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As a Young Cuban-American, I'm Defending Bernie Sanders (OPINION)

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I’ve had it with people speaking for Cuban-Americans and using us as a political football to hurt Sanders, a genuine candidate fighting for democracy, to undermine Sanders after he wiped the floor in Nevada, where he won 70% of the Latino vote, attacks motivated by the threatened rich and powerful believing these cheap political shots will work. Politicians built their careers by stocking anti-Castro sentiment while voting for policies that have hurt, ploys to help re-elect Trump by fear-mongering.

What Bernie said is similar to what past Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter have said about Cuba’s healthcare and educational programs. Praising these programs is nothing new.

Carlos Calzadilla-Palacio, is the President of Young Progressives of America and an immigration activist. He is a senior at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Studying Political Science. 

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Early in the 2016 Primary campaign, I started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie's legislation in the Senate, particularly the (more...)

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