All photographs by Pete Voelker
"For a lot of young people, the political system looks broken," Joe Dinkin, national communications director of the Working Families Party, said on the first of a two-night concert last week in Brooklyn to raise funds for 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. A majority of the 20 performances were by young artists, singing songs about social justice and speaking feelingly about why they support the self-described Democratic Socialist from Vermont.
The candidate himself was in New York last week, giving remarks about Wall Street reform. While whispers that he might make an appearance spread through Baby's All Right (he didn't), the Williamsburg venue hosting the event, attendees seemed totally content with the impassioned speeches made by his campaign's proxies and supporters.
Organized by Winnie Wong, a co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders and creator of the hashtag #feelthebern, the Brooklyn for Bernie fundraiser included acoustic performances by Cass McCombs and The Chapin Sisters, a satirical set by progressive political comic Jamie Kilstein, and a speech from actress Susan Sarandon, who preached what she called Sanders's "revolution of hope." Photographer Pete Voelker was on the scene for the two-night event.
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