James Sanders ... is a New York State Senator.
New Party builder
New Party News Fall 1994 listed over 100 New Party activists-"some of the community leaders, organizers, retirees,, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP" the list included James Sanders, NY Community School Board
WFP pre-election gathering
Many high-power politicians–United States Senator Charles Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James and State Senator James Sanders–fired up a hundreds-strong crowd of supporters of the labor-backed Working Families Party 9/9/2014 with speeches vowing to keep Republicans from controlling the State Senate, to raise the minimum wage, to create a public financing system for state elections and to organize low-paid fast food and airport workers.
The crowd, a mix of union members and activist groups like Vocal-NY and New York Communities for Change, crammed into the basement of Manhattan’s Saint Vartan’s Armenian Cathedral for the event, entitled “Justice for Workers.” The evening started with a reading by poet Maria “Mariposa” Fernandez, who read a piece detailing the difficult life of a Hispanic service worker that simultaneously railed against pollution, an America “ruled by warmongering men,” “U.S. colonialism and imperialism” and the Atlantic slave trade.
Mr. Sanders, the state senator who has sponsored a bill in the State Senate to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, highlighted the WFP’s central issue of income inequality.
“I think that something different is happening and something is changing and that change is happening right in here. I think that working people have gotten tired of being stripped by society, because we deserve to eat too. W.E.B. DuBois once said that ‘before anybody has cake, we all should have bread,'” Mr. Sanders said to raucous applause, emphasizing the need to both raise the minimum wage statewide and grant localities the power to increase it independently. “We should have it at the state level at $10.10 an hour, and then we should go further. If the city needs to raise it higher than that, we should raise it higher than $10.10. We should raise it to $13. Why not?”