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Bernie Sanders comes to the Village, speaking truth to power, which wasn’t there

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Bernie at podium, photo Lucy Komisar.

By Lucy Komisar
New York, April 14, 2016.

Bernie Sanders supporters came to my Greenwich Village neighborhood April 13th, filling Washington Square Park for a rally that raised the issues he has made the focus of his campaign – how the super-rich have taken over the country’s politics in their interests.

Crowd at the rally, photo Lucy Komisar.

In the midst of the campus of New York University, he talked about the need to end a system where getting a college education means massive student debt.

And for a higher minimum wage, for affordable housing, to end the system where “the top 1 percent own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.” That Walmart workers get food stamps because they are paid so little that the taxpayers subsidize them.

Bernie at the podium, to the right of Washington Square Arch, photo Lucy Komisar.

“What a rigged economy is about is when working families pay higher taxes to subsidize the wealthiest family in America,” he declared. “So I say to the Walton family, get off of welfare, pay your workers a living wage.”

In my college days I would go to meetings on such issues that would draw a handful of people in an out-of-the-way Village space. This is what slow consciousness-raising looks like.