Bernie Rocks Buffalo. He Also Did Something Else. Visiting Local 1122
Sanders turned out a huge crowd. He also took a notable detour
I sincerely hope that nobody has a problem with this post....
Before Bernie Sanders spoke to over 11,000 people on Monday at the University of Buffalo, he made a brief unscheduled stop. The crowd in the alumni arena was more diverse than most Sanders ralliesnot as diverse as Buffalo itself, a city where non-Hispanic whites are in the minority, but with a greater number of black and brown faces than Id seen in other rallies in other parts of the country. And like every Sanders rally Ive been to, the crowd was happy to be there, shouting Ber-nie! Ber-nie! at every rumor of the candidates appearance, and gleefully taking selfies of one another before, during, and after Sanderss 90 minute speech.
The audience at Sanderss first stop was a lot quieter, a lot older, a lot whiterand a whole lot smaller. They were pleased to see Sanders, but there was no mistaking the scene at Local 1122 of the Communications Workers of America for a rock concert or a sporting event. These were 25 shop stewards at Verizon who had to prepare their members to go on strike on Wednesday morning, and the mood in the room was a mixture of anxiety and defiant anger.
Its getting old, having to fight just to keep our jobs, said Larry Turner, a 25 year veteran. Ever since the merger with Bell Atlantic it seems like we have to keep fighting just to stay in place. They were supposed to be building FiOS here in Buffalo and they just stopped.
Being originally from Buffalo... I am proud of Buffalonians!
He always said the people in Buffalo were the nicest of anywhere in the state!