To be clear, Bernie supporting Hillary is a choice he made as a US Senator with incredible influence, following a historic campaign of truth-telling. Bernie started his life as an activist. He remained an activist but chose to partner with the "Democratic-elite" so we could have someone on the inside with a little power (him). We needed that. It's this mindset that allowed him to do all we watched him do this past year. I can't speak for Bernie but I'm certainly not going to judge him negatively for supporting Hillary. He is doing what he believes is best for this movement for the position he holds and anyone who has served people less than Bernie has no right to challenge his decision without appearing ridiculous. With that said, I'm not voting for Hillary. I live in Oregon and my vote is not needed to defeat Trump. If I were in a swing state I still might not vote for Hillary but it would not be as easy of a decision so I do not judge those of you poorly who are in that predicament. But we don't want you promoting Hillary inside the Bernie Sanders Activists group regardless because we are still an 'outside' activist movement. That is our role. There is a strong need for that just as there is a need to have people on the inside. We aim to eliminate the conversation about 'who you should vote for in November' and ask that you help us focus the conversation on what we can do to gain more political power over the two-party system. [See current strategy at the link below]. Bernie may run again in 4 years. Or we may find another candidate worthy of our vote. Until then we must snap out of the trance we've been in (by Oligarch design) and become active political players as a unit between the election years so we can strike as a force for good at times it is advantageous. Vote for who you want to in November and please do not judge others for what they decide to do. I understand that isn't always easy. I'm Bernie or Bust so I get it. But we must evolve if we are to gain real influence. That doesn't mean putting aside your values, it means focusing on where we agree and uniting there. Don't be negative onto others who plan to vote Jill because we want to see her platform on the debate stage and she needs to reach 15% in the polls to do it. She stands for the same things Bernie does. Please don't promote Trump or Hillary in here. That's an automatic removal for obvious reasons (it's divisive). I didn't say 'don't vote for Hillary' and I will never encourage voting for Hillary. I leave that decision to you and will not focus on that discussion. It should not be discussed here because it is divisive. It is counterproductive to our cause. If you want to proclaim you're writing in Bernie, totally cool. If you want to encourage Jill to climb in the polls so she can speak at the debates and keep Bernie's points in front of the American people, stated by a woman this time, awesome. But again, our focus is NOT on who our next President will be because Bernie stepped down as a candidate. I don't know about the other candidates yet so let's just keep it there for now in terms of showing support. We want to unite and gain political power outside the two party system, and work with Bernie after this election ends as he has stated he is returning to 'outsider truth-telling' as soon as the election is over. Let's greet him with a huge united group that has gained political power by moving in the same direction at the same time on the same strategies, over and over again. Our focus is on uniting on strategies that are super easy to implement that will show our political power as people united for thoughtful government, peace, and sustainable quality of life values. Tune the dial there and please keep it there! The strategy is shared at the pinned post at the top of the Bernie Sanders Activists group. This strategy in no way empowers Trump and still allows down ballot voting, as well as you getting to vote for WHOEVER you want come November. Follow us inside Bernie Sanders Activists and find the strategy we are focused on now to go beyond the two-party system. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/berniesandersactivists/
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Vote however you choose come November, but right now, follow Jill Stein and if asked in the polls who you are voting for mention Jill's name so that she can reach the 15% poll threshold and be on the debate stage with Hillary and Trump. Her policies mirror Bernie's for a peaceful world that rebuilds our crumbling infrastructure, perpetuates sustainability and going green, and empowers the working and middle class. Again, vote how you choose in November but stand united with smart strategies like this along the way to further Bernie's thoughtful movement. Her page numbers are climbing fast now. Let's bump her to a million quickly. https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/ Link
I was disgusted by politics, until I met Bernie Sanders. He drew me into the political revolution because he was reasonable and compassionate. He communicated tactfully and thoughtfully, and in such a way that others who see things differently could receive the message. It was of PEACE, compassion, economic, environmental & social justice, transparency & accountability in government, with pragmatic progressivism. Bernie wielded influence. He fostered that culture in his supporters. The collective culture who supported Bernie was also reasonable and many wielded influence of their own, which is why Bernie's movement accomplished what it did. Seeing all this, I was inspired to contribute and created the group, "Bernie Sanders Activists." The group reached 65K+ members... We raised millions for Bernie's campaign, brought in thousands of volunteers that phone banked, campaigned door-to-door, or who volunteered in other ways that made a huge impact. I met many amazing people who came together for a mindful movement. It was beautiful. But when I started to align with the Green Party shortly after Bernie was no longer a candidate, I found myself surrounded with a very DIFFERENT culture of people. One of paranoia and hostility toward anyone who disagreed with them. It's not that people don't have reasons to be paranoid and angry. From the war mongering that defines much our political leadership, to the corporate purchasing of our politicians and all the corruption it creates, there is much to be upset about and many reasons to question everything. But without tact and collaboration skills, and without a sense of what is credible vs. what is not before passing it on... the Green Party movement is lost. I could not associate with that culture any longer. Of course, not everyone in the Green Party is hostile, tactless and mean-spirited with those who disagree. Not everyone there shares sensationalized nonsense that discredits the truth we should be informing people about. It was simply my experience with far too many, far too regularly. I do not share this to knock those in the Green Party down, but to call attention to what will need to be addressed before this party or any progressive 3rd party can rise up and make a significant impact. I know there are some good leaders in the ranks. You have a big job ahead of you and I believe the #1 priority will need to be on finding credible communicators who can attract people of influence, who use tact and show respect to those who disagree with them that they aim to persuade. I wanted to let everyone know who participated in our BSA group that due to the hostile division within the overall progressive movement right now, I have decided to close down the Bernie Sanders Activist group and won't be participating in politics, at least for now. There are many ways to impact positive change. Instead, I'll be focusing my time on developing socially conscious entrepreneurs to continue my role in this movement outside of politics. I wanted to thank the thousands of you who contributed or participated in our BSA group over the last year. You are awesome! And "thank you" to all who continue to give so much to create a thoughtful government that stands for transparency, accountability, PEACE, social and economic justice, respects nature, the environment, and people over profit. If you stand for these things too — whether you are for Hillary, the Green Party or writing Bernie in, I respect you for it and hope that one day we can find enough common ground to create a society we can all be proud of. In solidarity, Mike Klingler
— What Bernie "actually" said about how you should vote — Now that Bernie endorsed Hillary, does that mean he thinks you have to vote for her? Not necessarily. At a town hall meeting during his campaign, Bernie was asked if he would endorse Hillary if he were to lose the nomination. His answer clearly shows that it is on Hillary to win your vote and that if he tells you how to vote, you shouldn't listen to him. He really said that, more than once. Here is the full question and Bernie's answer: "Many of your supporters are staunchly opposed to Hillary Clinton, and are considering writing you in, voting for a 3rd party candidate or not voting at all if you don't win the nomination. I believe you will win, but if you don't, will you encourage your voters to vote for Hillary Clinton?" Bernie's response: "We're not a movement where I can snap my fingers and say to you or to anybody else what you should do. Because you won't listen to me. You shouldn't. You'll make these decisions yourself. I think, if we end up losing and I hope we do not, and if Secretary Clinton wins, it is incumbent upon her to tell millions of people [why they should vote for her despite her horrible record]. The words in brackets are an accurate paraphrasing. Listen to Bernie's exact words here at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF0HmLjrPC8&sns=em Am I suggesting NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton? For the same reason Bernie doesn't believe he can tell you want to do, and that you should not listen to him if he ever does, I am not going to tell you how to vote. However, Bernie made the above statement on numerous occasions throughout his campaign. He didn't mince words. He was clear. It's your decision. Don't let anyone bully you. There is plenty of time before November and to decide what you will do. But now that Bernie is no longer running for President, what can WE do now to best further the movement? We have a strategy to topple the two-party system and further Bernie's policies, and I want to personally share this with you on Tuesday (see link below for meet-up-time, or to ensure you get the replay). What we need now is to unite on a clear plan of action that works. — Is the green party the solution? — Should you write Bernie in? — Should you vote Hillary even if you have to hold your nose? What about the election fraud? What are we going to do about THAT? Do we really have to lie down and take it? And what can we do to get Bernie-crats (those running for other offices who are in alignment with Bernie) elected? I'll answer all of this and more on Tuesday. If you can't make it live, register anyway to get the replay sent the following day. Over 3000 people are registered and I suspect that will climb over 5000 before Tuesday. We have over one thousand volunteers behind the scenes at Bernie Sanders Activists. There is a unique opportunity to seize this energy to change the system forever forward by getting on the same page, rather than arguing over who to vote for this November. Register here at: http://tinyurl.com/ja6phrb In solidarity, Mike Klingler Bernie Sanders Activists * Please pass this event on. We are stronger in numbers!