Several Hundred Gather in Birmingham for Bernie Sanders Rally

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A large crowd of people rallied Sunday for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The presidential hopeful traveled south in an attempt to swing voters. Sanders’ talking points included “Medicare for all” and equal pay. But the Democrat wasn’t shy about speaking up for women’s rights.

Sanders’ visit comes nearly a week after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation. At the Birmingham rally, Sanders called the state’s abortion ban a disgrace. 

“Make no mistake about it, these laws are dangerous,” said Sanders. “They are regressive and they are blatantly unconstitutional.”

The rally was held at Birmingham’s historic Kelly Ingram Park. It was followed by a larger crowd of people, mostly women, protesting for reproductive freedom. 

 

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Combating gun violence remains a top focus of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As violent crime in Birmingham and the surrounding area continues to increase, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Prim Escalona, uses a variety of tools and strategies to get firearms and bad guys off the street.

Some 3rd graders in local schools could be held back under new law 

This is the first school year that third graders who do not read at grade level by the end of the school year must be held back in that grade, rather than passed on to fourth grade. The Alabama Literacy Act was passed several years ago, but its implementation was delayed because of the pandemic.

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Fired up by a labor movement that’s seen big union victories recently, dollar store workers are organizing in their own way to improve work conditions.

Bill Clark has a knack for making comebacks. Will he make one more? 

Bill Clark has had to overcome some serious hurdles during his career at UAB, as well as in his personal life. He not only resurrected a football program that had been neglected—and then out-right killed—he’s also been fighting through what he’s called a serious injury since childhood.

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