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Our Revolution . . ? Continuing the Bern

Last night, August 24th, Bernie led what I see as a flawed kickoff for Our Revolution. This is the organization he founded to continue the political and economic revolution started by Occupy and Bernie’s campaign for President. I watched the livestream of Bernie and a few others at a house party in Sebastopol CA.

This post included my critique of the kickoff event and links to articles on Our Revolution and the resignations of the majority of its staff.

the Nation has an article on the kickoff and the resignation of several staff members

https://www.thenation.com/article/returning-to-his-roots-sanders-launches-our-revolution/

my comment to it:

Bernie’s kickoff livestream to house meetings had several strategic flaws to my ears.

I heard no appreciation for MoveOn, Avaaz, TruthOut, and other organizations and progressive media who supported Bernie strongly. They’re fundamental to Our Revolution.

I heard no mention of the war machine, military industrial complex, Pentagon whose mission seems to be ever increasing profits by fighting and losing conflicts, creating more need for weapons.

I heard hardly anything about the non-electoral side of Our Revolution. We need to do much more than get our candidates elected and our propositions passed.

Our Revolution provided no guidelines to hosts to encourage discussion and action planning by house meeting guests. What a wasted opportunity!

I’m 82 and was sad to see our group of 23 was mostly over 60, with the son of the household the only young person who came out in this very progressive town of Sebastopol. Whassup?

The Guardian has this  article on the livestream and the resignation of staff members
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/25/fleeing-the-bern-half-of-staff-quit-sanders-legacy-project-before-it-begins

an important point in this article:  “A grassroots organizer who worked alongside the Sanders campaign in New York said Sanders’s presidential campaign had tended to ignore groundwork already done by Sanders supporters. They said there was concern among grassroots activists that Our Revolution, under Weaver, would attempt to do the same.”

“During the campaign we would always already have operations running and would be doing things and the campaign would show up and throw everything out. It happened in New York and made it very difficult to organize,” the organizer said.

The New York Times published another article on the walkout of the majority of Our Revolution’s staff: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/politics/bernie-sanders-our-revolution-group.html?_r=0