Sanders Draws Thousands of Supporters to Portland Maine


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Early estimates were saying around 2,500 people would show but over 9,000 supporters filled the arena

Hot on the heels of Sanders’ Wisconsin rally, that had over 10,000 turn out, supporters flocked to Portland Maine.

From Maine to California … the American people understand that establishment politics and establishment economics is not working for the middle class,” Sanders said before the large crowd.

“They understand that the greed of Wall Street and the greed of corporate America is destroying the middle class of this country,” Sanders said during his speech.


Senator Bernie Sanders (Brookings Institution/Flickr)

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Social democracy is 100 percent American — here’s why




If you’re convinced you’d like Bernie Sanders to be president, here’s what you can do.

Visit Bernie’s official website and sign up to volunteer.

What does that mean?

Here is the list of things they need help with.
I bet you can find something to contribute!

  • leaflet voters
  • write letters to the editor
  • knock on doors
  • work in a campaign office
  • table at events
  • call voters
  • place lawn signs
  • data entry
  • host a meeting
  • host a fundraiser
  • host a house party
  • attend a house party
  • help fundraise online
  • what’s your idea?

Click here to volunteer


There’s always the money… Here’s why I think Bernie deserves financial contributions.

I’m impressed with the quality of the campaign’s digital outreach. They’re embracing the various platforms, like Facebook (when you “like” Bernie’s page, also choose “Get Notifications as this will insure you get all of their posts without the campaign having to buy ads, see bottom right corner of photo below), on Twitter, on YouTube and on Instagram, building a great website at break-neck speed and holding it to high standards. A financial contribution to Bernie’s campaign, I’m convinced, will be put to optimal use.

Nobody said this was going to be easy. Look at it this way, the Koch Brothers are pledging to spend $889 million on the 2016 campaign.


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Bernie Sanders receives 2015 award from VFW


From Democracy Now!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH: A Socialist Surge in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises Greek Anti-Austerity Vote


Bernie Sanders Rally in Madison Wisconsin

With over 10,000 supporters in attendance, Bernie rocks the house… and the House.

“Keep the faith… Because you don’t have any alternative. You’ve got to keep fighting.” – Bernie Sanders

Pay very particular attention at 9:00 into the video. At 9:05 Bernie reacts to the jubilant crowd with a very subtle, but very telling, shake of his head. Watch for it if you think he isn’t humbled by what’s happening.

Public Comments at Vermont Pension Investment Committee Encourage Divestment

Public Comments on Divestment

On June 23, 2015, the Vermont Pension Investment Committee met. VPIC Members present were:

  • Stephen Rauh, Chair
  • Beth Pearce, Vice-Chair, Vermont State Treasurer
  • Joseph Mackey, VSTRS Representative
  • Vaughn Altemus, Governor’s Delegate
  • Robert Hooper (by phone), VSERS Representative
  • Karen Paul (by phone), Governor’s Delegate
  • Thomas Golonka, VMERS Representative

Review the agenda and read the draft notes from the meeting.


What is the Vermont Pension Investment Committee

(from the Vermont Treasurer’s website)

The charge of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee is to combine the assets of the State Teachers’ Retirement System of Vermont, the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System, and the Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement System for the purpose of investment in a manner that is more cost- and resource-efficient and will improve the effectiveness of the oversight and management of the three systems’ assets. VPIC also aims to maintain the actuarial, accounting, and asset allocation integrity of the three systems.

VPIC Mission Statement

The mission of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC) is to make and manage investments for the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System, Vermont State Teachers’ Retirement System, Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement Systems, and the other Public Retirement System, with integrity, prudence, and skill to meet or exceed the financial objectives of the beneficiaries of the funds.

Board Meetings

Committee meetings are open to the public. Interested parties are welcome to attend at any time. Meetings are held in the 4th Floor Conference Room @ 109 State Street, Montpelier.

Future Board Meeting Dates

Please refer to “Meeting Notices” below for agendas and actual dates of meetings. Click here for a 2015 calendar of all VPIC and retirement system meetings. Dates are subject to change.

  • Tuesday, January 27
  • Tuesday, February 24
  • Tuesday, March 31
  • Tuesday, April 21
  • Tuesday, May 26
  • Tuesday, June 23
  • Tuesday, July 28
  • Tuesday, August 25
  • Tuesday, September 22
  • Tuesday, October 27
  • Tuesday, November 24
  • Tuesday, December 22

EXCLUSIVE: Shap Smith Reacts to Shumlin Announcement

Windsor County Democrats Invite Smith to Speak

Will Smith run or not?


I am seriously considering running for governor,” – Vermont Speaker of the House, Shap Smith.

Bernie Sanders Explains How to Solve America’s Biggest Problems

Sanders speaks at Town Hall Meeting in Austin Texas

Change takes place because people struggle.”

The Town Hall Meeting discussion included how to…

1) Overturn Citizens United and Get Big Money Out of Politics;
2) Deal with Obscene Wealth and Income Inequality.
3) Combat Climate Change.
4) Create Democracy NOT Oligarchy.

Videography/Editing by Jeff Zavala, Grace Alfar and Ruwan Perera
An Austin Indymedia Production