WATCH: Here’s the DNC Stage Where Hillary Clinton Will Accept Nomination

It’s going to be a weird week.

Today, Democratic National Convention Committee chairwoman Rev. Leah D. Daughtry and Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled the stage and podium at Wells Fargo Center that will be used for the DNC next week.

Bleary-eyed reporters (perhaps none more than yours truly) covered the 7 a.m. event, which lasted only a few minutes. It was a preview of the pomp and circumstance Philadelphia will be getting for next’s week convention. The only possibly new information that we obtained was Jim Kenney offhandedly mentioning to reporters he used to attend WWE — he called the promotion by its old name, WWF — events when his son was a big wrestling fan as a child.

“There is no better city, no better backdrop, to showcase our party’s values than the birthplace of American democracy,” Daughtry said from the podium (the “reveal” of the podium was ostensibly the reason for this 7 a.m. press conference). “What you see here this morning is the result of many months of careful planning and dedicated work.” Read more »

Protesters Will Be Allowed to March at Rush Hour During DNC

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 last month to announce a lawsuit against the city. 

In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has reversed its blanket ban on rush-hour protests during the Democratic National Convention. Cheri Honkala and her Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign have received a permit to march on the opening day of the convention. Read more »

PopeRide and Philly Naked Bike Ride Organizers Team Up for Huge DNC Ride

Another big Philly moment in history, another big group bike ride to go along with it: Alexandria Schneider, the organizer of the PopeRide — the giant for-fun group bike ride that took over Philly’s car-free streets during Pope Francis’ visit — and Maria Serrahima, an organizer of the Philly Naked Bike Ride, have teamed up to put on RideDNC, a 12-ish-mile group bike ride down Broad Street during the DNC. And — wait for it — the plan is for the ride to end with a party, complete with dancing and glow sticks galore, on the closed-to-cars Broad Street in South Philly.

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Sanders Delegate Running 1,200 Miles — Yes, Running — to Philly for DNC

Michael Gibino is running from MN to PA. | Photo via Facebook

Michael Gibino is running from Minnesota to Pennsylvania | Photo via Facebook

Hat tip to the folks over at PhillyVoice for making our morning and bringing this (maybe insane, yet insanely cool) Bernie Sanders delegate, who is running 1,200 miles (!!) to Philly for the DNC, to our attention. Yes, you read that correctly: Running 1,200 miles.  Read more »

Activists: We’ll March on DNC, Not Just in a Pen at FDR Park

Protesters - DNC plan

A group of activists detail their plans for marches and other protests during the Democratic National Convention next month. | Photo by Dan McQuade

They’re planning a march from North Philly down Broad Street. They’re planning to assail the politicians in town during the Democratic National Convention. They’re even planning a “Clintonville.” And if they’re arrested, they plan to fight back.

Today, the Philly Coalition for REAL (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice, in coalition with other local lefty groups, held a press event on the steps of the city building at 1515 Arch Street. A full lineup of speakers said that, permits or no, they would be marching and protesting at the DNC next month.

Erica Mines, who made national headlines in April when she verbally sparred with Bill Clinton over the 1994 crime bill at an event in Mt. Airy, led today’s press conference.

“We cannot allow this political moment to be whitewashed like the Occupy movement,” Mines said. “We, as black and brown people, we must unify again in solidarity with one another. We must capitalize off of this moment with one goal in mind, and that is to resist the racist and capitalist power structure that allow white supremacy and capitalist oppression to flourish.” Read more »

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 »

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