On the Road

College of Charleston

Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses a packed audience at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sen. Bernie Sanders over the weekend took his fight for progressive politics to stops in South Carolina, North Carolina and  Minnesota.

In Charleston, S.C., on Friday, he spoke to a packed meeting at the College of Charleston about the high cost of college education and student indebtedness, the need for a national health care system guaranteeing health care for all and how income and wealth inequality are moving our country to an oligarchic form of government.  Sanders also talked about the  success of the billionaire Koch brothers in moving the Republican Party to the far right. On Friday evening, Sanders spoke to another large crowd in Charleston at the Longshoreman's union hall.  He focused on the need for a massive federal jobs program to address the unemployment crisis.  He also called for a significant increase in the minimum wage, an issue expected to come up for a vote this week in the Senate.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders meets with young fast food workers in Charlotte, N.C.

In Charlotte, N. C. on Saturday, Sanders met with more than 50 young workers from throughout the South who work at fast food restaurants.  Organized by the SEIU, the workers are fighting for increased wages and better working conditions. “These young workers are incredibly brave and inspiring.  Under very difficult conditions, they have made the decision to fight for justice not only for themselves, but for fast food workers all across the country,” Sanders said.  Later on Saturday, Sanders addressed a large gathering of students and faculty at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.  The meeting included presentations by students who spoke about college affordability, gay rights,  the environment and women's rights.

In Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sanders joined Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, for a very well attended meeting at the SEIU Hall.  Among other issues, Sanders spoke about the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the need for a constitutional amendment to overturn that decision and for the public funding of elections.

“This country faces enormous problems,” Sanders told David Weigel of Slate. “We need people standing up for the working class and the middle class of this country, people prepared to take on the big-money interests who dominate our economic and political life. I am prepared to do that.”

Listen to the Slate interview
Read more in the Charleston City Paper
Read more in the N.C. State Technician