Sanders picks up endorsements from teachers and a grassroots powerhouse

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Bernie Sanders campaigning in Las Vegas in May. (Photo: Jeniffer Solis)
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Bernie Sanders campaigning in Las Vegas in May. (Photo: Jeniffer Solis)

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders won endorsements this week from Clark County teachers and from a major grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the rights of immigrants and people of color.  

Make the Road Action “has tens of thousands of members across Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania,” according to a news release from the organization, which says it conducted extensive member interviews and dissected candidate policy positions before choosing Sanders. 

In a release, Sanders said it’s an honor to have the organization’s endorsement. 

“They know that real change in our country happens when immigrant and working class communities stand up for justice and make their voices heard,” Sanders said. “I’m proud to have their support, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to create a humane immigration system, to stand up for tenants’ and workers’ rights as we tackle corporate greed, and to stop the mass criminalization of Black and Brown people across this country.”

“Make the Road Action has been a powerhouse organizing for respect and dignity for all in my district and in dozens of other districts across the five states where its members live,” said Rep. Alexadria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. “MRA members fight every day for justice for immigrants, for Black and Brown youth, for tenants, for workers, and for our trans and gender non-conforming siblings. Their spirit and tenacity will lend enormous strength to the diverse coalition to elect Bernie Sanders to be our next President.”

Sanders also won the endorsement of Nevada’s largest teachers’ union this week. 

The Clark County Education Association represents 19,000 teachers in Southern Nevada.

“I thank the Clark County Education Association for their support and look forward to their partnership in transforming our country and defeating the most dangerous president in modern history,” Sanders said. “We’re proud to have teachers as our top donors by occupation because they hold the key to a more prosperous future for younger generations. Together, we will finally give teachers a much-deserved raise, reinvest in public education and create an education system that benefits students no matter their background or socioeconomic status.”

“Senator Sanders has a stellar record of supporting educators. His position on public education issues is second to none,” CCEA president Vikki Courtney said in a news release. 

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.