LA Coliseum for BERNIE SANDERS!
$2,632 of $25,000 goal
We are currently experiencing the most significant political revolution in DECADES! California has the largest number of remaining delegates, and is the largest state in the country! Lets have the biggest Rally EVER and send a message to the establishment!
Who are we?
We're a small grassroots group of serious Bernie Sanders Supporters who are excited to see 130,000 People fill a stadium in support of Bernie Sanders and the Political Revolution!
This is NOT a personal fund.
Who the heck is Suki Liebow?
Suki Liebow is a Bernie Advocate, Professional Bernie Blogger, Califonia Native, and Small Business owner who lives in San Francisco.
We’re less than a week away from the original proposed date for this event, and what a wild ride it’s been! Here’s what’s happening!
We have been working tirelessly to get an endorsement from the campaign for this event. As you can imagine, they are just a little busy at the moment running a historically significant national campaign to win every vote and delegate possible prior to the convention in July. Not to mention Shaking things up in CA!!! Holy cow did you see the Oakland Rally turnout?
But I digress...
Since we launched this idea into action just two short weeks ago, we’ve joined forces with the founders of Bernstock, gained the support and endorsements from DC to DNC Founder and Director, Ed Higgins, received endorsements from the Bernie Sanders Brigade, exceeded 18,000 people (and growing) showing interest on our facebook event page, and we have lists of amazing bands and artists who are eager to perform and contribute to this event.
What we understand from the campaign so far, is that they are quite enthusiastic about the idea of what we’re now calling “Bernstock,” and we are unable to make the event happen for the originally proposed dates. Alas, there just isn’t enough time!
Because we absolutely DO NOT want to interfere with the Official Campaigns agenda leading up to the California primary (we think they are doing a remarkable job!), we are considering our options moving forward.
One proposed option is to move Bernstock to coincide with the Philadelphia convention in July.
If we aim for a peaceful mega concert in support of Bernie Sanders and focus on our fight for democracy in connection with the DC to DNC protests, it could draw incredible crowds and send a powerful message to the establishment.
We want to hear what YOU think!
This an event intended to be by the people, for the people!
We so very much appreciate the immense support and patience we have received from you while we’ve (pretty sloppily at times) immersed ourselves in this this epic adventure! Needless to say, we are learning a LOT!
We will, of course, continue to post and promote and Bernie Rallies as we hear about them on the event page.
Thanks for all your help in sharing events and spreading the word far and wide! You guys are awesome!
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE!!!
To all of you who donated to this gofundme campaign (which raised $2632 in just a few hours, WOW!);
Because the fundraiser was intended for a very specific event and location and it appears we are opening up our options to other possible venues, dates, and locations, I have donated the entirety of this gofundme account ($2632.00 less the gofundme percentage for a total donation of 2475.31) directly to the official Bernie Sanders Campaign, as promised. I Have scheduled the transfer from the gofundme account for tomorrow, but have already made the donation in it's entirety as of today. Screenshot of receipt attached.
Thank YOU for being the first to lend your support to this idea! It’s because of your enthusiasm and trust that we gained the interest and support of more than 12,000 People in the first two days!
Honestly, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Without the initial momentum of the gofundme, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
#Bernstock #BernieSanders #StillBernie #NotMeUs #Inittowinit
Updates also posted on our event page here:
In case you didn't know; We have sent a formal invitation to the Official Bernie Sanders Campaign for this event!
We have been in direct contact by phone and email and are eagerly awaiting their response!
You probably noticed the campaign is paused.
In response to the excitement about this idea on Facebook, we launched this campaign on the fly to get the momentum rolling while we contacted the Official Campaign.
Well, it worked!
"PLAN A" -or- What we thought was going to happen: Launch the campaign to get the ball rolling assuming we would have time (while a few donations trickled in) to get word from the official campaign.
"PLAN B" -or- What actually happened:
We launched the campaign and the donations came in so fast, we raised $2642 in just 8 hours!
WOW! You Berner's have passion!
Since we are a small grassroots organization, and this gofundme is set up as an individual account, we paused the campaign before reaching the maximum personal donation limit of $2700 while we await word from the official campaign. (and to make sure our legal i's are dotted and t's crossed!)
Meanwhile, we created a "proposed" event page on facebook that (in 48 hours!) has 12,000 people interested or committed to going to this event and those numbers are steadily growing!
We included this information (along with the info regarding this gofundme campaign) in our formal invitation.
Where are we now?
Our intention hasn't changed! We are working hard to set up a collaboration with the Official Bernie Sanders Campaign in the promotion of this event. When that happens, the remaining fundraising efforts would go directly through the official campaign and we would help promote it through the Facebook events page.
There is no change to the way the money we raised here will be used.
The funds will be used for the sole purpose of helping fund and promote the LA event in support of Bernie Sanders, as they were originally intended.
Stay tuned for more info! If you haven't yet visited, joined, and shared the proposed event page on Facebook, here's the link!
Thanks again for your support!
And of course, FEEL THE BERN!
Please use Bernie's Official actblue fundraiser site at BernieSandersdotcom for the following reasons. 1) Campaign finace laws are very specific in who can donate how much for which purposes~this site does not provide that level of accountability. 2) No Bernie Events are slated for June 3rd at this time in zip code 90037 (location of ibid venue). view for yourself. then donate at his official website. Thank you. http://www.bernie2016events.org/#zipcode=90037&distance=10&eventtype=CW&eventtype=E&eventtype=D&eventtype=B&eventtype=O&daterange=all-events
It would be better to donate directly to the sanders campaign and start a petition to request Bernies campaign to have a huge rally at this location. This GoFundMe page idea is a nice gesture but there is alot of legal issues and coordination issues with the actual idea. Bernie Sanders Campaign donations have slowed down which means he needs our direct donations NOW to his official campaign managers. https://go.berniesanders.com/page/content/splash
I donate to Sanders' campaign monthly and do volunteer work. I would love to see him fill the Coliseum. I believe his campaign can foot the $25,000 for the venue. Has that been requested? I don't doubt your sincerity and your effort is admirable but if he were to have a rally there, wouldn't his staff organize it? I'm definitely feelin' the Bern!!!
The FEC has very strict rules about campaigns keeping perfect records on who donated what. Even if this GFM were to obtain the required amount and rent the stadium for that night, Bernie could not legally hold a rally there on that night because that would be the equivalent of accepting $25k worth of untraceable small donations.
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Bernie will be at the Coliseum tomorrow 6/4 doors open at 4. We need a HUGE turnout to motivate a HUGE turnout on Tuesday!!!!
It's happening! Bernie at the Coliseum TOMORROW, JUN 04 -- https://twitter.com/maryaliceparks/status/738862250279063553
I have a concern. My concern is that, if this event is done in conjunction with the Philadelphia National Convention (I will be there as a Bernie delegate) that it will actually detract from the huge protests we are planning and reduce the numbers of our protesters, especially from California. I believe there are plans for various local marches and protests on that day as well, and I dont know specifics about California events but if local protests are planned there as well then they will be detracted from...and for what, to have fun and listen to music? Is that worth taking people from their revolutionary duties hitting the streets? A concert is NOT an act of defiance and the message may be for Bernie but will not be relevant to the Convention in any way I can clearly see.... thank you for hearing my concerns!
OMG you guys can do this thing, you really can , I'm a dual citizen, USA and Canada, couldn't vote , tried to register, it was a friggen nightmare and impossible to supply all documents necessary in a short time span... And I'm a white , middle class fairly empowered and knowledgeable women. WTF , do they do to marginalized folks. I can't even BEGIN to imagine. As a well informed voter they made it virtually impossible. Cali you can do this !!! You can bring the queen of these United States of America the FUCK down. Sorry for the language just so excited !!!
I agree that it's smarter to give to Bernie directly but I gave a few bucks because I want the campaign to see that the community is serious about making this happen and I felt like if the event showed up with a few bucks, perhaps the Campaign would take them more seriously. They need to cut the number of bands by like 90% in my opinion.
Amazing how Sanders has made it so easy for people to con you suckers! Its pathetic!