Sanders made his stop in Birmingham only days after the Alabama Legislature passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the nation. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed it into law. As Sanders’ rally was underway protests of the ban had been held, were underway, or about to begin around the state.
Sanders at the rally urged men to stand behind women, because when “one person hurts, we all hurt.”
He also outlined his issues - economic, social, racial and political justice. He said he is also fighting for democracy. “If you don’t have the guts to compete in free, fair and open elections, get the hell out of politics.”
Sanders got a huge reaction when he listed his “radical” proposals of four years ago, including legalizing marijuana. “The establishment wants us to think small,” he says. “We are going to think big.”
Sanders also addressed a plan for health care for all of Americans. Drug costs would fall 50 percent and the minimum wage rise to 15 per hour, he said.
“Public colleges and universities will be tuition free,” Sanders said, and that he would work to address massive student loan debt.
Sanders said he also would end the cash bail system in the U.S., which keeps 400,000 in jail because they “don’t have 500 bucks.”
To pay for the programs Sanders said he would end President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and stop billions of dollars in military spending.