Bernie On

Racial Injustice




  • August 18, 2019: Bernie Sanders released his plan to end private prisons and fundamentally transform the US criminal justice system.

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  • August 17, 2019: Bernie Sanders vows to go to war against white nationalism and racism once in office.

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  • August 11, 2019: Bernie announces his plan to legalize Marijuana. He has been a loud advocate for legalization for years.

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  • July 24, 2019: Bernie spoke about his commitment to black issues in his speech at an NAACP forum in Detroit.

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  • June 28, 2019: Bernie Sanders was the only candidate who agreed to address the black press at NNPA National Convention (Black Press Of America). He was the keynote speaker at this event.

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  • 2018: Bernie received a 100% rating by the NAACP.

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  • September 28, 2015: Bernie Sanders condemned and opposed Welfare "Reform", and dog whistle politics, which was supported by most other democrats. He also wrote about his position saying "“The crown jewel of the Republican agenda is their so-called welfare reform proposal. The bill, which combines an assault on the poor, women and children, minorities, and immigrants is the grand slam of scapegoating legislation, and appeals to the frustrations and ignorance of the American people along a wide spectrum of prejudices.”

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  • 2015: Bernie received a 100% rating by the ACLU in 2014 & 2015

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  • 1988: Jesse Jackson, the first competitive black candidate for the Democratic nomination, came under fire  for his advocacy of Palestinian statehood. Sanders endorsed him and organized the people of Vermont, helping him win the state. Sanders also defended Jackson's comments on Palestine during that time.

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  • August 1963: Sanders was charged with resisting arrest after protesting segregation at a school on the city’s South Side. He was fined $25, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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  • August, 1963: Bernie Sanders attended the 1963 March on Washington. 

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  • August 12, 1962: Sanders organized picketers at a Howard Johnson in Cicero. Sanders told the Chicago Maroon, the student newspaper, that he wanted to keep the pressure on the restaurant chain after the arrest of 12 CORE demonstrators in North Carolina for trying to eat at a Howard Johnson there.

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  • January, 1962: At just 20  years old, Bernie led a 15 day long sit-in protest outside the university president's office. During Sanders’ first year in Chicago, a group of apartment-hunting white and black students had discovered that off-campus buildings owned by the university were refusing to rent to black students, in violation of the school’s policies. He was quoted as saying “We feel it is an intolerable situation, when Negro and white students of the university cannot live together in university owned apartments".  It was Chicago’s first civil rights sit-in. He was arrested for the protest, and the police came to call him an outside agitator, as he went around putting up flyers around the city detailing police brutality.

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  • January 1962: Bernie Sanders joined both the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the University of Chicago.

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  • 1961: Bernie Sanders testified about his University's racist housing policy. You can read the full testimony here

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Bernie Sanders On Black Rights


Bernie Sanders - Justice & Safety For All



Bernie Sanders’s Surge Owes A Lot To Voters Of Color

New York Times - January 31, 2020

Video: Shock Poll: Bernie Takes 14-Point Lead In California / HUGE Gains With Older Voters

Jolah On Youtube - January 30, 2020

Are Black Voters Turning On Biden? Bernie’s Support Surges In The Polls

News One - January 23, 2020

Video: Bernie Sanders SCHOOLS The New York Times

The Young Turks (TYT) On Youtube - January 17, 2020

Sanders Says He'll Enact National Drinking Water Standards

US News - December 31, 2019

Video: Bernie's Support Keeps Growing. Leads With Nonwhite Democratic Voters Nationally

The Rational National On Youtube - December 22, 2019

'Authenticity,' 'Culturally Relevant': Why Bernie Sanders Is Resonating With Latinos

KRCC Southern Colorado's NPR Station - December 22, 2019

Rapper Killer Mike Reaches Out To Black Men For Sanders’ Campaign

MSNBC - December 8, 2019

Video: Nina Turner On Bernie Sanders' Support Among African Americans

MSNBC - December 1, 2019


Yes, Women Of Color Support Bernie Sanders. It’s Time To Stop Erasing Our Voices. 

Teen Vogue - November 11, 2019

Video: Bernie Sanders Rises In Polls, Connects With Black Voters

MSNBC - November 3, 2019

Young Black Voters In The Carolinas Say They Like What Bernie Sanders Is Saying About Racial Justice

Buzzfeed News - September 22, 2019

Why Black Voters Are Backing Two Old White Guys

Politico - September 2, 2019

Video: Bernie Listens: Millennial Roundtable In Miami

Bernie Sanders On Youtube - August 23, 2019

Bernie Sanders Takes Aim At The Pathology Of The For-Profit Criminal Justice System

Real News Network - August 20, 2019

Bernie’s Plan Rings In A New Era Of Criminal Justice Politics

Jacobin - August 19, 2019

Video: Bernie Releases AMAZING Criminal Justice Reform Plan

Secular Talk On Youtube - August 19, 2019


Bernie Sanders Vows To Go To 'War With White Nationalism And Racism' As President

The Hill - August 18, 2019

Bernie Sanders Unveils Criminal Justice Reform Plan Aiming To Curb Prison Population

The Hill - August 18, 2019

Sanders Unveils Plan To End Cash Bail, Ban Private Prisons, and 'Fundamentally Transform' US Criminal Justice System

Common Dreams - August 18, 2019


Video: Bernie Sanders And Rapper 'Killer Mike' Talk Race, Faith And Hurt In America

ABC News - August 18, 2019

Video: Watch Bernie Sanders Talk Insurance, Student Debt, And Police Brutality With Cardi B

AV Club - August 18, 2019

Video: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren Tap Into Racial Injustices, Gun Violence During Atlanta Stop

11 Alive On Youtube - August 17, 2019

Video: Bernie Sanders On Voter Suppression

Bernie Sanders Senate - August 17, 2019

The Quiet Death Of The “White Bernie Bro” Attack

Jacobin - August 17, 2019

Bernie Sanders Tells Cardi B His DOJ Would Investigate All Police Shootings of Citizens

Gritpost - August 15, 2019

Bernie Sanders Just Suggested A Unique Way To Legalize Marijuana

Yahoo Finance - August 11, 2019

Bernie Sanders Turns On the Charm At Conference Of Black Journalists

US News - August 9, 2019

Sanders, Castro Confirm Attendance At Houston Forum Hosted By Muslim Organizations

Houston Chronicle - August 5, 2019


Video: Bernie Sanders Speaks During NAACP Forum In Detroit

WDIV Local 4 On Youtube - July 24, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders Delivers Keynote At Black Press Event, Labels Trump ‘Racist And Worst President In History’

Amsterdam News - June 30, 2019

Bernie Sanders, In Cincinnati, Ohio, Makes Appeal To Black Americans; Calls Out Trump

Cincinnati - June 29, 2019

Video: Bernie Sanders FULL Speech NNPA 

Bernie Sanders Interviews & Rallies On Youtube - June 28, 2019

Bernie Sanders Sole Candidate To Address The Black Press At NNPA National Convention

The Atlanta Voice - June 27, 2019

A Review Of Bernie Sanders' Economic Policies

Investopedia - June 25, 2019

Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Fix Racial Segregation In American Schools

Buzzfeed - May 18, 2019

Sanders Backs Committee To Study Slavery Reparations

National Review - April 5, 2019

Video: Biden vs. Bernie: 90's Crime Legislation

Bernie Facts On Youtube - March 8, 2019

Cornel West On Bernie Sanders, Trump, And Racism

The Intercept - March 7, 2019

Bernie In Chicago: From Civil Rights Era Activism To Present-Day Struggles Against Racism

Shadow Proof - March 5, 2019

Bernie Sanders’ Chicago 2020 Speech Focuses On Fight Against Racism

The Guardian - March 4, 2019

Bernie Sanders Leans In On Race As He Launches His White House Bid

Think Progress - March 3, 2019

Bernie Sanders Asks The Right Question On Reparations: What Does It Mean?

The Intercept - February 26, 2019


Bernie Sanders Vows To Fight ‘All Forms Of Racism’ In First Televised Town Hall

Huffpost - February 23, 2019

Where Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Stands On Marijuana

Marijuana Moment - February 19, 2019

How Come So Many Bernie Bros Are Women And People Of Color?

Common Dreams - December 18, 2018

Bernie's Plan For Racial Justice

Jacobin - December 12, 2018

Video: Nina Turner On Strengthening The Democratic Party, Her New Podcast, Bernie Sanders + More

Breakfast Club Power 105.1 On Youtube - July 2, 2018

Video: Bernie Sanders On Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Run on March 10, 1988

Channel 17 Town Meeting TV On Youtube - December 10, 2016

Bernie Sanders Addresses Religion And Race In Harlem

CBS News - April 9, 2016

The Story Behind Bernie Sanders’s 1963 Arrest

Chicago Magazine - March 15, 2016

Video: Bernie Sanders: Cowards Suppress Voters - We Want Participation

Bernie Sanders On Youtube - March 10, 2016

Read Bernie Sanders’ 1961 Testimony On His University’s Racist Housing Policy

Mother Jones - March 8, 2016

Video: Nina Turner: Bernie Sanders Is A Champion For Civil Rights

Bernie Sanders On Youtube - February 25, 2016

Footage Shows A Young Bernie Sanders Arrested During Civil Rights Protest

The Guardian - February 20, 2016


Video: Bernie Sanders Endorses Rev. Jesse Jackson for President In 1988

Bernie Sanders On Youtube - February 13, 2016

Here’s What Bernie Sanders Actually Did In The Civil Rights Movement

Mother Jones - February 11, 2016

Video: Bernie Sanders Tours Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester Neighborhood

WMAR-2 News On Youtube - December 8, 2015

In Iowa, Black Voters Are Testing The Bernie Sanders Waters

September 10, 2015

How Bernie Sanders And Martin O’Malley Want To Address Racial Injustice

Vox - August 12, 2015


Bernie Sanders In Los Angeles: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Isn’t Just A Slogan

Mercury News - August 11, 2015

Video: Rep. Bernie Sanders: The Politics Of Welfare Reform

CSPAN - July 23, 2015


20 Ways Bernie Sanders Has Stood Up For Civil And Minority Rights

Salon - July 22, 2015

Video: A Look At Bernie Sanders' Civil Rights Activism: 1960s-Present

The Humanist Report - July 7, 2015

Video: Bernie Sanders On Militarization Of Police And Accountability

Cop Chasers On Youtube - June 6, 2015

The Radical Education Of Bernie Sanders

Time - May 26, 2015

Video: Bernie Sanders Speaks Out On Baltimore Protests On CNN

Bernie Sanders On Youtube - April 30, 2015

Learning From The Ferguson Tragedy

Letter To The Editor: New York Times, Bernie Sanders - August 21, 2014

Video: Bernie Sanders On Ferguson Tragedy & Racial Injustice

Bernie Sanders On Youtube - August 18, 2014