Rain could not stop thousands of Hoosiers from kicking off their week with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, on Monument Circle.
The former presidential candidate launched his multi-state “Pickup Tour” in Indianapolis Monday afternoon with a focus on jobs and the economy. Sanders is hosting the tour in conjunction with Good Jobs Nation, an advocate for higher wages and better opportunities for federal contract workers, and Chuck Jones, former president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999.
“What we are doing here in Indianapolis is what must happen in every state in this country,” Sanders said. “That is people standing together and demanding an economy and a government that represents all of us and not the one percent.”
Another topic that gained a lot of traction Monday was Sanders’ proposal for free tuition for public colleges and universities across the country.
Nia Williams, a 17-year-old college student at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, sported a Sanders shirt at Monday’s rally.
Williams’ mother attended the University of Chicago where Sanders fought to desegregate all boarding houses. Williams said Sanders remains close to her heart.
“I’m a college student in a lot of debt right now,” Williams said. “He wants free college for all. He’s not swayed by money and stuff. He’s just really inspiring.”
Hundreds crowded the southern half of Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis Monday afternoon, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) spoke on jobs and the economy.
“What we are doing here in Indianapolis, is what should be happening in every state of this country,” Sanders exclaimed in the campaign style rally on the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. “That is people standing together and demanding an economy that represents all of us and not the top 1-percent!”
At the rally put together by “Good Jobs Nation”, Sanders hit on a variety of topics from the economy and jobs, to free public college and a $15/hour minimum wage. He even touched on the events that happened in Charlottesville.
Sanders criticized President Trump for not condemning outright the acts of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.
“There are no two-sides of that story,” Sanders continued. “There is no equivocation. Nazism, white supremacy ,anti-Semitism, is not what this country is about and we need a President that can bring us together and not divide us up.”
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