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Bernie embodies San Franciso values

August 21, 2015

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

We love us some Bernie Sanders in San Francisco. He represents and sticks up for so many S.F. values like universal health care, LGBTQ rights, ecology, living wages and racial justice.

It’s like he’s one of us, like he gets us, like he’s speaking for the Bay Area when he says, “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, then don’t go to war,” and, “Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.”

People are rightfully losing their minds over Sanders because, finally, there is a presidential candidate saying things on a national level that have been the core of our ideological beliefs, on a local level, for decades.

So why is it, then, that we cheer Bernie on for trying to get money out of politics, while we let corporate interests buy up our city? How can we look ourselves in the mirror and say, “I’m voting for Bernie!” and then shrug our shoulders at the things happening in San Francisco and say, “That’s just the way things go here.”

I imagine that a large number of people in the Democratic County Central Committee would say they support Bernie, yet just last week they passed a slate that endorses the candidates and ballot measures that fall in step with Mayor Ed Lee and his moneyed backers. The DCCC endorsed Supervisor Julie Christensen, who was handpicked by Lee and has received campaign donations from Ron Conway. They voted “no” on Measure F, which would restrict Airbnb rentals, when it’s well known that Airbnb heavily supports Lee and his cronies.

They also voted “no” on Measure I, the Mission Moratorium, when it is also well known that the mayor has close ties with the developers, who stand to make insane profits if the moratorium is shot down.

I mean, are you kidding me? Get your shit together, San Francisco!

How can you support a presidential candidate whose main goal is to get money out of politics when we don’t hold our own mayor accountable for the same betrayals?…

P.S. Big shout out to Amy Farrah Weiss for giving me good food for thought on this… (more)

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