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Norman Solomon is cofounder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org. He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from California to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and is currently a coordinator of the relaunched Bernie Delegates Network. Solomon is the author of a dozen books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, May 29, 2020 Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her Running Mate Quest
During the first years of this century, with a bright political future ahead of her, Klobuchar refused to hold police officers accountable. And her failure to prosecute police who killed black men was matched by racially slanted eagerness to prosecute black men on the basis of highly dubious evidence.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 14, 2020 The Sanders Campaign Was About "Us" -- Not Bernie -- Remember?
There are scant indications that the remnants of the Bernie 2020 campaign are doing anything to win "as many delegates as possible" in the 20 state primaries set for the next two months. That fact has left it up to individuals as well as independent groups and coalitions to do what they can to gain more Bernie delegates for the Democratic National Convention.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 10, 2020 Bernie's Decision: Retreat Should Not Be Confused with Surrender
We don't have a choice of whether or not we're in a class war. It's going on perpetually -- waged with enormous financial, political and media firepower. The firepower of class warfare against Bernie Sanders has been ferocious and unrelenting.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 7, 2020 The Pandemic Makes the Bernie 2020 Campaign More Vital Than Ever
It's possible that Sanders can gain enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee. But the Bernie 2020 campaign has never been only about winning. It has always also been about strengthening vital progressive movements while widening public discourse and political space.
SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Power in a Time of Coronavirus
Rather than being a respite from political power struggles, the coronavirus emergency is greatly intensifying them. More aid for those immersed in greed will mean less for those in desperate need. The quest by corporate profiteers to mercilessly exploit dire situations has never flagged.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 20, 2020 What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders
Sanders was correct when he said last week that "poll after poll, including exit polls, show that a strong majority of the American people support our progressive agenda." Days ago, the Bernie 2020 campaign sent out a mass email declaring that "our campaign has won the battle of ideas."
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, March 2, 2020 The Sanders Coalition Is Set to Shock the World on Super Tuesday
For many years, corporate media outlets said it couldn't be done. Now, they say it must not be. To the nation's punditocracy tacitly or overtly aligned with the nation's oligarchy nominating Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential candidate would be catastrophic.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 17, 2020 The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders
More than ever, Bernie Sanders is public enemy number one for power elites that thrive on economic injustice. The Bernie 2020 campaign is a direct threat to the undemocratic leverage that extremely wealthy individuals and huge corporations constantly exert on the political process.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers
"Buttigieg is claiming that Medicare for All would dump people off of health coverage and deprive them of 'choice,'" our flier pointed out. "Those are insurance-industry talking points. He is deliberately confusing the current 'choice' of predatory for-profit insurance plans with the genuine full choice of healthcare providers that enhanced Medicare for everyone would offer."
SHARE Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Bernie Sanders Can Silence His Critics in New Hampshire
Whether they agree with Bernie or not, people widely understand that he absolutely means what he says. And that helps to explain why, during the next seven days, in national media and across New Hampshire, corporate forces will be in overdrive to prevent a Bernie Sanders victory in the New Hampshire primary.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 4, 2020 The Creation Myth of the Buttigieg Campaign
Buttigieg's rise was propelled by the rocket fuel of funding from -- and bonding with -- wealthy corporate operators, who bundled big checks from other donors and provided an establishment seal of approval that resonated with mainstream media.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 24, 2020 The Energizer Bernie and the Power Behind Him
The Bernie Sanders campaign is so profoundly compelling at the grassroots. It is oriented to meshing electoral work with social movements -- however difficult that might be at times -- to generate political power from the ground up. And that's where genuine progressive change really comes from.