On August 22, The Party for Us was born by way of a grassroots Bernie network. Although connected to Bernie through his presidential campaign, The Party for Us is unapologetically independent. Hoping to harness the passion linked to the Bernie movement, The Party for Us believes there is still a window of time to harness the energy from Bernie Sanders’s Presidential bid to provide a real avenue for people to run in national elections as viable independents. If you stay in the Democratic Party, you have to play the game, essentially. The Party for Us hopes to be a true landing spot for all those that recently decided to DemExit and provide such candidates with the tools and resources to succeed.
In a press release, Tamborine Borrelli lays out her aspirations for The Party for Us moving forward:
This party will be a haven for emerging leaders to be vanguards in unhindered, uncorrupted politics that will only bow to the will of the people instead of special interests. “US” will put the soul back into servant leadership. As it stands, how can politicians represent us when they are getting paid exorbitant amounts of money to represent the interests of corporate entity?
The name of the party, The Party for Us, comes from the Bernie Sanders campaign motto: “Not me, US.” In short, the party is simply US. They hope to model the success of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign by being fueled directly by the people, relying solely on small donors.
Former political director of Draft Bernie, Ms. Sharp, had this to say about her former colleagues and her vision of The Party for Us moving forward:
We respect the decision and admire the loyalty of Nick Brana, and our former colleagues, to wait for the Senator from Vermont. However, we feel that the work of building a party that addresses the lack of political confidence in our country and its repercussions, which has led to our current humanitarian crisis, requires our immediate action. A historical window of opportunity exists within the current climate. On a daily basis, we hear from everyday citizens who are ready to roll up their sleeves to change our political landscape and create a truly grassroots party of the People. We all have the greatest respect for Senator Sanders, but after all, he always said that it was never about him but rather, it’s only ever been about US.
As reported by Michael Sainato of The Observer, Nick Brana will be delivering a petition of upwards of 50,000 signatures in hopes of getting Bernie Sanders to join them in a town hall during the People’s Convergence Conference in Washington D.C. The hope, as I understand it, is for Bernie Sanders to agree to start a new party and this event, in conjunction with the petition is aimed to show that there is tremendous support behind this endeavor. Speakers at the event include Kshama Sawant and Cornel West.
It’s exciting to see new organizations full of energy continue to bubble up. At the same time, I worry about the multiplicity of organizations with different objectives not being able to coalesce into creating meaningful change. That being said, the worry is not that great given that we live in an era in which communicating across great distances is not that difficult. I just hope everyone can find a way to work together as we build these exciting new organizations.