The view of Manhattan from Queensbridge Park is how to see the American dream rise. The image changes when you look east. At the edge of the park in Long Island City there is a public housing complex. Bernie Sanders used that contrast as a backdrop to promise that if he is president, he will give the working class more wealth and power against the excesses of capitalism. He did it accompanied by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to give new impetus to his campaign and try to recover the vote of the young progressive who looks at Elizabeth Warren.
The Brooklyn native, along with the Latina from the Bronx, in the multiracial neighborhood of Queens where neighbors repelled Amazon's controversial plan to establish their second headquarters. Sanders already showed on Tuesday during the last Democratic debate that he has passion and strength to continue in the race to the White House, after the myocardial infarction that separated him from the campaign for a couple of weeks. "I am smarter than ever to be president," he said after apologizing for what they could not enter the rally.RELATED
Ocasio-Cortez made the introduction. He explained to supporters that Sanders made him question his value as a human being. "This is a country that determines the future of the children where they are born," he said, "we must change the fundamental logic of the system." That is why he gives his support and urged voters to “take the revolution of the working class to the polls. It's not just about challenging Donald Trump but the system on which it is based. ” "We need to regain power," he insisted.
The congresswoman showed that a young woman of the working class can reach Washington without the machinery of the party or be well connected. His support for Sanders comes earlier than expected, at a time when his candidacy deflates in the polls. So did Ilhan Omar, another of the four women of the progressive left who emerged in the past legislative years. The veteran senator from Vermont knows that he needs to bring together the young electorate in order to carry out his revolution.
.@BernieSanders isn't fighting to win just one presidential election – he's fighting for the soul of our democracy.
Here’s more on why I’m so proud to give Bernie my endorsement for president of the United States: pic.twitter.com/1NLMPnzS1x
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2019
"Bernie Sanders is authentic," says Mary Jobaida. This immigrant from Bangladesh has been in the United States for 18 years and now aspires to take a seat at the New York Assembly for the same district where the rally was held. “Look at the diversity that people have, from children to adults, no matter the color or social status, it is capable of mobilizing everyone. It has a universal appeal. ” She is accompanied by her 16-year-old daughter, who fearfully looks at the cost of the University.
That is the direction the campaign wants to take. Ocasio-Cortez already worked as a volunteer for Sanders in the 2016 presidential elections, so his support is not entirely a surprise although it is a setback for Warren, the pioneer woman in liberal causes. It was then proposed to Congress by Justice Democrats, an organization that emerged from the Sanders campaign. His victory reverberated throughout the Democratic apparatus and made him a star immediately.
Social and economic justice
Bernie Sanders transcends generations, ethnicities and religions. Sebastián Ángel arrived 15 years ago from Colombia. He says he supports him because he represents the ideals of the people of his generation on issues such as health, education, social and economic justice and minority rights. "None reflects them like this," values this 30-year-old musician, who emphasizes his consistency, "people change, politics changes, parties change but there are basic values that shouldn't be done."
Defeating Donald Trump, says Bernie Sanders, is "imperative." "He is the most corrupt president in US history," he says. But at the same time he defends that we must not forget the tens of millions of people who do not have health insurance, families that earn just enough with several jobs to reach the end of the month or the existential threat of climate change. "We must end this corruption but without turning our backs on the working class," he reiterated.
But first he must face the Republican face to face must placate Elizabeth Warren, who is standing as the rival to beat the Democrats. They are ideologically equal although they have different ideas to get to the same place. And both seek the support of progressive voters at a time when more and more Democrats have a more positive view of socialism than of capitalism. Bernie Sanders defines himself as a pure Socialist Democrat.
Sarah Headtman with her son at the S. P. rally
Billionaires should not exist for Sanders. Thus he proposes raising taxes to the richest and to companies. It also suggests that large corporations give shares to their employees until they have 20% of the capital, as well as that they can choose 45% of the directors. Already in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential nomination, she talked about the workers being in control of the economy.
"They may seem to have the same ideas," says Sarah Headtman referring to Elizabeth Warren, "but she accepts money from corporations." "And he can be a man but he also defends women more than Warren," he adds, "has been doing it for 30 years." This supporter attended the rally accompanied by her seven-year-old son. The most important thing, he says, is his proposal in the field of health, to make it universal and free.
Health and age
The socialist seeks a structural change for the health system. He admits that to achieve this, taxes "will rise virtually for everyone." The savings will come because they won't have to pay insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, the main cause of bankruptcy for families in the US. "We cannot continue to defend a system that is dysfunctional," he reproaches Biden, and asks for "courage" to face the large corporations that control the business.
Mayor San Juan de Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz, did not support Bernie Sanders in the first of 2016. Now she sees him as the candidate who is "committed to changing our lives." "You must win because there is a man or a woman who must choose between buying insulin or food," he said, "the government is there to serve people, not just those in 1%." "The rich live 15 years longer than the poor," Sanders added, "poverty is a death sentence.
Sanders' age, at 78, however, created uncertainty about his ability to face Trump. Not for Megan Walsh, "he is a competent candidate." The important thing, says this 26-year-old computer engineer, is the moral values on which her policies are based. "The powerful are very unhappy that you are back and will do everything possible to make people think differently," said filmmaker Michael Moore, "so they say it is old. The minimum wage is too old, student debt is too old. You can win and you will win. "