The Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin opened today with the Clinton campaign making an attempt to snatch a delegate away from Bernie Sanders.

In March’s Global Presidential Primary, Sanders won nearly 70% of the votes. Following this, the leadership of Democrats Abroad allocated 9 delegates to Sanders and 4 to Clinton, following the rules of proportional representation as in all other state primaries.

In Berlin, the Democrats Abroad Electors will choose delegates to fill those positions.

But at the last minute, the Clinton campaign filed a challenge, asserting that it deserved 5 delegates. Their argument is convoluted: they assert that the decision of the Democrats Abroad leadership to treat the delegation as a single block, and allocating delegates accordingly, led to an unfair result in the final, global part of the selection process. We do not believe this to be the case.

The Rules Committee of Democrats Abroad is considering their challenge. At their meeting this morning, Sanders’ campaign representative Eric Lee urged them to dismiss the Clinton challenge which would disenfranchise thousands of voters.

Larry Sanders, the candidate’s older brother, is participating in the three-day event. He pointed out that the Clinton campaign has been saying that the primary is over, yet in its decision to fight over a single delegate — to which it is not entitled — it shows that Sanders is very much still in the race.

While we await results of the Rules Committee decision, Sanders supporters at the Berlin meeting say they will not accept anything less than the 9 delegates allocated. They will consider next steps if the ruling is in Clinton’s favor.

This week, Democrats Abroad holds its global convention in Berlin to choose the 13 delegates we are sending to the Democratic National Convention which meets in Philadelphia in July.

Due to our landslide victory in the Global Presidential Primary held in March, the Sanders campaign is entitled to 9  of those delegates.

If you will be joining us in Berlin, come to our celebration dinner on Thursday night — full details here.

“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come.

“I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome. Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign’s record in that regard.

“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast. That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.”

The campaign is now in its final stretch with the final primaries just a few weeks away. Large numbers of delegates are still at stake, especially in California (June 7th primary) and next Tuesday in five states.

Here’s a short list of things you can do right now to help Bernie win:

1. Phonebanking – For details on how to do this, start here.  Note that you can call the USA for FREE using Google Hangouts.

2. Facebanking – Very easy way to reach large number of “friends of friends” in the target states – start by visiting this page (make sure you are logged into Facebook in another tab or window).   For a powerful tool that enables you to invite hundreds of people at once to Bernie events (including reminders to vote), visit http://feelthebern.events/

3. Donating money – US citizens only (everyone else can Phonebank or Facebank, but you can’t give money) – click here to donate from abroad.

Want to get even more involved?  Check out the incredibly active Sanders for President page on Reddit

 

telephoneAfter a very successful two-day effort, we’re back at Imperial for another weekend of phonebanking for Bernie.

If you’ve never done this before, come — we’ll show you how.

We need to work as hard as we can to ensure that Bernie wins New York next week and this is the very best way you can help.

Here are the details for Saturday and Sunday (please click on the links to RSVP and get more details).

We’re meeting outside the Science Museum in South Kensington at 14:00 on both days. Bring headphones and smartphone and tablet/laptop with you.  Any questions or problems, call or text Kari – 07951143773.

Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Wisconsin Democratic primary this week is being spun by the mainstream media as “too little, too late.” The consensus among pundits is that Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead is so huge that there is simply no way for the democratic-socialist senator from Vermont to catch up.

That has been the case for every single one of Sanders’s recent victories, starting with his wins in Idaho and Utah on March 22. Those two victories, in two small states, went barely noticed even if they were shocking in their scale.

In Idaho, Sanders took 78 per cent of the vote and in Utah he won over 79 per cent. His supporters reacted by donating a staggering amount of money online, making it the third month in a row that Sanders has out-raised Clinton. But the consensus among experts was that he didn’t have a chance.

Read the rest of this Morning Star article by London for Bernie’s Eric Lee here.

These are unofficial results collected from various sources. All of them are provisional until Democrats Abroad announces final results, including absentee ballots, in mid-March.

Country, City Date Sanders Clinton
Canada, Vancouver 1.3.16 88 44
Canada, Vancouver – West Side 188 65
Costa Rica 1.3.16 20 6
Denmark 1.3.16 160 53
France, Aix en Provence 45 39
France, Avignon 9 3
France, Bourdeaux 24 21
France, Caen 10 5
France, Grenoble 1.3.16 35 6
France, Marseille 1.3.16 37 23
France, Paris 4.3.16 141 54
France, Paris 5.3.16 264 142
France, Riviera 33 25
France, Strasbourg 24 10
France, Postal ballots – Paris address 116 105
France, Toulouse 4.3.16 31 13
Germany, Berlin 6.3.16 442 114
Germany, Munich 80 53
Germany, Cologne/Bonn 5.3.16 20 10
Germany, Düsseldorf 5.3.16 16 4
Guatemala 1.3.16 61 53
Ireland, Dublin 1.3.16 98 37
Ireland, Galway 42 26
Japan, Tokyo 1.3.16 94 14
Luxemburg 1.3.16 40 25
Mexico, San Miguel de Allende 265 229
New Zealand, Wellington 1.3.16 21 6
Panama, Panama City 39 20
Portugal 19 14
Spain, Barcelona 1.3.16 85 36
Spain, Madrid 1.3.16 323 107
Sweden, Gothenburg 1.3.16 60 20
Switzerland, Geneva 112 105
Switzerland, Zurich 68 44
Thailand – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya 1.3.16 462 191
UK, London 1.3.16 387 243
UK, London 5.3.16 341 189
UK, Edinburgh 1.3.16 231 62
UK, Oxford 1.3.16 85 49
UK, Cambridge 1.3.16 82 48
UK, Oxford 2.3.16 67 46
UK, St Andrews 5.3.16 95 25
TOTAL 4,860
67%
2,384
33%

Here are some recent news stories about our efforts in Democrats Abroad to win the Global Presidential Primary for Bernie Sanders. This post will be updated as we learn more.

UK:

Bernie Sanders’ Oxford brother votes on Super Tuesday – BBC
Bernie Sanders’ Big Brother keeps politics in the family – Times [paywall]
Democrats In London Are ‘Feeling The Bern’ On Super Tuesday – Huffington Post
Hundreds of Bernie Sanders’ supporters marched through London to vote for him – Business Insider
Bernie Sanders’ brother Larry on life as a “First Brother” in waiting – CBS News
Bernie Sanders Supporters, Including His Nephew, March In Central London To Vote – Buzzfeed
Democrats Abroad: Bernie Sanders’ Brother Votes in UK – Telesur
Democrats Abroad – London Review of Books blog
UK Democrats back Bernie Sanders in race for White House – Evening Standard
Some of the first to vote on Super Tuesday were U.S. expatriates in 41 foreign countries – Washington Post
Cambridge ‘feels the Bern’! – Cambridge News
UK Democrats back Bernie Sanders in race for White House – Evening Standard

Elsewhere:

Sanders leading in Democrats Abroad primary in New Zealand – CNN
Sanders wins with Luxembourg-based Democrats, for now – Luxemburger Wort
Super Tuesday comes to Dublin for US vote – Independent
Bernie Sanders wins Danish primary: 70 percent of US democrats living in Denmark feeling ‘the Bern’ – CPHPost
Expats ‘feel the Bern’ as Democrat Global Primary kicks off in Costa Rica – Tico Times
Bernie Sanders tops poll as nomination race comes to Dublin – The Irish Times
American Berliners turn out in record numbers to vote in US primary – The Local