Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters joined together today at more than 400 events across the country to encourage Sanders to run for President of the United States in 2020. According to the Organizing for Bernie group, more than 3,000 Sanders supporters were taking part. They’re creating a “massive campaign-in-waiting” that they can launch at a moment’s notice if Sanders decides that he’s running for President.
You can watch a video of the event below. The event is live streaming, showing people from across the country. When the event ends, the video will be briefly unavailable until it converts and is re-watchable.
You can also watch a livesream in the tweet below, if the Facebook stream stops:
The event was a joint effort by The People for Bernie Sanders and Organizing for Bernie. Both are not affiliated with Bernie Sanders or a possible Sanders campaign. [This story originally listed People for Bernie Sanders as a PAC, based on a reference in a VTDigger story. People for Bernie Sanders is not a PAC.]
Sanders did not attend the event, but Nina Turner who heads Our Revolution did. Here’s a map showing all the local events that were tuning into the live stream and participating.
This event was inspired by a comment that Sanders made last month, VT Digger reported. Winnie Wong, co-founder of People for Bernie, told VT Digger: “Last month, Sen. Sanders said grassroots support would determine whether or not he decides to run for president again. We are here, and we are ready to support him all the way to finish line.”
Nina Turner, who heads Our Revolution, is also planning Runnie Bernie Run meetings to encourage Sanders to run for President. She was a last-minute guest speaker at the Organizing for Bernie live stream event today.
Here’s Turner’s message:
Other speakers included Roseann Demoro, Kat Brezler, Cori Bush, and Roy Tatem. The event started at 4 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, January 12.
Here are some photos and videos from the event. Participants talked about the event on Twitter using hashtags #RunBernieRun and #Bernie2020.
Now it just remains to be seen if Bernie Sanders decides to run. With Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Julian Castro announcing their runs, Sanders will likely need to make a decision soon.
This story originally incorrectly listed People for Bernie Sanders as a PAC. People for Bernie Sanders has told Heavy that there are not a PAC and references from other sources that list them as such are incorrect.