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Voice of the "people": Bernie Sanders will headline progressive People's Summit in June

The most popular politician in America is, not surprisingly, going to star at the June progressive rally

Matthew Rozsa
March 28, 2017 10:50PM (UTC)

Less than a week after a poll found that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the most popular politician in America, a major progressive gathering has announced that he will be their headliner.

The second annual progressive gathering known as the People's Summit, which was announced on Tuesday, is going to be headlined by Sanders, according to a report by The Hill. It is scheduled for June 9 to June 11 in Chicago with the theme of moving "beyond the resistance."


Nina Turner, a major Sanders surrogate during the Democratic presidential primaries last year, told The Hill that "there is no force more powerful than a community on the move for justice. We will protest, we will plan and we will preserve in the building of political power from the ground up. This is our moment."

Similarly RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United (the first national labor group to endorse Sanders' candidacy), told CNN that the invitation "comes from a time when the momentum in social movements are all in high gear. It comes off the incredible momentum of the Sanders campaign and the greater hunger for people in our country for change."

Other major attendees include left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, CNN commentator Van Jones and feminist activist Linda Sarsour.


On Monday, USA Today published an editorial by Sanders denouncing Trump's budget as "one of the cruelest in American history" due to its numerous cuts to programs that primarily benefit low-income Americans. "This budget, and its absurd priorities, must be soundly defeated," Sanders argued.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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