Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) will hold a Town Hall gathering in support of Bernie Sanders for President this Saturday, May 7 at the Ukiah Conference Center on School Street.
Starting at 1 p.m., Gabbard will explain why she resigned as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President.
Gabbard, the first American Somoan and first Hindu in Congress, is concluding her second congressional term. A veteran of two combat zone deployments to the Middle East, now a major in the Hawaii National Guard and a rising Democratic Party star, she said she took significant political risk in her endorsement of Sanders.
Asked by CBS news in March about how her DNC resignation and Sanders endorsement would impact her political career, Gabbard responded “I was heavily warned by people who care about me to not endorse Senator Sanders because of that fear of retaliation and, look, that fear is something that exists in a lot of folks I’ve heard from.”
“But there is far too much at stake here to let politics get in the way of what’s real. And what’s real is war and the cost of war. I’ve seen it and felt it first hand through my deployments to the Middle East. I cannot stand on the sidelines and do nothing when we have a clear choice that many people are not informed about.”
“There are very stark differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and I’m going to do everything I can to explain what those differences are so they can at least make an educated, informed decision.”
“We need to make a distinction between experience and judgment. I’m looking for someone who exercises good judgment, someone who has foresight and considers what the consequences of military course of action will be. I know Senator Sanders has that good judgment to assure we are no longer spending our precious resources and lives in these counterproductive regime change wars and instead use those resources to invest in our communities right here at home.
“Such wars,” she noted in her earlier endorsement “undermine our national security and economic prosperity.”
While there is no admission charge to the Town Hall gathering with Gabbard, donations to defray expenses of this event supporting Bernie Sanders for President will be greatly appreciated. Seating is limited to 500 so it may be worthwhile to arrive a few minutes early.
The Ukiah Conference Center is located at 200 S. School St. between Church and Stephenson near Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza. Sponsoring this event is Bernie Sanders — Mendocino County; for more information, see the group’s Facebook page or call 485-2068.