She's has the experience and the chops.
Symone Sanders is a young, black, criminal justice advocate and supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s also a progressive political activist right out of the Sanders mold: Her last job was at Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen. In an interview, Symone Sanders said she first connected with the senator about three weeks ago, offering him advice on how to better understand the message of Black Lives Matter activists in an hour-long chat.
She homed right in on the old saying, "What have you done for me lately?"
“Educating America, the community, letting people know who Bernie Sanders is and what he’s about,” she said. “And not just, ‘Oh, I fought for civil rights and I protested and I sat at the lunch counters.’ That’s important and that’s great but that was 50 years ago and he has a lot more to stand on than just what he did 50 years ago.”
The interview closes with:
As for the Seattle protest, Symone Sanders said, “Do I think everyone in the movement agrees with the way the protesters commanded the stage today? No. Am I going to condemn the protesters for standing up and expressing themselves? No. Because their voices matter.”
Since an embarrassing clash with Black Lives Matter protesters at Netroots in June, the Sanders campaign has recast his message to appeal to the activist movement. The hiring of Symone Sanders is another part of that shift away from the listening phase to actively promoting Sanders as the candidate of Black Lives Matter.
“We’re all doing Black Lives Matter work. Some of us it’s policy, some of us it’s advocacy, some of us it’s activism, but we all have a place,” she said.