Bernie Sanders to visit UI campus Sunday

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will make a campaign stop at the University of Iowa on Sunday as a part of his College Campus Tailgate Tour.


Shivansh Ahuja

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vt., will make a campaign stop in Iowa City on Sept. 8, starting with a tailgate on the University of Iowa Pentacrest and ending at The Mill.

Sanders will be on the Old Capitol East Lawn at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 as a part of his College Campus Tailgate Tour. The outdoor event will feature live music, pizza, and yard games. Tickets are not required, but those interested are encouraged to RSVP here.

After the tailgate, Sanders will make his way to The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., at 7 p.m. The event, Lotería Night, will be hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and those interested are encouraged to RSVP here.

Misty Rebik, Iowa state director for the Sanders campaign, said there are student leaders organizing for Sanders on 25 college campuses across Iowa. She said the campaign has adopted transformational organizing, meaning they are teaching students to organize around issues they care about, so they can use those skills after the election. 

“You know, we’re arming people with skills that do not go away after election day,” Rebik said. “They’re essentially armed with the skills to be able to organize around any issue, whatever it may be in their community.”

Rebik said the campaign held training programs for student volunteers over the summer so they could learn how to engage with people living in residence halls and students who are not in a political organization. 

She said she has not seen young and first-time voters as one-issue voters.

“One of the strengths of this upcoming generation — I think that they understand … in order to take on climate change, it’s got to be paired with making sure every single person has health care, and that’s going to be paired with making sure that people are making livable wages,” Rebik said.

Rebik said she hopes Sanders’ College Campus Tailgate Tour deviates from being a  policy-focused event and creates a sense of community.


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