Bernie Sanders to speak at Women's Convention at Cobo

Bernie Sanders to speak at Women's Convention at Cobo

"Senator Sanders has been a fierce champion of women's rights and bolstering female voices throughout his career of public service", said Tamika Mallory, Women's March Co-President, in a press release.

"I think that right now, no one can deny that Bernie Sanders is probably one of the most powerful US senators. on progressive issues, women's issues, mobilizing millennials".

"He really is in line with the principles of the Women's March", said Mallory.

The Women's March on January 21 was possibly the largest single-day demonstration in USA history, with up to 5.25 million people taking part across the country.

Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze.

On the opening night of the first Women's Convention in decades, more than 3,000 women and progressive activists will hear from a white man. In January, millions of women came out in an extraordinary and unprecedented display of power and resistance. But some were unable to get past the fact that Sanders, a man, has been selected for a prime speaking slot at a women's event. This would be the first Women's Convention held in 40 years.

Several Twitter users simply expressed their disappointment with Sander's planned participation.

The convention aims to have participants leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.

At a 2015 Democratic debate hosted by CNN, Sanders said: "As a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton, that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want, and that is keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have those guns and end this awful violence that we are seeing".

As the firestorm over Senator Sanders continued spreading on social media throughout the afternoon, the Women's Convention put out a statement on its Instagram page, suggesting that the organizers' hand was forced, in part, by scheduling conflicts. "So we can know what we need to do to be able organize". The movement is seeking to build on that legacy by hosting its maiden convention in Detroit later in October. On their website, it says the convention is supposed to bring together "thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds", so they hired Bernie Sanders, a white man, to speak on opening night.

MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh remarked sarcastically: 'Might just be me, but I'd have loved to see a woman keynote the Women's Convention'.

Related Articles

  • Ireland to face Pakistan in test match debut

    Ireland to face Pakistan in test match debut

    Cricket Ireland has since been looking for suitable opponents for their opening clash in the five-day game. Ireland will make their test cricket debut on home soil against Pakistan in May 2018.
    Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees ALCS Game 1

    Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees ALCS Game 1

    Judge and Sanchez this season combined for 88 home runs, with Judge setting a rookie record with 52 blasts, and 204 RBIs. The Indians would eventually win 9-8 in 13 innings, giving them the 2-0 series lead going back to the Bronx.
    Trump Nominates Kirstjen Nielsen As Next Homeland Security Secretary

    Trump Nominates Kirstjen Nielsen As Next Homeland Security Secretary

    Nielsen arrived at the White House after a tumultuous period that led to the departure of Reince Priebus , Mr. Trump's first chief of staff, and Sean Spicer , his original press secretary.
  • Mother jailed for not vaccinating son loses primary custody

    Mother jailed for not vaccinating son loses primary custody

    McDonald gave Bredow's attorney, Steven Vitale, 21 days to object to the decision, which Vitale says he intends to do. The boy received four immunizations this week, according to court testimony on Wednesday, USA Today reported .
    Sector Investor's Alert - Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR), Shopify Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOP)

    Sector Investor's Alert - Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR), Shopify Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOP)

    Welles Wilder, and it oscillates between 0 and 100. (NYSE: JNPR ) shares with value of $30.09 million were sold by KRIENS SCOTT. Moving averages can help smooth out these erratic movements by removing day-to-day fluctuations and make trends easier to spot.
    Offaly is officially the most Catholic county in Ireland

    Offaly is officially the most Catholic county in Ireland

    On average, Church of Ireland members in Leitrim were 5.3 years older (45.1 years) than the overall population in the county. Their average age was 37.9 years, making the nearly two years younger on average than the county's population overall.
  • ESRB Doesn't Believe Purchasing Loot Boxes is a Form of Gambling

    ESRB Doesn't Believe Purchasing Loot Boxes is a Form of Gambling

    Furthermore, the loot system can not fall under the gambling definition since digital items do not have intrinsic value. It's just sort of like gambling because customers always get something for their money, no matter how bad or worthless.
    Russian agents even turned Pokémon Go against us

    Russian agents even turned Pokémon Go against us

    As Niantic explains, there is no way to message or communicate with one another within the Pokemon Go app. It promised Amazon gift cards to the users who submited the most screenshots.

    $0.83 EPS Expected for GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (GSK)

    Also, insider Patrick Vallance purchased 861 shares of GlaxoSmithKline plc stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 14th. Fernwood Investment Management Llc bought 1,215 shares as the company's stock declined 4.81% while stock markets rallied.
  • AT&T counts the cost of natural disasters in the third quarter

    AT&T counts the cost of natural disasters in the third quarter

    DirecTV Now added 300,000 subscribers in the quarter, so AT&T lost about 390,000 satellite TV and cable customers. AT&T is not the only pay-TV provider to point to a more competitive environment.
    5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacates Ezekiel Elliott's initial injunction

    5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacates Ezekiel Elliott's initial injunction

    Since the National Football League was not granted stay this means Elliott will be able to play for the rest of the season. The Cowboys happen to be on a bye week - which gives Zeke's team some time to counterpunch and fight the ruling.
    Pro sports teams no longer staying at Trump hotels

    Pro sports teams no longer staying at Trump hotels

    Trump SoHo used to be the place where more than a third of the National Basketball Association stayed when they had games in NY . While NFL teams typically don't stay at luxury hotels like Trump's due to their massive teams and support staff, other teams do.