Students feeling the bern at Northampton Community College in Bethelem, PA.
PENNSYLVANIA–(ENEWSPF)–April 21, 2016. Registered nurses aboard National Nurses United (NNU)’s #BernieBus have moved onto campaigning for Bernie in Pennsylvania in preparation for that state’s important primary election on April 26. Nurses are crisscrossing the Keystone State, educating voters, particularly college students, and discussing the issues of greatest concern to them, such as lack of access to healthcare, crushing students debt, and the inability of young people to find living wage jobs during school and after graduation to support themselves.
“Pennsylvania is a very important state,” said Cokie Giles, an RN from Maine and an NNU nurse leader, referring to the state’s total available 188 Democratic delegates. 2,383 total delegates are needed to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. “I have been so impressed by the college students we meet. These kids are informed about the issues and know what they are fighting for.”
College visits have played a major role in the nurses’ outreach efforts in Pennsylvania so far. On Wednesday, nurses visited Northampton Community College, Lehigh University, and Muhlenberg College.
National Nurses United, with over 185,000 members from all 50 states, is the largest organization of registered nurses in the U.S. and the first union to endorse Sanders, in August last year. Since then, NNU members have been organizing house parties, rallies and phone banks, and mobilizing door-to-door efforts in support of Sanders.
“From Nevada to New Hampshire, from Colorado to South Carolina, RNs have talked to voters and been reminded of the huge gaps in access to healthcare and education, concerns about retirement security, the jobs lost due to unfair trade deals, widespread inequality, and the escalating climate crisis,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU Executive Director. “Bernie Sanders and the legions of Grassroots activists around the U.S. who have joined him will not stop. The political revolution is just beginning.”