Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), speaks at a rally at University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), speaks at a rally at University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Sanders Gets Backing of March for Our Lives Co-Founders for 'Intersectional' Approach to Ending Gun Violence

"He gets that all the issues we fight for are connected, and the gun violence isn't the cause but the symptom of systematic injustice in this country."

Eoin Higgins

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday announced he has the backing of a number of cofounders of the March for Our Lives movement and other gun control groups, endorsements that came less than two weeks after the Vermont senator announced a new push against gun violence in the U.S.

"People are sick and tired of gun violence, and the time is now for all of us together to stand up to the NRA," Sanders said. "I am proud to have the support of these young leaders in the fight against gun violence."

In a video announcing the endorsements, activists Delaney Tarr, Ryan Deitsch, Robert Schentrup, Maxwell Frost, Nurah Abdullhaqq, Chris Grady, Thandiwe Abdullah, and Daud Mumin express their support for Sanders and the senator's "intersectional" approach to solving gun violence in America. 

"He gets that all the issues we fight for are connected, and the gun violence isn't the cause but the symptom of systematic injustice in this country," says Frost.

As Common Dreams reported on February 8, Sanders brought on March for Our Lives co-founder Matt Deitsch as a campaign gun violence prevention advisor. Deitsch in a tweet Thursday welcomed his fellow activists to the fold. 

"Bernie Sanders is building an intersectional movement to end our gun violence epidemic," Deitsch said.

The activists all expressed their enthusiasm about Sanders' candidacy, calling the senator's message an important and correct step in the right direction on gun violence and the other issues facing the country. 

"So proud to be a part of this movement, and to endorse Bernie Sanders for President," said Tarr. "Together we can create a safer, more equitable America."

Abdullhaqq was brief, but to the point.

"Bernie is for the people," she said, "more than excited to endorse him."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

'She Can Win If We Stand With Her': Sanders to Rally for Cisneros in Texas

"Her opponent, one of the very few anti-choice Democrats in Congress, is funded by over a million dollars in corporate contributions from Big Oil companies," said Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Jake Johnson ·


Peace Advocates Sound Warnings as Progressive Lawmakers Go All-In for $40 Billion Ukraine War Package

"Russia's invasion of Ukraine must be condemned," says one activist. "But the administration has been telegraphing for weeks that its war aims now go well beyond defending Ukraine."

Brett Wilkins ·


Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Strictest US Abortion Ban While Roe Still Stands

Reproductive rights supporters vowed to fight against the ban that begins at fertilization and, like legislation in Texas, "creates a bounty-hunting scheme" for enforcement.

Jessica Corbett ·


Judy Blume, Mo Willems Among 1,300 Children's Authors to Condemn 'Wave of Book Suppression'

"Reading stories that reflect the diversity of our world builds empathy and respect for everyone's humanity."

Kenny Stancil ·


Now Do Windfall Tax, Say Climate Groups After Passage of Big Oil Price Gouging Bill

"Voters will reward politicians who stand up for people, not polluters," said one campaigner, "and taxing windfall profits is wildly popular in every part of the country."

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo