Written by Naeem Crawford-Muhammad, Editor-in-Chief
According to an official announcement from Bernie 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, the Democratic senator from Vermont will hold a rally in Washington Square Park’s main plaza at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.
New York University Executive Vice President for Health Robert Berne sent an email to the NYU community saying that “thousands” of members of the public may descend on the popular downtown park, which borders large portions of the NYU campus, including the Law School. According to Berne, who cites the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in his email, the park will be shut down on Tuesday at midnight in preparation for the Sanders rally on Wednesday. While nearby streets are expected to be closed to vehicles, pedestrian traffic should be unaffected, albeit slowed by crowds.
Sanders’ rally comes hot on the heels of his streak of winning seven of the last eight Democratic contests, including this past weekend’s in Wyoming. 247 delegates will be allocated proportionately between Sanders and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in next week’s New York Democratic presidential primary. Both candidates have strong connections to the state of New York. Sanders was born in Brooklyn and Clinton represented New York in the United States Senate for eight years from 2001 to 2009.
As of Monday night, a Facebook event sponsored by “New Yorkers for Bernie Sanders 2016” listed over sixteen thousand people as planning to attend Wednesday’s rally.
According to the New York Times delegate tracker, which relies on figures tabulated the Associated Press, Clinton leads Sanders in the delegate count 1,305 to 1,086. Additionally, Clinton leads the race for superdelegates 469 to 31.