Senator Bernie Sanders met with a group of Vermonters representing the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the National Religious Coalition against Torture to discuss the need for restoring habeas corpus and stopping illegal detentions. The group was in Washington, DC to participate in the National Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice. Pictured (from left to right) are Nicole Nummelin, Carl Etnier, Allen Gilbert, Sen. Sanders, Diane Tayeby, Mary Ellen Gottlieb and David Hylander.
Senator Bernie Sanders spoke to participants of the Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice organized by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and Amnesty International as well as 80 other national and local organizations. The Day of Action brought citizens from across the country to speak to their representatives in Congress about the need to restore the right of habeas corpus and due process, end torture, and protect the civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Dr. Lauren Quinn, representing the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, and her 7-year-old son, Fergus Ryan, who is in remission from leukemia. They came to Washington to raise awareness of childhood cancer and promote a bill that would help support medical research in the field. Senator Sanders is a cosponsor of this legislation.
Bernie threw out the first pitch to kick-off the Vermont/Dominican Baseball Exchange which was organized by the Vermont Institute on the Caribbean and the Burlington American Little League. Sixteen Little League Baseball players (ages 10-12) and their coaches from Puerto Plata on the north coast of the Dominican Republic will be in Vermont for a week playing ball and immersing themselves in the local culture. Tonight, June 26th, is Dominican Night at the Vermont Lake Monsters Baseball Game where the Puerto Plata Little Leaguers will be honored along with the Lake Monsters' own Dominican baseball players.
The Dominican coaches gave Bernie an award for his assistance in helping the team get travel visas.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Benjamin Gonin of Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, Vermont to congratulate him on winning a $1,000 college scholarship for writing the best essay from Vermont in this year's National Peace Essay Contest. Benjamin joined other state winners on a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in a week-long education program focusing on international conflict resolution, and compete for national scholarship awards up to $10,000.