Thursday, April 14, 2016
Bernie Sanders and the Rise of the Pro Democracy Movement
In New York City last night Bernie Sanders held a giant rally in Washington Park.
And although it was one of the biggest rallies of the campaign, CNN and other TV news channels all but ignored the event, and Sanders' message.
“It is not just about electing a president,” Sanders said. “It is about creating a political revolution. It is about creating a government which works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors.” The crowd exploded in applause.
But it doesn't really matter because he is mobilizing the future...
And the pro-democracy movement is spreading all over the world.
In France they're calling them the Nuit Debout or the Up All Night protests.
Demonstrations this weekend were held in as many as 60 cities and towns across France as well as in Belgium, Germany, and Spain, according to reports, as an estimated 120,000 protested against austerity, globalization, increasing inequality, privatization, and the continent's severe anti-migrant policies.
In Britain thousands have been demanding that David Cameron resign for his role in the Panama Papers' scandal.
Or his dad's role...
Steve Bell/The Guardian
And in Hong Kong, Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the so-called Umbrella Revolution, has formed a party to take his revolution for change from the streets to the ballot box.
"Street activism is not enough if we want to fight for a better future," he tells me. "We have to enter the system, create a political party and shape the political agenda, in order to drive forward our movement for self-determination."
Demosisto shares basic values in common with the traditional pro-democracy parties.
And I must say I love this poster for that new party...
Because it tells me that the young of the world are waking up, getting engaged in the political process, and pushing for real change.
Almost two years ago at the time of the Umbrella Revolution, I made a video to show my solidarity.
And I think its spirit still lives...
You know, when you read some of the gloomy posts in the progressive blogosphere these days, you'd think the world was going to end tomorrow, and that we're all doomed.
And that poisonous pessimism is enough to make you feel like crawling back into bed, or killing yourself.
But not me. I believe in hope. I believe in encouraging people of all ages to create a giant global movement for change.
I believe we can change the world, and save it from those who would destroy it.
I believe in the future.
And of course I believe in Bernie...
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