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NEWS: Bernie Sanders and Rashida Tlaib Campaigns Make Joint Pledge of $10,000 for Cass Tech Marching Band

Funds Will Help Cass Tech Students March in National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. 

October 27, 2019

Ahead of their rally at Cass Technical High School today, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib will each pledge $5,000 from their campaigns to support the Cass Tech Marching Band. 

“I am so proud to be a Detroit Public Schools graduate,” Rep. Tlaib said. “Growing up in this incredibly strong community has taught me that when we come together, we find a way to reach our goals. We never give up because we know that we deserve every opportunity to shine. I want our babies to shine in D.C. and with this help, they will make us proud on the national stage. A huge thanks to Sen. Sanders for helping our children have the opportunity to thrive and I'm happy to join him in supporting the Cass Tech Marching Band!”

“Today is about coming together to lift up the working people of Detroit,” Sen. Sanders said. “As students across this country –  especially students of color and low income students – face cut after cut after cut to their school funding, I am proud to stand with my good friend Rep. Tlaib to support the incredible students and leaders at Cass Tech.” 

“On behalf of the Cass Technical High School Marching Band, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Bernie Sanders and Rashida Tlaib for supporting our ‘Adopt A Marcher’ initiative,” Markita Moore, Director of Bands, Cass Technical High School said. “These much-needed donations will help send the band to Washington D.C. to participate in the 2020 National Memorial Day Parade.”

In March, Rep. Tlaib nominated the Cass Tech Marching Band to participate in the National Memorial Day parade. The funds from the campaigns will be made to the Cass Tech Alumni Association on behalf of the “Adopt A Marcher’ initiatives. The students have $18,000 left to raise to cover travel expenses. Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Cass Tech Alumni Association website, marked for the ‘Adopt A Marcher’ fundraiser.

The Cass Tech student body is predominantly African-American and working-class, with over 1,500 students eligible for free school lunch. Sanders and Tlaib will hold a rally tonight at 5 p.m. at Cass Tech with performances by the Cass Tech Marching Band, the Cass Tech Madrigals choir and Cass Tech alum Jack White, as well as remarks from student leaders.