Why Bernie Sanders is the Right Presidential Candidate for Millennials and Minorities




Arrian Madden

College Prep Writing

Current Event Analysis Paper

Bernie Sanders has a lot of people on his side, including independents, Democrats, women, LGBTs, millennials, and minorities. Bernie Sanders has been fighting for future generations and minorities since the 1960s. According to Bernie Sanders, “When we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win. When straight and gay people stand together for justice, we win. When working families stand together, we win.” In the race for presidential office in 2016 three people are winning the race. For the Republican Party, it is Donald Trump. For the Democratic Party it is Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I believe Bernie Sanders is the right presidential candidate for millennials and minorities.

Before we get started you need to know some things about Bernie Sanders. Most people do not even know who he is. The truth is, Bernie Sanders has been in the political view for a long time, he just has not been in the spotlight until now. According to Britannica School, Bernard Sanders was born September, 8 1941 and he is 74 years old. He was born to Jewish parents of Polish descent and was born and raised in Brooklyn. Bernie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1964 in Political Science from the University of Chicago. After he graduated, he began to become more engaged in activist movements such as the Civil Rights Movement and the 1963 March on Washington where he was in the crowds to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., give his “I Have A Dream”. His participation in the movements led him to go to Israel to live on a kibbutz (a working farm). While in Israel, he was inspired to “take care of the weak,” said Albert Ely, who was on the kibbutz with Sanders. Once Sanders returned to the United States, he started participating in more movements such as back-to-the-land (working as a union carpenter and freelance journalist) and the anti-Vietnam War movement. He ran as an independent candidate several times for Vermont governor, which he was unsuccessful at. In 1982, he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont. When Jesse Jackson was running for president, Sanders was one of only two to endorse him. In 1991, Sanders took office in the U.S. House of Representatives. When President Bush was in office, Bernie voted against the Iraq War. Bernie Sanders was made famous for his ideal tax cuts, for increasing taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations, and for the increased aid for social welfare programs. In 2006, Sanders was elected as a United States Senator where he continued his campaign for tax reforms. In 1988 Sanders married his second wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders and has had a happy and stable marriage.They have four children (one biological son) and seven grandchildren. Sanders’ past has made him into a better candidate for the presidential office. He will put all his education, life experience, beliefs, and values into making this country a better country.  

Ever since Bernie Sanders returned to the United States from Israel, he has been focusing on fighting for the rights of disadvantaged people such as disabilities, women, LGBT, and minorities. Feelthebern.org reveals the many rights he has been fighting for and one of his greatest efforts has been tackling the injustice against race. In the 1960s, he was an activist for the Civil Rights Movement. He also attended the 1963 March on Washington where, as mentioned earlier, he was in the crowds and heard the “I Have A Dream” speech. When Bernie was in college he was a leader of the Congress of Racial Equality. During his leadership he was arrested for protesting against segregation. Sanders believes justice for all races is important. He created a campaign video detailing how crucial it is to include people of all races so we can become as one.

Bernie’s fight in favor of equality for women is fought with the same passion as it is for African American and other minorities. His web page states that women are under attack from many people, are being denied control of their own bodies, medical and social services, and equal pay for equal work. Women’s’ rights are going backwards in history. If elected president, Sanders promises he will fight for pay equality, protect reproductive rights, make childcare available to all, increase the minimum wage and expand health care as well as social security.

Bernie Sanders supports all Americans including LGBT. When Sanders was first elected mayor, he supported the city’s first pride parade. According to Berniesanders.com, in 1993 when he was in the House of Representatives, he was against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and “Defense of Marriage Act” in 1996. He beat out the landmark decision which helped to recognize same-sex couples. As president, he promises that he will sign the Equality Act, Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and any other bill that bans discrimination against LGBT members. I believe if Bernie Sanders is elected president he will keep his promise and continue to act on his already established achievements.  As you can see, he has already done many successful acts to fight against all discriminations. He will continue his fight to protect the people, especially those most at risk for inequality and social injustice.

The biggest age group of Sanders supporters are millennials (18-34). Although this might seem quite odd to other people, in reality it is not. Millennials are the largest generation in the US; we are the ones who most often get the message out into the world by texts and social media. Sanders is the oldest candidate in the presidential race. According to ViceNews.com, voter outcome of 18-24 year olds fell to an all time low of 19.9% in the midterm elections last year, which might make a problem for a presidential candidate.

Bernie Sanders managed to raise 1.5 million dollars in 24 hours alone, which may be the reason for young people being captivated by him. Millennials also may be captivated by him because he is consistent and has been from the start. CNN.com states that people are surprised by the number of young voters. Millennials feel Hillary Clinton can come off as too controlled and measured. Many people believe young people do not pay attention to politics, yet if you would ask them questions about the race or candidates they can answer with an educated answer.

One of the biggest reasons millennials support Sanders is that he wants to make free education available to all. Huffingtonpost.com reports student debt went up to 1.27 trillion dollars in 2015. Most people believe free education will never make it and it is just a dream. When Bernie was going to college, he had free college acknowledges that less wealthy countries provide free or reduced tuition to students. Sanders has vowed to make demands for millennials such as free college, income equality, speculation tax and legalization of marijuana a reality.

Bernie Sanders has two competitors. One Republican and one Democrat. His biggest competitor is Hillary Clinton, a democrat. According to theweek.com Clinton’s campaign is not about change but about going forward. Clinton’s economic plan is a mixture of improving education, aid for the lower and middle class, child care, financial regulation, raising taxes on the wealthy, and cutting taxes on the middle class. The biggest problem with Hillary Clinton is gaining the trust of the voting public. She was emailing North Korea, the smoking gun which could harm the lives of many Americans. Hillary would not hand over the emails to the FBI saying that it was “Her personal email”. Over the past two weeks she finally released over 1,300 emails to the FBI. Clinton can still run even though she is being prosecuted because she has not been proven guilty, yet.

Many LGBT people support Hillary Clinton, even though she has not always supported the LGBT community. The dailybeast.com reported that Hillary Clinton did not support gay marriage until 2013. Most of her LGBT supporters are women due to the fact that she is a women’s rights advocate.

Bernie Sanders’s other competitor is Donald Trump, a Republican. Donald Trump is one of the wealthiest people in America. According to thestreet.com, Trump is worth somewhere between 4.5-10 billion dollars. Donald Trump is looking forward to fixing the economy once he becomes president. Many people believe that Trump can fix the economy and taxes. Businessinsider.com fact checker says, his plan to change the tax brackets from the current seven to just four brackets, 0%, 10%, 20% and 25%, and will benefit the top tax brackets instead of the middle class. Those making more than $200,000 would pay less than $500 billion combined. He promises to not touch Medicare or Social Security. Donald Trump’s webpage donaldjtrump.com reports Trump’s Tax Plan will be paid for by taking away loopholes that are available to the very rich and a one time return of money from companies overseato name two. Most of his attention is towards immigration reform. He has imagined building a wall between Mexico and the United States, then deporting the 11 million undocumented immigrants back to their home country. Thestreet.com reported that the American Action Forum will cost $400 billion to $600 billion and will shrink the work force by 11 million.

I feel that Senator Bernie Sanders is the right candidate for democrats, republicans, women, men, disabled people, people of color, and LGBT members. He has been protecting everyone since he was in college. Yet his competition, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have and will continue to do the opposite. They will harm people in the end, which is far different than what Bernie will do. As you can see, Senator Bernie Sanders has already done amazing things to make this country a better place. If Bernie Sanders gets elected, I promise he will make our home an even better country. I urge all millennials and minorities to protect their rights and privileges. They need to go and vote to make this country a better place. It only takes one voice to start a revolution, and your voice counts.

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To the people who stared

Last week I was out to eat with my family at noodles and co. while we were there my mom started getting angry and I didn’t know why. All of a sudden she started talking to my dad and brother about a high school couple who was staring at us. At that time I just though whatever let it go its happened before. Then it got worse, they started to pointing and laughing at me. I just stayed quite they don’t know my story. The thing that got me angry was that I wasn’t the one to see it, it was my family who did. I didn’t want my mom to my a big deal out of it even though I know she should’ve. she said “I should just go up to them and take a picture, then post it on facebook and tell everyone about.” I didnt want that to happen, but when we got home I was so hurt and angry that, this situation had effected my family and has before.

Let me tell you something that night they didn’t hurt me, but they hurt my family. If you want to laugh and talk about me don’t do it in public and have it affect my family. I understand they were in high school and they don’t know my story, but they know right from wrong. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. I’ve had a whole family (with little kids) stare and laugh at me. Just educate yourself or come up to me and ask me questions. just don’t laugh and stare.

Here are a couple different articles similar to my writing. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-seidman/a-letter-to-the-mom-who-stared-at-my-child_b_5354478.html


Excited, yet nervous 

So glad to be graduating this year! It has taken a lot to get to this moment, but I wouldn’t take anything back because it shaped me into the person I am today! Senior year is for the tears, facing the fears, loudin the cheers, you learn how close you are to some, and how far away you are to others. You’ll have you lasts and get ready for the firsts. Then look back on it and remember it forever. Got this in the mail a couple of days ago! Less than 120 days till graduation and less than 200 days till move in day! I’m super excited yet nervous! Proud to be an eagle!


Growing up and Losing

image.jpegAs we grow up we lose friends! It’s just the sad part of life! The friends we had in elementary school were no longer our friends in middle school and the friends we had in middle school were no longer our friends by the time we graduated! People just grow up or they don’t, we realize that they are there for us or not! We realize who is mature enough to handle life and grow up. Then there are the friends who have moved away and can be hours away and yet still keep in contact. As we grow up I’m still there for my friends who has stopped talking to me . I am so grateful for the friends who have stuck by side since my first day at Farmington, first day in middle school, first day in high school, and to all the friends who will be there when we cross that stage to get our diploma. Thank you and I will always be here for you!

To My Former Best Friend

Please Help 

image.jpegThere are just 27 days till the walk to cure juvenile arthritis aka JAM. Juvenile arthritis affect 300,000 children including me. I’ve had arthritis since I was 6 months old in 2007, 2 weeks before I was scheduled to have a stem-cell transplant I went into septic shock. Having going into septic shock I was in a coma for 2 months and in rehabilitation for another 2 months. After having rehabilitation I went back to school being able to go as much as I could while losing my toes, finger, hooked up to an IV, and losing my hair. But I kept going because I knew I had not just for myself, but for my family, my friends, classmates, teachers, nurses, doctors, and all the people I would meet in the future. I also stayed strong for the people I would have met when I am helping people in a similar story, I can’t wait to help people like me. In November I was excited to find out that I was accepted into Edgewood College to do just what I want to do. You can help children just like me, who have been diagnosed with arthritis by joining the walk to cure juvenile arthritis or by donating to the arthritis foundations. People with an autoimmune disease such as arthritis or lupus have struggles that a person shouldn’t have to struggle with such as showering, getting dressed, brushing their hair, walking, and spending time with friends and family. By donating you will help find a cure for arthritis or send a child to a very special camp. By walking you will raise awareness to this disease that not only affect adults but also children. Please donate or walk you have to do little but it will do a lot to those people with arthritis.Walk to Cure Arthritis

Disability Discrimination

imageGale Encyclopedia of American Law Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a milestone for those with a disability. The ADA has been called “Bill Of Rights” for people with disabilities. About 20 percent of the U.S. population is disabled. The author of Associated Press article Disability Discrimination Claims Agency’s Agenda, Jennifer McDermott says the commission received more disability discrimination claims than sex, race, or age since early 1990s. I believe there is discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace, schools, and in public. For disabled people it is very hard to find the right workplace, education, and accommodations. First, discrimination in the work place.

According to an article in The Associated Press a woman in Mankato Minnesota Laurie Goodnough is suing her former employment Baywood Home Care. Goodnough is suing because she was discriminated against and fired for being seen walking around with a cane and complaining. Goodnough has Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis these diseases limit her ability to walk and bend easily. The walking aid gives Goodnough her ability to bend and walk more easily. The problem with this is that Goodnough was an employee at the company since 2007. She was a good employee, but when other employees saw her with the cane they told the manager. She was doing exactly what she needed and did not do a poor job while working. According to an article Jennifer McDermott states that some employers do not know how to make accommodations, for employees with disabilities or even know what qualifies as a disability.  Other case also says that some employers are not hiring, promoting someone, or firing the employee, because of disability. Now you may ask your self, “How has the problem been solved before?”

Imagine you are put into a cage and you have autism, imagine how scared you are. This happened to an autistic boy. A report from ABC Premium News Federal Opposition Backs Calls for National Inquiry into Education An article called Disability Rights in Civil Rights in the United States says that the disability rights movement is still new with the civil rights movement. The movement reflects recognition that features contemporary society (physical and social) have worked, sometimes not meaning to, restrict rights and opportunities of those with disabilities. An article from Gale Encyclopedia of American law says the ADA is a law that is made up of five titles. The first title says that employers are not allowed to discriminate that are able to screen out people with disabilities or standards that have an effect against the person. The second title is that public services must be able towards disabilities. The third says that private business that provides accommodations cannot discriminate. The fourth title is that telecommunication companies cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. The fifth tile consist technical and miscellaneous provisions.  The ADA is what protects disabled americans from discrimination, yet it is still happening. Now what do we do with the children that have disabilities?

of Children with Disabilities After ACT Cage Incident. The ACT case is that a child with autism was put into two-meter by two-meter cage like structure made by pool fencing. Mr. Innes who deals with cases like ACT case says that “I think that the key issues here are both the lack of resources for schools and training for teachers, and just lack of awareness of teachers who might think that such actions are appropriate.” I believe that every teacher and student or class mate needs to be educated on the subject of disabilities of the person.

An article in Education: Meeting America’s Needs? Education for Special Needs Students says that in 1992 an act called Education for All Handicapped Children Act was renamed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  IDEA was renamed and redefined in 2004. Terms added to IDEA are mental retardation, hearing impairments including deafness, speech or language impairments, visual impairments, and also including blindness. Other terms are serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments, or specific learning impairments.  Now you maybe asking yourself, “Is this what children need”?

An article in Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Disability Discrimination says, there is a law that was made in 1975, studies showed that more than half of all disabled children was not receiving appropriate public education. About one eight of those children was left out of public education all together. In 2006, over six million children had received special education because of IDEA. According to Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Disability Discrimination each child is covered by IDEA and is entitled to Individualized Educational Program (IEP). The IEP is developed by the parents, teachers, and doctors. IEPs identify the abilities and needs of the child. It outlines educational placement and services that address the needs. Today we have discussed discrimination of people and children with disabilities.

As you can see people with disabilities are discriminated against a lot in the workplace, school/education, and in public. People with disabilities are discriminated against a lot in the workplace, school/education, and in public. Twenty percent of the U.S. citizens have a disability of some sort. I urge all of you here today, not only think about discrimination, but think about who is being discriminated against, and where that is. If you see a disabled person being discriminated against let them know you support them, and let someone know about the situation.