There is absolutely no way to encapsulate the excitement and energy that permeated the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And few realized the impact that it's presence in Philadelphia had on many of the younger citizens who live here. I was on the subway heading to Center City - Market Street - when I overheard a young girl - aged 9 - ask her grandmother whether or not Donald Trump was going to be in Philadelphia. The grandmother stated that he probably wouldn't come to Philadelphia because people don't like him very much here. The granddaughter then replied: "I wish he would come here to Philadelphia," which shocked the grandmother and prompted her to ask why she wanted Trump to come here. "So I can throw rotten tomatoes at him, so we can throw eggs at him because he's evil. I want him to come so I can hit him upside the head with a tomato with a worm in it." The entire subway fell out laughing - but this little girl was totally serious. So her grandmother told her that Trump would not be there, but that President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other important people would be. So she immediately asked if she could go. "I want to see President Obama so I can hug him and tell him how much I love him and Ms. Obama." After that, I had to jump in and tell them about the different programs that she could attend at the Convention Center. I couldn't guarantee that she would meet President Obama, but she could pick up some really nice things with his and the First Lady's pictures on them.
I don't know whether they attended any of the venues, but judging from this little lady's enthusiasm and focus, I'm pretty sure she was able to get her grandmother to go along.
Folks, if you think our kids aren't paying attention to what's going on, you're totally wrong. Multiply that little girl by hundreds of thousands across the US who are daily exposed either directly or vicariously to the evil and hate spewed out by T-rump and his cronies. He's frightening and angering our children!
Someone said, on Facebook, that they hated the election because they were told to vote for Hillary to keep T-rump from becoming president; that Hillary was the lesser of two evils. I totally beg to differ - Hillary is not now, nor has she ever been "evil." So let's stop that one right now. She is the better of three choices - and has always been so. In choosing between T-rump, Bernie, or no vote at all - she is the clear victor because her track record - not the one portrayed by the repuglycons and the mean stream media - but real, proven 40+ year track record of service and advocacy stands for it self. The best thing to do is to not watch the meanstream media's constant barrage of garbage, and begin to do your own homework.
It had been speculated that Cory Booker was being considered as Hillary Clinton's running mate; however they needed him to remain in his position as US Senator from the State of New Jersey.
|US SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY - CORY BOOKER|
Most don't realize that the Democratic National Convention is as much about business as it is about nominating a viable presidential candidate. To that end, Marcia L. Fudge, who is now the permanent chair of the Democratic Party (replacing Debbie Wasserman Schultz), opened the meeting on Monday by stating: "We have assembled an extraordinary collection of Americans here n this arena. We have traveled thousands of miles, and we are representing the millions of Democrats who, come this November, are going to make their voices heard. We have a choice - a profound choice, this Novembr, and we have to make this choice in a time when the nation finds itself at the crossroads of history and hope. A time of great promise, progress and potential; but also a time of social unrest, hate speeches and war. Hillary Clinton was born for such a time as this."
She continued after applause: "And that is why we are going to have a different kind of convention than the one we saw in Cleveland last week. Because Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want to bold an economy that works for everyone - not just the people at the top of an economy where everyone else falls short. Where, if you work hard, you can get ahead and stay ahead. Hillary and Tim want to bring steady and stable leadership to the world. They will work wit our allies to keep America and the rest of the world safe and secure. Hillary and Tim want an America where there are no barriers to opportunity, equality or justice."
During this time that the crowd began to become raucous, drowning out most of what Ms. Fudge was trying to impart causing her to literally depart from her address and speak in a strict tone to the audience: "Excuse me! Excuse me! this will be a convention where we lift each other up and where every voice, regardless of arc, religion, or sexual orientation is heard and respected. Over the next four days we are going to hear from the leaders of our country and the future of our party. We're going to unite and we're going to make history; and we're going to do everything we can to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. Hillary! This is your time!"
As the crowd continued to wave No TPP banners, Ms. Fudge again attempted to bring decorum to the arena: "Delegates, Democrats may I just make a point. There are many of you that do not know me n this room. But let me say to you, I intend to be fair; I want to hear the varying opinions here. I'm gong to be respectful of you, and I want you to be respectful of me. We're all Democrats, and we need to act like it!"
She then announced her appointees to help her in maintaining decorum throughout the convention: Convention Vice Chairs, Parliamentarians, Sergeants at Arms, Door keepers and Time keepers - "Each of these officials is dedicated to strengthening our communities and our country. They share Hillary Clinton's and Tim Kaine's positive change mission and will be impactful messengers for the campaign moving forward."
To further add context to the work of the delegates at the convention and going forward, this, in part are the principles and mission adopted by the 2016 Democratic National Convention:
THIS WAS ADOPTED A WEEK BEFORE THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION:
1. Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class
Raising Workers’ Wages; Protecting Workers’ Fundamental Rights; Supporting Working Families;
Helping More Workers Share in Near-Record Corporate Profits; Expanding Access to Affordable
Housing and Homeownership; Protecting and Expanding SOCIAL SECURITY; Ensuring a Secure and
Dignified Retirement; Revitalizing Our Nation’s Postal Service
2. Create Good-Paying Jobs: Building 21st Century Infrastructure; Fostering a Manufacturing Renaissance; Creating Good-Paying Clean Energy Jobs; Pursuing Our Innovation Agenda: Science, Research, Education,and Technology; Supporting America’s Small Businesses; Creating Jobs for America’s Young People
3. Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality:
Reining in Wall Street and Fixing our Financial System; Promoting Competition by Stopping Corporate
Concentration; Making the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes; Promoting Trade That is Fair and Benefits American Workers
4. Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities
Ending Systemic Racism; Closing the Racial Wealth Gap ; Reforming our Criminal Justice System; Fixing
our Broken Immigration System; Guaranteeing Civil Rights.; Guaranteeing Women’s Rights; Guaranteeing
Rights for People with Disabilities ;Respecting Faith and Service; Investing in Rural America; Ending Poverty and Investing in Communities Left Behind; Building Strong Cities and Metro Areas; Promoting Arts and Culture; Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations; Fighting for the People of Puerto RicoHonoring the People of the Territories
5. Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy
Protecting Voting Rights; Fixing Our Broken Campaign Finance System; Appointing Judges Securing Statehood for Washington, D.C; Strengthening Management of Federal Government
6. Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice Building a Clean Energy Economy; Securing Environmental and Climate Justice; Protecting Our Public Lands and Waters (SOMEHOW THEY COULD NOT COME TOGETHER ON BANNING FRACKING WHICH IS DESTROYING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT - SMH)
7. Provide Quality and Affordable Education
Making Debt-Free College a Reality; Providing Relief from Crushing Student Debt; Supporting &;
PROTECTING Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions;
Cracking Down on Predatory For-Profit Schools; Guaranteeing Universal Preschool and Good Schools for Every Child (RESTORE VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TECHNICAL TRAINING IN HIGH SCHOOLS)
8. Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans;
Securing Universal Health Care; Supporting Community Health Centers; Reducing Prescription Drug Costs; Enabling Cutting-Edge Medical Research; Combating Drug and Alcohol Addiction; Treating Mental
Health(ILLNESSES); Supporting Those Living with Autism and their Families; Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice; Ensuring Long-Term Care, Services, and Supports; Protecting and Promoting Public Health Ending Violence Against Women; Preventing Gun Violence
9. Principled Leadership
Support Our Troops and Keep Faith with Our Veterans Defense Spending; Veterans and Service Members; Military Families; A Strong Military;
10: Confront Global Threats: Terrorism: Syria, Afghanistan
11.Protect Our Values: Women and Girls; LGBT People;.Trafficking and Modern Slavery; Young People; Religious Minorities.;Refugees; Civil Society; Anti-Corruption; Torture;Closing Guantánamo Bay; Development Assistance; Global;
Health; HIV and AIDS (PREVENTION/CURE); International Labor.;
12. A Leader in the World: Asia-Pacific; Middle East; Europe; Americas; Africa; Global Economy and Institutions.
This and more are what Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine stand for during this election year - it's not exhaustive, and can be expanded as the campaign goes forward - but gives some serious context to what they stand for.
Now, moving forward to days two and three of the Democratic National Convention 2016 in Philadelphia -
Civil Rights Hero and Congressman, John Lewis, seconded the official nomination of Hillary Clinton to represent the Democrats as their presidential candidates. He stated "there are forces in America that want to take us backwards. They want to undo 50 years of progress this Nation has made under Democratic leadership. We’ve come too far. We’ve made too much progress and we’re not going back, we’re going forward. That’s why we all must go to the polls in November and vote like we never, ever voted before. Eight years ago, our party nominated and elected the first person of color to ever serve in the White House not just for one, but two terms.
Tonight we will shatter that glass ceiling again. We’re the party of tomorrow, and we will build a true democracy in America. I must tell you, I have known Hillary Clinton for many years. She is one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for president. She is a leader, sometimes sailing against the wind to break down the barriers that divide us. She’s smart, just smart. She could have done anything with her life, but she decided long ago she didn’t want to just do well, she wanted to do good. And so she has dedicated her life to public service and building a better America. I give you a leader who can unite us as a nation, a leader who can break down barriers and build a better future for every American. She will fight for us all with her heart, soul, and mind. My fellow Democrats, I am pleased to second the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as our party’s candidate for President of the United States."
Last year, at the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus, Rev. Al Sharpton honored the mothers of the victims of police violence at his National Action Network reception. I can't help but think he may have been instrumental in bringing these brave mothers together to address the DNC. The recent tragedies in Louisiana, Dallas as well as throughout the US, has heightened the awareness for the necessity of the elimination of domestic weapons of mass destruction whether in the hands of law enforcement officers or law violators.
They have formed an organization called MOTHERS OF THE MOVEMENT: Sybrina Fulton: Trayvon Martin's mom; Geneva Reed -Veal: Sandra Bland's mom; Lucia McBath: Jordan Davis' mom; Gwen Carr: Eric Garner's mom; Cleopatra Pendleton: Hadiya Pendleton's mom; Maria Hamilton: Dontre Hamilton's mom; Lezley McSpadden: Michael Brown's mom; and Wanda Johnson: Oscar Grant's mom.
|MOTHERS OF THE MOVEMENT|
Three of the mothers spoke through their pain, and explained why they were supporting Hillary Clinton: