Bernie 2020
February 28, 2020


NEWS: Bernie Sanders to Return to California Ahead of Super Tuesday

Las Cafeteras and Eve Ensler will join Sanders in San Jose; Public Enemy Radio, Dick Van Dyke, Ana Tijoux, Patrisse Cullors, and Sarah Silverman will join Sanders in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to California on Sunday, March 1st, for rallies in San Jose and Los Angeles ahead of Super Tuesday. Bernie 2020 staffers will be on hand at both rallies to collect vote-by-mail ballots and turn them in to county registrars.
The San Jose rally will feature special guest Eve Ensler and performances by Las Cafeteras and Joyce Manor. The Los Angeles rally will include special guests Dick Van Dyke, Sarah Silverman, and Patrisse Cullors and feature performances by Latin Grammy award-winning artist Ana Tijoux and Public Enemy Radio.
"The time is now to ask: which side are you on? I am on the side of working people who can't afford to wait for change any longer,” said Chuck D. “That's why I support Bernie."
The Sanders campaign announced the Public Enemy Radio show with an exclusive poster, designed by artist Kii Arens in collaboration with Bernie 2020.

Bernie 2020 has seen an outpouring of support in the Golden State -- particularly among young and Latino voters. The California campaign has built an unmatched organizing machine in California, with 105 paid staffers and 23 offices open across the state. To date, the Bernie 2020 California team has already knocked on more than 1 million doors, made more than 5 million phone calls to California voters, and received more than 165 endorsements from elected officials.

The campaign has also made a concerted effort to turn out the vote in California, and ensure that every eligible American citizen casts their ballot in the March 3rd primary election, making an unparalleled effort to engage the nearly 5.5 million No Party Preference voters who live in the Golden State.

All Sanders campaign volunteers in the state are trained to help NPP voters easily cast their ballots; call scripts for phonebanks and trainings for canvasses both include extensive language to help voters navigate the process.

The Sanders campaign has also established a hotline — 818-856-5083 — for California voters to call in with questions about casting their ballots.

Here is the itinerary:

Sunday, March 1

1:30 p.m. Bernie 2020 San Jose Rally

South Hall 435 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

Information for the public: Doors open at 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Entrance is provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking is limited; attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool.

5:00 p.m. Bernie 2020 Los Angeles Rally with Performance by Public Enemy Radio

Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall GHJ , 1201 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90015

Information for the public: Due to incredibly high demand, this event has reached capacity.

Bernie 2020
January 24, 2020

NEWS: Bernie 2020 Opens First Presidential Campaign Offices in Decades in Bakersfield and Visalia 

Bakersfield and Visalia have been chronically overlooked by state and national political campaigns

BAKERSFIELD -- Bernie 2020 announced today that it will hold a celebration of its Bakersfield and Visalia offices this weekend -- two of 16 field offices across California -- building on the strong grassroots network that is operating across the state. 

The campaign, which has more than 80 people on staff in California, will host a celebration on Saturday, January 25 to officially open its Bakersfield field office -- the first democratic presidential campaign office in the city in decades. Bakersfield residents suffer from some of the worst air quality in America; it is a heavily working-class city, with a significant Latino population. 

On Sunday, the campaign will celebrate its Visalia office. Visalia is a majority-Latino city suffering from the untenable affordable housing crisis that has swept across the Golden State. 
“Historically, the Central Valley has been ignored by state and national political campaigns -- but Bernie 2020 is laser-focused on knocking on doors and talking to voters who have too often been overlooked,” said Bernie 2020 California State Director Rafael Navár. “We’re meeting people where they are, in the language that they speak, and speaking to them about the future that President Sanders will make possible when he’s in the White House.”
The Saturday celebration in Bakersfield will begin at 10:00 a.m., and will feature Arvin Mayor Jose Gurrola, Delano City Councilmember Bryan Osorio, Bakersfield native and Bernie 2020 California Deputy DirectorShelli Jackson, and community leaders and activists.
The Sunday celebration in Visalia will begin at 12:00 p.m., and will feature Kingsburg City Councilmember Jewel Hurtado, Delano City Councilmember Bryan Osorio, and Bernie 2020 Central California Area Director Tomas Rebecchi, as well as community leaders and activists.
Here are the event details:
Saturday, January 25
10:00 a.m. Bernie 2020 Bakersfield Office Celebration
1420 19th St Suite B Bakersfield, CA 93301
Information for the public: This event will feature remarks from Bernie 2020 surrogate Ramesh Srinivasan, Bernie 2020 campaign staff, and community advocates. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. 
Media interested in covering the event must RSVP here. 
Sunday, January 26
12:00 p.m. Bernie 2020 Visalia Office Celebration
1120 W Main St Visalia, CA 93291
Information for the public: This event will feature remarks from Kingsburg City Councilmember Jewel Hurtado, Delano City Councilmember Bryan Osorio, and Bernie 2020 Central California Area Director Tomás Rebecchi, and community leaders and activists. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. 

Media interested in covering the event must RSVP here. 

Bernie 2020
May 31, 2019
Sarah Ford
Joe Calvello

NEWS: Bernie 2020 Announces California Staff Hires

WASHINGTON – Bernie 2020 on Friday announced its first slate of hires in California. The hires highlight the campaign’s commitment to work for every vote in the state, building a regional infrastructure to support the work of the nearly 400,000 supporters who have already taken action.

“We are building a talented and diverse team in the Golden State that understands people power is the key to our success here,” said Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir. "We will empower a statewide volunteer army that will help Bernie win the California primary and transform our government into one that will work for all of us, not wealthy campaign contributors.”
Staff Profiles:

    * Shelli Jackson - California State Coordinator: A Central Valley native, Jackson has dedicated her career to voter education, outreach, and statewide campaign work. Jackson’s twelve years of professional experience demonstrates a deep understanding of the nexus between community organizing and political activism. With over five years of campaign leadership, Jackson led the charge on various successful but highly contentious Assembly races. In addition to her campaign experience, Jackson served as a Senior Advisor to the California State Legislature.

    * Susie Shannon - California Political Director: Shannon has worked as a senior advisor, campaign director and labor consultant for over 14 years on statewide and local campaigns in California. She is an elected member of the Democratic National Committee from California, where she has served since 2016. She has also served on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party since 2007. In 2015, Shannon spearheaded legislation to place California on a Housing First model for homelessness, which passed the California legislature and was signed by the Governor in September 2016.

    * Melissa Byrne - California Grassroots Director: A Riverside County native, Byrne is an experienced leader at both the intersection of offline/online organizing and issue and electoral advocacy. She’s a nationally recognized leader in the work to make college free and end student loan debt. After serving as Bernie 2016 New Hampshire Digital Director, she became a leader in the work to hold Trump accountable from coast to coast by running strategic direct actions, including the largest sustained action in the Senate to elevate the voices of survivors and allies opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Byrne has worked extensively with Ultraviolet, MoveOn, and CredoAction.

    * Sand Brim - California Policy Advisor: Brim is a longtime progressive activist. Brim has served in various senior roles including, Director of Strategic Campaigns, Senior Advisor, and speech writer for both the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. Prior to that Brim was an attorney specializing in child abuse cases.

    * Daniel Andalon - Los Angeles Regional Director: Andalon  has dedicated his career to public service through government affairs and community relations. During the summer of 2016, Andalon led a team in Central Valley California on a half a million dollar campaign for a bond measure in Tulare County and then helped elect Mayor Tim Sandoval in Pomona, later that year. In 2017, he served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Jimmy Gomez for Congress, ultimately getting him elected. Most recently, as campaign manager, he led a successful bid for State Senate for now Senator Bob Archuleta.

    * Robert Dempsey - San Diego Regional Director: Dempsey is a veteran Democratic campaigner with a 20-year history of working on behalf of Democrats and organizations throughout the country. In 2018, Dempsey oversaw the Congressional Campaign Program for the California Democratic Party, flipping a total of seven seats – including every seat in Orange County – blue. In 2016, Dempsey served as the State Director in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New Jersey for the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, at the conclusion of the campaign he returned to California to run Doug Applegate’s congressional campaign against Republican incumbent Darrell Issa in CA-49, bringing the first-time candidate to within 1,621 votes of unseating the wealthiest member of Congress.

    * Jane Kim - Bay Area Regional Director: Kim is a proven progressive leader who has fought to expand access to affordable housing, protect renters, close the income gap, and improve public schools. From 2011-2019 Kim served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing a diverse district in San Francisco, including the lowest-income residents and the wealthiest zip code in the City. Prior to being a Supervisor, Kim was a community organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, a civil rights attorney at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and served as President of the San Francisco Board of Education. Kim is the daughter of immigrants from South Korea.

    * Samuel Sukaton - Inland Empire and Orange County Regional Director: Sukaton was previously Associate Director of Inland Empire United, successfully electing more than a dozen municipal candidates across San Bernardino and Riverside in 2018. He's also consulted with Annie Cho for Los Angeles City Council and the California League of Conservation Voters.  Prior to his work at Inland Empire United, Sukaton worked as a Southern California political organizer with SEIU-UHW, GOTV Director for Eloise Gomez Reyes' 2016 campaign for the California State Assembly, an anti-fracking and fair trade organizer with the Sierra Club from 2014-16, and a field organizer with Sandra Fluke for California State Senate in 2014.