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FEEL THE BERN

By: James Neyer ~Staff Writer~

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With only 14 days until Super Tuesday, the presidential candidate campaigns are doing all they can to raise interest and awareness for their respective causes.

These campaigns are holding rallies, crafting speeches and creating advertisements on social media and television. As campaigns do whatever they can to maintain support, some citizens have started to help their desired candidate in a multitude of ways.

One such group in Ohio called #Movement4Bernie will show its support by hosting a march in Cincinnati titled #March4Bernie. This group decided to show its support for Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) by organizing a downtown march, following in the spirit of others across the country. According to the event page on Facebook, 830 have signed up to go, while more than 1,900 people have shown interest.

“We didn’t think that we would have that many people when we originally started,” Amber Lauze, one of the event organizers, said. “When we started getting over 400 people signing up, we realized we would need some outside help.”

As this event grew in size, it became officially endorsed by the Sanders campaign. This event was created by citizens, some of whom are students either at Xavier University or the University of Cincinnati. The college audience attending the rally shows the support that Sanders has garnered in the younger generation. According to Iowa Democratic Caucus Exit Polls created by NBC, Sanders won 84 percent of the votes from those aged 17-29. Of that age group, only 18 percent of eligible participants voted.

“Engagement in political activities is important for a healthy democracy,” Dr. Mack Mariani, associative professor in the Political Science Department, said. “While Xavier does not endorse a specific candidate, we do want people to go to rallies and events and be involved in what is going on.”

Rev. Damon Lynch III, an Imam from a local mosque, and some of the organizers are set speak at the event, after which a social gathering is being arranged. The march is set to start at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20 at City Hall. More details for this event can be found through its Facebook event page, titled Cincinnati #March4Bernie.

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