Sanders Delegate Housing
As a old organizer I have years of experience with campaigns of all kinds, Union, community and electoral. I know what to do to win my district for Sanders. What I don't have is the finds to get the job done.
I have been doing this entirely out of pocket since the day I first learned that Bernie was running. The pockets of a retiree living only on Social Security are not that deep and as the campaign picks up speed coming to the convention the cost is becoming more than I can manage. Gas alone to get from event to event and to canvass voters can take up almost half of my monthly funds. There is also printing, signs and housing for the convention. While the Sanders campaign now has some paid staff on the ground now in PA there is no money for the grassroots volunteers and delegate candidates like myself.
I and another delegate have for now a hold on 20 beds at a Philadelphia youth hostel there are 16 more available if the money is there to secure them. Hotel rooms for the convention are going for as much as a thousand dollars a night. Many Sanders delegates from around the country will never be able to afford that.
I am asking for your help to provide this space for Grassroots Sanders delegates from around the country bed down and to caucus. Thank you for all that you can do
This is a picture of the carriage house at the Chamounix Mansion Youth Hostel in Philadelphia which we are seeking to secure as our "Bernie Bunker"
The space will house up to 30 delegates in dormitory sleeping facility with excellent kitchen facilities available in the nearby main house.
Also there will be meeting and caucus space for more.
This will be an essential asset for our delegates many of whom would never be able to afford accommodations other wise. Bernie must not loose a single delegate because one of his supporters did not have a place to stay.
Thanks for your help
Hi, I am an organizer who has been trying for the past week to get people to give to Delegates. It is a tough task right now to get people to give. There is a lot of suspicion over the amount delegates want. I have been trying to educate reddit users on some of the big costs the delegates face. Still some delegates have asked for money to pay for their grand child's day care while away and for money to buy a new laptop and smart phone. Though I understand these are expenses that are valid, when asking for charity off an angry crowd of disappointed campaigners its not going over well. Its caused a lot of suspicion. They worry they are giving you money that Sanders will be able to give you in a few days and they will be out their money. And what if you are not really a delegate but just opened a page as one. That is on their minds as well. With the amount of money you are asking for being this high I am afraid the people I am working with will just close your page and not fund you or any other delegates. I encourage you to consider carefully just asking for your transportation and hotel costs and any fee's you will be charged to enter or required expensive meals. I also encourage you to look at the other delegates from FLA and seriously consider asking one to be your room mate. I imagine everyone being short funded will make people eager to say yes. By doing that you should be able to cut your ask down to 2000 and they will think that a more reasonable amount. No one s going to believe that you need 4000 dollars for just transportation and hotel. Travel (100 max) and entrance cost (150) and hotel (2100 for a single 1500 with a room mate), $$$ meals required (200). 2500 max request. I am sorry that this is not happening before Bernie endorsed Clinton. Everyone is in a bad mood and I can't seem to budge them much. 4 of us have been working on this for days solid. I also encourage you to post your link on any facebook page that is related to you like your high school graduation year' s facebook page, PA for Bernie, if you are a teacher, teachers for Bernie etc. If you get this out there to people who have something in common with you, your chances of getting fully funded will increase! If you rely just on reddit you will be disappointed I am afraid. Maybe tumblr and Instagram pages on Bernie will be in better moods. Some of the Bernie pages on reddit are moderated by people who are pro unity with Clinton and they are not always nice. If you get a cold shoulder that is probably the problem. Look for Sanders sub, or page, that has more people who are stillSanders or really hate Clinton . Those are the places that will be more receptive. If you know someone under 30 they will be a good bet to help you get your site promoted on various pages on the internet. Call them right away if you do not feel up to doing it yourself. Good luck and thank you for being a delegate. Please accept this advice as kindly meant despite its bad news. Sorry