Current U.S. Senator from Vermont, and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stopped by Naperville Central to address a packed auditorium.
The senator spoke to around 800 sophomore students in Government and A.P. Government from both Naperville North and Central about the importance of caring about politics.
“Politics is important because policies are determined which will end up determining whether or not you have jobs or not jobs, whether you have healthcare, whether or not we protect the environment, whether we address climate change,” said Senator Sanders.
Sanders was in town to promote his latest book “Bernie Sanders’ Guide to Political Revolution,” which is aimed at a teen audience.
The presentation was very interactive, with Sanders asking the students for their opinions, and with some students getting the chance to ask questions of the senator, touching on topics like healthcare, racial injustice and economic inequality.
“Real change never takes place from the top on down, you may see a president signing a bill, but understand that before the president signed that bill, generally speaking millions of people were active in the effort to make that legislation possible,” said Senator Sanders.
Judging by the amount of audience participation during Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presentation Wednesday to Naperville students, the “Political Revolution” the 2016 presidential candidate writes of in his latest book could be catching hold.
Students from Naperville Central and Naperville North high schools eagerly raised their hands to answer questions Sanders posed as he explained how politics affects teens and why it’s vital to get involved.
A few among the crowd of hundreds enrolled in government classes even got to direct their queries to Sanders as he visited their hometown for the second time in a year.
The visit was organized by Anderson’s Bookshop, which hosted Sanders to speak about his new book, “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution.” Anderson’s also welcomed Sanders last November to North Central College in Naperville shortly after the presidential election.
“I worry very much about the state of American democracy, which is why we wrote this book,” Sanders said about the release, which is based on his 2016 book “Our Revolution.” “The essence of this book is that we need to revitalize American democracy.”