Posted on: September 17, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

first_imgPresidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a concert and get-out-the-vote rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday to encourage people to vote for him in the California Primary held on Tuesday.The rally, which featured performances by Mark Foster of Foster the People, Ozomatli, Best Coast, Iration and Local Natives as well as speeches from director Josh Fox and actors Max Carver, Shailene Woodley, Susan Sarandon and Dick Van Dyke.To begin his speech, Sanders addressed how crucial young voters have been thus far to the success of his grassroots campaign.“One of the extraordinary things about this campaign is that in virtually every state we have competed in, in states we have won and in states we have lost, we have received the overwhelming percentage of votes from young people,” Sanders said.Sanders’ speech covered a wide range of topics ranging from environmental issues to marijuana legalization to prison reform. Sanders also referenced issues of clean drinking water in California.“I have been in communities here in California where thousands of people when they turn on their faucets can’t drink the water that’s coming out,” Sanders said. “Our job is to make sure that every home in America has clean drinking water and we’re going to do that whether the fossil fuel industry likes it or not.”Student debt was also a major topic of Sanders’ speech, in which he asked why students are being punished with debt for going out and getting an education.“How does it happen when [students] do exactly the right thing —they go out and get the best education that they can— why does it happen that students end up $30, $50, $70,000 in debt?” Sanders said.Sanders closed his speech by calling on California to vote in order to send a message to the rest of the country.“Our job is to have this great state, this state which is one of the most progressive in America, tell the world that you’re going to help lead us into the political revolution.” Sanders said.Some USC students were present at the rally. Kris Nguyen, a rising sophomore majoring in business-cinematic arts, thought that the rally served as a fun, entertaining way for students to participate in the election.“I thought it was an exciting  way to get involved in politics,” Nguyen said. “It’s fun to see what the hype was all about and see a presidential candidate,” Nguyen said.The Associated Press declared Clinton the Democratic nominee Monday night, but Sanders supporters dispute that claim, saying that because Clinton’s delegate count includes unpledged superdelegates, the Democratic nominee cannot be officially declared until the Democratic National Convention in July.The event was initially scheduled at the Greek Theatre, but Sanders claims that the venue was changed due to opposition from a local city councilman that supported Hillary, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Clinton, who visited USC in March, held a similar rally at the Greek Theatre on Monday. Although the event was not initially intended for the Coliseum, Nguyen said that if the event had been held at the Greek Theatre he probably would not have attended.“But since it was in the backyard of USC, I thought it was kind of cool to see,” Nguyen said.last_img

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