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Thursday, February 11, 2016

 6:57 PM 

Protesters gather outside Dem debate

MILWAKEE -- As darkness falls, dozens of protesters are gathering outside UW-Milwaukee. 

Across the street from the debate hall, activists were waving signs and chanting. In addition to the retired teamsters, a group of high school and college students are protesting the Alberta Clipper extension to the Enbridge pipeline.

Holding signs shaped like oil drops, as well as others "shaped like the drops of water we're trying to protect," student organizer Cassie Steiner said the group wants to hear Bernie Sanders' and Hillary Clinton's response to their concerns.

"Both Bernie and Hillary have come out in opposition to the Keystone XLPipeline, but have not talked about the Enbridge Pipeline, so we're urging them to communicate their stance on these tar sands projects," Steiner said.

Steiner, a recent UW-Whitewater grad, said students belonging to the group, Wisconsin Youth Tar Sands Resistance, come from UW campuses across the state, as well as some out-of-state colleges, especially in Kalamazoo, Mich., where a tar sands oil spill occurred, and Minnesota, which, like Wisconsin, has a pipeline running through it.

Steiner said she was expecting at least 100 protesters to show up, but noted "many are having trouble finding a place to park."

A group of young men who say they are "campus Republicans," are chanting "Cure the Bern," a take on Sanders' campaign slogan, "Feel the Bern."

When someone thought they had yelled, "Kill the Bern," the youths quickly said, "Oh no, that would be too extreme. We'd never say that."

While some of the College Republicans' signage also targeted Clinton, Thomas Dougherty, the UWM College Republican chair, said Sanders messaging seems to resonate with millenials.

“Most of his base is college students,” Dougherty said. “I think he appeals to people on different types of social media.”

But he warned conversations on sites like Reddit.com can be one-sided, prompting his organization’s outreach efforts at the debate. Dougherty said it is tough for Republicans to reach younger voters, and said he would like to see more voter education targeting college students from the GOP.

Dougherty said voter outreach and discussion is the primary motivation for the group’s presence outside the debate.

“I’m not out here to sway anybody’s opinion, but when we have a conversation, that’s what moves the country forward,” Dougherty said.

-- By Kay Nolan and Samantha Nash


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