Sanders to launch ‘Our Revolution’ next week

By Mark Hensch

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will address supporters on Aug. 24 to tout “Our Revolution,” a new organization intended to harness the energy of his supporters and help progressive political candidates across the country.

Sanders will speak from Ripley Manor in Washington, D.C., and Our Revolution’s launch will also air live at more than 2,000 organizing meetings nationwide, Sanders said in a press release issued Thursday.

“During our campaign we assembled a movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become,” Sanders said in an email to supporters.

“Now it’s time for all of us to get to work. At this meeting, I and others will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share.”

Sanders has backed Hillary Clinton for the White House after losing the Democratic primary election to her, and he is supporting a number of liberal candidates around the country as well.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, meanwhile, is trying to win Sanders supporters to her campaign.

Sanders began fundraising for Our Revolution earlier this month, with a stated goal to “transform American society.”

Sanders envisions the organization having three objectives, including “revitalizing American democracy by bringing millions of working people and young people into the political system.”

The independent senator also wants to empower “the next generation of progressive leaders by inspiring, recruiting and supporting progressive candidates across the entire spectrum of government – from school board to U.S. Senate.”