Bernie Sanders Speaks in Pine Ridge, Rapid City Thursday, Misses Black Hills Bernfest Friday

Sanders beats Trump by 13 points; Clinton beats Trump by 5. NBC News/Survey Monkey, 12,714 adults/11,089 registered voters, May 2–8, 2016, MOE ±1.3.
Sanders beats Trump by 13 points; Clinton beats Trump by 5. NBC News/Survey Monkey, 12,714 adults/11,089 registered voters, May 2–8, 2016, MOE ±1.3. (Click to embiggen!)

South Dakota’s Bernie Sanders supporters have been avidly phonebanking for the Vermont Senator in other states. Now they get the chance to see the most popular Presidential candidate here in South Dakota. The honest socialist will rally his troops in Pine Ridge and Rapid City Thursday!

When a Presidential candidate makes the effort to come to South Dakota four weeks before the primary, that’s a pretty clear signal that he’s not giving up. Now if we can just get our West River legislative candidates to get some face time with the Senator and convince him to direct his supporters and resources into bringing his revolution to the South Dakota Legislature….

But timing! Oh, timing—Senator Sanders will miss the Black Hills Bernfest by just one day!

Black Hills Bernfest poster, May 13, 2016, Rapid City, SD.
Black Hills Bernfest poster, May 13, 2016, Rapid City, SD.

Black Hills grassrootsers are putting on a big concert at the Seed Theater, 412 5th St., Rapid City, on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight. According to the Black Hills Bernfest Facebook page, the show will feature speaker and organizer Chas Jewett and the following performers:

  • Deb Lux and Gordy Pratt (Americana, Rapid City)
  • Katrina Wilke (Dance, Rapid City)
  • Mystery Pills (Lo-fi Pop, Rapid City)
  • Miguel Wambli (Spoken Word, Rapid City)
  • Linda Boyle (Social Justice Singer/Songwriter, Nemo)
  • Steve Thorpe (Legendary Singer/Songwriter, Lead)
  • DJ Kelly Kellz (Progressive Jams, Rapid City)
  • Amanda Conway (Alternative Folk, Rapid City)
  • DJ Micah (Open Format DJ, Rapid City)
  • In Your Face Painting Magick, LLC

Come on, Bernie—for a show like that, you can stick around for another day, right?

Update 06:47 CDT: South Dakota Democratic Party exec Suzanne Jones Pranger welcomes Senator Sanders: “We are excited to welcome Senator Bernie Sanders to South Dakota. I think he’ll find an active, enthusiastic group of progressives ready to fight on behalf of our shared values this fall—open and transparent government that serves the people over special interests, access to quality education and affordable health care.”


18 Responses to Bernie Sanders Speaks in Pine Ridge, Rapid City Thursday, Misses Black Hills Bernfest Friday

  1. That’s a cool poster! How do I get one? (Unfortunately I can’t be there).

  2. Good Sense

    What in the world is a ‘social justice singer’?

  3. He’ll be in Sioux Falls too!

  4. bearcreekbat

    Great link mfi – Thanks!

  5. Any South Dakotan who gets their health care through a Community Health Center owes Senator Sanders a big thank you. No Member of Congress has done more to bring health care services to rural and medically underserved communities than Sanders. His insistence that rural states like Vermont and South Dakota will be respected and included in national health care policy made the network of clinics in our state a reality.

    http://www.communityhealthcare.net/find-a-chc

  6. gs-i would think mfi knows ’cause Iowans greg&pieta brown, iris dement and bo ramsey are tryin to take music back from the corporate “world” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjRsfOQzsfU

    John Trudell, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRK4DltsaMY

    Dylan and so many others… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5lzSYL2gSg

    whatayah think bcb?

  7. Sanders wins West Virginia, big!

  8. Ror, for a poster, I’d contact the Berniefest organizers through their Facebook page. But who needs paper posters anymore? just make it the wallpaper on your phone! ;-)

    GS, use your good sense: a social justice singer is clearly someone who sings to promote social justice. The terms seems as clear as your moniker… which I’m not sure you’ve evidenced yet.

  9. Darin Larson

    Sanders wins West Virginia, big deal. In 2012, “More than 40percent of Democrats voting chose to cast their ballot for Keith Russell Judd, an inmate at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas, where he’s doing time for extortion and threats made at the University of New Mexico in 1999.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/prison-inmate-wins-more-than-40-of-democratic-vote-over-president-obama-in-wv-primary/

  10. RE: What is a social justice singer? Linda Boyle here. I am a longtime singer, song writer and historian. I sing Americana, Blues, traditional and Old Time, Country, children’s, songs in many languages and folk and original songs of ad about social justice issues. As an organizer, I am part of BernFest, and will include two socio-political songs: “feel the Bern!: Song for Bernie Sanders” and “I Wanna Lodge a Complaint” which was written for SDACLU, SD Planned Parenthood, EqualitySD and for South Dakotans who fought against HB 1008 and 1107 and those who fight against fracking and uranium mining.

  11. bearcreekbat

    Great tunes leslie – thanks!

  12. Hmmm, Mr. Larson, what are you talking about? Trump is beating Clinton right now. Trump cannot beat Sanders.

  13. Sounds like good material to me, Linda! Are either of the two songs you’re performing at Bernfest available online?

  14. mike from iowa

    Just listened to John Trudell-Doesn’t Hurt Anymore. WOW! Powerful and beautiful.

  15. mike from iowa

    Cory-there is a video of I Wanna Lodge a Complaint with credit to Ms Boyle,but sung by a couple guys. There are a couple different Feel the Bern songs out there.

  16. Linda Boyle

    Re: caheidlelberger’s comment: I don’t have a good recording yet of “Feel the Bern!: Song for Bernie Sanders” but “I Wanna Lodge a Complaint” is on iTunes. Thanks!