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Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker to Attend Reno Progressive Summit

On Saturday, one week before the Nevada Democratic primary, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker will appear at the Nevada Progressive Summit in Reno.(svanblar/iStockphoto)
On Saturday, one week before the Nevada Democratic primary, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker will appear at the Nevada Progressive Summit in Reno.(svanblar/iStockphoto)
February 12, 2016

RENO, Nev. - Issues such as public lands, environmental justice and reinvestment in rural and Native American communities are expected to dominate the debate at a town-hall-style summit on Saturday in Reno.

The event, which comes just a week before the Feb. 20 Nevada Democratic Party primary, will feature Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and a Hillary Clinton surrogate, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

"Immigrants, Native American leaders, fast-food workers, hunters will be asking the questions that aren't getting asked probably anywhere else in this country," said Bob Fulkerson, state director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, who helped organize the summit.

The "Real Solutions for Real People Summit" is expected to pack the 350-person hall at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Fulkerson said they want to shine a national spotlight on Western issues, including the drought and the fight over management of public lands.

"You know, there's this whole push to privatize public lands and give them to the Koch brothers and extractive industries," he said. "The Bundys make that look a little bit moderate, when they're both radical proposals."

Fulkerson said other issues to be showcased include raising the minimum wage and whether the transition to a clean-energy economy will benefit communities of color.

Information about the conference is online at planevada.org.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV