Supporters of Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally. (Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Bernie Sanders supporters are planning an event called the People’s Summit for late June in Chicago, days after the final primary.

ABC News reports:

So far, the event’s website lists speakers such as author and social activist Cornel West, one of Sanders’ surrogates, and the United States Student Association and Progressive Democrats of America as some of his sponsoring partners. The explicit goal is to bring together people and organizations who have supported the senator’s campaign and “have a conversation” about what comes after the primaries, Lenchner told ABC News.

“I think it will be an opportunity for people to meet each other outside of the specific groups and areas where they have been active for the first time,” Lenchner said in a phone interview.

Sanders’ campaign and volunteers have arguably built one of the largest and most effective grassroots progressive organizations in recent history. How exactly to capitalize on the energy surrounding the campaign and mobilize the social media community remains the million-dollar question for groups hoping to push Sanders’ policy platforms during the next administration. How the formal “Bernie 2016” campaign chooses to mobilize its golden email list is another question all together.

Some people, such as those from National Nurses United, will likely come to the summit ready to push specific policy platforms, while others have a background in more general grassroots organization building.

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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