Sunday, April 10, 2016
It's a Revolution | Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders has insisted that, if he wins the New York primary, he could very well be the next president of the United States.
The numbers show he is right.
With 45 percent of delegates in the primary so far, Sanders has gradually closed the gap with his rival, Hillary Clinton.
He has has won seven of the last eight primaries by double digits — in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, the Democrats Abroad contest and Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin, where the winner of the primary has gone on to become the party’s nominee in nearly 94 percent of past elections, Sanders swept 71 of the state’s 72 counties — 99 percent.
The organizers of The Battle of New York say Americans are living through an historic moment, and think it is imperative to mobilize at this time of tremendous political activity.
“What we are seeing in the Democratic primary right now is the historic repudiation of both neoliberal economics and the Clintonian way of doing politics, which have dominated within the party for the past quarter century,” John Tarleton, another editor for The Battle of New York, told Salon.
“And this revolt against the Democratic Party establishment is being led by youth of all colors,” he added.
“We’re publishing The Battle of New York to amplify these insurgent voices — disenchanted millennials, Black Lives Matter, undocumented Dreamers, single working mothers sick and tired of being gouged by health insurance companies.”
Tarleton, who is the editor and co-founder of the Indypendent, says the ultimate success of the campaign will not just depend on a staff of people assembling the paper, but really on the public grassroots support it gets.
They will begin distributing print editions of the paper on April 12, one week before the primary, and plan on bringing up to 100,000 copies to Sanders’ rally on that day.
The organizers also plan to give stacks of the paper to people at the rally, so they can distribute them in their own communities, at subway stations, schools, places of worship and more.
“New York is really shaping up to be the hinge on which the Democratic contest will turn,” Tarleton said.
“The reason it’s so important to have a publication like this coming out at this moment is that New York City is the heart of the Clinton machine,” he explained.
“It’s the hometown of Wall Street and the corporate media; it’s a city that’s run by a corrupt Democratic Party machine that serves 1 percent real estate developers while pretending to champion the 99 percent that is being gentrified out of their own city.”
Tarleton also stressed, however, that Operation Battle of New York will be expanding outside of New York City into the state as a whole. Organizers plan on reaching 1.5 million New Yorkers, in both the Big Apple and other cities.
The Indypendent has experience with this kind of outreach. It has mobilized around past incidents, but Tarleton says Operation Battle of New York may be “the biggest and most ambitious project to date.” read more; Grassroots revolt against Hillary: Occupy activists launch “Battle of New York” to fight Clinton machine, anti-Sanders bias in belly of beast