(Denmark, SC) – On Friday, November 8 Democratic Presidential candidate Tom Steyer held the National Water for Humanity Rally in Denmark, South Carolina. Co-hosted by the Denmark Citizens for Safe Water, the rally took place ahead of his appearance at the Environmental Justice Forum held at South Carolina State University and served as a part of his 5 Rights Tour.
Since entering the race, Steyer has sought to differentiate himself from the other candidates with what he calls the 5 Rights platform. Identified as five fundamental rights Steyer believes should be protected by law, it includes the Right to Health, the Right to an Equal Vote, the Right to Clean Air and Clean Water, The Right to Learn, and The Right to a Living Wage.
Steyer spoke about his ‘5 Rights’ agenda at the Denmark rally and proposed a plan to revitalize rural communities. Environmental activist Harold Mitchell who formerly represented the Spartanburg area in the South Carolina House of Representatives joined Steyer on-stage as did state Representative Jerry Govan, who currently represents the Orangeburg area and chairs the Legislative Black Caucus of South Carolina.
To reiterate his commitment to providing clean drinking water to all Americans, over 300 residents who have participated in a class-action lawsuit regarding drinking water contamination received cases of safe drinking water at the rally.
One event attendee remarked that Friday’s rally helped further prove to him Steyer’s sincerity in his efforts to engage rural communities like Denmark saying, “It was awesome, each time I come into a room with Tom, I am more convinced that he is the man for the job and I love his honesty, and I love the fact that he interacts with his constituents opposed to just sending a representative. I am intrigued by his closeness with the people, and I like the fact that he has nationally spoken out about the injustices here in Denmark.”
For his part, Steyer says that clean water is a fundamental human right that shouldn’t just flow to the powerful or privileged. “It’s no secret that communities of color and young children, particularly those living downstream from coal ash ponds, are disproportionately affected by these polluters. My vision for the people of Denmark, and for all Americans, is to provide the resources necessary to make sure all basic human needs are met through the enactment of my 5 Rights Agenda.”