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Calling All Berners: It’s Time to Join an Organization

Or At Least Work With One

Nick Solari [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

If you supported Bernie Sanders’s campaign in the 2016 primaries, or even just voted for him, you believed a better world was possible. You thought something was wrong with politics as usual. You weren’t satisfied with the status quo.

Sanders gained 13 million votes in the 2016 Democratic primaries against Hillary Clinton. Those 13 million voters, on some level, wanted fundamental change. There will be no more accepting “how things are” and “the way politics are done.”

Bernie Sanders talked about a political revolution. He told us over and over again that change takes place “from the bottom up.” It takes place when millions of people come together and say “enough is enough.” Change happens when a new awareness reaches critical mass.

It happens when the system that perpetuates mass inequality is challenged. It happens when the politicians’ jobs are on the line, and they know it.

A revolution is not necessarily a violent upheaval, with the masses taking up arms, or marching at the powerful with pitchforks. Revolutions play out in different ways. At its essence, though, a revolution is a fundamental change. A political revolution is a whole new way of getting involved in our own government–which would lead to a whole new kind of society, and a new world.

There are many challenges we face in this era, at this moment. The lives of millions are threatened. Our healthcare is threatened by congressional malice (Republicans) and lazy resistance (Democrats). Our homes are threatened by wildfires and superstorms. Clean water is threatened by corporations and infrastructure neglect. Around the world, billions of people are threatened with hunger and poverty. Still, after all this technological advance.

We start where we are, and do what we can. And the time is right to do something: to get political.

To be political is to find a way to agitate, educate, and organize. This is a mantra born of the Left. It boils down to taking action to defend our communities, and building a new world.

We can do more together than when we work alone. And there are many things we can do. We don’t have to do it all. We just have to do something. We all have skills and talents to contribute.

Do you “have” to join an organization? Is anyone “forcing” you to, or demanding you, become a part of this mass movement? Of course not.

No one is making you. No one can know your own life, and what is possible in your own situation, better than yourself. But I wish to remind of the message Bernie Sanders already brought to us, and to so many others. For a fundamental change—to see the world we wanted when we voted Sanders–a political revolution is necessary.

Now, it is clear that casting a vote is not enough. If you don’t know what to do, join an organization. They will help you figure out what you can do. And you will help them, too.

If you’ve been waiting around to act—to carry on the political revolution—what are you waiting for? The revolution is here! It is now. And it needs you.


Recommended Organizations:

Brand New Congress

Justice Democrats

Our Revolution

Draft Bernie

Democratic Socialists of America

…and many more!

Written by Sammy Kayes

Sammy Kayes

Sammy Kayes is an educator and activist in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter @left_judo.

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