Welcome! Login | Register
 

March Madness 2019 – Can The Oregon Ducks Get Back To The Elite Eight?—March Madness 2019 – Can The Oregon Ducks…

I Have 3 Months To Train For The Wild Rogue Relay—I Have 3 Months To Train For The…

20 Ways To Increase Circulation—20 Ways To Increase Circulation

Trail Blazers Weekly Preview – Sabonis 2.0, Dirk’s Rip City Swan Song, Blake Of House Piston Invades—Trail Blazers Weekly Preview – Sabonis 2.0, Dirk’s…

VIDEO: ‘Surf Rock’ Creator Dick Dale Dead at 81—VIDEO: 'Surf Rock' Creator Dick Dale Dead at…

The Presidential Primary Parade Marches On - Sunday Political Brunch March 17, 2019—The Presidential Primary Parade Marches On - Sunday…

Predicting The Seattle Seahawks’ 2019 Draft—Predicting The Seattle Seahawks’ 2019 Draft

49 Killed in Mass Multi-Mosque Shooting in Christchurch, NZ, Shooter Livestreamed Massacre—49 Killed in Mass Multi-Mosque Shooting in Christchurch,…

I’m Ready To Become A Fan Of Hockey In Seattle—I’m Ready To Become A Fan Of Hockey…

Lillard Could Go Scoreless The Rest Of Season & Still Average 4X More Points Than Felton—Lillard Could Go Scoreless The Rest Of Season…

 
 

Bernie Sanders Rally Sets Record at Moda Center

Monday, August 10, 2015

 

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

The Bernie Sanders rally at the Moda Center hit an all-time high for the Presidential candidate for this election cycle.

The Portland rally nearly doubled the 15,000 attendees in Seattle. According to Sanders' campaign, over 28,000 people attended the Portland campaign event, causing a stadium overflow.

Social Reform

In light of the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, Sanders dedicated an opening tribute to his life and the Black Lives Matter movement. Perhaps this was also in response to the Black Lives Matter interruption of one of his rallies in Seattle the day before.

And after Sanders took to the stage, he emphasized towards the beginning of his speech that “there is no president who will fight harder to fight institutional racism in this country and reform our broken criminal justice system.”

Continuing in the vein of social justice, Sanders highlighted criminal justice reform as an essential part of his platform as well as the looming issue of mass incarceration. “We have more people in jail than any other country on earth. I want to see this country not have more people in jail, but more people in jobs and education.”

Sanders continued, “That’s what this campaign is about. It’s bringing people together for a political revolution.”

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Indeed, Sanders attendees appear to agree with him. One supporter, Shelley Withee, said that “he (Sanders) stands for everything the people really stand for.”  

Concerning Economic Policy

Other recurring themes in Sanders’ speech related to income inequality, healthcare, education, and family values. Sanders showed little fear in pointing out the main opponents of his campaign – the one percent.

On income inequality, Sanders said, “We live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world –but not many people feel that. We are going to change that.”

Speaking more directly to the one percent, Sanders claimed, “You are not going to be able to hide behind your billion dollars in the Cayman Islands and in Bermuda.”

Senator Sanders also spoke about student loans – primarily how he believes tuition at public universities is costing young people as well as the American workforce. Sanders argued that tuition should be free at public universities.

“It will make life easier for fourth graders from Portland who will know they will make it to the middle class,” Sanders said.

Hillary Clinton

In contrast with Hillary Clinton, who visited Portland last Wednesday, Sanders’ turnout was in the thousands whereas Clinton’s turnout was at a mere 140. Sanders’ public rally was free whereas Clinton charged $2,700 per ticket in order for attendees to join her at her private fundraiser.

The respective Clinton and Sanders fundraisers highlight the fiscal differences in their individual campaign strategies. Clinton is seen as a big money, corporate campaign whereas Sanders’ grassroots bid is volunteer-driven.

Many Sanders enthusiasts who were present at the rally had choice words about Hillary.  “Democrats are forming another branch – a smarter branch. Hillary represents the corporate democrat. I believe in the social democrat and so does my grandma who is 87,” said Brett Bottorff.

Local Portland volunteer Cody Ridenour, 22, noted key differences between the Clinton and Sanders campaigns in terms of their fundraising ideology.

“Bernie Sanders calls out special interests and is only taking campaign money from individual citizens and is even saying that we should only have publically funded elections, which would allow us to care more about individual citizens,” Ridenour said. “The majority of Hillary Clinton’s donations have been very large donors with very little small donor contributions.”

Though Sanders has been more accessible to the public through his free rallies, he has been especially impressionable through his enthusiasm for meaningful and speedy social reform.

“We are going to inject the issue of morality into politics today,” Sanders claimed.

Bernie Sanders’ next scheduled rally stop is Los Angeles. 

 

Related Slideshow: Bernie Sanders Rallies in Portland

The Bernie Sanders rally at the Moda Center in Portland drew the largest crowd its campaign has seen yet.  Upwards of 28,000 people showed up to the event with many being turned away and watching his speech on a screen in the spillover section.

Prev Next

Sanders supporter Shelley Withee said that "he stands for everything the people really stand for.”

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Many Sanders enthusiasts who were present at the rally had choice words about Hillary.  “Democrats are forming another branch – a smarter branch. Hillary represents the corporate democrat. I believe in the social democrat and so does my grandma who is 87,” said Brett Bottorff.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Don't Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford Mazique was arrested yesterday on the anniversary of Michael Brown's death.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

The eager crowd did "the wave" in anticipation of Sanders.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Union member Dinah Foley spoke in support of Sanders.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

PCUN member Jaime Arredondo spoke on Bernie's commitment to supporting immigrant and farm worker rights.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Climate justice activist Mia Reback spoke in support of Sanders.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Spokeswoman Symone Sanders

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Bernie Sanders and wife Jane O'Meara Sanders

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Sanders spoke of a broad range of social justice issues yesterday.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Addressing the prison industrial complex in America, Sanders said “we have more people in jail than any other country on earth. I want to see this country not have more people in jail, but more people in jobs and education.”

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

“That’s what this campaign is about. It’s bringing people together for a political revolution,” said Sanders.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

“We live in one of the wealthiest nations in the world –but not many people feel that. We are going to change that,” said Sanders when discussing the disparity in wealth in America.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Don't Shoot Portland organizers attended the rally on the anniversary of Michael Brown's death.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

“It will make life easier for fourth graders from Portland who will know they will make it to the middle class,” said Sanders.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

After his speech Sanders shook hands and took pictures with supporters.

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

Prev Next

Photo credit: Hilary Devaney

 
 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox