Washington, D.C. – Following is a statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on the results of the Wisconsin primary:
“Senator Bernie Sanders’s core message that we can have an America that works for all of us has caught fire and continues to energize working families, first time voters, young people, independents, even conservatives.
Across the country, Sanders’ message is resonating. Working people get his call for fair trade, not corporate giveaways. We agree with the goals of getting big money out of politics, ending ‘too big to fail,’ requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share and restoring income equality and fairness. That’s why he’s won in Wisconsin and why he will win going forward.
Sanders now has won the last six Democratic contests and his campaign has energized millions of Americans, evidenced by the record $44 million in contributions made to the Sanders campaign in March, with an average contribution of $27. This is how we take on the billionaire class that has been warping our political process.
CWA activists are proud to be a big part of this grassroots revolution; Sanders was the overwhelming choice of members who voted in our union’s online poll to endorse a primary candidate. In Wisconsin, CWAers were “boots on the ground,” making phone calls, walking neighborhoods and working to get out the vote.
In New York State, in advance of the April 19 primary, CWAers are on track to make more than 60,000 phone calls and have been regularly canvassing neighborhoods and knocking on doors, from Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island to Syracuse and throughout upstate. A telephone town hall set for April 11 will highlight even more CWA member actions and get-out-the-vote plans.”