Bernie Sanders Rally at Pitt University

Bernie Sanders Rally at Pitt University

As I made my way towards Pittsburgh, PA. with my wife and four year old son, we were very excited to see Bernie Sanders speak in person at Pitt University. As we searched for a parking spot we saw that the line had already grown so long that it stretched all the way down the hill from the Fitzgerald Field House. We had to park pretty far away as there were people everywhere and I was afraid we were too late to get in. After finding a spot and getting ready to pay for parking we saw a man selling Bernie T-shirts, so I asked him how much. After asking him his views, which of course supported Sanders and the Revolution, I found out that he is a delegate for Mr. Sanders in Ohio, 15th District. He is also the administrator of the Central Grass Roots for Bernie Sanders. Mike Grom has been all over doing his best to inform people about Bernie Sanders as well as selling the shirts he designed and adding some of his profits to the Sanders campaign. You can see a picture of my wife wearing his shirt on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sustainablystated/. Mike, we want to thank you for everything you have done. We would have loved to be able to see the planes you put in the air to get Bernie’s name out there.

Mike Grom getting the word out. (Pictures by Thomas and Sara Costello)
Mike Grom getting the word out. (Pictures by Thomas and Sara Costello)

As my wife and I walked towards the end of the line we stopped to ask people what the most important issue to them that captured their interest in Mr. Sanders. I think I expected to hear a lot of free college and free healthcare references, but to my delight I found that the people waiting to see this 74 year old, who has developed into a sort of rock star, saying that the inequalities that plague our society are what bothers them the most. Inequalities when it comes to income, racism, and the basic rights that FDR spoke about in his speech about a second Bill of Rights in 1944.

My wife and son walking towards the end of the long line to see Bernie Sanders. (Pictures by Thomas and Sara Costello)
My wife and son walking towards the end of the long line to see Bernie Sanders. (Pictures by Thomas and Sara Costello)

Once in line we spoke to more people there and found a young couple, Levi and Ariel. Levi s most important issue was the corruption that occurs with all of the money in politics and Ariel did not like what has been going on with all of the voter fraud we have seen recently. These were a couple of their top issues, but these two, as well as most of the people I spoke with were very well informed on many of the major issues, if not all of them. I also spoke to a young woman, Cecilia Hornberger, who when asked about Hillary Clinton’s woman’s rights movement and her allowing Arab money to be given to the Clinton Foundation said, “She is the worst women’s advocate ever.” We could not agree more as her many issues these days scream for the country to wake up and realize that this woman is not for anyone, except her own family and wealthy friends. When the Koch brothers come out and say that Hillary is most likely the better choice for President, WATCH OUT. She has of course rejected their endorsement, but to us the simple fact that they think she may be the best choice tells us that she is NOT for the People. All of the people I spoke with were very adamant about Trump being a real danger to our society as a whole as well as many thinking he could very well end up being responsible for a World War III, if he were to be elected President of these United States.

Levi and Ariel. (Pictures by Thomas and Sara Costello)
Levi and Ariel. (Pictures by Thomas and Sara Costello)

For me personally, I looked around Fitzgerald Field House and what I saw was what you will not see at any rally for Clinton or Trump, which is true diversity among the people. (Pictures on Facebook.) I saw people of all races and walks of life standing around talking, hugging, and sharing their stories. A 30 something man with what appeared to be paint and or caulking wiped on his pants, which stood out to me because I have many pairs of pants like that myself, having worked in the construction field for well over twenty years. A hard working man, there to see what Mr. Sanders had to say. There were older men and women there too, who appeared old enough to my grandparents, as well as many people around my own age of 43. I did actually expect the crowd to be mostly young students from Pitt University, but I was happily wrong. I was standing next to a man who when asked about the most important issue to him, he said healthcare. He is two years away from his doctorate and works in a hospital. He told me that he sees how the healthcare system is biased and does not provide for all with his own eyes. He admitted that there are those who manipulate the system in wrong ways, but that the priority of healthcare for all is a right that every American should have. As Mr. Sanders spoke, the emotional state that I saw some people in was amazing to me and made me feel emotional as well. The man speaks to your heart with truth and power that makes you believe that Together We can Change the World, which is the motto for my website.

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