Jacob Christy MN Bernie Delegate(N)
I'm 22 and studying physics at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). Although politically aware and fervent in my opinions, I was disenchanted with politics for some time. Bernie Sanders helped me feel hope for the future of America again, and I am returning that favor by getting involved in the political process.
At the National Convention I will:
- Work to persuade Minnesotan super delegates such as Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar to support Bernie and cast their votes for him at the convention. Bernie won 61.6% of the caucus vote here but, as of today, only 3 out of our 16 supper delegates have backed him, just 18.75%. I think they should listen to the voices of Minnesota voters.
- Attempt to swing other super delegates in general to Bernie’s side before the vote. I will make the case that Bernie is the strongest general election candidate. In all recent general election polling, he beats Trump by much larger margins than Hillary. Independents, who were largely denied a voice in closed primary states, now make up the largest voter block in America and Bernie wins their vote by large margins.
- Use my voting power and persuasion to shift the party platform leftward. If Bernie becomes president and inspires support for down ticket candidates, he will be able to get much more done than any incrementalist.
On September 17, 2011 determined protesters marched on Zuccotti park in Manhattan to air their grievances about a rigged economy in which almost all new wealth generated went to a few of the super wealthy and 1% of the population owned as much as the other 99%. The message resonated with disenfranchised citizens as the revolutionary fire stoked there raced across the country. I participated in one of those fires at occupy MN at Government Plaza in Minneapolis because I felt that such wealth inequality was unacceptable. Today, the wealth gap is even larger and more Americans are living in poverty. I view Bernie’s revolution as an echo of the occupy movement and believe, as Bernie does, that many of the problems Americans face stem largely from a rigged economy. We need to keep this fire berning because this is the most important election in recent history. I hope that you will support me in my efforts to create a future we can believe in.