PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A large crowd gathered downtown Saturday to rally support for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
In the morning, organizers had tents set up to offer voter registration and handed out signs. Around 11 a.m., the crowd then marched down Fifth Avenue from Bigelow Boulevard to Market Square for the rest of the rally.
The crowd was led by a group carrying a banner that read, “We the People. It’s not the 1%, it’s the 99%. Bernie stands for all of us!” Other supporters carried signs that read, “End Student Debt. Vote Bernie 2016,” and some with local messages of support, such as, “Yinzers for Bernie” and “Here we go, Sanders, here we go!”
The supporters were joined downtown by Braddock Mayor John Fetterman; Mike Gallagher, the eastern region coordinator for the American Postal Workers Union; and other speakers.
Local supporters say they want to get people to sign up to volunteer for what they hope will be a long campaign.
“We’ve been active on the ground, doing different things. We’re collecting signatures for valid petition,” Greg Schaffer, the grassroots organizer of the rally, said. “Sanders’ campaign doesn’t have a lot of boots on the ground in Pennsylvania, so they rely on grassroots organizers to do that kind of thing.”