Meet the DNC Host Committee’s “Donkeys Around Town”

During next month’s Democratic National Convention, visitors will likely run into a few colorful donkeys. And they’ll have some local artists to thank for that. The DNC Host Committee unveiled the nearly completed Donkey’s Around Town earlier today.

Each fiberglass donkey (there are 57 in total) represents a delegation that will be in town for the convention. Each state has one, as well as the five U.S. territories, D.C., and Democrats Abroad. The donkeys all have iconic images from the state they represent. The Kentucky donkey, for instance, has a barrel of bourbon on one side and a mask like a thoroughbred race horse. That donkey was done by Downingtown resident Brian Cesario, who also did the Tennessee donkey.  Read more »

ACLU Sues City Over DNC Protest Permit Denial

The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU announce their lawsuit against Philadelphia

From left: Elizabeth Ortiz, German Parobi, Cheri Honkla, Galen Tyler and Mary Catherine Roper. The ACLU and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign gathered on Thursday morning to announce a lawsuit against the City.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia today over the denial of a protest march permit on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, founded in 1998 by Cheri Honkala.

“This city closes down streets for block parties, for Cinco de Mayo, for food festivals — including during rush hour — but they will not give the protesters permission to use the streets during rush hour,” ACLU of Pennsylvania Deputy Legal Director Mary Catherine Roper said.

At a press conference today in South Philadelphia, Roper and Honkala outlined their grievance: The city, they say, has forbidden protest marches in Center City between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. during this summer’s DNC. Honkala’s group wants to march down Broad Street from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center at 3 p.m. on the opening day of the convention, July 25th.

“We’re the only folks so far that I know of that have been told we cannot march,” Honkala said. Read more »

Hillary Clinton for President: The Philadelphia Magazine Endorsement

Hillary Clinton photograph by Martin Schoeller/AUGUST. Donald Trump photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.

Hillary Clinton photograph by Martin Schoeller/AUGUST. Donald Trump photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.

This figures. Philadelphia hosts its first Democratic National Convention since Harry Truman was selected in 1948, and the two presumptive presidential nominees are none other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two most reviled major-party candidates in the history of American political polling.

That’s not hyperbole. According to the polls, as many as 59 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump. Very nearly as many say the same of Clinton. Big as those numbers are, they fail to capture the loathing and dread that’s gripped the electorate. And who can blame us?

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DNC Host Committee Unveils Bold Broad Street Beautification Project

A rendering of a colorful mural that will be installed on the median of South Broad Street between City Hall and Washington Avenue.

A rendering of the mural “14 Movements: A Symphony of Color and Words” by Mat Tomezsko.

Broad Street will be much more colorful than usual during the Democratic National Convention. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC, in collaboration with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), announced today a beautification project on the city’s main thoroughfare. Installation begins today, June 20th, and is expected to be completed in time for the DNC. Read more »

DNC Merchandise Will Have Philly Written All Over It

Merchandise designed for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Merchandise designed for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  Photo: Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee

Picture a blue donkey. Now picture it sporting Dorothy-red shoes and flashy red lipstick.

Get excited because the silhouette of this epic donkey will be plastered on T-shirts for sale when the Democratic National Convention comes to town. What’s even better is that Philly local, Brett Bender, conceived the design.

Bender and six other local artists were selected to add their touch to convention goodies — hats, buttons, key chains, candy — all designed to underscore the city’s role in the July 25th to 28th convention.

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The Most People Ever Visited Philadelphia In 2015

Philadelphia Skyline | R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Skyline | R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

Visit Philadelphia released Philadelphia’s tourism statistics today, and the numbers are record-breaking: 41 million people visited our city last year, up from 39 million in 2014.

But to some extent, the results are unsurprising — this marks the sixth year in a row that Philadelphia has broken the previous year’s tourism record. And with the city playing host to marquee events like the papal visit in 2015 and the Democratic National Convention this year, why should we be surprised? Philly’s a city on the rise. (The New York Times shouted us out in its “36 hours” series in May).

And while Philly rises, its economic fortunes do, too. According to Visit Philadelphia, visitors to the city generated $10.7 billion in economic impact, or, put another way, $29 million every single day. 

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Alicia Keys Will Headline Politico Event at DNC

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys in 2008. (Photo by LuxTonnerre used under a Creative Commons license)

The DNC has its first big-name act – well, besides Hillary Clinton.

Today Politico announced Alicia Keys will headline a special DNC opening celebration on Monday, July 25th. The event will take place at the Politico Hub at the DNC, which per the site “will provide a top-notch destination experience for convention attendees in Philadelphia.” It’s at Commerce Square off Market Street in Center City. Read more »

Meet the Philly Student Magazine That Just Got Credentialed to Cover the DNC

The Motivos teams at Taller Puertorriqueño's Meet the Author series. Courtesy of Jenée Chizick-Agüero

The Motivos teams at Taller Puertorriqueño’s Meet the Author series. Courtesy of Jenée Chizick-Agüero

If this freaky electoral season has given us anything to be certain about, it is that diversity and inclusion are still quite an issue in our country.

From Donald Trump’s exclusion of Mexicans and Muslims from the “we” that is supposed to describe America, to Hillary Clinton’s inability to convince young Bernie voters that the mainstream Democratic Party is inclusive enough to welcome them and their core issues — the United States is going through what amounts to an identity crisis.

And, for better or worse, that identity crisis — at least the Democratic side of it — will be in evidence at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

But it won’t manifest in the media coverage. Or at least not in all of the media coverage. Motivos — a bilingual magazine staffed and produced by college and graduating high school-age journalists and headquartered West Poplar Community Center in Fairmount — just received notice of preliminary credentialing to cover the Democratic National Convention.

Unexpected. And unexpectedly inclusive.  Read more »

Will Dems Oust DNC Chair Over Sanders Feud?

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz., Sen. Bernie Sanders at University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016 (AP).

DNC Chairwoman and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Sen. Bernie Sanders at University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016 (AP).

Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing the possible removal of current Democratic National Convention chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Hill reports that Florida Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s ongoing squabbles with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (in which she uses Internet acronyms) have made her a controversial a figure to some Democrats who worry she may divide voters at the convention to be held in Philly this July.

“There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on,” one anonymous pro-Clinton Democratic senator reportedly told The HillRead more »

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