On April 5th 2016, Wisconsin Felt The Bern!
Through months of vigourous work and the dedication of grassroots activists, we were able to show the rest of the country how much our state still values progressive ideals - and the envisionment of Bernie Sanders is something that we all truly believe in.
I got involved with this campaign before it even was a campaign. In late April of 2015, prior to his announcement, I began networing and gathering resources to help the political revolution. I created a simple Facebook Group - Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders 2016 - and figured it would be a great way to get to know other supporters from around the state. That's what social media is all about, right? Little did I know that something that seemed so simple would lead me down the path to who I've become now.
Slowly, more and more people began to join from around the state. And I was having conversations with random strangers that were meaningful. They were about politics. Social justice. How to make the future better for our country. And those conversations eventually built enough momentum to turn into full-blown activism.
I initiated a Bernie Sanders group in Green Bay at the end of July. At our first meeting, we had about 100 people attend to watch Bernie give a speech via live stream. And for the next 9 months that group held strong, and it grew. And we were able to connect with people even outside our own county - from the far corners of the state. I've met and talked with people in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Sturgeon Bay, Crivitz, Steven's Point, Chippewa Falls, La Crosse and more. We've held meet-ups to discuss the primary race and Bernie's policies, to watch debates, to plan rallies and other events to promote Bernie's name, like Bernstock that was held in Green Bay in March. We have phone banked to other states through Bernie's campaign, Facebanked, networked via Slack and Reddit, built apps and websites and so much more.
And finally in March, it was our turn to reach out to Wisconsin voters.
Official campaign staff came to Green Bay and I was able to work directly with our assigned field organizer. We had a constant support system of people recruting more volunteers, helping at the campaign office, going out and knocking on doors, etc. I can't help but feel incredibly proud for the efforts of our area. Because we are all really passionate Bernie supporters. We value his integrity. We envision his platform becoming reality to better the lives of people in this country.
WE KNOW THAT WE ARE THE REVOLUTION.
So, the next step? Carrying that revolution all the way to the national convention and ensuring that come November, the name on the Democratic tickets WILL be Bernie Sanders. I was fortunate enough to be recognized for all the hard work that I've been putting into this campaign for the last year, and got elected to be the sole female Bernie delegate representing the 8th Congressional District on May 1st.
And I ask for your help. This is not a cheap process. And I am not a rich woman. I'm one of your typical millenials who is saddled with student loan debt, renting a super cheap apartment, being frugal and maintaining a tight budget, etc. I am asking for donations to help with travel, accomdations and convention expenses. I would grately appreciate any amount of help in aiding me to get to the convention, so that I can be the voice for Bernie, for the progressive movement, for the 99%, for the middle-class, for the people who are fed up with the establishment, the ones who want REAL CHANGE.
I'M READY TO BERN DOWN PHILLY!!!
- Debbie May
- Mike Nortom
- Kathy Payne
- Janel Aye
- Rebecca Posselt