BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered in Charm City on Saturday for a march and rally to show their support for the democratic presidential hopeful.
Marcus Washington has more.
At the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues in West Baltimore, hundreds of Bernie Sanders for president supporters gather to spread a message
“Maryland is another one of those states that he desperately needs in order to make this dream a reality,” said Jay Wilcoz, who traveled from Frederick, Maryland.
This comes as the Sanders’ campaign ramps up its presence in the state, running on a platform of justice, equality, compassion and opportunity for all.
“He is the first candidate that has actually talked about us and not himself,” said Joy Haghtalab, of Prince George’s County. “He has fought the same fight for 20 to 30 years and he is still fighting that fight.”
Saturday’s march and rally started at the center of the unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, garnering international attention on Baltimore.
Many supporters feel it’s important for the Sandtown-Winchester community to hear what they say sanders is all about.
“He is actually really working towards, and for the people here. The other candidates don’t really care about the inner city communities,” said Imani Mulzac, of Baltimore.
“We need to get college cheaper. We need to be less of the world’s police, on the international stage,” said Wilcoz . “We need to make it so that, if you get sick or you want to get an education, you don’t get put out on the street. I think we have to catch up with the rest of the world, and I think he is the guy to do it.”
For more than three miles, supporters marched the streets of Baltimore ending at the Hollywood Diner on E. Saratoga Street.
It’s was a collective movement, crossing all age, race, gender and religious lines.
“This country has been so divided for so long, and we need to come together as a people to make a change,” Mulzac said.
Sanders is the only candidate who has visited Baltimore during this recent presidential bid. He met with community leaders, visited the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center and walked the streets of Sandtown-Winchester back in December.