Bernie Sanders

By: Tiona Davis

Background Knowledge

Bernie Sanders is a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. He is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. Sanders previously served as mayor of Vermont’s largest city for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jane and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Early Life

SEPTEMBER 1941

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders is born in Brooklyn, New York to Eli and Dorothy Sanders. His father immigrated to the United States from Poland at the age of 17 without much in the way of money or a formal education. His mother Dorothy graduated high school in New York City. Sanders and his brother Larry grew up in a small rent-controlled apartment in Brooklyn.

Bernie Sanders Education

Sanders attended Brooklyn's James Madison High School and then went on to Brooklyn College. After a year there, he transferred to the University of Chicago. Sanders became involved in the Civil Rights Movement during his university days. He was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, also known as CORE. With CORE, Sanders participated in a sit-in against the segregation of off-campus housing in 1962. He also served as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1963 he participated in the March on Washington.

Bernie Sanders Plan For Presidency

During the speech, Sanders discussed economic and environmental policy at length. "This great nation and its government belong to all of the people and not to a handful of billionaires. Sanders said he would release "very specific proposals" to taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations, as well as to offer tuition-free education at all public colleges and universities. As a preview of his campaign, he touched on his past opposition to free- trade agreements and his support for heavier regulations of Wall Street and the nation's banking industry. In addiction, he pointed to his vote against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Bernie Sanders' Economic Plan in a Minute...

Bernie Sanders Should Be Our Next President!

I think Bernie Sanders should become our next President because he's the best this system has to offer: a flawed candidate whose overall message is important enough, and his record free enough of corruption and evildoing, that I can overlook the things I don’t like about his record and fill in the bubble next to his name on the ballot without feeling like a terrible person.

Hillary Clinton is nowhere close to acceptable. She has no message, other than the dead end of liberal identity-politics tokenism: sure would be neat (for her) if there were a first woman president. Her corruption is spectacular: served on the board of Wal-Mart, where she signed off on union-busting, was paid by Goldman Sachs, ran a charitable foundation like a money laundry. Voted for both of Bush’s wars, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, then destroyed Libya and Syria.

A vote for Hillary is a vote against working people, for the plutocrats, and for genocide.