Media Shrugs as Thousands of Bernie Sanders Supporters March Across the Country (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)|
In the first-ever nationwide march for a presidential candidate, thousands of people in at least 35 cities took to the streets in the “March for Bernie.” Despite the marches going viral on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, national corporate-owned media outlets have, so far, remained silent about the historic nationwide turnout — for many cities, in the midst of a blizzard. Sanders congratulated his supporters for the historic turnout in a livestreamed address on Saturday evening.
The mass march, just a week before the Iowa caucuses, was primarily publicized on social media. On Twitter, participants in multiple cities posted videos of large crowds amassing in high-visibility public places. And according to some, the number of marchers exceeded the number of RSVPs on the official “March for Bernie” Facebook event pages. Roughly 1,100 RSVP’d for the march in Boston, yet as this video shows, the crowd may have been even larger:
— Lexie St.Jacques (@LexieStJay) January 23, 2016
The Chicago march brought out thousands, and the main program featured prominent local activists and even a local alderwoman to speak to the crowd about why they supported the Vermont U.S. Senator’s presidential campaign:
At 1pm we have an impressive lineup of speakers in Daley Plaza: National Nurses’ Union leader Martese Chism will be followed by Chicago Teachers’ Union activist David Hernandez, #RahmResign activist Lamon Reccord, anti-deportation activist Maria Paz Perez and – stop the presses – Chicago’s 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza! Youthful Socialist Alternative member Darletta (Letta Dee) will round out the speakers at the Plaza.
As The Oregonian previously reported, over 1,000 Bernie Sanders supporters filled the Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday afternoon in Portland, making it one of the largest marches of the day:
— Andrew Theen (@andrewtheen) January 23, 2016
— Oregon For Bernie! (@Oregon4Bernie) January 23, 2016
While it wasn’t one of the largest, the March for Bernie in Buffalo, New York took place despite the biting cold and recent snow. The Buffalo march attracted over 500 people, despite the weather. Other marches drew out hundreds in politically-important locations like California, Colorado, Michigan, Michigan, Texas, and Virginia. Click here for the full list of cities participating in the March for Bernie:
— Moumita Ahmed (@MouBerningluv) January 23, 2016
— LA Women for Bernie (@LAWomen4Bernie) January 23, 2016
— Ophir Bruck (@OphirBruck) January 23, 2016
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