The Rhode Island Progressive Who Helped Make Paid Sick Leave a Reality

On April 26, 2016, Bernie Sanders shocked Rhode Island’s entrenched Democratic establishment by pulling off a surprise win in the state’s presidential primary.

Sanders won despite the fact that his opponent Hillary Clinton had received endorsements from Rhode Island’s entire Congressional delegation and every statewide elected official and Democratic Party power broker.

Through grassroots organizing, the insurgent Sanders campaign pulled off a victory by running on a bold progressive platform.

Five months later, the same grassroots energy in the state helped lead to another shock when four progressive challengers endorsed by the Working Families Party unseated Democratic incumbents in the September 2016 primary.​