By local standards, the weather was almost perfect at a dry, windy 80 degrees. At times, it was just shy of too warm, especially for an extensive period of time in the blazing sun. But, as one might expect given the tone of this entry, it was completely worth it.
As a long time supporter of Bernie Sander's campaign for revolution, I could not have been more thrilled. Never in a million years could I or would I have predicted that Bernie Sanders would come to my small hometown of the Coachella Valley, especially given the fact that I missed his Portland rally at the MODA center just a few months ago.
As you might remember, the Portland rally was the birthplace of the now iconic #BirdieSanders campaign movement, and a bright spot in an otherwise cattywampus election season.
Like so many other Bernie supporters, I showed up as early as I could for an opportunity to grab a prime spot during the event. By the time I arrived, at least 100 people were already in line ahead of me and my crew. By the time we were finally filing into Big League Dreams around 10:20, the line for the rally was already wrapped down Date Palm Dr. and West of Dinah Shore.
Or to give you a more visual representation:
Like Bernie Sanders, himself, the crowd was full of likeminded individuals all standing up for this campaign's overlying message of peace and prosperity. The excitement throughout the entire event was palpable, and given the particularly young crowd (including myself, a proud Millennial), it almost felt like the lead-up to a concert. It was wonderful.
Aside from seeing Bernie, one of the greatest memories I'll take from this experience was leaving the Big League Dreams baseball field to head back to the car parked across the street. As we crossed into the street from all four corners with other Bernie Sanders supporters, fresh off the high of an incredibly rally, the sound of cars tooting their horns in support was scattered throughout the air in rapid succession. It was unlike anything I'd ever experienced before, and it filled me with great hope for the primary to come.
Which brings me to my next topic. Your vote has never been more critical than in this election, especially within this primary!
If you're a Californian and you happen to be reading this, don't forget to get out the vote on Tuesday, June 7th at your local polling place. In addition, you can sign up to be a Bernie volunteer for canvassing or phone banking, as well as a volunteer at rallies and events if he's coming to your area. And of course, making small donations (an average $27) has led us this far... a whopping $207 million strong.
And yes, the swag does count.
If you haven't already, check out Bernie's "Cat City" rally here: