Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has received support from all over the country in his bid to be the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election and now New York City is embracing him. Grassroots organizers in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn will host a fundraiser for him Sunday. The Bushwick Berners, a grassroots organizing collective, will hold the benefit at the Brooklyn live performance center Shea Stadium, the Village Voice reported.
The Bushwick Bernes told the Voice that the event, which starts at 8 p.m., is as much a fundraiser as it is an attempt to register young voters. About 1,000 people have said they will attend the event, which will feature live music from New York bands Guerilla Toss, Mannequin Pussy, Nine of Swords and Nonsense. Tickets for $8 can be purchased here.
“Bernie Sanders is a transformational figure who has tapped into this energy that a lot of young people feel; he’s really connected with young people,” Jon Fuhrer, one of the group’s co-founders, told the Voice. “By doing events like this we’re able to keep that energy going and moving forward and growing our organization and our outreach efforts. A show like this keeps it fun, it keeps it cool, but we use that as a way to get more people involved.”
Sunday won’t be the last time Sanders’ campaign will see support from Brooklyn, the borough where he was born. Other Sanders' supporters have planned a fundraiser in October for the candidate at The Paper Box, a music venue in East Williamsburg. About 1,000 people have said they will go to the event, according to the event’s Facebook page.
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Sanders is expected to make campaign stops in Iowa this weekend. According to recent polls, Sanders is behind in support from Democrat and Democrat-voting intendent voters. Hillary Clinton had a rating of 33 percent as of Wednesday, while support for Vice President Joe Biden was at about 25 percent, even though he has not announced he will run. With 24 percent, Sanders came in third.