Meet the Wisconsin for Bernie
Delegate Slate for CD-2
It is our view that becoming delegates presents the opportunity to both enact immediate changes and simultaneously lay the groundwork for our longer-term goals of making Wisconsin a truly progressive state.
Why we're running as a slate
Together, we built a statewide network of Bernie supporters, held weekly phone banks, organized canvassing operations in partnership with DSA, OWR, SA, TAA and others, traveled to Iowa, built an email list of over a thousand subscribers, and together have spent hundreds of volunteer hours helping Bernie, and building up our Wisconsin-based movement. Ultimately, this isn’t about any single one of us; it’s about how we can work together to uplift every Wisconsinite and restore faith in our democracy, how we connect with one another, and how we win policies that let us live a life of dignity.
If Bernie gets to 25% of the delegates overall - and this is likely - the Sanders campaign will reach a threshold that enables far more leverage on important committees, especially the Platform and Rules committees. The convention isn’t a television ad for the presumptive nominee - it’s a site of struggle for our issues.
We will create a channel of communication both before and during the convention, so that those who aren’t attending can communicate with us. We will act as transparent sources of information by sharing the proceedings of the convention in real time and represent our constituency inside the convention floor.
Our aim is to push the Democratic Party to support and enact the following on the Platform and Rules Committees:
Platform committee proposals:
A Holistic COVID-19 Pandemic Response:
Provide direct, emergency $2,000 cash payments to every person in America and the cancellation of rent for every month for the duration of the pandemic.
Implement a Green New Deal:
Transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis
Medicare for All:
Create a single-payer, national health insurance program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service and eliminate all medical debt
Implement a Welcoming and Safe Immigration System:
Reinstate and expand DACA and develop a humane policy for those seeking asylum and abolish ICE
College for All:
Guarantee tuition and debt-free public colleges, universities, HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions and trade-schools to all and eliminate all student debt.
Eliminate “Right to Work (for Less)” laws and guarantee the right to unionize for workers historically excluded from labor protections, including government workers, farm workers and domestic workers.
Expand Social Security:
Expand Social Security benefits for all recipients and protect pensions.
Housing for All:
End the housing crisis by investing $2.5 trillion to build nearly 10 million permanently affordable housing units.
Improved commitments to the Veterans Administration (VA):
Eliminate the Veterans Administration benefits backlog, fully fund and resource the VA, and reverse the disastrous privatization of services for veterans.
Justice and Safety for All:
Transform the way we police communities by end the War on Drugs by legalizing marijuana and expunging past convictions, treating children who interact with the justice system as children, reversing the criminalization of addiction, and ending the reliance on police forces to handle mental health emergencies, homelessness, maintenance violations, and other low-level situations.
Free Child Care and Pre-K for All:
Establish a universal free child care program funded by the federal government and administered by state agencies and tribal governments in cooperation and in collaboration with public school districts, and other relevant agencies and organizations. The federal funding will cover the full cost of child care services and pay for the workers as well as capital expenses.
Rules Committee Proposals:
We will fight to make all processes, committee selections and rule changes as transparent and accessible as possible.
A More Inclusive and Transparent Pledged Delegate Process:
Becoming a pledged delegate requires an extraordinary amount of time, energy and resources, which creates a barrier for many. We propose to champion a more transparent and inclusive process which allows for greater participation for all interested in becoming delegates.
Changing the Selection of Automatic Delegates:
Delegates who automatically receive credentials to be part of a state delegation to the Democratic National Convention will include: the Governor (if a Democrat); the Lieutenant Governor (if a Democrat); any sitting Democratic US Senator; any sitting Democratic member of the US House of Representatives. No other persons will be granted delegate credentials automatically.
We will continue to grow our statewide coalition and educate and train our members to become the strong leaders the state of Wisconsin needs. This will be achieved by our members running for local office, forming unions, organizing demonstrations, holding incumbent officials accountable and more. Given that the DNC will be on our home turf, we are uniquely positioned to make meaningful connections with not only the participants coming from all over the country but also many Wisconsinites. We aim to learn as much as we can about how to become better organizers and leaders and will share everything we learn with our coalition.