Many of you may have seen what was referred to as #DemExit during and after the National Convention this summer but does this mean all Bernie supporters have left the Party? No. While many Bernie supporters have chosen to leave the Party, there are many who believe working with the Party is the best way to move forward. As a counter to so many leaving the party Jason Eno, a Bernie delegate from Hawaii, has created a resource to connect those who stayed in called #DemEnter.
Those of us uniting, myself included, believe leaving the Democratic Party was somewhat of a knee jerk reaction. Do we believe the DNC inappropriately backed a particular candidate throughout the race? Yes. Did many Bernie delegates experience taunting and even physical assaults on the convention floor? Yes. Do we condone these things and the actions of the people involved in these behaviors? No. But as they say, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”
Our goal in working within the Party is to bring it back to its original purpose as stated in the Preamble. “Recognizing that the vitality of the Nation’s political institutions has been the foundation of its enduring strength, we acknowledge that a political party which wishes to lead must listen to those it would lead, a party which asks for the people’s trust must prove that it trusts the people and a party which hopes to call forth the best the Nation can achieve must embody the best of the Nation’s heritage and traditions. ”
Per Jason Eno, “#DemEnter seeks to systematically reform the Democratic Party, by examining its structure and make-up nationally and displacing corruption where it is found, returning the Party to the people.” We understand corruption can be found throughout any organization and leaving the Party behind will only allow for further corruption. While many members are still experiencing being shut out of involvement and their voices heard, we will not give up on Our Party. Bernie Sanders ran as a Democrat knowing further involvement would be required. We will follow his lead to continue on as Democrats and remove the oligarchy.
Our hope is that those who are seeing continued action from Bernie supporters will embrace us all and allow our voices to be heard as well. We are bringing fresh light into the Party along with experienced activism skills and national connections. We have not given up on you so please do not give up on us!