WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is joining with filmmaker Michael Moore and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to host a townhall on inequality in America at the Capitol Visitors’ Center on March 19.
Sanders’ office said the event is intended to build on the Medicare for All town hall in January that drew 1.6 million live viewers. The inequality forum is being hosted in conjunction with The Guardian, NowThis, The Young Turks and Act.tv.
“The issue of oligarchy and wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time and it is the great political issue of our time, yet it gets very little coverage from the corporate media,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am excited to build on the success of our Medicare for All town hall and go outside the traditional media to talk about who owns America, why the middle class is declining, extreme poverty and how we create an economy that works for everybody, not just the 1 percent.”
The event, “Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class,” will be livestreamed starting at 7 p.m.
It comes after a planned Sanders road trip. According to his campaign arm, the 2016 presidential hopeful heads to SXSW in Austin on Friday, followed by a rally in San Antonio and a Saturday rally in Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Our Revolution Texas, a Bernie-connected progressive populist group.
On Sunday, Sanders will be in Phoenix for a rally with Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).
“Visiting Texas and Arizona, Sanders is continuing to travel to states Trump won in 2016. Sanders believes that progressive candidates who are prepared to stand up for working families and take on the billionaire class can win everywhere, and Sanders looks forward to continue working with those candidates,” his campaign arm said in a statement.
“There is no reason, when looking at the issues that matter most to working families, that Texas and Arizona should not be strong progressive states,” said Sanders. “These are states where people want economic policies that benefit the middle class, not just the 1 percent. They also know that Donald Trump’s immigration policies will do enormous harm. Democrats and progressives need to be fighting, investing in, and working with people in these so-called ‘red states.’ I am proud to be part of that process.”