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Bernie started out reminiscing about being a student.
"I learned a lot from off-campus activities-- from folks who spent decades in the civil rights movement, the peace movement, the trade union movement.
I learned here about Democratic socialism" meeting people who had spent their lives dedicate their lives to the fight for social justice, to making the world better for their kids.
What I learned then, and what I believe today, and it is the kernel of my political views, is that Change never takes place from the top down. it always takes place from the bottom on up.
Here are some excerpts:
It takes place when people, by the millions, sometimes over decades and sometimes over centuries, determine that the status quo-- the world that they see in front of them-- is not the world that should be. And they come together and sometimes they get arrested and sometimes they are on a picket-line and sometimes they die in the struggle. And what human history is about is passing that torch on from generation to generation to generation-- of young people who pick up the torch that may have begun hundreds or literally thousands of years ago. And young people stand in front of the world today and say this is not the world I am comfortable with. This is the world we are going to change.
In the midst of very, very difficult times for our country I also want you to understand that some very, very positive good things have happened in this country in the last number of decades because people all over this country, at the grass roots level stood up and fought back"
It is not just the fight for racial justice, that continues.
The fight for women's rights continues today.
The fact that we have broken down barriers all over this country so that women can do the work that they want to do-- is huge progress over the past 40 years.
Refers to success in struggle for gay rights.
"WE have made America a much less discriminatory society."
Another example of a struggle that is taking place today.
While we have made significant progress forward in making our country a less discriminatory society. There are major, major, major issues that confront us today. We need your help.