Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman candidate for president by a major party this evening at the Democratic National Convention.
The delegate votes from South Dakota officially put Clinton over the top. After Vermont initially passed its votes on the floor, Senator Bernie Sanders announced a motion to suspend the rules and nominate Hillary Clinton as president via voice vote. The crowd screamed after being asked for everyone in favor of the motion to say, “Aye.” Read more »
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The Philly REAL Justice Coalition drew over 300 people into the street for a march to Center City on Tuesday afternoon. Police were stationed in groups on street corners and several were mounted on bikes, awaiting the crowd. Protestors gathered at Diamond Street at 2 p.m. and marched through Temple University’s campus, then down the center of Broad Street to City Hall. Read more »
I emerged from City Hall exit of the subway to the sound of Andean music and humid heat that aggressively wrapped itself around me, tight as a tourniquet. It was just after noon, and City Hall was bustling with protestors.
$15 minimum wage, climate change, TPP, socialism — the signs (and t-shirts) identified the groups as Bernie’s nation. People talked to passersby about people in America being one paycheck away from homelessness.
I had expected they’d be there, of course, but maybe not completely girding the venerable heart of Philadelphia. Most of them younger than me, many of them white — but by no means all. There was a big papier-mâché puppet of Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous and environmental activist (and strong critic of Hillary Clinton’s actions during her stint as Secretary of State) killed in March of this year, as well as some signs held by Latinxs and African Americans for Bernie.
“This is what Democracy looks like.”
That was the chant of the largest grouping of protestors, one I struggled to transit through until a thoughtful young woman with an enormous backpack asked if I needed help, and opened the way for me. Nina Turner, a prominent Bernie supporter and CNN contributor, broke through the crowd at about the same time as I did. Like me, she seemed to be navigating Philadelphia’s streets not as a journalist, but as an observer of the mostly friendly, chaotic doings.
Not all friendly, of course.
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This probably won’t come as a big surprise, but Philadelphia officials have gone through a crazy amount of water trying to keep cops and protesters hydrated through the first two days of the Democratic National Convention.
Samantha Phillips, the director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said Tuesday that the city has doled out 110,000 bottles of water so far, about half of the supply it ordered in advance of the convention. More has already been ordered. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 has also donated water bottles.
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On Monday, Philly Mag’s man about town HughE Dillon hit DNC celeb party scene in search of bold names. He made the rounds at the Creative Coalition party, the Comcast party, the Wells Fargo Center and finally the Funny or Die party. Here’s who he saw. For more of who made an appearances where, see Victor Fiorillo’s Day 1 and Day 2 DNC celeb watches. Read more »
Jill Stein speaks to supporters under I-95 in FDR Park after thunderstorms forced the Green Party to halt its rally. | Photo: Dan McQuade
Thunderstorms were starting to roll in around 6:45 on Monday night, and the Green Party seemed in disarray.
There was feedback on the microphone. Organizers were running on and off the stage, trying to figure out what to do next. Rapper Mic Crenshaw did a song, then stalled for time by doing another one. He’s pretty good, so this wouldn’t have been a problem except for the rain that was starting outside the rally tent in FDR Park in South Philadelphia.
The heat index had reached 109 degrees. There was a 10-minute delay to fix the microphones and get someone in the crowd medical assistance. Then professor and philosopher Cornel West, the biggest celebrity in attendance, came on stage. He introduced Jill Stein.
“We say to the DNC, we say to Hillary: No thank you,” Stein said to a crowd of several hundred under the tent and outside it. “The demise of the movement inside of the Democratic party leads to a new movement being born.” She called for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free higher education, the legalization of marijuana, and a “new green deal.” She urged Sanders to withdraw his endorsement of Clinton and collaborate with the Green Party. (He didn’t.)
Still, she plowed through her speech. Longtime Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala, Stein’s running mate in 2012 who had organized a march to FDR Park before the rally, grabbed the microphone and began to speak. She was promptly cut off as organizers told everyone to run from the approaching storms. Read more »
Ohio Governor John Kasich at a January 2016 event. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.
We could go on and on all day about all the powerful Democrats who have been spotted roaming around Philadelphia — it’s the DNC, of course. But one reported sighting we weren’t expecting was former Donald Trump opponent John Kasich, aka the Governor of Ohio, aka the guy who didn’t show up for the Republican National Convention, which happened to be in his own state. Read more »
SEPTA shuttle buses, fresh from dropping off passengers, round the intersection of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue as supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders stage a protest outside the convention security perimeter. | Photos: Sandy Smith
Back in 1983, when I moved here, SEPTA’s official Philadelphia Street and Transit Map (still the best paper map of the city around, if you can find a copy) had this blunt statement on the back:
“If you wish to move around the city quickly, you must stay out of traffic.”
Note to Democratic National Convention-goers: That means you should take the Broad Street Line to get to the Wells Fargo Center.
A completely unscientific survey of delegates and other attendees during last night’s opening session revealed a significant satisfaction gap between those who relied on SEPTA’s shuttle buses and those who used the subway to get to and from the convention site. Read more »
Photo by Maria McGreary
When I heard way back in February that the DNC Host Committee was working on a plan to let Philly bars stay open until 4 a.m., I thought it was going to mean a late-night free-for-all at some of the city’s best spots. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to hang out at Bob & Barbara’s or Hop Sing Laundromat or Jose Pistola’s until that hour, but I would have stupidly done it, and the idea of throwing back a few Citywide Specials with Anderson Cooper had a certain allure. Alas, the list of Philly bars open late during the DNC is pretty anemic. Read more »