By Julia Glum, IBTimes.com, June 15th, 2016:
When Andrew Brown and his fellow students at Utah Valley University realized that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders was probably not going to be the next president of the United States, they grieved — and got right to work. Gathered in a classroom on campus in Orem, Utah, the UVU Millennials for Bernie Sanders held a vote last week to decide the future of the organization.
“We were kind of holding out, even though our friends were saying, ‘He doesn’t have a chance; it’s a lost cause,'” said Brown, a 27-year-old senior studying political science. “We opened our meeting and said, ‘What are we going to do from here on out? Are we going to change the name of our club? Do we want to endorse Hillary Clinton? Do we want to endorse no one? Or write in Bernie Sanders?'”
The 30 members in attendance ultimately chose to relaunch in the fall with a new name and mission in support of Green Party candidate Jill Stein. It’s “the best chance that we have to change the system — or make a statement in support of changing the system,” Brown said.
Sanders supporters all over the nation are debating how to vote in November now that Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination. And many of the people talking are millennials, who supported Sanders in droves, steering the senator toward victory in 22 state primary contests or caucuses. With Sanders more or less out of the race, many young people, having spent months railing against career politicians and the establishment, say they’re not quite ready to jump ship to the Clinton campaign. Instead, they’re looking into third-party candidates like Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson in hopes of changing the political system.