The issues addressed in the document were mentioned in a letter that former staffers sent to Sanders last December, asking the Vermont Independent to create a “gold-standard sexual harassment policy” in order to “mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle.”
“Clearly we need a cultural revolution in this country to change workplace attitudes and behavior,” the senator in a statement after receiving the letter. “I intend in every way to be actively involved in that process.”
Weeks later, Sanders met with the former staffers to address their concerns.
After announcing his candidacy in February, Sanders named ACLU political director Faiz Shakir as his campaign manager, making him the first Muslim to lead a major presidential campaign. Seventy percent of the staffers on the senator’s campaign leadership team are women, according to representatives.
By implementing new guidelines, the Campaign Equity Blueprint reads, the Sanders 2020 campaign hopes to create “an inclusive, respectful campaign culture fueled by trust.”
“Major presidential campaigns should prioritize creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable campaign workplace for staff from the beginning,” the blueprint says. “While campaigns may be temporary, the choices candidates make about their workplace and their staff can have a lasting impact on careers and reputations.”
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