May 24, 2016 – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders yesterday announced his 5 choices for Democratic Party Platform. He was awarded the ability to choose five of the 15 spots based on the DNC’s popular vote calculations, while allowing Clinton to choose six, with the remaining four spots assigned by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Though Sander’s five choices are common names in political arenas, some might be curious about their platforms, voting records, and history in politics. All five of Sander’s choices are outspoken activists, authors, and truth tellers in America.
Keith Ellison (Rep. – Minnesota):
Keith Ellison is a Representative for Minnesota’s 5th District. He supports free college, opposes TPP/TPA, supports LGBT equality and has been a longtime supporter of Senator Sanders. Rep. Ellison has held his position since January 4, 2007 in one of the most culturally diverse areas in the state. His web page states his priorities in Congress are promoting peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and civil and human rights. Rep Ellison is a member of the House Democratic Steering Committee, and the House Financial Services Committee. He is also the Democratic Whip in Congress.
Rep. Ellison’s legislative and voting records are available at KEITH ELLISON
Bill McKibben (Author)
Bill McKibben is an author, blogger, and early Sanders supporter. He authored a blog piece “Why the Planet Is Happy That Bernie Sanders Is Running for President” on 4/30/2015, giving his endorsement. “According to my small survey, America’s wildlife loathe the Koch Brothers. And like vulnerable people across the country, they’re awfully happy to have a loud Brooklyn-accented voice demanding real, fundamental change. Run Bernie Run!”
McKibben has authored a dozen books in the last 25 years on different topics including genetic engineering, family, and global warming. He was a recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize in 2014, a founder of 350.org and fronts the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline. McKibben has been awarded 18 honorary degrees in appreciation of his legendary work. In 2014 McKibben was awarded a prize of nature when biologists named a new species of woodland gnat in his honor – Megophthalmidia mckibbeni.
Bill McKibben’s bibliography and history are available at BILL MCKIBBEN
Deborah Parker (Activist)
Deborah Parker is a Native American Activist and former analyst in the Office of Governmental Affairs for the Tulalip Tribes. Parker developed outreach and education programs including a culturally relevant Young Mothers program and Tribal Tobacco Program. She served as Director of the Residential Healing School of the Tseil-Waututh Nation in Canada and in the Treaty Taskforce Office of the Lummi Nation. Parker is a strong supporter of quality education free from racial or cultural bias, focusing on educational reform including a curriculum that reflects Indigenous ethics and knowledge systems. She is listed on The White House Champions of Change – Winning The Future Across America page.
Cornel West (Professor)
Dr. Cornel West is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York and is also Professor Emeritus at Princeton. He has previously taught at University of Paris, Harvard, and Yale. Dr. West has authored over 20 books and has made regular appearances on mainstream news outlets. He has performed spoken word albums collaborating with talent such as KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Prince, Jill Scott, and Andre 3000. Dr. West believes that all people should come together in order to keep the legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice – ala Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. West has been outspoken in his support of Sanders, including penning widely mentioned articles such as “Why Brother Bernie is Better for Black People Than Sister Hillary” on February 13, 2016. Dr. West additionally has come out swinging at The White House claiming failed promise of a progressive leader in Obama.
Cornel West’s accomplishments are available at CORNEL WEST
James Zogby (Activist, DNC Member/Official)
Dr. James Zogby is the founder and President of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also a distinguished author and column writer. Dr. Zogby served on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2013 and was appointed for a second term in 2015. He is a sitting member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Serving as deputy campaign manager and senior advisor to the Jesse Jackson Presidential Campaign in 1984, and 1988, Dr. Zogby has served as Ethnic Outreach for democratic candidates for decades. He has been awarded honorary degrees and named as outstanding alumnus for Le Moyne College and Temple University College of Liberal Arts. His activism records spans beyond 30 years.
Dr. James Zogby’s history and articles listings are available at JAMES ZOGBY