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Jane Sanders starts group to boost ‘progressive voices’

Jane Sanders starts group to boost ‘progressive voices’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Live coverage: Cruz faces O'Rourke in Texas debate showdown Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE’s (I-Vt.) wife, Jane Sanders, is launching a think tank aimed at helping “progressive leaders” connect with more people.

“The purpose is to revitalize democracy in support of progressive institutions,” Jane Sanders said of the Sanders Institute in a Wednesday interview with The Washington Post.

“A vital democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse, and bold thinking. Hopefully, it’s going to increase the number of progressive voices in the mainstream media.”

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The Sanders Institute is reportedly a 501c3 spinoff of Bernie Sanders’s 2016 Democratic presidential campaign.

Sanders said the group’s first 11 “progressive leaders” will conduct live events on Facebook, make documentaries, pen op-eds and more to reach larger audiences.

The organization’s website lists among its fellows Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe importance of advancing the U.S.-India partnership House lawmakers introduce bill to end US support in Yemen civil war Congress just failed our nation’s veterans when it comes to medical marijuana MORE (D-Hawaii), an early Sanders supporter, Princeton University professor Cornel West and actor Danny Glover.

The Post reported that Bernie Sanders is not involved with the institute’s operations despite being pictured on its homepage.

Sanders added that neither she nor the think tank’s experts will take salaries for its work, which will not focus on being anti-President Trump.

“It will not be about Trump,” she said. “It will be about the issues facing the country. I’m not getting paid anything.”

--This report was updated on June 8 at 6:23 a.m.