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Bernie Sanders in New Haven, Connecticut, April 24 (berniesanders.com photo)

Bernie Sanders in New Haven, Connecticut, April 24 (berniesanders.com photo)

New Haven, Conn. — Calling New Haven “a metaphor for America,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pointed out the stark inequalities that exist between heavily endowed Ivy League Yale University and the poor students living only a few blocks away unable to even dream of a Yale education.
Sanders addressed 14,000 supporters on the New Haven Green and prior to that talked to students at Yale.
Sanders is pushing free college and public university education in the U.S. funded by a Wall Street tax.
Sanders is in the middle of a campaign swing prior to Tuesday primaries in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maryland. All are closed primaries except for Rhode Island. This means that like New York voters who have walked away from the political process due to disgust, independents cannot vote because six months ago or with their driver’s license renewal they have not declared party affiliation. This protects not the voters, but the status quo.
Sander brought his campaign to Providence, Rhode Island, Sunday and received the endorsement of the 35,000-member United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union. Union National President Peter Knowlton said Sanders was the most pro-worker, pro-union presidential candidate he had seen in his lifetime.
Bernie Sanders addressed 7,000 persons at a rally in Providence talking about climate change and challenged Hillary Clinton to join him in calling for a carbon emission tax to help slow down the destruction of Planet Earth. Sanders has introduced legislation seeking a carbon tax to slow down fossil fuels.
In Maryland on Saturday Sanders addressed the plight of Baltimore residents living in poverty in 15 neighborhoods with lower life expectancy than North Korea and two of them a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine’s West Bank. Teenagers ages 15 to 19 in Baltimore, Sanders said, face poorer economic and health conditions than those in economically distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China and South Africa. “Children in Baltimore have the least chance of escaping poverty of any big city in America,” Sanders told a forum at Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ.
Solutions to this plight would be to: Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour; create 13 million jobs, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and embark on on crash program to rebuild 3.5 million affordable homes and apartments over the next decade “We should not have buildings I just walked past all boarded up when we need affordable homes.”
Sanders wants to: Create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged youth and young adults through the $55 billion Employ Young Americans Now Act.
Rewrite the job-killing trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Normalized Trade with China Act which have cost Maryland 72,000 factory jobs or 41 per cent of its manufacturing work force.
Rewrite the Criminal Justice System that puts more Americans behind bars at a cost of $80 billion than any other country in the world.
And last week Vice President Joe Biden had high praise for Sanders saying to the New York Times: “I like the idea of saying we can do much more because we can . . . I don’t think any Democrat’s ever won by saying ‘We can’t think that big, We ought to really downsize here because it’s not realistic.’ Come on man, this is the Democratic Party! I’m not part of a party that says ‘Well, we can’t do it.’”
— C.L.

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