Whereas Senator Bernie Sanders is currently seeking election as President of the United States; and
Whereas, the Vermont Progressive Party’s current Party Platform asserts our positions on many social and economic justice issues that align with Sen. Sanders’ campaign platform; and
Whereas Progressives believe in a strong, sustainable economy that supports all people, not just the top 1% and Sen. Sanders has consistently advocated for the working and low-income people of Vermont and the United States; and
Whereas Progressives believe healthcare is a human right and should be provided through a publicly financed system and Sen. Sanders tirelessly advocates for universal healthcare; and
Whereas Progressives and Sen. Sanders recognize the importance of climate change on both our environment and our economy; and
Whereas Progressives recognize that deeply rooted racism and white privilege needs to be abolished wherever they exist and Sen. Sanders is listening to black leaders, addressing deeply internalized racist structures, and developing racial justice policy, and
Whereas Progressives and Sen. Sanders stand for sensible sentencing reforms which seek to protect communities while reducing the overburdened prison system; and
Whereas Progressives believe a strong education system is essential to citizen participation in a democratic society and Sen. Sanders is the only candidate who advocates to lift the heavy burden student loans place on young adults seeking higher education; and
Whereas Progressives and Sen. Sanders believe that all people should have access to paid sick leave and paid parental leave so that working people cannot be penalized for taking care of our families;
Whereas Progressives believe veterans deserve medical, emotional and financial support for their service to the country and Sen. Sanders continues to be the most outspoken candidate in support of our veterans; and
Whereas Progressives believe in non-military policies to resolve international conflict and Sen. Sanders understands the need to use cooperation and diplomacy to improve our relations with the world; and
Whereas Progressives believe in limiting the influence of corporations and excessive money in campaigns via super PACs and Sen. Sanders is committed to not accepting campaign contributions from such entities; and
Now therefore be it resolved, the Vermont Progressive Party State Committee here assembled commends Sen. Bernie Sanders commitment to progressive values; and
Be it further resolved, the Vermont Progressive Party State Committee hereby encourages its members to support the candidacy of Sen. Sanders for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
Adopted Sept. 19, 2015.