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Rally For U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Held At Akron Civic Theatre

The democratic party dinner on March 13th put us in the mood for some more politicking so on Monday, March 14th, we IMG_9040headed over to the Akron Civic Theatre to attend a rally for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders who is in the running to be the next President of the United States.

The main reason that we decided to go was because on Sunday night U.S. Senator Sanders said nothing about immigration during his speech (unlike former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who did talk about the need for reform) which disappointed us very much because we really respect U.S. Senator Sanders and his accomplishments.

Thankfully, on Monday he did mention immigration during his speech in Akron and forcefully too when he said that he had been listening to Latinos who are "tired of living in fear in the shadows" and thus IMG_9039believed that comprehensive immigration reform which included a path to citizenship was needed.

He then pledged that if he were elected to be the next U.S. President and Congress refused to work with him on it, then he would make use of Executive Action (just as President Obama has done with DACA and DAPA) to bring this about.

He more than touched on this when later in his speech when he stated firmly that he believed that the American public would never elect a President who insults Mexicans, Muslims, and African-Americans the way that Mr. Donald Trump has done.

IMG_9044He also took exception to Mr. Trump for his role in the "birther" movement that sought to disqualify President Obama from holding office due to the false assertion that he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States. U.S. Senator Sanders challenged this way of thinking by acknowledging that the President is the son of an immigrant from Kenya but he himself, is the son of an immigrant from Poland. But, in U.S. Senator Sanders' case, unlike that of President Obama, no one has ever asked him for a copy of his birth certificate. "Could it have something to do with the color of my skin?" asked the U.S. Senator Sanders.

After the program concluded, we stayed for a little while to talk to our good friend Ohio State SenatoIMG_9042r Nina Turner who had introduced U.S. Senator Sanders at the rally.

We especially liked sitting next to an enthusiastic person named Gloria who immigrated to the United States from Mexico nine years ago. Gloria is now a citizen and has attended rallies given by both democratic and republican candidates because this is the first time she has been eligible to vote and she really wants to learn and is eager to take part in the political process of her adoptive country. We wish more people actually born in the United States were as conscientious as Gloria.

Michael Patterson 

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC.

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