Bernie Sanders continues to draw huge crowds, the largest of any candidate in either party, the latest event being in Boston that had over 30,000 people attending inside the Convention Center with the overflow crowd watching on a TV screen in the cold, wet outdoors.
He has also taken on with vigor the issues of racism, police abuses, and the need for sensible gun laws, something that he had been criticized for earlier for not addressing more specifically.
Bernie Sanders decried “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” on Saturday night, as he preached to a huge crowd in Boston that welcomed the Democratic presidential candidate’s now familiar vision of “political revolution”.
Sanders alluded to a string of high-profile police killings of unarmed black people, and to a subsequent series of grand jury decisions not to indict officers involved in some cases.
“It is not easy being a cop today,” Sanders told the crowd. “Many of them are underpaid, their schedules are terrible, and their family life is very stressful.
“But like any other public official when a police officer breaks the law that officer must be held accountable.”
Sanders’ apparent decision to embrace the cause of burgeoning civil rights movement, loosely organized under the banner Black Lives Matter, comes weeks after activists upstaged the senator at one of his own campaign events.
He has since pursued the cause more avidly than any other candidate, and sought to join the energy of that movement with the surge in popularity, especially among young people, of his own campaign.
(You can go to Sanders’s website to join the campaign and contribute and here to see where he stands on the issues. Despite the media trying to paint him as some kind of extremist candidate, a majority of Americans actually support him on most of the issues he stands for.)