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Supporters wants Bernie Sanders to run again in 2020. | Photo Credit National Nurses United

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) spoke passionately to a crowd of more than five thousand supporters gathered in Chicago for the first People’s Summit Organized by the Sanders Institute.

Sanders touched on various issues about social justice including building affordable housing for Americans, increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour, guaranteeing health care as a right and not a privilege. He said the goal should be to provide healthcare for all and not just allow insurance companies to use health care as a vehicle to reap massive profits. He praised the nurses, members of the Nurses National Union, for their support and effort to push for single payer healthcare system in California.

He noted the need for comprehensive immigration reform and defended immigrants as good and hard-working people and said the overwhelming majority of Americans support immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Sanders said the time has come to end mass incarceration that disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.

“The American people, including a growing number of conservatives, understand that it’s absurd, that it’s crazy, that we spend over $80 billion a year to lock-up over two million of our fellow Americans. And across the political spectrum, including conservatives, there is a growing belief that it makes a lot sense for our young people to invest in jobs and education and not in jails and incarceration.”

Sanders took credit that more and more progressives are coming out and getting involved with the political process and running for office.

Sanders slammed President Donald Trump for various issues.

“Today in the White House we have the worst president in the history of our country. What I find particularly disgraceful about Trump is not just his reactionary economic, environmental and social policies or the fact that he lies all the time. What I find beyond belief is his incredible hypocrisy.” Sanders said. “This is a man who ran for president telling the people of this country that he was going to stand up for the working class. That he was going to stand up to the political and economic establishment. And then once he got elected, and without a second’s hesitation, he brings in more billionaires into his administration than any president in history and he hires the former president of Goldman Sachs as his chief economic adviser.”

Sanders further slammed Trump’s for pushing legislation that are harmful to the American people that would cause intense suffering for millions of working class families.

“Mr Trump do not tell us you are a friend of the working class when you propose to throw 23 million Americans off of health care. Don’t tell us that you care about working families when you want to cut medicaid by over $800 billion and when you want to raise premiums for older workers in a very dramatic way. And when you tell, Mr Trump, 2.5 million women in this country that they no longer have the option of getting their healthcare from Planned Parenthood.”

He pointed out the hypocrisy that in the same legislation where Trump is seeking to cut programs that benefit the working class and the poor, he provides the wealthy Americans massive tax breaks they don’t even need.

“Trumps budget is the most massive transfer of wealth from working people to the billionaire class that we have ever seen in this country.” Sanders said.

Sanders urged his supporters to get involved in their communities and run for office and noted what happened in the 2016 campaign.

“I’m often asked by the media and others, how did it come about that Donald Trump, the most unpopular presidential candidate in our modern history of our country won the election? And my answer is, Trump didn’t win the election, The Democratic Party lost the election.” He said.

He said the current model and the current strategy in the democratic party is an absolute failure. He said Democrats focus a lot in presidential election but over the past 9 years, the party has lost more than 1000 legislative seats across the nation. He said the Democratic Party needs fundamental change. It needs to open up it’s doors to you people, all people who are prepared to fight for social and economic justice.

“The Democratic Party must finally understand which side it is on. And that cannot be the side of Wall Street or the fossil fuel industry or the drug companies,” Sanders concluded.





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