Bernie Sanders Announces New Reform Policy

After #BlackLivesMatter protesters interrupted a Bernie Sanders speech in Seattle in honor of slain Ferguson teen Michael Brown on Saturday, the U.S. Senator announced a new campaign policy that will address racial justice.

Sanders took to his website to unveil the policy. It’s details are below:

“We must pursue policies that transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color. That starts with addressing the four central types of violence waged against black and brown Americans: physical, political, legal and economic.

Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Samuel DuBose. We know their names. Each of them died unarmed at the hands of police officers or in police custody. The chants are growing louder. People are angry and they have a right to be angry. We should not fool ourselves into thinking that this violence only affects those whose names have appeared on TV or in the newspaper. African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police.”

Thinkprogress is reporting that the platform has won praise from several prominent voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. Sanders also reportedly hired a young Black racial justice activist as his national press secretary.

Symone Sanders, who is of no relation to Bernie Sanders, is the national youth chair of the Coalition on Juvenile Justice. She began the interviewing process for the role with Sanders’ camp weeks ago, but the announcement was just made recently.

Sanders plans to run for president in the 2016 elections next year.


Click here for the full statement regarding the policy and what it seeks to address.