“They would hear him talk about the first time Bernie got arrested was fighting segregated housing and systemic racism in college,” said Analilia Mejia, Sanders’ national political director. “For many of these organizers, their activism began the same way as Bernie Sanders.”
Sanders advisers said they've prioritized winning endorsements of groups that allow grass-roots members to participate, believing that he performs best in those situations. While crafting their policy proposals, campaign aides said they sought the input of groups such as People’s Action and the Center for Popular Democracy. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Tlaib also made calls to the organizations' affiliates in their districts to advocate for Sanders, according to a campaign staffer.