Bernie Sanders set to speak at Women's Convention in Detroit

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the "Medicare for All Act of 2017" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 13, 2017.

Angela Rye, Amber Tamblyn, Symone Sanders, Stacey Abrams, Nina Turner, US Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Stephanie Schriock, Ai-jen Poo, Aida Hurtado, Lenore Anderson, US Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Stephanie Chang, Raquel Castañeda Lopez, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Sarah Eagle Heart, Rashida Tlaib, Brittney Packnett, Nomiki Konst, Winnie Wong, Stosh Cotler, Leah Greenberg, and the Women's March co-chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory. The response on Twitter to the news that Sanders, a white man who has in the past endorsed pro-life candidates, had been selected was overwhelmingly negative.

With the official theme of "Reclaiming Our Time", the Women's Convention is just the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.

Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. There are plenty women in politics who could talk at the convention.


In a statement to Vox, organizers with the Women's March defended the decision to give Sanders the opening-night slot. Many commentators pointed out that the symbolism of a white man opening the conference-the first national women's convention in 40 years-undermined the goals of the Women's March. Bernie Sanders in a news release.

'Now more than ever, we must support the leadership of women across the country and fight together to advance our progressive agenda, ' he told the Free Press.

Some suggested that women should boycott the convention and its organizers.

"I don't know what's dumber: people thinking the #WomensConvention can afford Hillary or Beyoncé or that they think it's a moneymaking scheme", one user tweeted.


Writer and social media addict. Thousands of women are expected to attend, according to the convention's website: The Women's Convention will bring thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 27 - 29, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections. We don't need a man to delineate our mission. The event will be held at Cobo Center.

When the Women's Convention kicks off in Detroit later this month, it will be Bernie Sanders - the 76-year-old male senator from Vermont - who will take center stage to deliver the keynote address.

"Detroit is a lovely city, full of historical and political significance, and a multitude of lived experiences - a flawless setting for women, femmes and our allies seeking to strengthen our growing, intersectional movement", the organizer's wrote on its website.


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