Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to be joined by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a rally at Windward Plaza in Venice Saturday as the candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination concludes a six-day campaign swing through California.
Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders Oct. 19, recalling how he “fought for me.”
“When I was a baby, my family relied on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Then Bernie Sanders fought for me. When I was growing up and education was being gutted for kids in the `wrong ZIP code,’ Bernie Sanders fought for us.
“When I was a child that relied on CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) so that I could see a doctor, Bernie Sanders fought for a single-payer health care system. When the federal government decided to discriminate and abandon my queer family and friends, Bernie Sanders was putting his career on the line for us.
“Bernie Sanders did not do these things because they were popular, and that’s what we need to remember.”
Ocasio-Cortez was a volunteer organizer in the South Bronx for Sanders’ campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
The bands Young the Giant and Local Natives and the bicultural, bilingual millennial singer-songwriter duo Jesse & Joy will each perform a set before Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez “are joined by local leaders, activists and elected officials fighting for economic, environmental and racial justice, and against the corporate assault on working families across America,” according to the campaign.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP at events.berniesanders.com/event/173836/ is encouraged.
The Sanders campaign raised more than $1 million from tens of thousands of contributions on Thursday when he was among seven candidates debating at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester, its best during a debate day in 2019, campaign manager Faiz Shakir said Friday.