Presidential Hopeful Sanders Addresses Exuberant Pasadena Rally

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By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

1:59 pm | May 31, 2019


Concentrating on a message of economic justice, U.S. presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed an exuberant crowd Friday at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Sanders’ rally came one day after Thursday’s visit by Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic junior Senator from New York since 2009, who is also on the stump for the White House.

U.S. Presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is greeted by Pasadena Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday, May 31, 2019

Immediately after the rally, Sanders went directly to the Pasadena Hilton just three blocks away to participate in a forum on immigration with Democratic presidential contenders California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Back at the Convention Center, the Sanders crowd was enthusiastic and loud.

“This country belongs to all of us,” Sanders told a ballroom crowd of approximately 2,000 people. ‘This campaign is us, not me,” he added.

Sanders, one of more than 20 seeking the Democratic nomination, homed in the theme of justice, saying “I am about economic justice, racial justice and environmental justice. We will take a hard look at what is happening in this country. We are taking on Wall Street, and we will break up the large financial institutions.”

Sanders also pledged to take on large drug companies, and “cut the cost of prescription drugs by half.”

Added Sanders, “We are taking on the fossil fuel industry. Their short term profits are not more important than the future of this planet.”

Taking aim at the president, Sanders said, “Trump is trying to divide the people of this country by the color of their skin, their economic status, or their sexual identity. We will do the opposite. We will bring the people of this country together.

Sanders also pledged not to appoint any Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, an issue that Sanders called, not just a womens’ issue. It is everyone’s issue.” On a similar note, Sanders stressed that he would institute the Federal Medicare for all. Sanders also pledged he would institute a national $15 an hour minimum wage, and create millions of new jobs by revitalizing the country’s infrastructure.

Sanders also railed against the cost of housing in California and the US, and pledged tuition-free college education in his administration.

Sanders called the problem of climate change the most dangerous for the country. “It’s a deeply moral issue. I want to leave this world to my seven grandchildren as a healthy one” Sanders said combatting climate change would also create millions of new jobs.

Sanders also promised to cut military spending and use the money for social change.

‘We are going to save this planet for our country and our children,” he said.

The rally is the first of several for Sanders in California with additional stops planned in San Francisco and San Jose this weekend.