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The Party for Us Has Arrived

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.

Written by Andre Roberge

Father, Husband. Went to school for philosophy (university of WA) and now I work for a train company -- Interests include Labor Law, TILA, Unions, Paid Family Leave, Healthcare, Philosophy of Science, Fantasy Football and Open Government-- Fanboy of The Take Down with Nick Nowlin and The Way with Anoa. Follow Andre on Twitter @SubvertingPower.

Andre Roberge is a Researcher and Writer for Progressive Army.


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  1. It is good overall to have pressure outside the 2-party system. That said, we do have multiple 3rd parties, Libertarian, Green, DSA. Not that I object to more parties, but are there particular characteristics of a new party that distinguish them from the other left-leaning 3rd parties?

    Personally, I dem-exited as a strategic decision, but ultimately realized that to work at the local level in my state I would have to re-enter and get involved. The Democratic Party in my red state isn’t bad as far as corruption goes. I could very well understand and appreciate 3rd party formations in regions where the Democratic party is notoriously corrupt/closed off.

    In short, let’s all begin with the end in mind (progressive goals), collaborate and join forces where it makes sense to do so instead of splitting off into more and more factions. Consider working with groups like the Anti-Corruption Act, Brand New Congress, etc.

    • The Democratic Party is a private enterprise and it is a national one. The DNC and its officers are not bound by the decisions of its members according to the lawyers representing the DNC in Federal Court.
      You might think that the party in your state is not bad but the corruption is not often visible and often the decisions you make are not binding or democratic in the methods employed. You can judge the DemocraticParty by its actions during decades where no progressive changes have been made. If you care about putting human needs about profits please reconsider rejoining the party. I have been a member for over a year and a half and I do not think my input or the imput of fellow progressives have been listened to or acted on. Consider joining the Movement for a People’s Party and look us up on line by that name.

  2. I definitely support leaving the DNC and GOP.. both are abusive organizations.
    I support organizations that are INCLUSIVE so that they are organized to accept people of a variety of political views that seek to elevate THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE and claim political power For The People.

    Having said that… unless you fight for real elections and DO THINGS VERY DIFFERENTLY…
    There is no point.

    IF you create a party that IS inclusive and FOCUSED on elevating The Will Of The People, you STILL need to develop ways of engaging the people so that you CAN promote the will of the people and have them actually represented i.e. you need to develop direct democracy tools, and you need an internal media and polling arm in order to have good information NOT at the affect of corporate influence. So you need to talk NOT just about creating a new party but making that party extremely different from the way business has been done in the past.

    Fighting for real elections, creating a source of media/news/ information that is informative and NOT ‘opinion news’, direct democracy tools & other systems for curbing corruption… all of these things are necessary to make it even worth the effort.

    • I agree with you and your input is important in creating a democratic people’s party. Check out the Movement for a People’s Party who are trying to build a coalition of all those people with similar ideas of creating something new. Since the Democratic and Republican Parties are the parties of the rich and we need a party of working people and our allies. You can look us at : forapeoplesparty.org

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