by Malik Glaspie
On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Senator Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally in Norfolk, Virginia at the Scope arena. The line to enter the event started at 9:00 a.m. as people lined up to see the senator, doors opened at 11:00 a.m.
The arena was filled with thousands of people as they waited for the Senator to speak; Sanders’ actual speaking time started at noon and he spoke for an hour.
Sanders touched upon several different topics regarding the minority population such as immigration, police brutality against African-Americans, gay rights, women’s rights, and making college more affordable for students.
“We are listening to young people who say ‘Bernie I want to go to college’ or ‘I went to college, I want to go to graduate school, now I’m paying off a debt of 15 to $100,000.’ We are listening to them and we are saying that they should not be punished for wanting a good education,” Sanders said.
He further elaborated on the issue of education stating that he wishes to make all public education tuition free and to promote legislation made to help students pay off their debt.
“Everybody wants to believe education is a good thing, and yet we are punished severely, millions of people, for the crime of being in debt. That is why, with this legislation, it will allow people with student debt to refinance their loans at the lowest interest rates they can find,” Sanders said.
The rally was held ahead of the Virginia Primary, which is next week Tuesday on March 1 and part of the Super Tuesday Presidential Primary. Sanders spoke about it in a speech to supporters on Saturday saying “I believe that on Super Tuesday we’ve got an excellent chance to win many of those states.”