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Former Presidential Contender and California Drug-Price Initiative Endorser to Speak Out Against Big Pharma in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Sacramento before Election in appearances Sun. Nov. 6 & Mon. Nov. 7

SACRAMENTO, CA (November 4, 2016) Yes on Prop 61/Californians for Lower Drug Prices announced today that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, in partnership with the California Nurses Association, will speak at two public rallies in California on Monday, November 7. Sanders will appear in downtown Los Angeles in Pershing Square at 10:00AM and at a second rally in Sacramento at the California State Capitol that afternoon at 1:30PM. Prior to the Monday events, Sanders will also speak after a screening of “Your Money or Your Life”, a half-hour documentary exposing pharmaceutical industry greed at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday night (11/6/16) that features the Senator.


What: Senator Sanders Prop. 61 rally & Screening of drug-pricing documentary, “Your Money or Your Life”

When: SUNDAY, 11/06/16 at 7:00 PM

Where: The Hollywood Palladium

6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Who: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Supporters of Prop 61, including nurses, seniors, veterans and doctors

On-site Media Contacts: Ged Kenslea 323.791.5526 [email protected] Sarah Palacios, [email protected] (310) 489-4865

Note: Like the other events, this event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited at this venue. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/324376044600454/

Sanders will appear at the rallies alongside other Prop. 61 supporters, including the California Nurses Association, AARP, VoteVets, Social Security Works and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to speak out against Big Pharma’s price-gouging and the lies being told by the drug company-funded No on 61 campaign regarding the measure.

“We are delighted that Sen. Sanders is returning to California to campaign on behalf of Prop. 61,” said Garry South, lead strategist for Yes on 61. “It is a real testament to his longtime commitment to fighting the drug companies’ price-gouging and profiteering that his last official act of the 2016 campaign will be speaking out in California for the Drug Price Relief Act.”

Prop. 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act is the only initiative on the November ballot in all 50 states to address the pressing issue of drug company price-gouging. The Los Angeles rally follows the recent release of a documentary, “Your Money or Your Life!”, that features Sanders and others as they examine the drug industry’s power and greed.


What: Senator Sanders Prop. 61 rally

When: MONDAY, 11/07/16 at 10:00 AM

Where: Pershing Square

532 S Olive Street, Los Angeles

Who: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Emcee: Pilar Schiavo, California Nurses Association organizer

Kristan Delmarty, Pediatric RN, UCLA, and a Veteran

Ernie Powell, Social Security Works, formerly with AARP

Steve Dunwoody, VoteVets, Afghanistan War Veteran

Dr. Christopher G. Goring, Orthopedic Surgeon, 15-year Veteran

Laila Goring, U.S. Military Veteran and longtime community mobilizer

Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

On-site Media Contacts: Ged Kenslea 323.791.5526 [email protected] Sarah Palacios, [email protected] (310) 489-4865


When: MONDAY, 11/07/16 at 1:30 PM

Where: California State Capitol – West Steps

1315 10th Street, Sacramento

Who: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders,

Emcee: Stephanie Roberson, California Nurses Association

Asm. David Chiu

Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog

Michael Seaman, VoteVets, Navy Seabees Veteran

Blanca Castro, AARP California

RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United

Contacts: Roger Salazar 916.284.1255 [email protected]


Proposition 61 would require the state of California to negotiate with drug companies for drug prices that are no more than is paid for the same drugs by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Unlike Medicare, the DVA negotiates for drug prices on behalf of the millions veterans it serves, and pays on average 20-24 percent less for medications than other government agencies, and up to 40 percent less than Medicare Part D. Prop. 61 empowers the state, as the healthcare buyer for millions of Californians, to negotiate a better deal for taxpayers, saving the state billions.

Prop 61 Endorsements

Prop. 61 has been endorsed by AARP California, the California Nurses Association, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his organization Our Revolution, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, civil rights and labor activist Dolores Huerta, Rev. Al Sharpton, the Urban League, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Campaign for a Healthy California, Progressive Democrats of America, Social Security Works, and the Vote Vets Action Fund. A full list of endorsements can be found at:


Paid for by Yes on Prop 61, Californians for Lower Drug Prices, With Major Funding by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and California Nurses Association PAC. FPPC ID#1376791

CA Props. 60 and 61: Election Night Viewing Party in Hollywood
Documentary on Pharma Industry Greed Features Bernie Sanders, Patients who support California’s Prop. 61 to rein in drug pricing