Despite having lost the Democratic presidential nomination, "the Bernie revolution" will continue with the "next phase" launching nationwide Wednesday night.
Some 2,600 watch parties and meetings are set to take place across the country tonight as former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses thousands of his supporters to "lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share," according to Our Revolution President Jeff Weaver, who also served as Sanders' presidential campaign manager.
The Our Revolution group has formed as a means to "transform America and advance the progressive agenda." The group's efforts have already had a successful soft start with the strong primary wins of two Our Revolution candidates, Zephyr Teachout of New York and Washington State's Pramila Jayapal.
In addition to discussing ways to support like-minded, down ballot progressive candidates, Sanders will cover several of his presidential platform issues this evening, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, increasing the hourly minimum wage to $15, free college tutiton at public institutions of higher learning, and campaign finance reform.
The Our Revolution kickoff will be livestreamed, which can be viewed below and here:
In Chicago, the Illinois state director of Sanders' presidential campaign, Clem Balanoff, and Labor for Bernie will hold an Our Revolution launch event. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Workers United United Hall, 333 S. Ashland Ave. Sanders will begin his livestream at 8 p.m. CST.
Cook County Clerk David Orr, Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, State Rep. Will Guzzardi, ATU Local 308 President Ken Franklin, and Chicago Principals and Administrators Association President Troy LaRaviere will also be in attendance at the Chicago kickoff event. Tonight's nationwide kickoff can also be followed online via the hashtag #OurRevolution.
In addition to the Our Revolution effort, Sanders will take advantage of his newfound political clout with the release of a book one week after the general election. The book will cover "experiences from the campaign trail and outlines his ideas for continuing a political revolution to fight for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all," according to a description on Amazon.