Brand New Congress: 535 progressive candidates, 1 ticket

Some of the technology activists who were key to the Dean, Obama and Sanders campaign have a new, audacious program: they're going to run 535 bipartisan candidates for office in the 2016 election, backed by a single website for fundraising, grassroots organizing and messages, based on Bernie Sanders' political platform.

A recurring criticism of Sanders' platform is that without a Congress and state-level governments to support him, President Sanders would just be one voice (albeit a powerful one). This hasn't escaped the attention of activists who worked on the campaign. With Brand New Congress, progressives will have the chance to work together, across the country, in solidarity, to replace the incumbents who owe their jobs to the rich and powerful with new entrants who owe their jobs to the people and have sworn to fight for "a unified economic, social justice, and climate change platform."

We will make announcements prior to this when we reach 10 and 100 candidates, fueling our volunteer base and donations each time.

Our candidates will be working people from many backgrounds and fields who:

* Are good at what they do.

* Are proven servants to their communities, families, friends.

* Have consistently passed on opportunities to sell out.

* In general, have never held or sought public office.

* Agree completely on a unified economic, social justice, and climate change platform.

Brand New Congress

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  1. That's not bipartisan, that's third party. They're talking of creating a progressive left-of-centre party, but I guess don't want to say so,

    The structure is specifically to avoid the necessity of bipartisanship, which is good, since the last qualifier would hardly be possible otherwise. Another tell is the second to last qualifier. Neither party is going to go along with that, necessitating an independent candidate in nearly every race, with perhaps the occasional Dem hold-out

    Put 500+ candidates together under one website with unified policy and you have a party, not a bipartisan effort.

    Good for them, hope they do it. Winning 10% of the races out of the gate will change the face of US politics for the better, faster than most any other thing to be done.

  2. Just going to point out to all the enthusiasm for Sanders, the big talk, that all seems to stop at "it can't be done" with regard to working outside or in opposition to a 2-party system.

    What,, are you fucking political creationists?

    I mean really, you should think for a second with what was before cornering yourselves with what can't be.

    Is it because it'd be difficult? Because when you herald a beginning by pointing out the end you're looking pretty damn silly.

    Parties are born, they get old and die and new parties come along, just like people, like nations, like cultures.

  3. I don't know who said it first... "If everybody who said 'I'd vote for Bernie but he can't win' actually voted for Bernie, he'd win."

  4. Amen to letting them die. Occasional turnover is good for the soil, I hear.

  5. Sanders' tax plans are less extreme than the tax plans under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. His socialized health care plan is less ambitious than the one proposed by Republican President Richard Nixon. Painting him as a partisan hack really just shows how far the other side has moved away from the center.

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