Bernie Sanders to make appearances in Coachella Valley Monday night

Bernie Sanders

RANCHO MIRAGE (CNS) – Democratic presidential hopeful and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign in the Coachella Valley Monday night, beginning a series of California speaking engagements planned in the coming days.

Sanders’ rally is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and organizers suggested that people planning to attend confirm online in advance. Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett is scheduled to perform before Sanders takes the stage. Before that, Sanders will appear at the opening of his new field office in Coachella at 5 p.m.

The senator also has also scheduled appearances in both Moreno Valley and San Diego for Friday.

“Californians understand that only Senator Sanders has the vision to make housing affordable, create tuition-free public colleges and fight for the good-paying, union jobs that all Americans deserve,” said Rafael Navar, California state director for Bernie 2020. “We have mobilized the biggest grassroots movement in the Golden State, and we intend to win.”

Sanders is also scheduled to take part in the sixth Democratic candidate debate Thursday at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, but he indicated Friday he may skip the event due to a union labor dispute. The other major Democratic candidates have also threatened to skip the debate if the labor issue isn’t settled, saying they would not cross picket lines.

The 2020 California presidential primary election is scheduled for March 3.

Sanders’ Coachella field office will be the senator’s 10th office in California. It will be housed in the same building occupied by Cesar Chavez and Larry Itliong, the legendary labor leaders and community organizers who helped found the United Farm Workers union in the early 1960s. The office opening ceremony begins at 5 p.m., at 722 Vine Ave., Coachella. Doors open at 4 p.m.

In Moreno Valley, Sanders will speak at 1 p.m. Friday at Marinaj Banquets & Events, 22605 Alessandro Blvd. Doors open at noon and an RSVP is also encouraged. Later that day, Sanders will head to San Ysidro High School at 5353 Airway Road in San Diego, where he is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and advance online registration is also encouraged.