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Still Making History with Bernie Sanders— fighting Climate Change

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Still Making History with Bernie Sanders—fighting Climate Change


by Tish Levee

Last August I wrote about what seemed to be an historical event, when over 100,000 people met at more than 3500 events to hear Bernie Sanders give a speech on television. We all felt we were part of history, but I don’t think we ever realized what this movement was going to be like.

On May 1st, I went to Napa for the 5th Congressional District Caucus for Bernie Sanders’ delegates. Several hundred people crowded the Electrician’s Union Hall; over 60 people ran to be delegates (full disclosure, I was one of them, who wasn’t  nominated). Eight people plus an alternate were picked after many of the candidates gave 30 second speeches. With 53 congressional districts in California, if all of them had at least 300 people present (a really low estimate) that would mean nearly 16,000 hardcore dedicated supporters turned out on a Sunday afternoon—and they didn’t even get to see the candidate, just a cardboard cutout that we all had pictures taken with.

Meanwhile, Bernie is bringing in huge crowds everywhere he goes—I don’t know if anyone really has a total count. However, last August the Washington Post said he had drawn 100,000 people in recent rallies. That was on August 11, 2015, long before New York and all the other states where he has drawn thousands of people—recently an overflow crowd of 21,000 in Sacramento was joined by about 10,000 who could not get in.

As my readers know, I am a climate activist who believes that climate change is the most important issue we face; I truly believe that if we don’t get this issue right, nothing else will matter, ever again. This is the most important reason why I support Bernie Sanders—he is the ONLY candidate who really will deal with the climate crisis. The Republican candidate believes that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. Sander’s opponent for the Democratic nomination, while acknowledging the situation, believes that moving incrementally is the way to go. Unfortunately, the time for moving slowly is long past, as those of you who read my column, Mitzvah Moments, are aware. As Sanders said in the 9th debate, “…we have a crisis of historical consequence here. Incrementalism and those little steps are not enough. Not right now. Not on climate change.”

I think many others feel the same way, which may be why he was won by nearly 16 points in West Virginia, even though it’s the heart of coal country. He has wide support in Montana, another state whose economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. In Missoula, Montana (population less than 67,000) over 9,000 people turned out for a rally in a park that only held 4500.

As he told the Missoulian before that rally, Sanders would transition Montana away from a fossil fuel dependent energy economy to a clean-energy economy without killing jobs. “[We must] make sure that those workers who are in the fossil fuel industry today are not hurt by this transition," Sanders said. "That’s why in the climate change legislation that I’ve introduced, we have $41 billion to rebuild those communities that are hurt as the result of the transition to fossil fuels and to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. So we’re not turning our backs on those workers.”

I think the thing about Sanders that appeals to so many people is his consistent, honest approach—his willingness to “walk his talk.” Despite an almost complete blackout by the MSM (mainstream media), Sanders has been the top fundraiser of all candidates in 2016, only falling behind his Democratic rival’s amounts in April. All of this is from small, individual donations, averaging $27; many of Sanders’ supporters are a long way from the maximum donation of $2700. He’s consistently refused to take money from Super PACs. From the time I first remember, I was always told, “You can’t be elected dog-catcher in the country without big money behind you. That’s just the way it is!” And then Bernie comes along and takes a truly historic stand. Not matter how the election comes out, he’s definitely changed the conversation. And, if everyone who says he can’t win, would just vote for him, he can!


I’ve been trying to connect with the Bernie people for months, but can’t find a campaign headquarters. Where can I get yard signs, bumper stickerss, pamphlets, etc.  Is there anyone doing door to door? Is there a headquarters in Sonoma County?

Laura Gilley



There are two offices in Sonoma County. One is a personal residence on  Banyan St in Santa Rosa (phone # 707-478-2954) and one in Petaluma at 314 Western Ave. You can get signs, buttons, etc. and meet other volunteers at the offices. The best way to find all volunteer events is at You can enter your zip code and the distance you are willing to travel to an event.  Click to show events by date or distance. Please RSVP for the events you want to go to.

There is also an office in Mill Valley, 

 open weekdays from 10am-9pm.  

239 Miller Ave, #4, Mill Valley, CA 94901.