Good evening from the City of Destiny!
NPI is covering Bernie Sanders’ first major 2020 Washington State campaign rally live from the Tacoma Dome. As the stadium (which can hold almost 23,000 people in its maximum configuration) slowly starts to fill up, local artists have been keeping the stage warm – and getting the crowd that way too.
The evening’s entertainment was kicked off by rapper, and Burien-native, Travis Thompson. After him, the voice of Stephanie Ann Johnson and the Blues-Rock music of her band, the HiDogs echoed through the stadium.
We’ve been watching as the stands slowly fill with attendees, and the age range of the crowd might come as a surprise to some pundits and observers.
While many supporters are in Sanders’ typical demographic – millennials – there are a good number of seniors (as well as several parents with small children) who have braved the cool February weather to be here on Presidents Day.
The excitement is slowly building as we move closer to Portugal. The Man’s performance – there is a rising hubbub of conversation, and the lower stands on two sides of the stadium have filled almost completely.
Moments ago, the Chair of the Puyallup Tribal Council, David Bean, walked on stage, the first speaker of the night, to enthusiastic applause from the crowd.
As he praised Senator Sanders’ approach to the threat of climate damage, the crowd engaged enthusiastically. Joined by representatives from tribes around the Pacific Northwest, Bean denounced Puget Sound Energy’s local LNG facility and invited Bernie supporters to stand for a prayer spoken in Lushootseed.
Representatives of Pacific Northwest tribes next plan to perform a song in honor of missing and murdered indigenous women.
Stay with us as we bring you live coverage of Bernie Sanders’ first major campaign event in Washington State during the 2020 campaign cycle.