Press Release: The Sanders Campaigns Changed American Politics, Establishing the Progressive Agenda for the 21st Century

Apr 8, 2020


Alan Minsky, PDA Executive Director 818-749-9497
Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director 301-602-9388

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Responds to Senator Bernie Sanders’

   Announcement Suspending his Presidential Campaign.


PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky said, “Bernie Sanders is the transformative politician of our time; a monumental figure in American history. His 2016 and 2020 Presidential campaigns reset the national agenda; reversing a decades-long rightward drift in our politics and establishing the possibility of real progressive change through the electoral system.”

Minsky observed, “Alone among national political figures, Senator Sanders championed both the 21st Century New Deal agenda we need and the fundamental reforms necessary to make our political and economic systems work for the people—not just the powerful. American politics have changed thanks to Bernie. Polls show that the Sanders agenda is now embraced by a majority of Americans; and, thus, it is incumbent upon all of us to continue Bernie’s fight until his policy template, which America needs now more than ever, is passed into law.”

PDA Communications Director Mike Hersh said, “PDA launched an effort to ‘draft’ Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for President as a Democrat in 2013. We called our campaign to build support for this historic candidacy ‘Run Bernie Run,’ and persuaded him to do so by gathering more than 20,000 petition signatures, holding town hall meetings and house parties in several states, through social media efforts, and other outreach.”

Hersh added, “Sen. Sanders was correct when he explained, ‘This country faces more serious problems than at any time since the Great Depression, and there is a horrendous lack of serious political discourse or ideas out there that can address these crises, and that somebody has got to represent the working-class and the middle-class of this country.’ That’s why he inspired millions and launched a mass movement.”

Minsky added, “PDA is committed to working with progressive delegates on the National Democratic Party Platform to ensure that it adequately addresses the challenges we currently face including the COVID-19 Pandemic and the need for Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, and Labor reforms, as well as solutions to the crushing student and consumer debt, persistent poverty, homelessness, and structural racism that remain endemic in contemporary America. So, in the upcoming primaries, PDA will mobilize to make sure that the block of progressive delegates is as large as possible at this summer’s Democratic National Convention.”

Minsky concluded, “PDA was with Bernie right from the beginning. We were the first national organization to call on Bernie to run for President as a Democrat, way back in 2013. We know that going forward Bernie will be there right alongside us. He is a true inspiration to all of us.”


  1. Lou McCreary

    Thanks Bernie and PDA for pointing our Country in the right direction-Onward !

    • Linda Sutton

      Bernie OWNS the future. His progressive agenda is now widely supported, and the DNC needs to reset if they want to win. Must support Medicare for All.

  2. David Keeler

    Glad to have been on-board since Run Bernie Run, and honored to have met the Senator during the 2010 Senate committee hearings & Nurses rally across from the Capitol while handing out ‘HealthCare Not Warfare’ posters at the rally, we spoke for about 5-10 minutes.

    • Chuck Pennacchio

      DK, I remember that day like it was last week. Bernie was remarkably accessible, upbeat, and engaged. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Steve Trujillo

    you need to understand reality. Bernie does. get on board with the Biden campaign. all you are doing is ensuring another trumpturd term in office. WAKE THE HELL UP.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tell Congress To End Police BrutalityIn This Critical Moment, We See No Leadership From The White House We Look To Justice-Minded Members of Congress, to Step Up and Lead

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) condemns ongoing, escalating violence against African Americans. We desperately need a national truth and reconciliation conversation to admit and rectify the scourge of structural racism, including comprehensive policy changes.

H.Res.988, cosponsored by four courageous congressional leaders, is a decisive first step. Join us demanding its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In response to the brutal murder of George Floyd by a sworn peace officer, abetted and assisted by three other sworn peace officers in broad daylight, four U.S. Representatives have stepped up to lead.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN, in whose district the murder took place), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced H.Res. 988, a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives, “condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country.”

Tell Congress To End Police Brutality

Take action now! Click Here to email your U.S. Representative and demand passage of H.Res. 988 as a first step toward seeking justice for George Floyd and so many others whose lives have been cut short by police brutality.

“From slavery to lynching to Jim Crow, black people in this country have been brutalized and dehumanized for centuries,” Rep. Omar stated last week. “We cannot fully right these wrongs until we admit we have a problem. As the People’s House, the House of Representatives must acknowledge these historical injustices and call for a comprehensive solution. There are many steps on the path to justice, but we must begin to take them.”

George Floyd is just one among the latest in a (much too) long list of victims of state-sanctioned terrorism against African Americans. We know the names of some recent victims, but for far too long records and statistics on extra-judicial police killings have not even been kept. For too many years, officers have not been charged, and—if charged—they have not been effectively prosecuted or convicted.

Email your U.S. Representative today and demand passage of the Omar-Pressley-Bass-Lee resolution (H.Res.988) condemning police brutality, racial profiling, and excessive and militarized force by police.