Special guests Killer Mike, Ben Jealous, and Rosario Dawson.
(Specific highlights from this video are below.)
Here is the room at the end of the previous (TPP) conference in the same room. The room was emptied and refilled with delegates only.
Here is a full photo album from this event.
I was going to live stream this event, but I met Jordan Chariton outside of the room, who said no press was allowed in. So I took his phone and had the honor of being a guest correspondent for TYT Politics. Although I got a great interview with Killer Mike, due to bad cell service, I did not capture any of the speeches.
Correspondent is Melissa Demyan (Twitter @melissademyan) a district delegate from California’s 26th congressional district representing Ventura County and Bernie Sanders! Melissa is only halfway to her fundraising goal. Please donate.
Highlights from this video
0:40: Hotels are taking advantage of Bernie delegates
Me: “I live 25 minutes away but I’m still required to stay in a $469 per night hotel.”
Melissa: “That’s crazy, but California delegates have to pay $720 a night.”
These prices are dramatically higher than is normal for Philadelphia.
5:40-8:30: Stress and controversy
Confusion about Bernie Sanders speaking to his delegation. Fear that going to cause delegates to miss the opening gavel, and therefore being taken advantage of in the same fashion as happened at the Nevada state Democratic convention.
8:30-11:30: What is Bernie going to say? Killer Mike!
How will his delegates react? Killer Mike lurks within the background, and eventually interrupts us.
Melissa: “I’m not a fan of booing. I think if are going to win, we’re going to do it with positivity.”
Jeff: “this campaign is about lifting up without bringing anyone else down. We don’t compare, we don’t say that Bernie is better than anyone, just ‘Bernie is good’. This campaign is about truth, lifting up only, and bringing light into the shadows.”
Killer mike interrupts!
Melissa: “if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know I just met three of the CNN anchors, and that might have been more exciting.”
22:00-26:30: Killer Mike
“About a year ago I fell in love with an old crazy haired white guy.”
26:30-29:30: Ben Jealous
29:30-35:30: Rosario Dawson
37:00-1:01:03: Bernie Sanders speaks to the delegation. One of the most emotional moments of the week
- 43:30: “We won over 1800 pledge delegates. Welcome to Philadelphia!”
- 45:25: “8 million donations averaging…” Delegates: “$27!”
54:00-59:30: “We have got to defeat Donald Trump and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.”
One of the most emotional moments of the week. This is the first time during the campaign that his supporters have ever confronted, disagreed, and stood up to Bernie Sanders.
“We want Bernie!” (chant)
Bernie: “Trump does not respect the constitution of the United States or civil liberties.”
Delegate, screaming: “Neither does Hillary!”
Bernie: “Trump is a danger for the country.”
Delegate: “So is Hillary!”
Delegate: “We love you Bernie! You can beat Hillary Clinton! Don’t give up! Run independent!”
“Take it to the floor!” (chant)
“Bernie or bust!” (chant)
Jeff and Melissa react to “we must elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine”:
We are the future. We are the revolution. Us.
1:01:10: “Thank you Bernie” (chant)
1:02:45-1:09:30: Delegates Jeff, Melissa, and Dinea reflect on what just happened.
1:03:30: An emotional reaction to Bernie Sanders’ speech, from Dinea Evans, a Washington state delegate.
Crying: “I was elected to support Bernie in this movement.” She chokes up.
I wasn’t coming here expecting that Bernie was going to tell me to vote for Hillary Clinton. I never thought I would hear Bernie tell me to do that.
But it hurts, and it stings to hear our man, Bernie Sanders, say that we need to help Hillary get elected.
Bernie gave me a nice hug and a nice kiss, and I feel a little better… I just love Bernie so much.
I’ve only been doing this for three months. Before this, [I wasn’t involved at all].
Bernie did not say “vote for Hillary”, but it is implied.