The 2016 Presidential election will undoubtedly go down as one of the most turbulent in the history of American politics. Whatever your political affiliation, we were all deeply affected by the ups and downs on the campaign trail for the better part of a year and a half. From the very beginning I was feeling the bern. My direct involvement with the Bernie movement began in February 2016 at the March 4 Bernie, beginning in Union Square NYC. Thousands of us gathered to make our presence known before the primary season was underway.
In April we gathered again in Washington Square Park. 40,000 of us, by some estimates, packed the streets of Manhattan to hear Bernie speak. Vampire Weekend, Tim Robbins, Rosario Dawson, and Spike Lee also made appearances among others. Nearby buildings were packed with people watching from windows and rooftops.
A few days later, Bernie held another rally in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
After a tortuously close primary, the Democratic electorate was viciously split, regardless of the message of party unity the mainstream media was pushing. When the convention came the streets of Philadelphia were packed with protesters. You could cut the tension with a knife. For every Hillary supporter there seemed to be 3 or 4 Bernie or Busters. Outside of city hall the Green Party's Jill Stein made her case to Bernie supporters that their movement had a new home after the DNC seemed to abandon us.
Many of us found hope in Jill Stein, after all it was never about the man, it was about the message. In November, just a few days before the general election, Jill held a rally with several hundred supporters in Montclair, NJ. View the full album below.