On Monday June 6—the last day before the California Primary—Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally in San Francisco’s Mission District, opting for one final push ahead of the June 7 election.
Sanders greeted about 300 supporters at City College of San Francisco’s Mission Campus.
“We should all be very proud that we are bringing people in to the political process, to reclaim a vibrant democracy. It’s one thing for people to register, it’s another for people to vote,” Sanders said.”If there is a large voter turnout tomorrow, we’re going to win here in California. If there is a very large voter turnout, we’re going to win by a big number. But I also have to tell you, if there is a low voter turnout, we’re going to lose.”
One of those in attendance was Maria Zamudio, San Francisco Housing Rights Campaign Organizer with Causa Justa.
“I’m really interested in what Bernie has to say, as a person of color, as an immigrant, as someone for who the policies of our federal government have impacted me and my family for a long time in really negative ways,” said Zamudio, who was born to undocumented parents and emigrated from Mexico when she was 3. “There is some excitement in this new candidate. I’m also clear that there is no president that’s going to make our situation better. We have to do that.”
Sanders’ campaign organizers had contacted District 9 Supervisor David Campos days prior, hoping to coordinate a visit in the Mission. After the Mission Campus event, Sanders walked down Mission Street, starting between 25th and 24th streets, greeting and shaking hands and posing for photos with various supporters, many of them being Latino.
“I think it’s an important symbol, because the campaign that he’s running where he’s fighting for the future of this country, talking about inequality, talking about how corporate interests have taken over,” said Campos. “Nowhere is that clearer than in the Mission.”
Other public officials in attendance included Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Matt Gonzalez, Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim, and District 9 Candidates Edwin Lindo and Hillary Ronen.
“I’m very excited about Bernie Sanders and his vision for the country,” Ronen said. “The fact that he’s fighting to make it affordable for everyone to continue to be able to survive. We’re seeing greater and greater inequality. Not just in San Francisco, but throughout the country.”
Story by: Alexis Terrazas