Two Weeks and 10,000 Miles Complete Cory’s Justice For All Tour
Cory traveled 10,000 miles across the country and visited eight states during his two-week Justice For All Tour
Two weeks, 10,000 miles, some planes, some cars, a train, and a number of vegan burgers later, Cory’s Justice For All tour is complete. Last month, Cory officially kicked off the tour at the Hometown Kickoff in Newark, NJ., and over the course of two-plus weeks, he visited eight states (and one District) and crossed many more to discuss issues ranging from health care to climate change.
And yes, there was even time for a birthday song.
Take a look!
IOWA — April 16, 2019
Cory hit the ground in Sioux City, Iowa, on day one. In addition to discussing criminal justice reform, climate change, and gun safety legislation, Cory honed in on one of the first planks of his economic justice plan called the Rise Credit, or a cost-of-living refund, which would lift nearly 15 million Americans out of poverty and help nearly half of all Americans pay for the rising cost of living. You can learn more about how the Rise Credit works here.
Iowa stops also included:
- A visit to Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School, where Cory met with student leaders and teachers to discuss issues urgently affecting young people, like the student debt crisis and women’s rights.
- A roundtable with educators from the Iowa State Education Association followed by a meet-and-greet organized by the Carroll County Democrats.
- A town hall with the Black Caucus in Des Moines, Iowa, to discuss Cory’s fight for Medicare for All, the future of the Democratic Party, and his plan to address wealth inequality with Baby Bonds—a newborn savings account plan that would help close the wealth gap and ensure that kids from the lowest-income families have a nest egg to use for school, to open a business or buy property—the types of investments that help young people further accumulate wealth.
And yes, there was a Queen sing-a-long:
ATLANTA — April 17–18, 2019
In Atlanta, Cory met with Georgia student leaders and students from Spelman College and Morehouse College for a conversation about his plan for a new Voting Rights Act to protect and expand voting access. The conversation highlighted how undemocratic elections lead to unjust laws like Georgia’s outrageous 6-week abortion ban awaiting the Republican governor’s signature.
The day ended with an hour-long NowThis town hall focused on voting rights and reproductive justice.
Other Atlanta stops included:
- A live radio interview with Frank Ski, Jade Novah and JR of V-103’s The Morning Culture.
- A roundtable and Q&A attended by leaders from Emerge Georgia, the Georgia Young Dems, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, and the American Business Women’s Association.
Then, there was the first of many vegan burgers:
NEVADA — April 18–20, 2019
Cory headed to Nevada next, where he first met with members of SEIU Local 1107 to discuss union security and the outline of his economic justice proposal.
More Nevada stops:
- Cory visited True Love Missionary Baptist Church to talk about issues from health care to Baby Bonds.
- A meet-and-greet with the Douglas County Democrats, Rural Democratic Caucus Chair and other chairs from surrounding counties; and another meet-and-greet with the Washoe County Dems.
- Cory met with a group of community leaders at a local panaderia in Sparks, where there was no shortage of carbs.
- A stop at Hair Unlimited barbershop, where Cory met with barbershop patrons, members of 100 Black Men, and the Urban League Young Professionals to talk economic justice, education funding, the Mueller report and more.
Las Vegas also saw one of the more powerful moments of the tour, when Cory sat down for a roundtable discussion with Astrid Silva and members of the Latino community to talk about how the immigration system affected their families. At the home of Lupe Arreola, Lupe blessed Cory with an escapulario to protect him on the campaign trail.
LOS ANGELES — April 22, 2019
Happy Earth Day! On a quick stop in Los Angeles, Cory toured the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant with Mayor Eric Garcetti:
MILWAUKEE — April 23, 2019
Booker kicked off the day with leaders from Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, known as BLOC, participating in a “Silent Canvas” to knock on doors with BLOC Organizer Rick Banks in Milwaukee’s north side.
A Milwaukee roundtable on gun violence prevention at Coffee Makes You Black centered local activists and survivors—including gun violence survivor Khary Penebaker—who brought their concerns about the gun epidemic to Cory. There, they shared ideas on how to prevent violence and make communities safer with gun reform legislation.
Khary, inspired by the conversation and Cory’s challenge to shave his head, followed through with a haircut:
HOUSTON — April 24, 2019
At the She The People presidential forum at Texas Southern University, Cory discussed economic justice, how environmental issues hit low-income communities hardest and how Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric giving license to extremists to carry out violence against Muslims.
SOUTH CAROLINA — April 25–27, 2019
South Carolina was jammed-pack with events, and Cory unveiled one of the first steps in his plan to reverse the Trump administration’s rollback of environmental protections and protect vulnerable communities that have historically felt the harm caused by corporate polluters. His environmental justice plan can be found here.
There was a fish fry:
And there goes that birthday song:
And on Saturday, Cory celebrated his birthday with an early morning picking loquats and turning over compost as part of a 50 For 50 event — 50 minutes of community service for his 50th birthday — at the Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston:
MIAMI — April 28–29, 2019
On April 28, Cory discussed voting rights and voter disenfranchisement in Miami Gardens. Ending the 17-day tour in Miami on April 29, Cory hit South Florida for Spanish-language interviews with both Telemundo and Univision.
PS: There was even time to see the Avengers: Endgame during this tour, but you won’t find any spoilers here.
All in all…
To see more photos from the Justice For All Tour, click here.
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