Let’s start this off by saying I’m a very politically skeptical person. I am a global justice major, and tend to be very politically involved. I definitely find myself typically aligned with my friends, but won’t formulate an opinion unless I’ve educated myself on the person or event myself. Who would of thought the most progressive candidate for president for 2016 would be Bernie Sanders: a white, cisgender, able-bodied, well off, heterosexual male identifying individual. I sure as hell didn’t.
Boy. Was I wrong.
Bernie Sanders is one of the front runners to be the possible candidate for the democratic side for the 2016 presidency.
I went to his rally Monday, September 14th in Manassas, Virginia with some of my fellow ShoutOut!-ers. He went over his platform and wow it really was everything I needed it to be.
It was amazing. Everything he said resonated with me. He is such a progressive individual and echoed every thought I’ve had when it comes to the political sphere. His main point that he repeated more than 10 times was that all of the 99% need to stand together. Men and women, people of color and people not of color, heterosexual individuals and queer individuals, and so forth. He recognized the discriminatory nature that everyone has been through, and emphasized the fact that nothing will change if we are still divided.
It amazed me. Someone finally said it. Someone finally addressed the elephant in the room.
He not only addressed the massive elephant in the room, but also brought to light many feminist issues within that.
He conveyed the fact that in order to close the wage gap that still exists between the genders; it being 78 cents to the dollar, we need to stand united. He wants equality to be finally heard within the realm of the genders within the job market. He wants to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act into law, which would bring back The Equal Pay Act’s establishment of making unequal wages to women and men illegal. Except this time it would actually work.
Bernie Sanders also is very family oriented having 7 grand kids and kids in total. He elaborated on the importance of the first few months of a human’s live, and then brought forth a major feminist win for the job market. Bernie Sanders wants a paid three month maternity leave for mothers. This is so important. He is also a big supporter of women owning their own bodies and not the government. He wants it to continue to be the decision of the mother. This also is in the scope of the recent Planned Parenthood scandal – he wants to make sure that they remain funded to be able to provide constant support.
I honestly could go on and on about why Bernie Sander should be the Democratic party’s nomination for president, and further more why he should be the next president of the United States. If you are a feminist then you know what to do. Vote my home boy Bernie, and #FeelTheBern with me.