In fact, not only did I Feel the Bern, I spent countless hours phonebanking, donated a good amount of money to Bernie Sanders and several down-ticket "Berniecrats", and I attended as many rallies and watch-parties as my schedule would allow. I would talk about Bernie to anyone and everyone who would listen.
You see, Bernie Sanders awakened the masses to the many problems we face as a nation that our lovely MSM fails to report upon: Income and racial inequality...the looming climate crisis...the unintended consequences of war....And of course, the impact that big money interests have had on our political process, thanks to the Citizens United SCOTUS ruling.
Bernie lit a fire in millions of people, and made us actually start CARING about what happens behind closed doors in our government. He made us see just how badly we're being screwed over. He made us crave REAL change, and he made us stand up and FIGHT for this change.
Bernie said a Revolution was needed, and a Revolution is exactly what he got. There were HUGE marches all around the nation for Bernie...The rallies he held attracted TENS of thousands of people. There has never been this much support for any candidate in our recent history.
Sadly, due to the obscene levels of fuckery within the DNC, Bernie Sanders did not gain the nomination for President. He SHOULD have...HE was who the PEOPLE wanted...But as WikiLeaks has proven, the system was rigged. No matter what we wanted as a collective, Bernie never had a chance. And now, our hero has fallen on his own sword for US...He has been silenced...I have my own theories about this, but that's a different post entirely.
The moral of the story? You can't have a Revolution inside a counter-revolutionary party.
Many news stories are claiming that 90% of Sanders supporters are now supporting Hillary. I'm sorry, but I am calling bullshit here. As a member of countless activist groups who sees a LOT of political discussion, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that these numbers are GROSSLY inflated. In fact, the vast majority of Berners that I have come across are now supporting the ONLY candidate that shares Bernie's vision and his values.
Berners are rallying behind Dr. Jill Stein.
Recently, we got the opportunity to attend a Jill Stein Rally here in my little hometown in Ohio. We were SO excited to see Jill in person, since we've spent the past few months getting to know her through YouTube videos and lots of research online. Jill Stein's platform is nearly identical to Bernie Sanders', so shifting to the Green Party was seamless, painless, and a no-brainer for us.
Jill is the ONLY candidate with whom we can continue fighting for the things that matter most to the American people, such as health care and education as a right, an aggressive plan to combat climate change, and creating 20 million new jobs right here in the US.
In preparation for the rally, we made a few signs, and even went and bought Jill some roses and a card, just to say THANK YOU for being a light in all of this darkness. Sophie, my 6 year old, even got green streaks in her hair to further show support.
When we arrived at the rally, we found our seats and patiently waited. Of course this is always tricky with small kids. Someone ALWAYS seems to have to go to the bathroom. This time, it was Sophie. I grabbed her and headed to locate a restroom....We entered a lobby area, and just as we did, JILL STEIN was entering the building! What AMAZING timing!
I was a nervous wreck since this meeting was completely unexpected, but I did get a few pictures. I apologize for the fuzziness, but my hands were shaky! Some women turn into gushing fangirls for Channing whats-his-name... I become a gushing fangirl for people who inspire me, like Jill Stein.
Jill spoke about so many things that matter....
Addressing the vast racial inequality in our nation, and fixing a for profit criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates people of color....
Addressing the Green New Deal that would not only aggressively combat climate change, but also create 20 MILLION new jobs in clean energy....
Switching over to a single-payer healthcare system that would allow medical care as a human right for ALL of us, regardless of income....
Investing in education by offering tuition-free higher education, and also canceling student debt using a "magic trick" called quantitative easing...
Offering a PEACE OFFENSIVE to fight terrorism. Rather than continuing to bomb other nations into oblivion and kill countless civilians, we should STARVE terrorism by cutting off funding and weapons deals for countries that violate international human rights laws. (Because bombing people hasn't made us safer...It's made us LESS SAFE!)
And of course, Jill Stein is all for ending the disaster that is Citizens United, reinstating Glass-Steagall, and getting big money influence out of our political process once and for all.
Jill wants our government to serve US....The PEOPLE...Not the corporations whose greed has gotten us into the mess we're in.
NO, Jill Stein is NOT anti-vaxx.
Jill just supports ongoing scientific research to ensure that any and ALL medications or vaccines are safe. She also wants to remove the influence of big pharma and food corporations when determining safety. This is SO crucial, considering these very corporations have knowingly harmed people in the name of profit. (Look up what happened with Vioxx. This drug was causing heart problems, and the FDA KNEW about it, and sat on that info while more and more people got sicker.)
As far as WiFi goes, she has said in the past that she supports further research to see IF there are any negative effects regarding long-term WiFi use.
Jill is a self-proclaimed "Science Geek", and like any scientist, she is in favor of always asking questions, as well as continued research.
You can read her own responses to Science questions HERE.
She also pointed out that it's time we reject the Politics of Fear and vote for our values. That's the ONLY way we can defeat the 2-party system that's screwing us all.
After all, the Democrats and Republicans are wings of the same bird, and largely serve the same corporate masters. It's time we said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and supported the ONLY candidate who isn't tainted by Super PACS, corporate influence, or the greed on Wall St.
Sure, Donald Trump is an asshat. He says awful, terrible, shocking things....
But Hillary? She has a track record of quietly DOING the awful things we fear so much from a Trump Presidency.
Jill is calling out the hypocrisy, and standing up for the values that are worth fighting for. The things the American people WANT and NEED to ensure we leave a better world to our children and their children.
Now that's a message I can stand behind.
If you missed the Green Party Town Hall, DEFINITELY check it out. This is 90 minutes of the things they normally don't let anyone say on TV!
You can also follow Jill on Facebook and on twitter.
I HIGHLY recommend checking out her twitter feed. She's not only the ONLY candidate with a conscience, she's also not afraid to take off her gloves and call out corruption when she sees it.
Do some research...Get involved!
If you loved Bernie Sanders, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by just how awesome Jill Stein is!
The Revolution continues....
From the ashes, WE BERN GREEN! It's in OUR hands.