2016 Democratic National Convention – United Together

2016 DNCC

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016. Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention in history. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event. With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.

The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President. At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform.

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Monday, July 25th “United Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Native American Council

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Black Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Hispanic Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Ethnic Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Disability Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Small Business Owners Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Veterans and Military Families Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Labor Council


Gavel In 3:00 PM EDT

Pam Livengood

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Anastasia Somoza

DREAMer Astrid Silva

First Lady Michelle Obama

Senator Senator Bernie Sanders

Gavel Out


Tuesday, July 26th “A Lifetime of Fighting For Children and Families”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Women’s Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
LGBT Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Senior Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Jewish Roundtable

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Rural Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Youth Council


Gavel In 4:00 PM EDT

Jelani Freeman

Thaddeus Desmond

Dynah Haubert

Kate Burdick

Students from Eagle Academy

Anton Moore

Dustin Parsons

Students from Eagle Academy

Joe Sweeney

Lauren Manning

Ryan Moore

Former President Bill Clinton

“Mothers of the Movement” featuring Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, Mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, Mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, Mother of Sandra Bland

Gavel Out


Wednesday, July 27th “Working Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Native American Council

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Black Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Hispanic Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Ethnic Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Disability Council

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Small Business Owners Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Veterans and Military Families Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Labor Council


Gavel In 4:30 PM EDT

Erica Smegielski

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Jamie Dorff

Tim Kaine

Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama

Gavel Out


Thursday, July 28th “Stronger Together”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Women’s Caucus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
LGBT Caucus

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Jewish Roundtable

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Rural Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Senior Council

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Youth Council


Gavel In 4:30 PM EDT

Henrietta Ivey

Beth Mathias

Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed

Khizr Khan

Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Gavel Out


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July 25 – 28, 2016
2016 Democratic National Convention
United Together
 Pennsylvania Convention Center &
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Democrats Plan to Register 50 Million New Voters


Democrats Have a Plan to Register 50 Million New Voters
If more people vote, Trump-Pence loses.

7/15/16 By Ari Berman – TheNation

ast week Democrats agreed on the strongest platform on voting rights in the party’s history. A key plank of that platform called for “universal automatic voter registration,” a potentially transformative electoral reform that could add 50 million unregistered Americans to the voting rolls.

Now congressional Democrats are backing that up by introducing the most comprehensive federal automatic-voter-registration bills in the House and Senate. The Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 is sponsored by Representative Bob Brady and Senators Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, and Amy Klobuchar. (A similar bill was introduced in the House last year by Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline with 100 co-sponsors.) No Republicans have signed on to the House or Senate version.

Here’s how the legislation works, according to a summary from Leahy’s office:

Every time a person eligible to vote interacts with any one of numerous designated state and federal agencies, that person will be “automatically” registered to vote unless the person opts out of registration (that is, affirmatively declines).

The automatic registration system will go into effect at agencies currently required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to provide voter registration services, like the DMV, social service agencies, and agencies serving people with disabilities.

This will make voter registration far easier, cheaper, and more accurate. “There is no reason why every eligible citizen cannot have the option of automatic registration when they visit the DMV, sign up for healthcare, or sign up for classes in college,” says Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We live in a modern world, and we should strive to have a registration system that reflects that.”

For more: https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-have-a-plan-to-register-50-million-new-voters/


Five reasons millennials must vote this November

It’s no secret that young people tend to shy away from voting more than older people do.

And this Election Day, extraordinary though the campaign season is, likely will be no different. The Public Policy Institute of California estimates that Americans ages 18 to 34 will make up only 17 percent of the country’s likely voters in November.

Those are the same millennials who flocked to former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his “political revolution.” Now that he has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, many of his more ardent supporters have vowed to skip the polls in November, even though the senator from Vermont endorsed Hillary Clinton earlier this week.

Sanders might not be in the race anymore, but there are plenty of reasons to turn out at the polls. Here are five:


Sanders ignited his revolution with promises to help a generation of young people and their families who are drowning in debt from skyrocketing tuition and fees. It’s a real issue, as many millennials know.

Clinton wisely released a proposal that would forgive loans for at least 25 million borrowers. She also has promised to make in-state public colleges and universities tuition free by 2021 for families making less than $125,000 a year.

That’s a reason to vote that will actually pay off.


Millennials care about the health of a world they have to live in long after most baby boomers are gone. One of the most effective means of ensuring that is to elect leaders who will implement policies to combat climate change.

Nobody can solve this problem on his or her own. But by taking the simple step of voting for candidates at all levels of government who will make the environment a priority, the country can continue down the path laid out by President Barack Obama to cut carbon emissions.


This one might not be as obvious. For those who study abroad or enjoy traveling, the nation’s position on foreign affairs is vitally important to its relationships with other countries. That goes for countries in Europe, recently shaken by Britain’s exit from the European Union, and in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Millennials are globally engaged, understanding completely that the world is indeed flat. For this reason, it’s important to vote for leaders who represent those values.


The next president of the United States will decide who is appointed to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court. Critically important decisions hang in the balance.

Among them, laws that ensure the hard-fought rights of women and gays and lesbians remain intact. Campaign finance laws, another hot-button issue for Sanders and his young supporters, could to come before the court again. Vote for someone who will take you into consideration when nominating the next justice.


This year, more than in many years, there’s talk of how voting doesn’t make a difference. The system is “rigged,” some say. But millennials make up about 32 percent of the U.S. population, up there with baby boomers for the biggest group eligible to vote. It was the youngest of Americans, through their support for upstart Sanders, who got the Democratic Party and its presumptive nominee to consider a far more progressive agenda than planned.

For more: http://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/07/16/other-voices-sacramento-bee-millennials-must-vote/87144972/


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 52nd Anniversary


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.  It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations”).

Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who would later sign the landmark Voting Rights Act into law.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964

6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.
Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

June 25, 2013

Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder

“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”


Contact your legislator

The Supreme Court just gutted the most important civil rights law in our country — the Voting Rights Act. This decision is an extremely disappointing setback for voting rights in this country. Now it’s up to Congress to enact new legislation to protect the rights of voters, and it’s up to us to make them act.

Contact your Congress person to Republicans it’s time to pass laws to RESTORE and PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS!!!

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Natl Organization for Women – 50th Anniversary

This Day in History: National Organization for Women was Founded


On June 30, 1966, the National Organization for Women was founded by a group of activists who wanted to end sex discrimination. Today, the organization remains as a cornerstone of the women’s rights movement.

“We, men and women who hereby constitute ourselves as the National Organization for Women, believe that the time has come for a new movement toward true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders.”

—National Organization for Women’s 1966 Statement of Purpose

On June 30, 1966, Betty Friedan wrote three letters on a paper napkin: N O W. She invited fifteen women to her hotel room. Then, Catherine Conroy slid a five-dollar bill onto the table and said, “Put your money down and sign your name.” In that moment, the National Organization for Women became a reality.

As representatives at the Third National Conference of Commissions on the Status of Women, these women were disgruntled by the lack of commitment to the convention’s theme, “Targets for Action.” Inspired by the Civil Rights movement and historic marches such as in Selma, the women founded a parallel effort to ensure the equal treatment of both sexes. They brainstormed an alternate action plan to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on sex, race, color, nationality, and religion.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/06/30/day-history-national-organization-women-was-founded


We have to raise our voices to demand that women get paid fairly.  We’ve got to raise our voices to make sure women can take time off to care for a loved one, and that moms and dads can spend time with a new baby.  We’ve got to raise our voices to make sure that our women maintain and keep their own health care choices.

—President Obama, October 2014

As the , feminists reflect on progress, unfinished business

Jun 25 2016 8:00 am Deanna Pan – CBS

Two years after she was hired as a cub reporter for a local TV news station, Jennet Robinson Alterman asked for a raise.

It was 1975. She had been hired at the same time as two men, both fresh out of college with liberal arts degrees just like her. But despite having the same job, they made twice as much she did. When she approached her boss about a pay bump, he said something Alterman would never forget.

“I was told I would never get a raise because I would always be a secondary income because I would have a husband to support me,” she recalled. “So I quit.”

Times have changed since Alterman asked for her first raise. The National Organization for Women, founded in 1966 by a small group of activists to end gender discrimination, recognized its 50th anniversary this month with much to celebrate: Women now comprise close to 50 percent of enrollment in U.S. medical schools and law schools. One-third of federal judges are women, compared to just a handful in the 1960s. The U.S military is opening all combat jobs to women. Hillary Clinton will have the opportunity to this November by become the first woman elected president.

Despite this progress, the work of the women’s liberation movement is far from over.

Alterman, the former executive director of Charleston’s Center for Women, recalled her time at the White House’s United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

“It made me really sad to see the issues they were addressing in 2016 are basically the same issues we’ve been talking about for 50 years: Equal pay for equal work, paid maternity leave, support for women entrepreneurs, sexual violence. You name it, it’s all still out there,” Alterman said. “Even the whole discussion of women in the military. And keep in mind we still don’t have an Equal Rights Amendment that’s been passed.”

For more: http://www.postandcourier.com/20160625/160629662/as-the-national-organization-for-women-turns-50-feminists-reflect-on-progress-unfinished-business




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Drafting the 2016 Democrat Platform Together

The Democratic Party wants every Democrat to have a voice in our Platform process.

Our goal is to make this year’s platform process the most representative and inclusive in history. With that aim, we announced a series of events across the country in the hopes of increasing participation. We are also encouraging people to submit their ideas online.

In an effort to welcome every voice in the Party, the DNCC has announced multiple ways in which the public can participate in the series of regional events. We welcome your input and invite you to contribute now. Please submit all written and video testimony by June 18th.

Democrats value substance, ideas and diversity and we hope you will help us ensure that our platform incorporates the best the Party has to offer!


Forums will be held in the following regions:


2016 Democratic Party Platform DRAFT

July 1, 2016

Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

  • Raising Worker’s  Wages
  • Equal Pay, Paid Leave, and Caregiving
  • Expanding Affordable Housing
  • Protecting and Expanding Social Security
  • Ensuring and Expanding Retirement Security
  • Retivalizing Postal Service

Create Good-Paying Jobs

  • Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  •  Clean Energy Jobs
  • Research, Science, and Technology
  • Small Business
  • Youth Jobs

Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality

  • Fixing our Financial System
  • Stopping Corporate Concentration
  • Taxes
  • Trade

Bring Americans Together and Remove Barrie rs to Create Ladders of Opportunity

  • Racial Justice
  • Racial Wealth Gap
  • Criminal Justice
  • Immigration
  • Civil Rights
  • LGBT Rights
  • Disability Rights
  • Faith and Service
  • Agricultural Communities
  • Poverty / Communities Left Behind
  • Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations
  • People of the Territories
  • Puerto Rico

Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy

  • Voting Rights
  • Campaign Finance
  • Judges
  • D.C. Statehood
  • Management of Federal Government

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

  • Clean Energy Economy
  • Environmental and Climate Justice
  • Public Lands and Waters

Provide Quality and Affordable Education

  • Higher Education
  • Student Debt
  • \Minority-Serving Institutions
  • For-Profit Schools
  • Early Childhood, Pre-K, and K-12

Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

  • Universal Health Care
  • Community Health Centers
  • Prescription Drug Costs
  • Medical Research
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Mental Health
  • Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
  • Public Health
  • Violence Against Women and Sexual Assault
  • Gun Violence Prevention

Principled Leadership

Support Our Troops and Keep Faith with Our Veterans

Confront Global Threats

  • Terrorism
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Cybersecurity
  • Non-proliferation
  • Climate Change

Protect Our Values

  • Women and Girls
  • Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Young People
  • Religious Minorities
  • Refugees
  • Civil Society
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Torture
  • Closing Guantánamo Bay
  • Development Assistance
  • Global Health
  • HIV and AIDS
  • International Labor

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1966 March Against Fear – 50th Anniversary

1966 March Against Fear - Mississippi
1966 March Against Fear – Mississippi

The March Against Fear was a major 1966 demonstration in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Activist James Meredith launched the event on June 6, 1966, intending to make a solitary walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, a distance of 220 miles, to counter the continuing racism in the Mississippi Deltaafter passage of federal civil rights legislation in the previous two years and encourage African Americans to register to vote. He invited only black men to join him and did not want it to be a large media event dominated by major organizations.

On the second day of his walk, Meredith was shot by James Aubrey Norvell, a white gunman, and was hospitalized. Thornton Davi Johnson suggests that Meredith was a target for rituals of attack because he had made highly publicized challenges to Mississippi’s racial order, and his walk was framed as a confident repudiation of custom.

Major civil rights organizations rallied, vowing to carry on the march through the Mississippi Delta. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) took part, with the Deacons for Defense and Justice from Louisiana providing armed protection. They struggled over tactics and goals, but also cooperated in community organizing and voter registration. They registered over 4,000 African Americans for voting in counties along the way. Some people marched for a short time, others stayed through all the events; some national leaders took part in intermittent fashion, having commitments in other cities.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_Against_Fear




Ripple of HOPE – Stand Up Against Injustice

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

6/5/1966 Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown
Capetown, South Africa

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Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts. He served as a Senator for New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was previously the 64th U.S. Attorney General from 1961 to 1964, serving under his older brother, President John F. Kennedy and his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson. An icon of modern American liberalism and member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1968 election.

After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Seaman Apprentice from 1944 to 1946, Kennedy graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to entering public office, he worked as a correspondent to the Boston Post and as an attorney in Washington D.C.. He gained national attention as the chief counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee from 1957 to 1959, where he publicly challenged TeamstersPresident Jimmy Hoffa over the corrupt practices of the union, and published The Enemy Within, a book about corruption in organized labor.

A prominent member of the Kennedy family, Bobby was the campaign manager for his brother John in the 1960 presidential election and was appointed Attorney General during his presidential administration. He also served as a White House adviser to the president from 1961 to 1963. His tenure is best known for its advocacy for the African-American Civil Rights Movement, crusade against organized crime and the mafia, and involvement in U.S. foreign policy related to Cuba and Indonesia. After his brother’s assassination, Kennedy remained in office for a few months until leaving to run for the United States Senate in 1964 where he defeated Republican incumbent Kenneth Keating.

In 1968, Kennedy campaigned for the presidency and was a leading Democratic candidate, appealing particularly to blackHispanic, and Catholic voters. Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, after Kennedy defeated Senator Eugene McCarthy in the California presidential primary, he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year old Palestinian, and died the following day.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_F._Kennedy

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Jun 3, 2016

President Obama signs  S. 184, the “Native American Children’s Safety Act,” it amends the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are made by tribal social services agencies.




Measure Requires Background Checks on Adults in Tribal Foster Homes

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that President Barack Obama has signed into law S. 184, the Native American Children’s Safety Act, which Hoeven authored and introduced in the Senate. Congressman Cramer then led the effort to get the measure passed in the House. The legislation implements protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system.

“A decade ago, we worked in North Dakota to ensure that all adults living in a foster home were background checked to protect the children in their care, and now we have extended that same safety net for children in tribal foster care in North Dakota and across the nation,” Hoeven said. “Starting today, it’s the law of the land.

“Native American children are more than two-and-a-half times more likely to be victims of abuse or neglect than other American children,” said Cramer. “And, children exposed to violence are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic disorders. The standards in this bill mirror existing national requirements for non-tribal foster care placements, ensuring tribal children receive care at least equal to the protections afforded non-tribal children.”

Prior to today, there was no consistent requirement that Native American tribes conduct background checks on everyone living in a foster care house, yet there has been abuse and harm committed by adults living in the same foster care home as the children.

The Native American Children’s Safety Act requires background checks to be conducted on all adults living in a potential foster home before a tribal court may place a child in that home. The check will include a national criminal records check and a review of child abuse or neglect registries in any state in which the individual under review has lived in the preceding five years.

For more: https://www.hoeven.senate.gov/news/news-releases/hoeven-cramer-president-signs-native-american-childrens-safety-act-into-law



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