By Janet Curiel |Staff Writer|
Students were feeling the “bern” at the “Bernstorm” event in the SMSU on May 4, hosted by Students for Bernie Sanders Club.
The club, which has gained roughly 200 members since February, had over 20 people attend the event.
With attendees ranging from students to local residents, plans of how to get students involved on the campaign trail with topics such as phone banking, canvassing, flyers and voter registration were discussed.
“CSUSB needed leadership to step up, so myself and other officers decided to start organizing and the club took off from there. We’re all activists, so staying quiet was not an option,” said Vice President Andrew Whelchel.
Participants shared their personal stories of why they were getting involved, some of which have not been politically active in many years, or ever before.
Cory Wisnia, a 72 year old semi retired educator whose last political involvement was in the 1960’s, was in attendance giving out free buttons as well as instruction on how to make them.
“We need a new way of government and you can’t sit and watch it happen. You have to get up and be active to cause change,” said student Amanda Armenta.
A sign up list for volunteers was distributed to organize canvassing in the next few weeks before the June 7 California Primary.
To be able to vote in the Democratic Primary, voters must be registered as no affiliation or a democrat by May 23.
Meetings Monday and Thursday on the library steps from 10:30 to 12:00 pm.
For more information on the club, you can visit the club’s Facebook page, Students for Bernie Sanders-CSUSB Campus.