Rally for Bernie Sanders supporters this Thursday in Ithaca's west end

January 13, 2016 by Rachel Cera

Central New York's Bernie Sanders supporters, or those interested in learning about the candidate, have a chance to meet a national campaign rep this week.

A rally scheduled for Thursday evening at the Space at GreenStar in Ithaca's west end will be an opportunity to hear about progress on getting Senator Sanders on New York's ballot, and learn about the national and local campaigns.

Sarah Nixon, an organizer from Ithaca and Tompkins County for Bernie Sanders, says she hopes the rally will "encourage people to join in volunteer efforts by connecting them to other supporters and giving them the opportunity to hear about what they can do to help." 

Ithaca for Bernie volunteers including Rebecca Elgie tabling on the Ithaca Commons. Photo by Barbara Harrison provided.Ithaca for Bernie volunteers including Rebecca Elgie tabling on the Ithaca Commons. Photo by Barbara Harrison provided.Even if it's not the first local event with Sanders supporters, it's the first event in Ithaca connected to the national Sanders campaign. Local grassroots organizers have held gatherings since last summer, and hosted viewing parties for Democratic candidate debates.

National campaign staffer Zack Exley is in New York for a series of campaign events this winter. "Right now the campaign is focused on the states with early primaries, where Bernie is neck and neck against Hillary Clinton," says Nixon. They'll be signing up volunteers to host and help at phone banks.

Nixon says she hopes Thursday's event will attract over 200 people -- the venue will hold up to 220 -- and anyone who's interested in Sanders or volunteering for the campaign is welcome. As of this afternoon, 120 people had signed up to attend on berniesanders.com.

The free gathering on Thursday, January 14 is from 7-8:30pm at the Space at GreenStar, an event space on the block north of GreenStar Cooperative Market at the corner of Fulton and Court Streets.

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