2016 DNC, Day 3: We’re Halfway Through!
Congrats, Philly! We’re halfway through the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Here’s what happened yesterday:
In the biggest news of the night, Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman nominated for president by a major party, much to the frustration of a group of delegates who held a protest in the media tent outside the Wells Fargo Center shortly after. Bill Clinton called his wife “the best darn change-maker I have ever known” and bashed the Republican National Convention in his speech.
Mothers of the Movement, who called for an end to police brutality, made gripping speeches that led to cries of “Black Lives Matter.” Several speakers touched on the tragedies of 9/11.
Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Seth Williams hosted a discussion on how to reduce the city’s prison population, the highest among the 10 largest cities in the country.
In protest news, a Great Wall of Love demonstration blocked some Westboro Baptist Church protesters in front of the Mazzoni Center, prompting a pride block party and some of the best, most creative signs of the convention. A Black Lives Matter demonstration took over Broad Street midway through the day. A self-titled “politically neutral” protest called for the end of the DNC.
Cab and Lyft drivers are frustrated that Uber drivers have their own exclusive entrance and exit lounge outside the Wells Fargo Center, the Inquirer reports. But if you’re not taking the subway, you’re probably doing it wrong anyway.
Here’s what to look out for today:
President Barack Obama will address the convention. He’ll likely touch on his impending departure as well as make a case for why Clinton is worthy of his spot. Vice President Joe Biden will speak before him.
Other speeches today will center on gun violence prevention measures and fallen veterans.
Of course, protests will continue: A Black Men for Bernie protest at the Thomas Paine Plaza and an Occupy DNC march down Broad Street are scheduled. And expect a mass bike ride down Broad Street at some point today for Ride DNC.
Two days down, two to go. May the odds be ever in your favor, Philly.
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