by: Mallory Johnson
Who is Bernie Sanders? Bernard “Bernie” Sanders is an American politician who currently serves as the junior United States Senator from Vermont. He is running as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Why should you vote for Bernie Sanders? Sanders will address the problems of the income and wealth inequality, racial injustice, and the war in Iran. Sanders has experience, he was elected mayor of Burlington, New York where he transformed Burlington into one of the most stimulating and livable small cities in America.
As mayor, the city underwent major strides in affordable housing, progressive taxation, environmental protection, child care, women’s rights, youth programs and the arts. Sanders understands the importance of a decent paying job. He wants to introduce a legislation which would invest $1 trillion over 5 years to modernize our country’s physical infrastructure, creating and maintaining at least 13 million good-paying jobs while making our country more productive, efficient, and safe. He also wants to create the Employ Young Americans Now Act with represented John Conyers. It would provide $5.5 billion in immediate funding to employ one million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24, and would provide job training to hundreds of thousands of others. Millions of Americans are working for totally inadequate wages. Many full-time workers live in poverty. Sanders wants to raise the current federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years. Bernie Sanders is also a civil rights activist who has participated in the civil rights movement and has marched in Washington D.C. He became one of the leaders of the NAACP ally called the Congress of Racial Equality. He wants to help those who have been discriminated against because of the color of their skin.
Police brutality has become a hot topic within the news and many people find it hard to trust the ones who have sworn to protect and to serve the people. Sanders wants to reform our police forces into something that we know longer fear. He wants to invest in community policing so that the officers are involved in the communities. By working within the neighborhoods before trouble arises, develops the relationships necessary to make communities safer together. Among other things, that means increasing civilian misunderstanding of police departments. A police force that reflects the diversity of communities and federal funding that requires body cameras for law enforcement officers to make it easier to hold them accountable. Sanders has also been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community. He supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act when it passed in the Senate in 2013. He’s a cosponsor of the federal LGBT-inclusive Student Non-Discrimination Act and has consistently voted against bills seeking to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, while co-sponsoring a bill that would repeal the remaining portions of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. He also voted against the Marriage Protection Amendment, which proposed that marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and woman. Sanders has the modern view of what the future of America could be where everyone is treated fairly and equally no matter race, gender, or sexual orientation. “What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes, take his case to the American people,” says Sanders.