The National Board of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), the nation’s most experienced liberal advocacy group, announces today that ADA has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
The debate centered on policies, electability, and ADA’s mission. Perhaps our longtime friend, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, said it best in a recent blog post: “I’ve known Hillary Clinton since she was 19 years old, and have nothing but respect for her. In my view, she’s the most qualified candidate for president of the political system we now have. But Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have, because he’s leading a political movement for change.”
“Since ADA’s beginnings over 68 years ago, we have fought for the political system that we as a nation should have,” noted ADA National Director Don Kusler. “Bernie, his policies, and the movement forming around them embody the spirit and tradition of ADA’s long struggle for justice and offer our best hope for a progressive future.”
In 1948, ADA activists gathered in Philadelphia around the Democratic National Convention and led a charge against the then existing political system that looked away as racism continued to tear apart our country. One of ADA’s founders, Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey, gave the seminal speech in support of changing the Democratic Party’s positions on civil rights and ultimately won support for a system that we should have.
Now, ADA is embarking on an organizational expansion to bring our movement for equality and justice to a broader local and state network. ADA has the experience and plan to win. Connecting with people on a more personal level, building power for change, and enacting that change through education, policy, and more willing representative bodies is essential to our future and that of the nation.
The fight against inequality and for justice whether racial, economic, or gender is at the heart of ADA's mission and is at the core of the movement for change that Bernie Sanders stands for. Among our shared goals are universal health care, free college education, fair trade, and putting an end to military misadventures. ADA joins Bernie Sanders in the movement to change the rigged political system in order to reach these goals.
Between now and this summer, when the 2016 Democratic Convention gathers again in Philadelphia, Americans for Democratic Action will be supporting a movement for change once again in the spirit of equality embodied in Bernie Sanders’ candidacy.
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