Confusion and controversy about Bernie Sanders speaking to his delegation. Fear that going could 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.
(The “expected start time” in Nevada was 10 AM, but the first vote actually happened at 9:30 AM, before many Bernie Sanders delegates were in the room. This resulted in, among other things, “Roberta’s rules” being implemented, which resulted in many decisions being made against Bernie delegates throughout the convention.)
Originally the conference time (“delegate event”) was at 2 o’clock in Center City, and opening gavel is at the Wells Fargo Center at 3 o’clock in South Philly. I am from Philadelphia. It is simply not possible to get 1,900 delegates from the center of town (the “Convention Center” is at 11th and Arch–which is not where the DNC proper is held) to the Wells Fargo Center in a single hour. And this assumes that Bernie Sanders does not speak at all during this 2 o’clock event.
It turns out that the opening gavel was changed to 4 o’clock. Despite this, there was still skepticism part of some delegates. Ultimately, the delegate event changed to 12:30, which alleviated most of the concerns.
California delegate Melissa and I discuss this during the private delegation speech on Monday:
(In the original video, this is at the 5min:30sec mark.)
A fellow delegate, Kitty Snyder from Pennsylvania, confirmed that Jeff Weaver personally told her and others a couple hours ago, in person, right after finishing this live stream at the Convention Center–that the of opening gavel time for Monday was changed to 4 PM, and that we should indeed go to the 2 PM meeting with Bernie Sanders.
The official Campaign texts also confirm this:
In this video, Adryenn Ashley, my partner from Citizens’ Media TV, knows Nina Turner personally, and she confirmed this to be true. Delegates should indeed go to the 2 PM meeting.
I must say, this would’ve been a whole lot less stressful, if our concerns were simply addressed as they came up, and not deleted and ignored by the campaign.
UPDATE (8/26/2016): Mr. Sanchez privately contacted me and stated that it was not his intention to be rude or inconsiderate. Rather, it was just a case of being overwhelmed by the concerns of many hundreds of delegates and given only limited information to work with,
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