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Bernie Sanders Gains Key Endorsements In South Carolina

"Fall skyline of Columbia SC from Arsenal Hill" by Akhenaton06

“Fall skyline of Columbia SC from Arsenal Hill” by Akhenaton06

If you pay attention to the polls, Bernie Sanders’ message has not reached nearly enough of our black brothers and sisters. We can theorize on why that is and there’s probably some validity to the theory that there simply has not been enough highly visible debates on the democratic side of the aisle and of course the lopsided amount of media coverage hasn’t helped either.

But Bernie is making headway in getting the message out to the black communities and today’s announcement will certainly go a long ways to help. Sanders announced his South Carolina leadership team Saturday which includes three Democratic African-American South Carolina legislators, as well as backing from a Black Lives Matter leader from Columbia.

State Reps. Terry Alexander of Florence, Wendell Gilliard of Charleston and Robert Williams of Darlington are among more than 25 committee members backing the senator from Vermont’s bid for the Democratic nomination.

“Sen. Sanders has the feel, the attitude of the common person, folks who are struggling day-by-day who are working everyday and still cannot pay their bills, … do not have health insurance … and cannot support their families,” Alexander said, introducing Sanders who met briefly with media Saturday afternoon.

“Bernie Sanders has consistently fought for the African-American community throughout his life. His policies to enact a $15 minimum wage, reform our broken criminal justice system, eliminate felon disenfranchisement laws and ensure tuition-free public education would would benefit African-Americans in South Carolina tremendously,”

Sanders is “the strongest candidate here for African Americans and he will bring about change,” Alexander added.

Democratic voters will play a big role in the state’s Feb. 27 presidential primary because they make up more than half of the party’s electorate.

Other members of Sanders’ state committee are elected officials from around the state and Democratic Party and Black Lives Matter activists, according to the campaign. They include:

Allen Bailey, Sumter County Democratic Party chairman
Eugene Baten, Sumter County councilman
Earl Coleman, McCormick County councilman
Donna Dewitt, former president of the S.C. AFL-CIO
Thomas Dixon, president of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment
Annejanet Harp, S.C. Democratic Party Faith co-chairwoman
Teresa Harper, Aiken Democratic Party first vice chairwoman
William Lawrence, S.C. Democratic Party veterans chairman
James McCain, Sumter County councilman
Lucinda Nesmith, Florence County Party chairwoman
Naomi Sanders, former Sumter County Council chairwoman
Wanda Stringfellow, former Chester mayor
Timothy Taylor, Atlantic Beach police chief
Tom Turnipseed, former state senator
Stephen Wukela, Florence mayor

Other prominent figures in the African-American community that stand with Bernie include:

Omari Fox, the leader of Columbia’s Black Lives Matter organization, said. “Sanders has been a champion of the Black Lives Matter movement and his policies to end the disastrous War on Drugs and the failed era of mass incarceration are the strongest of any candidate in the race,” Fox continues, “I support Sanders’ civil rights platform and his positions to address institutional racism and structural inequality.”

Dr. Gloria Tinubu, the first African-American woman in the state to win the Democratic nomination for Congress, said “Sanders is in the tradition of President Franklin Roosevelt, who led our parents and grandparents through one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. Like President Roosevelt, Bernie Sanders is fighting to protect our democratic way of life and our four freedoms.”

10 Comments

  1. LiChun Sabik

    I am so incredibly impressed and proud of our enlightened and committed South Carolina leaders who embrace Bernie Sander’s blazing, 2016, fight for all 99.99% of us. There is no other candidate who openly embraces all the causes of each and everyone of us (on the basis of race, gender, age, immigrant status, indigenous status, incarceration status, student status… and more). In few words, Bernie is: honest, passionate for all people, a fearless champion against all corrupters and corruptions… and more. I guess we need more than a few words to describe Bernie’s boundless commitment and enduring activism to uplift our nation and our people. On behalf of our world in 2016, thank you for your endorsement!!

    • I so agree! Bernie Sanders has all the qualities and abilities of a true leader! He is kind, humble, honest, energetic, intelligent, experienced, and passionate about helping every child succeed in our country, thus building a stronger USA for all including future generations!

  2. Geraldine Irwin

    I am so proud that so many are finally “getting to know” Bernie and embracing his ideas and plans to move our great country forward! My thanks to all the people who are now endorsing/supporting this great candidate. #WeStandTogether #BernieSanders2016

  3. Irena Schulz

    I attended the Democratic Forum in Rock Hill last night and was again impressed with Bernie Sanders. He answered all the questions directly and unambiguously. While Hillary Clinton brought up some valid points that I agreed with, all that she could say was that something needed to be done…no explicit plan of action. I used to be a Hillary Clinton supporter until I saw Mr Sanders speak in Greenville, SC in August. I was energized by him. He would begin speaking in a fairly calm tone of voice which would turn into near yelling. But I realized it’s because he’s passionate about the issues. The words come from his heart…not from a teleprompter, not from a speech writer…from his heart. He’s a humanitarian and it’s about time we elect humanitarians to Washington…and that includes all of Congress as well.

    • admin

      This was beautiful!

  4. Dann Marceau

    What an exciting time in political history, this is our “open door”.

    • admin

      I’m very excited!

  5. Mat O'Keefe

    YES!!!! Bernie’s message is getting out in South Carolina and it is getting out all over the country. I have never in my lifetime seen so many people that haven’t voted in 20 and 30 years saying that they are going to vote and vote for Bernie Sanders. When you look at all of his rally’s there are young people endorsing, campaigning, and voting for Bernie Sanders. Come the primary there will be a land slide for Bernie. Polls relying on land line calls and snuffing out people that have not voted in the last two elections is biased journalism and can’t hide votes when they are actually cast by young kids with just cell phones and adults that have not had a “Land Line” in ten or more years.

  6. The Rachel Maddow forum was a fine contrast to the Republican debates. But only when Bernie spoke did this 90 year old woman begin crying from sheer emotion. The honest voice of Bernie, that I had long waited for since FDR, had finely emerged before I die. Thank you Bernie Sanders for all that you are struggling for, and thank you Millennials for recognizing the original from the copy.

  7. Nancy Cuffman

    Thank you for the endorsements. You are helping everyone with your support.