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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VERMONT – On Wednesday, April 7th, the grassroots organization Rights & Democracy launched an open letter to the four Vermont superdelegates planning to vote for Hillary Clinton. Senator Sanders’ had an overwhelming victory in Vermont, winning 86.1% of the vote and carrying every town. In light of this, over 2,500 have signed the letter below asking the super delegates to reconsider their votes.
Dear U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor Peter Shumlin, Former Governor and Former DNC Chair Howard Dean, and Democratic National Committeewoman Billi Gosh,
On March 1st the citizens of Vermont overwhelmingly voted for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Vermonters are disappointed that, despite our popular support for Senator Sanders, in your capacity as superdelegates, you continue to pledge your support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Senator Sanders won 86.1% of the vote, receiving all 16 pledged delegates and winning every single town in Vermont. With this overwhelming and historic support, we request all Vermont superdelegates cast their votes for Senator Sanders. While some superdelegates might have made a “promise” in the past to other candidates, it would be irresponsible and undemocratic to ignore the Democratic primary results. Both the current and past presidential election cycles have been marred by instances of voter suppression and other assaults on the democratic process, but today you have a unique opportunity to uphold the democratic tradition and restore faith in our electoral process.
To be a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” our political leaders and elected officials must uphold the will of the people, especially when it is expressed so decisively through the ballot-box. We call on you, to honour democracy in action by casting your superdelegate vote for our fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders.
This is a critical moment in American history and the people of Vermont have spoken emphatically. It is your privilege and duty to listen.
Sincerely, the undersigned Vermonters, on behalf of the 86.1 percent,
[Organizations listed for affiliation purposes only]
Julie Winn, Musician & Artist
James Haslam, Rights & Democracy
DJ Craig Mitchell
James Ehlers, Public Health Advocate
Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, co-founders Ben and Jerry's
Kat Wright, Musician
Jen Kimmich, The Alchemist Brewery
Judy, Jaime & David Pransky, The Manfestivus
Michelle Salvador, Rights & Democracy Chair
Rebecca Haslam, 2015 VT Teacher of the Year
Don Mayer, Small Dog Electronics
Lois Trombley, Swan Dojo, Director & Choreographer
Brett Hughes, Musician
David Blittersdorf, President/CEO, AllEarth Renewables
Samara Lark Brown, Recording Artist
Glenn Taulton, Retired Navy Veteran, Musician
Megan Stearns, Artist
Peter Clavelle, former Burlington mayor
Chad Hollister, musician
Jack Rowell, Photographer
Andrea Miksic, owner of Salaam Clothing
Shyla Nelson, Soprano, Founder: One Earth, One Voice
Mara Brazilian, owner of Spellbound Vermont
Reed Webster, 4 decade VT highway worker
Joe Adler, Musician
Eric Becker, Clean Yield Asset Management
and 2,500+ more on our website at radvt.org/openletter
Social Media: Follow @RightsVT
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