Countdown to Caucus - Nurses Talk to Iowa Voters RN- â€˜We Need a Champion and a Movementâ€™
It’s the final stretch in Iowa, and several dozen registered nurses from across the Midwest arrived in Iowa Saturday joining with Iowa RNs to fan out to knock on doors and phone bank to encourage Iowans to caucus Monday night for Bernie Sanders for President.
The National Nurses United #BernieBus also continued its tour around Des Moines and Iowa City stopping to visit voters and provide visibility for the nurses’ campaign.
NNU nurses from around the Midwest with the #BernieBus
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Sanders supporter, with NNU RN leaders Bunny Engeldorf (l) and Jean Ross
NNU Co-President Jean Ross, RN noted she talked to two Republicans who said that for the first time they intended to register to participate in a caucus as Democrats “because they want to vote for the candidate who has the best ideas and can get elected.”
Bernie Sanders speaking Saturday night
The night closed with nurses attending a Students for Bernie concert and rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Speaking to a massive crowd Sanders said “what this election is about is whether Iowa will lead this country in a different direction.” He also repeated his call for guaranteed healthcare for all as “a right, not a privilege.”
On Sunday, NNU members will continue to canvas and phone bank for Sanders.
Nurses will also participate in a LULAC caucus training at 1 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva and Chicago Commissioner Chuy Garcis, at the El Malecon Event Center, 6550 Bloomfield Red., Ste. B, Des Moines.
At 6 p.m. NNU will join Sanders final Iowa rally at Grand View University, Sisam Arena, 1500 Morton Ave., Des Moines.
Nurse members also continue to knock on doors, phone bank, hold house parties, and participate in marches for Bernie in other states across the country.
Iowa RN Kris Dixon talks to Iowa voters about Bernie Sanders
Iowa RN Kris Dixon, who phone banked for Sanders Saturday said she talked to a number of voters who pledged to be sure to caucus for Sanders Monday night.
Chicago RNs Martese Chism (above) and Dawn Peckler (below)
talk to Iowans while knocking on doors for Bernie Sanders
Chicago RN Martese Chism said that in walking Des Moines neighborhoods she met several voters who were “excited” to be able to vote for Sanders. “We talked about what it means to have someone who is a champion, but also has a movement behind him. You have to have both to achieve change.”