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Our new issue — looking at what the Bernie campaigns accomplished — is out this week. Subscribe in print today! Since Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign last month, many of his supporters are turning to the question of where the movement for political revolution goes from here. Sanders himself has been clear that he intends to continue to collect votes and delegates, and to use that leverage to push his political agenda at the Democratic Party convention. Dan Denvir recently argued that the broader Sanders campaign infrastructure must be maintained to carry on the fight, starting with a series of state-by-state virtual meetings for volunteers to decide what comes next. As Sanders supporters organize for the convention and continue this important conversation, we should keep in mind one key principle that may well be the difference between success and failure for what comes next: democracy. The next phase of the Sanders movement must find a way to continue its work through genuinely democratic, nationwide membership organizations. To figure out what that organizing should look like, we must first turn to history. When the second Jackson campaign ended in , it was Jackson who made the decision to build an organization around himself as an individual , and the organized left was not able to shape that course of events, nor provide an organizational alternative that would have kept the movement alive. The Left groups that participated in the Rainbow coalition and might have argued for a more independent course were not unified among themselves, and although their active members numbered in the thousands, they were on the tail end of a decade of decline fueled by splits, undemocratic organizational structures, a sectarian political outlook, and a general retreat of social movements since the late s.
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Bernie Sanders, shown here at an Atlantic City rally in May , ended his presidential campaign before the New Jersey primary. But his movement lives on in the Garden State. Cory Booker. In addition to Hamm, the Sanders backers on the ballot include:.
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