In the autumn of 2011, not long after protestors took over New York’s Zuccotti Park, a demonstration of less than a hundred marched through the rain in a small midwestern town to inaugurate Occupy Muncie. After a unanimous show of jazz hands they chose to set up a small encampment near City Hall. “The rest of the town probably didn’t know we were there,” said a veteran local campaigner who was involved but reluctant to give her name because, she says, “Others have done so much more.” “Some people did, and would shout “Get a job!” But I thought it was worth it because something was happening in NYC and it might eventually happen across the nation.” Four years later the wildfire that was the Bernie Sanders campaign started to spread across the country. In Muncie, people could feel its heat from afar. A campaign office for the leftwing congressman opened up in town with a full-time staff member, Trevor Bernardo. “The response did surprise me,” says Bernardo, the lead field officer for the Sanders campaign. “By that stage, the campaign was in full force and the unions had been very active here before, so I knew there was potential…. Read full this story
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