BERNIE SANDERS RALLY IN SAN DIEGO
May 25, 2016
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Over nine thousand people, from babies in strollers to seniors with walkers, crowded into the Convention Center to see Bernie Sanders speak live at a rally on Tuesday, March 22nd.
Before Sanders came out to speak, a screen in the room showed live coverage of the caucuses that took place in Arizona, Idaho and Utah. As it was announced Clinton was projected to win Arizona, the crowd erupted into a sea of booing directed at the former Secretary of State.
Although the tone of the rally may have been negative towards other candidates, Estela Chua, an SCPA Senior, said, “The environment at the rally was very refreshing. I felt comfortable and happy. No negativity.”
Chua also mentioned, “I’ve recently learned how supportive he is of the Native Americans in our country and honestly he’s the only candidate that recognizes them and wants to help them.” The presidential candidate held the rally two months ahead of the California Democratic Primary, which Chua will be able to vote in on June 7th.
Isabelle Rose Campuzano, sophomore, knew nearly nothing about Bernie. “I just knew he wasn’t racist, thought of the lower and middle class, and embraced the LGBT community.”
“The environment felt very welcoming and friendly,” Campuzano said. “I saw no fighting or arguing, just peaceful conversations.”
Others who attended, like Taté Garcia, a freshman, agreed. “The environment of the Bernie Sanders rally was very welcoming and open to everybody. People in the lines would freely talk and be friendly to strangers, and various things such as groups of people with ‘Free Hugs’ signs were prevalent throughout the day.”
Garcia went on to say, “He made key points on climate change, justice and equality for POC, paid leave, equality for the LGBTQ+ community, and many more points that were important to hear from a presidential candidate.”
While Garcia is passionate about Sanders, and learned more about his stances on various issues, she will not be able to vote in the Primary that awards the most number of delegates of all United States territories.
“I am grateful that I went,” Garcia stated. “The Bernie Sanders campaign doesn’t get much media coverage so you don’t get to see all of his views in as much depth as if you were to research it, but going to the rally was worth the wait.”