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Philadelphia Tribune, Oldest African American Newspaper in US, Endorses Bernie Sanders

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[I wrote to every newspaper in PA, CT, MD, DE, and RI, asking them to endorse Bernie, so this is very gratifying, the first major daily since the Seattle Times to endorse Bernie, clearly showing to any and all of his supporters how vital these endorsements are in the remaining primary states, which will not happen as widely as they need to happen if you can't take 10 minutes and send some out. The states where this is needed are CA, IN, SD, ND, KY, IN, OR, MT, NJ, and NM. Newspapers are listed as, and the way it is structured make it easy to access the editors' emails.

If you are in a state whose primary has already occurred, please don't kick back and say you've done all you could; this is something you could do with far greater benefits to Bernie than phone banking, in my opinion. If you have time for only a few, these would be the highest priority: Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, the Oregonian, Newark Star Ledger, Indianapolis Star, Santa Fe New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal, and the Louisville Courier Journal]
Philadelphia Tribune, the Oldest Continuingly Published African American Newspaper in the United States Endorsement:
Bernie Sanders in Democratic primary

Bernie Sanders offers an inspiring message and bold vision for America without the excessive baggage of Clinton, which is why Sanders is our choice for president in the Democratic primary.

Clinton has on many occasions exercised bad judgment on critical issues including her avid support for her husband's draconian 1994 crime bill which led to a major increase in mass incarceration of African Americans. She may not be responsible for signing the crime bill but she strongly supported it. She has since apologized for her support including her use of the race-coded term "super predator" to describe Black males involved in crime. But her previous stance raises serious questions.

She also exercised bad judgment in giving highly paid speeches to Wall Street, whose reckless speculation help lead the country to the worst recession since the Great Depression. In foreign affairs, she supported the invasion of Iraq and has publicly advocated a far more aggressive approach toward Syria than President Barack Obama. Obama and Sanders opposed the war in Iraq. Sanders is also a strong advocate of Palestinian statehood, which requires considerable courage. The New York Times describes Clinton as more hawkish on military matters than Obama and most Democrats in Congress.

Since his days as a student at the University of Chicago protesting against segregation in public schools in Chicago and throughout his political career, Sanders has supported policies and programs that would be in the best interest of all Americans and African Americans, specifically. He has been a consistent fighter for a more just and equitable society.

The killing of unnamed Black men by police officers in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore and elsewhere have finally brought the important issue of police brutality and mass incarceration to the national dialogue.

Sanders takes a strong stance against police abuse and misconduct without demonizing good police officers. He has called for demilitarizing local police departments and holding police officers accountable for misconduct and abuse.

His support for free tuition at public colleges and universities would disproportionally help African Americans and would have a major positive affect of alleviating poverty.

His critics say Sanders proposals are too ambitious, costly and would never get through Congress. They are right that most of his proposals would not pass the current Republican-controlled Congress. His proposals will not happen overnight. But Social Security was also once seen as impossible.

But most of Sanders' proposals including free tuition at public colleges and universal health care are not new and are already well established government programs in European countries with far less wealth than the United States.

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