Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be honored for his opposition to the death penalty and give an early afternoon speech in Beverly Hills today, one day after expressing optimism about creating “a government which works for all of us.”
Sanders will receive the Abolition Award at the 26th annual Death Penalty Focus Awards Dinner at The Beverly Hilton for being the first presidential candidate in nearly 30 years to forcefully declare his opposition to the death penalty and playing a key role in getting the Democratic Party to adopt abolition of capital punishment as a plank in its platform, organizers said.
His wife Jane will present him with the award. The dinner is organized
by Death Penalty Focus, which describes itself as one of the world’s largest
organizations solely dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty.
Sanders, I-Vermont, is scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m. at the Saban
Theater in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 each and
include a copy of Sanders’ book, “Our Revolution.”
Sanders and his wife Jane received the Public Servants of the Year award
from the nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group Consumer Watchdog
Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire.
In his acceptance speech, Sanders said “unless we develop a movement in
this country from coast to coast which is prepared to take on oligarchy,
which is prepared to take on the Trump administration and the corporate greed
that is destroying the middle class … the outcome for this country will not
“But I do believe, having been all over this country, having talked to
well over a million people… that we are coming together and that we are going
to create a government which works for all of us and not just the 1 percent.”