This week, the Revelist team is in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention — where Dems go to party/protest Hilary Clinton's nomination. Speakers include both Obamas, most of the Clinton family, Joe Biden, and Chloë Grace Moretz (?) The convention center is also expecting tens of thousands of protestors to show up.
We'll be Snapchatting (@heyrevelist,) tweeting and livestreaming the whole thing, but we'll also post regular updates here — anything from the crazy things we see at protests to the #woke things speakers say.
Check back here to see what's happening!
3 pm — Monday, July 25
Hundreds of protesters are rallying outside the convention limits to protest Clinton's nomination. The protests — organized largely by grassroots organization Philly.FYI — took over the neighboring FDR Park with signs, bullhorns, and even a giant inflatable joint.
We spoke to protestors who had traveled from as far away as Alabama to take part. Some are there just for the day, others have pitched their tents. Though they may have different aims, their sentiment is largely the same: This election was rigged.
"I just think it's important to let the delegates know that we don't want the candidate they selected for us," said Christine, who traveled from upstate New York. "We wanted Bernie, we voted for Bernie. They rigged the election. That's not the way democracy is supposed to work."
Despite the presence of religious counter-protestors, the demonstrations have remained peaceful. Protestors have banned together against the long hours and 100-degree weather, with several handing out snacks and water bottles. But under the Woodstock-esque exterior are some fiery opinions.
"We need to have Bernie as our nominee," said Alta Harding, from Maine. "It needs to be contested. America's here and they're standing up."
Check out our photos from the protest below:
8-11 pm — Monday, July 25
Booker and Obama's speeches were major crowd-pleasers IRL and online, with many on Twitter calling for them to run for president. Hey, 2020's not that far away.
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren got lots of applause for her on-point commentary (and jokes) about Donald Trump, fueling what's easily our favorite feud of 2016.
"We are here tonight because America faces a choice," Warren said. "On one side is a man who inherited a fortune from his father, and kept it by cheating people... a man who cares only for himself, every minute of everyday."
"On the other side is one of the smartest, toughest, most tenacious people on this planet."
And as for Bernie, he tearfully closed out the night reminding his supporters that although his campaign is over, his political "revolution" has just begun.
"Election days come and go," he said, "but the struggle of the people to create a government that represents all of us, not just the 1%."
12-2 pm — Tuesday, July 26
Day 2 of the DNC kicked off with some major caucuses, including the women's caucus and the LGBTQ caucus.
But outside the Wells Fargo Center, protests raged on in the ~Berning~ heat. Seriously, it's hot AF out here.
Today, the usual Bernie-supporting crowd were present as well as some Gary Johnson supporters. Unfortunately, an unnamed coalition of bigots who have been outside the DNC for the past two days, were front-and-center as well.
It's not clear what they stand for, but they definitely stand against everything, including (but not limited to): gay people, women, "potheads," people of color, and "metal heads" for some reason.
So as a bold and badass act of protest, a lesbian couple stood in front of the group and made out.
An unidentified hero also protested their protest. He holding up a sign that read: "I love sinning," decorated with a hastily-scribbled penis.
Protestors come in all shapes and sizes, and apparently, all species. We talked to an Alpaca named Shea, who's protesting the DNC because she's an anarchist.
4-8 pm — Tuesday, July 26
The night's festivities kicked off with a historic moment: a roll call vote in which the Democratic Party officially selected the first female major-party nominee.
The roll call is an odd, old tradition in which representatives from each state stand up and cast their votes, after shamelessly listing the merits of their state. A delegate from Delaware proudly deemed his state the "home of tax-free shopping," while the delegate from Indiana recited a poem trashing Trump.
At the end of all the insanity, however, the convention had officially chosen Clinton as their nominee.
At the same time Clinton's victory was announced, a large contingent of Sanders delegates from across the country walked out of the convention floor and marched to the media tents. Many of them deemed the convention "rigged," and one even told me she would now re-register as an independent. Protestors said they had been planning the walkout even before the start of the convention.
9 pm — Tuesday, July 26
On the convention floor, a star-studded lineup took the stage. Elizabeth Banks played host, introducing speakers from Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to fellow actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera.
Richards used her speech to praise both Clinton and her running mate, senator Tim Kaine. Kaine has come under fire for his personal pro-life stance, but Richards said he "has been a champion for women and families his entire lifetime."
In an op-ed for Time that same day, Richards pointed out that, despite his personal views, Kaine's voting record earned him a 100% rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.Richards also had some choice words for Donald Trump, specifically regarding his comment that pregnancy is an "inconvenience" to employers.
"Mr. Trump, come this November, women are going to be a lot more than an inconvenience," she said. "Women are going to be the reason you're not elected president.”
Ferrera and Dunham didn't spare Trump in their speech, either.
"You’re probably thinking, 'Why should you care what some television celebrity has to say about politics?'" they joked. "And we feel the same way. But he is the Republican nominee, so we need to talk about it."
They also touched on more somber topics, like how Ferrera grew up in poverty, and how Dunham survived a sexual assault. Ferrera thanked Clinton for seeing the children of immigrants as investments in the future; Dunham thanked her for declaring women's rights are human rights.
Before she left the stage, Dunham asked the audience one final question about Trump.
"We don't accept hatred as the norm in our communities," she said, "so why would we accept it in the oval office?"
12-2 pm — Wednesday, July 27
The Democratic Black caucus convened today in Philadelphia, headlined by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The speakers touched on everything from health care to criminal justice reform, but their intention was clear: to unite the party around their nominee.
Convention CEO Leah Daughtry started with a heartfelt explanation of why we should all rally around Clinton — and some subtle shade at #BernieorBust hold-outs.
“I hear a lot of people talking about it doesn’t matter, my person didn’t win so I’m staying home," she told the audience. “That’s a position that privileged people can take. The people’s whose lives are gonna be ok no matter what." The crowd responded with cheers.
Holder put it even more starkly: "A protest vote for someone other than Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump," he said.
"We can’t come off of eight years of Obama, with hope and optimism, and go to fear," said DNC Secretary Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Judging by the crowd's thunderous applause, they agreed.
Before leaving the stage, Holder gave his audience some inspiration for the long road to November.
“Progress is not promised. It’s not something that’s going to just happen. Positive change isn't inevitable," he said. "...We have to be prepared for setback — for difficulties for hardships — but we are a strong resilient people."