Bernie Sanders is an independent politician, born (September 8, 1841 )to a struggling working-class family, in Brooklyn, Newyork. He was the youngest of two sons of Jewish immigrant parents from Poland and Russia. He had been a witness to the holocaust created for Jewish by Hitler and his people. So he developed the sense of unfairness. He came from a lower middle-class family and he understood the society created gaps between rich and poor because of the economic disparity. So he conceded to devote to be staunch to politics and bring some revolutionary reforms.

The Early life of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders during his college days in 1962
Bernie Sanders during his college days in 1962

Sanders attended Brooklyn’s James Madison High School and then went on to Brooklyn College. After a year there, he transferred to the University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League and worked as a student organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. On January 1962, Sanders protested university president George Wells Beadle‘s segregated campus housing policy. He was against the racial segregation. After weeks of sit-ins, Beadle and the university formed a commission to investigate discrimination. He learned that the relationship of police departments around the country with the black community is not good. The brutality of the police force is a top-tier issue and needed something to be done for criminal-justice reform.

Bernie Sanders as Activist

Sanders attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. He was convinced that for the people, struggle for justice that is the deal with the economic, political and civil right issues to stand above the disparity created by the societal racialism. The unemployment rates of 30-40 percent in the African-American community has to be dealt. They  must pursue policies to transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color. That summer, he was convicted of resisting arrest during a demonstration against segregation in Chicago’s public schools.

In addition to his civil rights activism during the 1960s and 1970s, Sanders was active in several peace and antiwar movements… Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War. Although he opposed the war, Sanders never criticized those who fought and has been a strong supporter of veterans’ benefits.

Political Career of Bernie Sanders

Sanders began his electoral political career in 1971 as a member of the Liberty Union Party, which originated in the anti-war movement and the People’s Party. In 1980, Sanders gave his candidacy for mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He won it by the thinnest vote margin of 12 votes. He got reelected three more times and he did have that wielding power to stay as a democratic socialist. He was a chairperson to the Vermont liberty party. He was aided by a third party progressive movement.

Bernie Sanders in his early days of politics.
Bernie Sanders in his early days of politics.

Sanders was the first independent elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During his first year in the house of representatives, he never left the options to criticize both political parties as working primarily on behalf of the wealth. He was the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history for 16 years. His main priorities were to address the gender discrimination inexact, the pay equity that exists in a false society of US. He is against the legal law that paid less wage to women as compared to men. Sanders isn’t worried about being an underdog in the race for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination. He is a senator from a small state able to fight this long, get the third party support in the campaign of racial equity, civil rights, women rights, taxation issues as such to shrink the economic segregation and able to introduce of self to big mass perceiving radiant and bold ideas to have revolutionary reforms.

He has been a filmmaker, writer to the “practical and successful legislator”. His rumpled hairstyle is radical as his politics. He is able to draw big crowds towards his campaign, and he believes if every young people integrate their ideas in the political movement as part of their life as to adjust it to reality and to mean the government is for all not for a handful of billionaires.

After getting re-elected in 2012, Bernie, on his 75 with his pricky and captivating character is serving his second term in the US Senate. He endorsed Hillary Clinton to support and implement the democratic platform he had earlier initiated. He also is concerned to talk about the topic of climate change which is a serious threat to the world which is not a top priority for some political leaders.

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