Illinois Nurses Association PAC

March 9, 2020

INA-PAC Newly Endorses Senator Bernie Sanders

The Political Action Committee of the Illinois Nurses Association today announced its endorsement of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I.-Vermont) for democratic presidential nominee. INA had endorsed U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren last week, but after she announced her withdrawal from the race, the INA Political Action Committee took another endorsement vote.

“The Illinois Nurses Association thanks Senator Warren for a trailblazing campaign that elevated patient care issues and fought for the policies that would guarantee the quality care every person deserves,” said Paul Pater, RN, chair of the INA-PAC and nurse at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. “In the spirit of continuing the fight for the progressive ideals embodied by Senator Warren, we are proud to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President. We are steadfast in our resolve to act as patient advocates and will continue to push for the policies that will deliver the best outcomes for our communities. Bernie’s leadership on safe staffing exemplifies the campaign’s motto of ‘Not me, us’ and underscores his commitment to securing the quality care we fight for every day”

The INA-PAC, governed by a six-member board of trustees, endorses political candidates, makes contributions to political campaigns, and educates nurses about political action. As part of the primary and general election process, INA invites all state, federal and presidential candidates to answer a questionnaire so the nurses can assess which candidate best aligns with the values and goals of the association.

The Illinois primary election is Tuesday, March 17.

Jane Addams Seniors in Action
March 5, 2020

Seniors in Action endorses Bernie Sanders for President

Jane Addams Seniors in Action is proud to announce its endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. His values and our values are the same and as President, his policies will make a positive difference in the lives of seniors and our families. “We are proud to stand with Bernie Sanders for President because we know he has a bold vision for an economy that leaves no family behind and prioritizes people over profit,” said Reggie Griffin, Chair of Jane Addams Seniors in Action’s Board of Directors. “Senator Sanders has a long record of protecting social security benefits, Medicare and pensions from funding cuts.”

JASIA members support Bernie Sanders because he is dedicated not only to maintain Social Security but also to expanding it, he supports Homes Guarantee and affordable housing, Medicare for All and universal in-home care for all seniors. “Senator Sanders’ campaign and his political revolution, are defined by his commitment to “Not me…us. Seniors are, and have always been, a major part of his movement,” said Linda Armitage, Jane Addams Seniors in Action member. “Senator Sanders is courageously leading his movement in the fight to protect and improve social safety net programs that seniors depend upon to live dignified and productive lives.”

“I thank Jane Addams Seniors in Action for their work and commitment to fighting for justice,” said Senator Sanders. “I’m honored to receive their endorsement and together, we’ll work to pass Medicare for All, end the national housing crisis, and build an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few.”

Jane Addams Seniors in Action will mobilize our members to elect Bernie Sanders as the next President of the United States. Jane Addams Seniors in Action is a senior-led grassroots political organization building the power of organized seniors to fight for a world that responds to the needs of all of us.

Bernie 2020
March 4, 2020

NEWS: Chicago Teachers Union President and Vice President Endorse Bernie Sanders for President

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates today announced their personal endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president of the United States.

“Educators in Chicago's public schools fight for their students, and their students' families and communities. No other candidate has put forth a better plan to make that fight a reality than Bernie Sanders,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said. “Not only will Bernie fight for our students and their families, but he reflects the core values and mission of our union. Bernie is part of a movement that is putting students and working families above the interests of millionaires and billionaires, and that is something we should all be fighting for. On March 17, I plan on voting for Sen. Sanders, and I urge every Illinois voter to do the same.”

“The Chicago Teachers Union has always fought to make big changes,” said CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates. “Collectively, we have fought against racial and economic disparities, attempts to close and privatize our public schools, and powerful special interests. And now, our fight for high-quality schools and thriving neighborhoods takes us to the ballot box. And let’s be real, our nation needs a political revolution. Black mothers and educators like me need a candidate that will fight for all our students and ensure they live in a society where student loan debt isn’t a burden and access to health care is a human right. For these reasons and so many more, I’m happy to say that I’m part of the revolution, and I urge my fellow educators to stand with Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic primary nomination.”

In May 2019, Sanders unveiled his Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education, which will reinvest in our nation's schools and modernize our education system.


Bernie 2020
February 20, 2020
Fabiola Rodríguez-Ciampoli

NEWS: Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

Rep. García to Join Sanders This Week in Nevada

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jesús G. “Chuy” García of Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District on Thursday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. Congressman García will join Sanders in Nevada on Friday to rally volunteers and supporters ahead of the state’s February 22 caucuses.

Rep. García is a progressive leader and organizer who has dedicated his life to advocate on the side of working families for universal health care, affordable housing, voting rights and living wage jobs.

“I stand with Bernie Sanders because we need a President who is consistent, who has the courage to pursue real change, and who will always choose the people over political gain or expediency,” said Rep. García. “For me and for a majority of communities across our country, defeating Donald Trump and reversing his inhumane immigration policies is not only urgent, it is personal. Bernie Sanders is the only person who can unite a coalition capable of defeating Donald Trump and can ensure that our country never again rips children from the arms of their families.”

Known as a coalition builder, Rep. García also serves as a member of the Financial Services Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Equality Caucus, and the New Americans Caucus.

“At a time when Donald Trump continues to use hateful rhetoric and the power of the federal government to divide up our country and terrorize immigrants at the border and in our communities, we need more leaders like Chuy. I am proud to have his support as we say no more to Donald Trump’s cruel and inhumane agenda and look forward to working with him to build a government that works for all.”

During his time as a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Rep. García passed a landmark ordinance that ended the county’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), setting the stage for more than 250 localities across the nation to follow suit. He also championed raising the minimum wage, ensuring paid sick leave for County employees, and opposed housing discrimination against disadvantaged communities.

In Congress, Rep. García has championed the rights of workers to organize and introduced bills to stop Wall Street practices that harm workers and consumers.

Watch the full endorsement video here.

Bernie 2020
October 28, 2019

NEWS: Bernie 2020 Rolls Out Massive List of Endorsements from Across the Country

WASHINGTON - In just the last week, Bernie 2020 announced endorsements from one hundred elected officials, activists, and community leaders from across the country, including in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, among others.

The endorsements follow a rally and endorsement from Rep. Rashida Tlaib yesterday in Detroit, as well as endorsements from Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. The endorsements represent a diverse slate local leaders and progressive elected officials and show the strength of Sanders movement in communities across the country.
“From Rhode Island to California progressive leaders are getting behind Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president, because they know he is the only candidate running who has the guts to take on the corporate elites and the billionaire class,” said Faiz Shakir, Bernie 2020 Campaign Manager. “We are proud to have the support of so many progressive leaders. This is a growing movement, driven by both justice and compassion, that will defeat Trump and transform America.”  
Endorsements include Iowa’s Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker and New Hampshire's Nashua Alderwoman-at-Large Shoshanna Kelly, a rising star in New Hampshire Democratic Party, and first person of color elected to her office in Nashua, as well as multiple mayors in California including Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and San Luis Obispo Mayor Bruce Delgado.
Stacey Walker, Supervisor, Linn County, IA

Shoshanna Kelly, Nashua Alderwoman-at-Large

Aziz Akbari, Director, Alameda County Water District, Fremont, CA
Carlos Goytia, Division 1 Director, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, Pomona, CA
Soli Alpert, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Member, Berkeley, CA
Maimona Afzal Berta, Clerk and Member, Franklin-McKinley Board of Education, SanJose, CA
Derek Devermont, Member, Santa Monica Social Services Commission, Santa Monica, CA
John Selawsky, Rent Control Board Member, Berkeley, CA
Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Member, Berkeley, CA
Igor Tregub, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Member, Berkeley, CA
Leah Simon-Weisberg, Vice-Chair, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Berkeley, CA
Jan Shriner, Vice President, Marina Coast Water District Board of Directors, Marina, CA
Paola Laverde, Chair, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, Berkeley, CA
Mark Sanchez, Vice President, San Francisco Board of Ed, San Francisco, CA
Gabriela López, Commissioner, San Francisco Board of Education, San Francisco, CA
Thea Selby, Trustee, San Francisco City College Board of Trustees, San Francisco, CA
Ivy Lee, Trustee, San Francisco City College Board of Trustees, San Francisco, CA
Brigitte Davila, Trustee, San Francisco City College Board of Trustees, San Francisco, CA
Anthony Rocha, Trustee, Salinas Union High School District, Salinas, CA
Shanell Williams, Trustee, San Francisco City College Board of Trustees, San Francisco, CA
Cipriano Vargas, Vice President, Vista Unified School District's Board of Education, Vista, CA
Victor Aguilar, Jr., Council Member, San Leandro, CA
Vinnie Bacon, Councilmember, Fremont, CA
Corinna Contreras, Council Member, Vista City Council Vista, CA
Cheryl Davila, Berkeley City Council Berkeley, CA
Rubio Gonzalez, Council Member (District 1), Pomona, CA
Alan Haffa, Councilmember, Monterey City Council, Monterey, CA
Kate Harrison, Berkeley City Councilmember (District 4), Berkeley, CA
Felipe Hernandez, Council Member (District 1), Watsonville, CA
Jenny Kassan, Council Member (District 3), Fremont, CA
Rolan Resendiz, Council Member (District 2), Hollister, CA
Jon Wizard, Seaside City Council, Seaside City, CA
David Canepa, Supervisor, San Mateo, CA
Gordon Mar, Supervisor (District 4), San Francisco, CA
Aaron Peskin, Supervisor, San Francisco CA
Hillary Ronen, San Francisco Board Supervisor, San Francisco, CA
Jenny Wong, Berkeley City Auditor, Berkeley, CA
Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, Berkeley, CA
Bruce Delgado, Mayor, Marina, CA
Jose Gurrola, Mayor, Arvin, CA
Heidi Harmon, Mayor, San Luis Obispo, CA
Sam Hindi, Mayor, Foster City, CA
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, Mayor, El Cerrito, CA
Elizabeth Alcantar Loza, Vice Mayor, Cudahy, CA
David Arambula, Mayor Pro Tem, Lemon Grove, CA
Salvador Melendez, Mayor Pro Tem, Montebello, CA
David Campos, San Francisco DCCC Chair and Former County Supervisor, San Francisco, CA
Lenny Siegel, Former Mayor, Mountain View, CA
Tom Ammiano, Former State Assemblymember and San Francisco Supervisor, San Francisco, CA
John Avalos, Former San Francisco Supervisor, San Francisco, CA
Jovanka Beckles, Former Richmond City Councilmember, Richmond, CA
Oscar Magaña, Former Mayor, Maywood, CA

Emily Sirota, State Representative (District 9), Denver CO
Dana Manning, CO Working Families Party CD1, Denver CO
Mike McCorkle, CO Working Families Party CD7, Boulder CO
Laurie Roberts, CO Working Families Party CD3, Boulder CO
Cleo Dioletis, CO Working Families Party, Denver CO
Kristofer Dubbels, Co-founder and former Chair, Denver Democratic Socialists ofAmerica, Denver, CO
Sarah Morgan, CO Working Families Party State Committee, Denver, CO
Joe Salazar, CO Working Families Party Executive Committee; Fmr. State Rep. Denver, CO
Kayla Smith, CO Working Families Party, Denver, CO
Ashlyn Velasquez, CO Working Families Party State Committee, Denver, CO
Jeri Shepherd, DNC Member, WFP State Committee Member, Greeley, CO
Terry Tucker, DNC Member, WFP State Committee Member, Jefferson County, CO
Rafael Espinoza, Former Denver City Councilman, Denver, CO
Mike Merrifield, Former State Senator, Colorado Springs, CO

Michael Gianaris, State Senator, District 12, Deputy Majority Leader, Queens, NY
Jessica Ramos, State Senator, District 13, Queens, NY
Luis Sepúlveda, State Senator, District 32, Bronx, NY

Dylan Parker, Alderman, 5th Ward, Rock Island, IL
Rossana Rodriguez, Alderwoman, 33rd Ward, Chicago, IL
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Alderman, 35th Ward, Chicago, IL
Susan Sadlowski Garza, Alderwoman, 10th Ward, Chicago, IL
Byron Sigcho Lopez, Alderman, 25th Ward, Chicago, IL
Jeanette B. Taylor, Alderwoman, 20th Ward, Chicago, IL
Andre Vasquez, Alderman, 40th Ward, Chicago, IL
Jenn Jazmin Carrillo, Council Member (Ward 6), Bloomington, IL
Alma E. Anaya, Commissioner, Cook County, IL
Carol Ammons, State Representative, Chicago, IL
Aaron Ortiz, State Representative, Chicago, IL
Litesa Wallace, Former State Representative (67th District), Rockford, IL
Claudio Gómez-Gonzáles, Co-President, Graduate Students United at the University of Chicago, IFT-AFT-AAUP, Chicago, IL
Jackson Potter, Executive Board Member and Trustee, Chicago Teachers Union; High School Social Studies Teacher, Chicago, IL

Dave Vinzant, City Councilman (Ward 4), Hobart, IN
Chuck Jones, Wayne Township Trustee and Former USW Local 1999 President, Wayne Township, IN

Curtis Wylde, DNC Member, St Louis, MO

Eric-John Szczepaniak, Trustee, Kenowa Hills School Board, Grand Rapids, MI
Ryan Bennett, Business Manager, West Michigan Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, MI

Trevor Elkins, Mayor, Newburgh Heights, OH
CJ Prentiss, Former State Senator, District 21, Cleveland, OH
Michael Charney, Former Vice President of the Cleveland Teachers Union, Cleveland, OH
Tristain Radar, Councilman, Lakewood, OH

Marcelia Nicholson, Vice Chairwoman, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Milwaukee, WI
Steven Shea, Supervisor (District 8), Milwaukee County, WI
Heidi Wegleitner, Dane County Supervisor (District 2), Madison, WI
John Weishan, Jr., Supervisor (District 16), Milwaukee, WI
Randy Bryce, Labor Activist, Caledonia, WI

Wilfred Mbah, Council Member, Somerville, MA

Alex Kithes, Council Member, Woonsocket, RI

Bernie 2020
August 28, 2019

NEWS: Sen. Bernie Sanders Endorsed by Illinois State Sen. Robert Peters

Peters endorses following Sanders’ Justice and Safety for All plan
CHICAGO – Sen. Bernie Sanders today received the endorsement of Illinois State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13, Chicago). The endorsement follows the announcement of Sanders’ Justice and Safety for All policy, the most comprehensive plan to reform the entire American criminal justice system.

“Bernie Sanders understands that in a time of crisis, being bold is the most realistic option,” said Sen. Peters. “As a State Senator, as an organizer, and as someone who was born to a mother addicted to drugs and alcohol in the midst of Reagan’s war on drugs and adopted by a civil rights lawyer for a father who fought against police brutality, I am proud to endorse Bernie Sanders and to reimagine what safety and justice looks like in Chicago and across the country.”

“Robert is deeply connected to his community and knows that in order to create fundamental change in America, we must come together and build a movement for justice,” said Sen. Sanders. “That’s exactly what we are going to do as we fight to end mass incarceration and bring about economic, racial, social and environmental justice for all.”
Peters represents Illinois’ 13th Senate District, located in Chicago and previously represented by President Barack Obama and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. In the state legislature, Peters was the lead sponsor on multiple criminal justice reform bills that share goals with Sanders’ Justice and Safety for All plan. This includes H.B. 2040, which bans private civil detention centers and prisons, H.B. 2541, which improves education access for people leaving incarceration, and H.B. 900, which would remove profit motives from the prison re-entry system. Before serving in the Illinois Senate, Peters successfully fought to reform Cook County’s cash bail system as a community organizer. Sanders’ Justice and Safety for All plan would end cash bail nationally.

“Bernie Sanders’ Justice and Safety for All plan is bold, realistic and deeply rooted in breaking down America’s racist mass incarceration policies,” said Sen. Peters on the policy. “We need a President that connects policing, incarceration and poverty along systemic race and class lines. Bernie has answered that call and woven together a tapestry of mass liberatory policies that will lift up our communities directly impacted by decades of harm and trauma.”

The full Justice and Safety for All plan is available here.