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!
- Pine Ridge community meeting: school gym, 101 Thorpe Circle, doors open 8:45 a.m.; program begins at 10:45.
- Rapid City rally: Memorial Park, 5th and Omaha, “doors” open at noon; Sanders speaks at 2 p.m.
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 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.”