Bernie Sanders launches new organisation aimed at supporting progressive politics

The unveiling of 'Our Revolution' came amid behind-the-scenes turmoil and resignations

Bernie Sanders launches new organisation aimed at supporting progressive politics

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Bernie Sanders has launched a new group aimed at supporting and promoting progressive politics.

The former presidential hopeful unveiled 'Our Revolution' last night, amid reports the new organisation was already experiencing internal turmoil.

The group says it has three main aims: "To revitalise American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness."

Their website lists more than a dozen key issues of interest, ranging from fighting for income equality and affordable housing to promoting LGBT and disability rights.

Our Revolution will be supporting around 100 candidates. However, it will also be focusing on "seven key initiatives" across the US in the coming months, such as a proposition in California that aims to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Speaking at the launch in Vermont last night, Mr Sanders reflected on his election campaign, saying: "Real change never, ever takes place from the top on down. It always takes place from the bottom on up, when millions of people come together and demand fundamental change in the country."

He suggested that "election days come and go, but the struggle for justice continues".

However, he stressed that he will not be "directing or controlling" the new group as he is a serving US senator.

The launch was overshadowed by US media reports that a number of key staff members had left Our Revolution in the days ahead of its unveiling.

The New York Times reports several of the resignations were prompted by the appointment of Mr Sanders' former campaign manager Jeff Weaver to lead the new group.

Claire Sandberg, Our Revolution's former organising director, told the paper that she and other staff members feared Mr Weaver would not keep the group "grass-roots-funded" and would "[plow] billionaire cash into TV [ads] instead of investing it in building a genuine movement".

The staff members are also said to have been concerned over the new organisation's tax status.