stage talking about racial justice,” said former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg last night at the Democratic debate in South Carolina. The debate in Charleston quickly became a rhetorical tug-of-war between presidential candidates vying for Black votes. They fought over stop and frisk, loyalty to Obama and redlining. The high–stakes backdrop of the February 25 debate was the collapse of neoliberal politics in the face of a rising progressive wing led by Sen. Bernie…

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