(Specific highlights from this video are below.)
I’m packing for the DNC, planning on leaving the next morning, Sunday the 24th, at 11 AM. I’m texting with Kitty Snyder for something unrelated. Kitty is a delegate and super volunteer for Bernie Sanders in Pennsylvania. After a while she says to me
> They’re being dicks at the rules committee.
> Not letting delegates in.
I thought she was watching something online. But then she sent this picture, making it clear that she was actually there, at the Convention Center.
(The “Convention Center” is different than the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention is actually being held; The convention center is in Center City, where many secondary events and conferences are being held; the Wells Fargo Center is in South Philly, a few miles down Broad Street).
Kitty had never live streamed before, and I taught her how to do it within a few texts. This was Citizens’ Media TV‘s first DNC video of the week, and it was viewed by more than 50,000 people, and “reached” almost 400,000 people (meaning those who saw it in their newsfeeds).
Delegates got in line at 11, for a meeting that started at 1pm, and stayed until 4:30. As of 8:30, the meeting was still on going.
Highlights from this video:
The first nine minutes: Setting the stage
People describe the basics of what’s going on, the tone is set, Barney Frank passes by and gets an earful, we hear the initial chants:
– “open the doors! Louder!”
– “Down with TPP!”
– “Find a bigger room!”
– “Shame on the DNC, I don’t see no unity!”
The meeting is supposedly “open to the public”, but delegates are being told that it is now only open to those with credentials–but delegates do not receive their credentials until Monday morning at their state-hotels. There’s also speculation that the meeting is being held in one of the smaller rooms in the Convention hall, despite there being many empty rooms much larger in size.
There’s also speculation that Hillary supporters were allowed in, and since it is a voice vote, despite only those on the platform committee being allowed to vote, The voices of those supporters are also counted.
30:13-32:35: Update from Bernie rules committee member
A Sanders rules committee member gives an update from the inside.
Someone with a megaphone says, “Attention: we are streaming in room 121”. But Bernie supporters shout him down with, “Let us in!”.
“Why won’t you go and watch the live stream?”
“Because we’re not here to watch TV. We’re here to participate in the democratic process.”
1:08:20-1:13:30: Heated argument.
Hillary supporter: “We’re not angry, but yelling about superdelegates is not going to change the system. You want to change the rules, you need to abide by the rules.”
Bernie supporter: “We RSVP-d to this event and they purposefully picked one of the smallest rooms to exclude everybody from it.”
Bernie supporter: “We are asking to be included in the conversation”
Hillary supporter: “You’re not asking, you’re demanding.”
Bernie supporter: “You’re damn right where demanding, this is a democracy. That’s how we got a republic. It was a revolution.”
Hillary supporter: “You people don’t know the rules.”
Bernie supporter: “We are here to change the rules.”
Hillary supporter: “One of them knew the rules and played by the rules and won by the rules. The other didn’t know the rules.”
Hillary supporter?: “I voted for the guy, I donated money to his campaign, and he lost. It’s time to move forward. The system is win or lose, someone’s going to lose. Bernie lost, Hillary one. Time to move forward.”
Hillary supporter: “You can’t accommodate–what, 13 million people?–Who gets sore feelings when their candidate loses. you can’t just say ‘Aw, I’m sorry you’re upset. We’re going to change on everything because you’re upset.'”
Bernie supporter: “You read the Wikileaks and you’re still with her?”
Hillary supporter: “We read all the Wikileaks last night.”
Bernie supporter: “Oh you read all of them. All 20,000 of them. And you’re still with her. Good for you.”
Kind older lady from Texas who is a Bernie supporter and I believe on the rules committee, gives a nice breeze description of what’s going on.