Millennials, Rise Up!
Formerly Millennials for Bernie Sanders, we are a diverse collective of millennial activists, delegates, and organizers who supported Bernie in his bid to become the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party during the 2016 elections, and continue to support his vision to reclaim American democracy for all of us. Working alongside the greatest social movements of our time, we aim to support a new generation of progressive leaders, empower millions to fight for social change, and elevate the political consciousness.
As a truly progressive candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, Sen. Sanders inspired millions of Americans with policy proposals that put a laser focus on improving the lives of the 99% during an election cycle dominated by media hype and scandal, fueling his campaign on small donors and grassroots power instead of Super PACs and lobbyist cash. His no-nonsense avuncular style, consistently bold vision for America, and rejection of the corrupting forces of wealth rekindled the hopes and dreams of a generation weighed down by student loan debt, stagnant wages, and a hypercompetitive post-recession job market. On issues where Sen. Sanders was not perfect, he graciously ceded the spotlight to empower young people to stand up and be heard, allowing the movement he started to begin to evolve beyond him — to truly be about Not Me, but Us.
Millennials for Revolution seeks to continue to fight for the interests of the 99% through:
- Informational campaigns, political memes, and timely progressive news you need to know
- Direct action in the service and defense of racial, environmental, health, housing, labor, and socioeconomic justice; gender equality and human rights at home and around the world
- Endorsements and support for leftist causes and electoral candidates within and outside of the Democratic Party establishment
We are kickstarting a small ‘d’ democratic movement, rather than a corporate-style, data-driven, controlled-and-triangulated, top-down enterprise. Our volunteer membership reflects diverse constituencies from a broad range of leftist movements who have seen the Democratic Party as an inconsistent ally in the fight for social, economic, and racial justice. We believe neither mainstream U.S. political party strives to reflect nor actualize our deepest-held aspirations for the America-that-could-be – one that is truly inclusive, compassionate, and seeks to address long-standing disparities with distributive justice. Many of us have found ourselves repeatedly locked out of internal party discourses, pushed to the margins while our views are patronized, invalidated, or outright ignored by establishment figureheads and the pundit class.
The rise of Donald Trump and the spinelessness of the Democratic Party resistance to his ascent has demonstrated that the neoliberal status quo has failed – for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our country. We are no longer content with calls for civility and toothless “bipartisanship” at a time of pervasive, insidious inequality. We are no longer satisfied with lesser evilism – watching the same cast of affluent oligarchs, political dynasties, and their sycophantic allies jousting for power atop the sociopolitical pyramid while average Americans suffer the consequences.
We see politics not as a cynical game of 12th-dimensional chess nor a spectator sport to tune into every two-to-four years. For us, it is a consistent battle waged against the powerful forces of capital and their political agents – forces that erode our humanity and our democratic ideals, controlling every aspect of our lives while enriching their own.
This revolution reflects our commitment to meaningful systemic change in America from the inside-out and outside-in. We understand the need for fiercer grassroots political activity at the base, and plan to do everything in our power to deliver it.
Change is possible, but it’s up to us to take action, both at the polls and in the streets!
Join us as we continue to fight for Bernie’s ideals and beyond!