Nuisance: Wed 7/27: Finally! Bernie Sanders delegates meet their supporters at FDR Park. [Timestamped highlights]

(This is part one. Part two: Kerith and I sit in the grass and talk with our supporters.)

All week long, Bernie Sanders supporters in FDR Park have been struggling to communicate with their delegates at the Wells Fargo Center across the street. Although some of us (delegates) could see supporters from a distance, as we entered the convention center yesterday morning, it was not enough. Rumors were making their way across the street unchecked, and delegates felt alone and like nuisances in the Wells Fargo Center.

This event is our finally doing something about it. It was organized by me, Eric Beechwood, and Dicky Wurfel.

Highlights from this video

0: Dicky Wurfel, Senior Adviser on Philly.FYI, and the person who personally paid for this main stage production, introduces us.

0:45: Supporter: “What happened in there?!”

Jeff: “Our goal today is not to talk to you, our goal today is to answer your questions. So we’re going to introduce ourselves quickly, and then get right to your questions.”

Supporter: “We have lots of questions.”

Here is an alternative view of the same event, by the Sane Progressive.


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Many of the pledged Bernie Sanders Delegates on stage:


full-res Jeff Epstein from NJ

full-res Wayne Lewis from NJ

full-res Richard MacFarlane from NJ

full-res Kerith Strano-Taylor from PA

full-res Rob O’Connell from MO

full-res Jill from GA

full-res Gina from IN, Miquel Rodriguez(?) from CA, Saleed(?) from GA.

full-res Michelle McFadden-DiNicola from NJ

full-res James Pinard(?) from MA

full-res Jamie Brennon

full-res Kalilah and her father Andy, from ND

full-res Ann (Pelton?) from NC-10

1:45: Jeff, emotional: “I have been seeing you from across the street and it has been beautiful. So thank you.”

2:40: Kerith, from Pennsylvania, Berniecrat running this November in the general in PA-5:

“I need to tell you, that barefoot in this park is been the happiest I’ve been in three days.”

3:05: Rob: “…and I am Bernie or Bust I love all of you guys.” Laughs.

3:30: Gina from Indiana. White hat, light blue shirt with short sleeves:

“You are keeping the faith alive inside, so thank you. I walked out of the convention tonight, and I am not going back.”

3:55: Miguel Hispanic/Lebanese? from Los Angeles:

I am a lifelong democrat, and my and my wife’s registrations were switched. “Talk about disenfranchisement? You want my vote, you should’ve counted it the first time. I will spend the rest of my life battling the party. And we’re going Green… You guys are so beautiful.”

4:40: Saleed, member of Black Lives Matter, organizer for Fight for $15, Field Organizer for for the Democratic Party “mostly because Bernie Sanders”. From Georgia:

“Power to the people!”

6:20: Jill from congressional district 10 in Georgia. Licensed clinical social worker and part-time faculty member at some university. Wearing pink, long brown hair, glasses on top of her head:

Like many of you, I’ve always been a voter, but Bernie called me into the political process… I want you guys to know that it was very, very tough in that room. And there were times that I had to really hold on to [the fact that] I was representing 15,000 folks in Georgia, and 13 million voters across the United States.

Due to the orchestrated camera shots I’m not sure what you were able to see, but I hope you were able to see us and feel us. And know that we made our voices heard on Monday night.

7:35: Michelle from Middlesex County, New Jersey. Ran with Bernie on the ballot in NJ to give him a better spot:

“I’m filming you guys. I’m so proud to show everybody how gorgeous you look…

I am lucky to be a delegate. I feel like every single last one of you earned it just as much as I did. I know you’re treating us like celebrities–”

Supporters: “Because you are!! Because you are!!”

9:05: Jeff tells the story of yesterday morning’s encounter. Unfortunately when I say Michelle’s line, “I am so happy that you are not happy”, the video briefly cuts out as I switch the camera view. The crowd laughs and cheers.

Michelle: “Amen! Amen. Because There are far too many Americans that are complacent…” Emotional: “Stay fucking mad! Never stop never stop!”

10:00: Crowd chants: “Never stop!”

10:20: Chant: “We. Are. The 1900!”

11:10: James from central Massachusetts: “I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life working as a mental health counselor for children, including for LGBTQ kids in crisis transition. And this party has nothing to say about that currently. And I’m a little upset about that.”

13:00: Jamie from FL-23, Debra Wasserman Schultz’s district. Orange sleeveless shirt with buttons. Shoulder length brown hair:

“Sometimes I think the empty chairs in that room will speak louder…”

14:10: Kalilah, Native American from North Dakota, and her father, Andy, late 60’s? Yellow shirt, red suspenders, carved wooden cane.

“When we got off the bus and we’re heading into the convention, we heard you. Thank you.”

Crowd: “Thank you!!”

14:45-35: Andy was “supposed” to talk for two minutes, but ended up talking for 20. It was stressful for me but exactly what the crowd wanted.

This was very stressful for me as the MC, but beautiful for the audience, many of whom stood entranced, some of whom by the end were crying uncontrollably.

I felt it was important to get through the delegate introductions, to get to supporter questions as quickly as possible. We were given a total of 45 minutes. But each of the few times that I/we tried to stop him, people in the audience got very upset, referring to the centuries of genocide committed against his people, and they wanted him to take as much time as he needed.

My video does not focus on Andy’s speech, as much as it does on my trying to manage the situation. A better source for his speech would be at the 15 minute mark in The Sane Progressive’s broadcast of this same event.

Andy: “Bernie Sanders speaks to my heart, and he loves indigenous people.”

17:00: I tried to stop him, the audience wanted more.

Supporter: “Let him speak! As long as he needs!”

Jeff: “OK. As long as it’s what you want.”

Supporter: “We’re going to fight for you!! Fight the power!”

22:20: Supporter interrupts with a question. I enable this by giving him the microphone.

Another supporter: “Why are you interrupting him?”

25: He continues speaking. Supporter: “Let him speak! Let him speak! They been experiencing this for 250 years.”

30: I am told by Dicky that they have canceled the next event and we are granted an extra 30 minutes. I stop resisting.

32: He ends by singing a song and some in the audience are seen bawling.


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33:50: His daughter is filming and crying.

35: Debbie The Sane Progressive speaks.

38:00: Debbie: “It’s a fraud. It’s a fraud. It’s a fraud.”

Crowd: “Fraud! Fraud! Fraud!”

39:30: What happened the roll call?

40:15: Richard reviews what happened to trigger the walkout, as he and I discussed on this morning’s bus.

42:45: Gina addresses what happened at the media tent. The supporters stated that “we were waiting!”, apparently not realizing that where we walked out to was still well within the security perimeter, far from FDR Park.

She also clarifies about the police temporarily not letting people in or out of the media tent.

44:45: For the first time, I hear that there was snipers on the roof during the walk out. I believe that they were there for The entire convention. She says they were “aiming at the Bernie delegates”. While arguably true, I think is an exaggeration.

45: Jeff: “I livestreamed the entire walk out which you can see for yourself on Citizens’ Media TV.”

46: According to Ann, the two organizers of the walk out, one for Vermont, were “detained for hours” by the Secret Service. While it’s true that there were no arrests, people were detained “illegally” for hours. This is the first I’m hearing this as well.

48-55: Saleed talks to the crowd.

“What they are doing in there is a scripted television show. What we are doing out here is real democracy.

Show me what democracy looks like!” Crowd: “This is what democracy looks like!”

49:55: Supporter: “We heard your tears! We heard your tears!”

He does this exactly once. It’s not repeated as I expected it to be.

55:45: Debbie the Sane Progressive gets worked up.

Your votes don’t count anymore. We just had this election stolen! I don’t know how many more times I can say it!… They cheated, OK!? … She [Hillary Clinton] doesn’t need your vote! I beg of you!! … They stole it!! This is not real!! They’re pretending!! I beg of you, tell every single candidate that you will not vote for them. You will not get the money. You will not work for them! Unless they address the issue of election fraud!!


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Kerith and I discuss this in part two of coverage of this event. We strongly disagree with not voting.

58: Jill

59: Michelle discusses how the roll call was silent on a piece of paper in the morning, not perhaps as expected with each individual shouting out their vote.

1:01:30: Jill: Bernie sent an email requesting that we don’t protest.

1:02:20: Moving speech by Richard about how Hillary supporters do not have the passion about her as we do about Bernie.

1:04:00: Crowd: “Bernie! Or Jill! But never! Hill!”

Miguel: “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this moment!”

Miguel offers his credentials to anyone in the crowd who wants them, so they can enter the DNC. Credentials are giving out each morning and are only valid for the current day. It is unlikely that anyone who tried could actually get in, given the time of day and that the president is about to speak. Perhaps if they took them now and rushed over…

I am now so stressed about getting the microphone to Kerith, to give her the time she deserves, before we are kicked off stage.

(The original video goes out of sync with its audio at around this point.)

1:07:05-1:10:30: Kerith closes out the show with a three minute speech.

1:11:05: Stephanie Anders (?), independent Florida candidate running for Congress in Debra Wasserman Schultz’s district. She will indeed be in the general. She created this petition on labeling genetically modified foods.

1:12:45. A supporter (Dana Hall?) asks me (Jeff) if any Bernie delegates voted for Hillary. I don’t know the answer. I suspect a small amount, but the final roll call count will make that clear.

1:14:30: I show the top of the DNC coffin.

1:14:50-1:16:50: Billy Taylor

1:17:05: Jeff: “So let’s talk to the people who actually matter.”

1:18:05: Behind the stage: Kerith is interviewed by Pittsburgh’s WPXI TV.

1:20:20: Kerith and I realize that we cannot go back to the DNC, since Obama is about to speak.

1:20:50: Kerith: “So I can hang out and be in my bare feet for the rest of the damn night.”

Jeff: “And we can talk to real people.”

PA-5 Democratic congressional candidate Kerith Strano-Taylor addresses Bernie Sanders supporters at FDR Park during the DNC

Kerith addresses Bernie Sanders supporters on the mainstage at FDR Park, during the Democratic National Convention. For more information on Kerith, here is a great introduction video, and her official website. As promised by Kerith at the end of this video, here is a list of Berniecrats around the country.

This speech comes from this longer video.

Do you guys want something to do after tomorrow? There are 30 Berniecrats running for Congress that could flip the face of Congress this year. I ran for Congress in 2014 and I followed the Democratic line. You know what they told me? Raise money first. The viability of a candidate in the Democratic Party is determined by how much money you raise. It has nothing to do with whether you’d be a confident legislator in our seat of government.

[My name] is Kerith Strano-Taylor. I’m running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s fifth district. My district covers 24% of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is rural and it is poor. We are suffering under the economy that our party has given us, with the help of a Republican gridlocked Congress for six years.

We can beat this, but nothing will change if we don’t give Bernie some people to work with in Congress! This morning in my Democratic breakfast, I was ready to be done! This process grinds candidates who believe in the progressive movement into the dust.

I went to Democracy for America’s training and I met Jeff Epstein who said, ‘Holy shit! You’re running for Congress!’ And I gotta tell you, It is the best I’ve felt about trying to take a seat in the People’s House in over three years.

There are a lot of people that are running to agree with you. They need your help. You need to find them and help send them to Washington to stop Hillary or trump. It doesn’t matter who takes the White House, they’re going to need our help.

Thank you for standing strong for Bernie Sanders. And for standing strong for America. Thank you.

Kerith Strano-Taylor speaking to Pittsburgth WPXI TV, after giving speech to Bernie Sanders supporters at FDR Park

A few minutes previous, Kerith gave this speech to Bernie Sanders supporters at FDR Park, on the mainstage. Afterwards, behind the stage, she is approached and interviewed by Pittsburgh’s WPXI TV.

These folks are really excited about the idea of a progressive getting elected to Congress. And it’s not just me, there’s 30 others across the United States that are running. I realize I have the opportunity to maybe connect this fervor with people who could really use their help and who could really get some people into Congress.

Will she support Hillary?

The choice for me is no longer between Bernie and Hillary. The choice is now between Hillary and Trump. Trump frightens me. Hillary was not my choice. But what I see under Trump as president is frightening. I have two children that he frightens. He says things that scares them.

So that’s not a choice for me. Some are going third-party but I keep seeing Brexit. A lot of people thought the vote wouldn’t matter in Brexit, and we saw the consequence. So that’s not my direction, but it might be others and I respect their right to make their choice.

What about the people here in the park?

I think we have people caring about their politics in a way that they haven’t what about in years. And if we were smart as Democrats, we would embrace this power and say how can we build into the future? Instead of putting up walls and barriers. They don’t want to have that conversation, and I don’t want to be to their peril. And when I say ‘their’, I’m a Democrat it makes me very nervous for future. Because if this goes off on the wrong way, we could have a present Trump.

According to the reporter, this was broadcast that same night at 11 PM, but I cannot find it on their website. We realize that we cannot go back to the DNC, since Obama is about to speak.

So I can hang out and be in my bare feet for the rest of the damn night.

Jeff: “And we can talk to real people.”

We meet six people who want to talk to Kerith and have her business card. She sits in the grass and talks with them for an hour-and-a-half.

Nuisance: Wed 7/27: After being on stage, Kerith and I sit and talk to our supporters in the grass. [Timestamped highlights]

(This is part two. Here’s part one: Delegates are on stage talking to their supporters.)

1:21:00: after listening to Karen speak on stage, six supporters want to talk to Kerith and get her business card.

David1 and David2. David1 was a Bernie Sanders Field Organizer in Ames, Iowa, where he met David2, Who is from Massachusetts. He also went to five other states.

He met a candidate in Wyoming who “is a really great speaker but is not very organized.”

1:24:30: Two women from Burlington County, NJ, cast their very first vote for Bernie Sanders and me!


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full-res Corretta Co-Washington (?)

They are concerned if Bernie delegates were threatened to vote for Hillary, such as with stripped credentials. Beyond the general guilt of ‘not voting for Hillary is a vote for Trump’, this is untrue.

Another concern: Are Hillary supporters using their signs to cover Bernie signs? This is significantly true, but whether it is officially sanctioned, that is impossible to know.

1:26:00: Jeff: “Hopefully in two years maybe you’ll vote for me again. We’ll see what happens.”

Jamie: “Of course! I already know that you care what we care about. That’s what matters.”

1:26:25: Kerith is sitting and talking with the whole crowd of people from before.

1:26:50: A supporter, Ryan Scott Davis, a Democrat from Maine, asks how does one become a delegate?

According to him there was only 3,400 total votes in the entire state for the democratic presidential primary. Maine closed two thirds of its polling stations. According to the New York Times, the Democratic primary had 3470 votes, and the Republican primary had 18,627 votes.

Jeff: “Because when there’s chaos you can do whatever the hell you like.”

He arrived in Philadelphia today. He was at Independence Hall earlier, and worked his way to the park.

The park’s curfew is at 10 PM. At that time the main stage shuts down, and you’re supposed to leave the park. But the police are allowing people to stay and pitch tents. This is something very strongly fought for by Philly.FYI.

1:33:35: Kerith is still talking to the group.

Kerith:

You can run as independent, but in our two-party system, it is harder…

Let me be clear, there is no funding to get. You have to go find it. There’s this myth, that if you’re a Democrat, that there’s money to be found. Obviously it makes it easier to raise from Democrats, because they’re organized. So there’s that.

She talks about the need of getting 1,000 signatures in order to get onto the ballot in Pennsylvania, and you only have three weeks to do it. And in order to survive any challenge, you need many hundreds more than that. “You need friends.”

1:34:35: She is holding a light in her lap, pointing it up to her face, like when telling a ghost story.

Jeff, to Kerith, totally deadpan and dry: “I have something very important. Could you please say bwah-ha-ha-ha?”

Lots of laughter. My favorite moment of levity at the convention.


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Kerith: How do you start to get involved right now? Go look on your state websites for the rules, they’re different everywhere. Go look now.

“But no one is running for the seat, right? And no one wants it. So there’s no getting in to get into get in. You don’t need the party apparatus. You need to get the petitions, you need to get the signatures, make sure that they are good… File them with the State Department, your name goes on the ballot…

I don’t want this to turn into Occupy… You can be pissed, but you need something to do next.”

1:37:30: Jeff hands out the Brand New Congress leaflets, as an example of what to focus on, to avoid making the same mistake as Occupy.

1:38:30: Kerith talks about how Brand New Congress helps candidates raise money, to compete in this corrupt system. She talks about the negative cycle of fundraising, and how it is antithetical to actually helping people.

1:30:55: Dicky:

This moment, and the moment where Joe Sullivan the police chief, and I stood on the stage together, in front of City Hall on Sunday, and looked out at the crowd, And said “This is the way it’s supposed to look like between the cops and the people.” And he stuck out his hand to shake my hand, and I slapped his hand away and I hugged him. And then we looked and we stared at each other with big smiles on our face. And then he turned and said, “And this is the way it will look between the Philadelphia police and you.”

1:41:25: Jeff talks about how Brand New Congress is a staff for all of their ~440 candidates, so candidates don’t have to worry about fundraising or polling or media, or anything except for connecting with their potential constituents. Brand New Congress is also a brand, so that no matter who you vote for, if they are under the Brand New Congress label, you know what you’re getting.

1:42:50: David1 talks about how, despite not having a lot of clinical experience, he worked intensely for six months during the Bernie Sanders campaign, and that it takes a lot of discipline. He asks me if I had that discipline during my campaign, and it’s hard for me to answer.

1:44:40: A 23-(“and-a-half”)-year-old woman from New York asks what she can do to prepare for the future, “because I would love to run for Congress one day.” She’s especially upset about the State of the school system on Long Island.

1:46:30: I suggest joining Brand New Congress, Democracy for America, and Our Revolution. Attend as many things as you can, find what you like best, focus on them and drop the rest.

1:47:15: David1 talks about in addition to going to meetings, to get experience now, such as by volunteering for a campaign. “Make yourself a permanent body in that office.”

1:48:35: Caleb: “The Millennial Generation is the most progressive generation in American history.”

Jeff: “How much did Bernie Sanders teach you this?”

NY Woman:

Almost everything…

Being here [in FDR Park] is great, is rallying is great, but unless I’m actually active and doing something, this is all for naught.

1:50:45: David1 suggest picking an issue and learning everything about it. Run on that issue. This is what I like to do personally, which is to go deep, instead of wide.

1:51:00: Jeff: “So when did you arrive here?”

NY Woman arrived on Monday morning. Caleb arrived very late Sunday night, after a 24 hour straight drive from Iowa, With two friends, Ryan and Javier.


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1:51:30: NY Woman:

As soon as we realized that there was foul play in this election, we knew that we had to be here. I wouldn’t be able to look my children in the eye and tell them that I didn’t try.

1:52:20: Caleb: “Our generation is terrified to have children.”

Our generation is just terrified to have children, because we know the world that they are going to be born into. We don’t want our children to be born in a world where everyone is fighting for resources. We want to live in a world where everyone is able to cooperate and get along and everyone’s needs are met. That is not the direction the world is currently headed in.

1:53:00: NY Woman’s Tim Canova shame bell, inspired by Game of Thrones.

“Hillary Clinton, DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Shame! Shame!” Smiles.

1:53:45: David one reminds us of Stephanie Anders, who was the last person to speak when we were on stage. Anders is running as an independent in Florida against Debra Wasserman Schultzin the general. And if Tim Canova wins, she will be running against him

NY Woman: “That’s the choice we need to make! Those are the choices we need in this country.”

I bring up the point of, yes it is a good choice, but it would also be splitting the vote between them and the Republican in the general.

1:55:0: Kerith is speaking with Claudia from Kentucky, about how dramatically Claudia’s electric rates are going up. They talk about solar and feeding energy back into the grid and leasing arrangements.

1:57:05: Kerith: “See if you can challenge the ordinance. Challenge the law. There’s lots of ways to effectuate change.”


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She talks about getting a petition signed by 100 people in her town, go to the state house and complain. While a petition doesn’t guarantee anything it makes it clear that people are upset.

1:57:30: Jeff asks about the difference between online and paper petitions when the issue is local.

Kerith talks about how paper petitions used to be weighed.

1:59:05: Kerith: “Shake that cage. Make an appointment.”

Shake that cage. Make an appointment. Go say, “Here’s my $400 utility bill. How do I afford that? … Here’s my paycheck, here’s my grocery bill, I had to take the dog to the vet this month, and here’s my utility bill. How do you propose I do that?” And see what they say to you.

I suggest recording meeting, and we briefly discuss the legal implications of audio versus video recording, and permission.

2:00:30: We meet Brian

(See the full article on Brian. The entire dialogue is below.)

2:00:30: Brian joins us. A 21-year-old, soft-spoken, Hispanic man from Brooklyn, New York, wearing a gray tank top. He has a small goatee on the very bottom of his chin.

He asks Kerith what the next moves are, to avoid becoming Occupy. Kerith ask about finding candidates and Brand New Congress.

2:02:20: Kerith: “Find the thing that makes you angry, and run for that seat.”

She reviews Claudia’s problem, and says that the likely place to solve that problem may be in the state house, or perhaps the city council.

Kerith: “What motivates you? Because the campaign, it is grueling. You better care a lot about it.”

2:03:13: Brian is concerned how when you search for “DNC” on Google, there is nothing about the protests. And the first articles about the protests are negative against the protesters.

He says that while the future is important, it’s also important to make a statement right now.

2:09:05: He wants to know what kind of a statement we can make right now, with all these people already here. Kerith says that the statement that we can make is getting the people that we want, and they don’t want, into Congress.

Kerith: “It’s not a tomorrow thing.”

My thoughts, as I’m writing this, 9/14: The energy that it would take to make a statement in the last day of the DNC is likely not worth it. The statement that we can make is in the long term, but get started organizing for that right now.

2:09:45: Brian: “But we have to address the fact of how ridiculous of a picture it [this] is. There’s two walls and SWAT preventing us from showing our outrage of a rigged election.”

Kerith: “Being angry and fighting it won’t change who’s there making the decisions.”

2:11:15: Jeff: “We need to create a new game. But we also need to expose their game for what it is. That’s what I’m doing.”

I think there’s another side, and that’s what I’ve been doing. Which is–all of these things she’s been saying areaccurate… We need to create the government that we deserve. That’s one part of it. We need to just forget these rules, this game is not one that we choose to play. They want to play their game–

Brian: “But we’re playing it.”

Jeff, taking back control, not being distracted:

This game is one we choose not to play. So we’re gonna create a new game. However, the other side of it is, we need to expose their game for what it is.

Brian: “Yes! Exactly.”

Jeff:

That’s what I’m doing. I’m not going in and protesting. I’m going in and showing what it’s really like. Livestreaming all of the walk out, which the news is not going to do. But you can see the truth. The truth is there for you. The truth is there for you.

I’m not out there screaming, “This sucks! This sucks! This sucks!”, But I’m recording everything that’s going on, because the people out here want to know the truth. And this is the only way that they’re going to get it.

2:12:15: Claudia: “Find what you do in your spare time, and that’s your passion.”

Claudia works four jobs, but spends her spare time on politics.

I’m here in Philly. I’m here as a protester. I’m here as a guest for two delegates. If you would ask me even a week ago, if I thought I would be sitting here, on a livestream, talking to people about how I could affect change, I would’ve said no. That’s not gonna happen.

If your pasttime is art, make political art. If what you doing to pass time is livestreaming, then livestream. Do whatever you can. [Bernie says that] change does not happen from the top down, it happens from the bottom up. And we’re the bottom.

Claudia is currently working on the campaign for a city commissioner in western Kentucky, one of 13 running for four available seats. She herself wants to run for the House of representatives.

Claudia: “It’s a long game. It takes two years. I’m in this to win this.”

2:14:00: Brian:

But were acting as if the rally is already over… My impression is that[, despite understanding the long-term goals], it’s speaking in a way that–making it seem that we have already like–we’re past this DNC already. It’s over. We’re just sort of biding time until the next step.

He wants to organize something now, at the DNC, with the delegates, to make a statement. “To do something drastic.”

Jeff: “Why do you need to convince them of something?”

Brian:

Because the message of this entire movement. The message of this entire March, wasn’t just to protest against the–HRC. [The fraud and corruption was obvious to all of us. We need to protest against the entire Democratic Party.] The whole point of this protest was to show how outrageous we are at a rigged election.

As I write this, 9/14, I disagree. While important, protesting the rigged election is not the most important point. We are here to begin a revolution and change the system.

2:15:05: Jeff: “And I’m asking you. I’m asking you: Why do we need to convince them, that they’re corrupt?”

Brian:

It’s convincing America through progressives who will– By showing America, the right wing America, and Latino–you know, the whole other side of the country that’s republican. That we’re going to do real, immediate change. We’re not just idealists looking towards, oh tomorrow, tomorrow, we’ll get a seat in Congress. If we look impotent, what are people going to do…

Jeff: “Impotent to them. To the Democratic Party.”

Brian: “To America.”

Jeff: “So who do you want to convince? Do you want to convince America, or do you want to convince the Democratic Party?”

Brian: Pause. “Both.”

Jeff:

So why do we waste time across the street, when they have no interest in anything that we have to say? Forget them… If we waste time trying to convince the bully that they’re a bully… That is time that we could otherwise be creating the government that we deserve…

We notify America through us, not them. We don’t try and go through the media’s filters, or fun house mirrors. We create the media. We inform America the way that we want to inform America…

Do you understand? Am I making sense?

2:17:10: Brian:

I understand. It’s perfectly logical. But I’m saying this isn’t pressuring anything. This is an showing power, this isn’t showing unity. This is showing a massive people who want to change, and are not doing anything with the numbers that they have. And they’re not organizing in a way that’s going to have an immediate effect now.

9/14: Brian seems to believe that, while actual change is important, it is more long-term, and the perception of change by others is a more urgent and immediate concern. He sees all of these people standing around him with the energy and the anger, and the window of opportunity for something more immediate is slipping away.

2:19:10: Claudia: “If we weren’t pissed off, we wouldn’t be here talking right now. We’ve already done something…”

Claudia talks about how this DNC is different, given the amount of supporters from all around the country that are already here. How remarkable it is that she, as someone from western Kentucky, is talking to Brian from New York, on a livestream, here in Philadelphia.

2:19:45: Claudia: “We’re not going to get [the coverage that we want] from the mainstream media–”

Brian: “Unless we do something rash.”

Claudia has been interviewed by CNN and the New Yorker while in Philadelphia. I have been interviewed on television and was quoted in four newspaper articles while at the DNC. But Brian believes that we are only talking amongst ourselves. He believes it is critical to break through that wall so that people outside of our community hear our message.

We need to preach to those outside of our choir. And he seems to think that the only way to do this is by taking a dramatic stand right now, before the DNC ends (with this being the the night before the final day), So that it is indeed covered by mainstream media, and in the way that we want it to be covered.

He frankly seems to want the impossible, yet seems desperate to do something, and to do it right now.

2:20:55: Claudia tells the story about her 68-year-old mother, who was very conservative and closed minded (“Sorry mom”), screaming at the television when, Matt Bevin, an extremely conservative person won the Kentucky governorship (“the worst thing that’s happened to Kentucky in a long time”). Claudia was surprised to find out the her mother did not in fact vote for Bevin.

She took this opportunity to reach out to her, asking who she was going to vote for for president. She said she didn’t know anything about “that Barney guy.”

8 1/2 hours later, 430 in the morning, I turned my mother into the biggest damn Bernie supporter I’ve ever met.

I, Jeff, was very happy to learn that what convinced her was researching his platform, and likely watching videos.

2:24:10: Brian. One of our viewers agrees with him, that we must communicate with the DNC directly, not in directly.

2:25:20: I propose someone walking around tomorrow, during the daylight, documenting all of the security. The fences, the police, the horses, the concrete barriers, the Secret Service tent, the multiple layers between FDR Park and the Wells Fargo Center. I wish I had time to do this.

Brian wants to reach “The people who only have MSNBC.” I think it’s unrealistic goal in the timeframe that he wants to do it in.

2:26:50: Jeff states that he has to leave, and gives Brian the opportunity to give some closure viewers.

Brian: “We’re going to march through [across the street] peacefully, and show you that we’re not going to be ignored.”

He wants to orchestrate a demonstration to breach the Secret Service security tent, so they can peacefully protest inside the DNC. As if the Secret Service would let them anywhere near. He feels that doing it in a way that is “being peaceful” will somehow get them past the Secret Service. He also suggests somehow being assisted by delegates, which implies tricking the Secret Service.

2:28:00: Jeff: “And you don’t think the Secret Service is going to stop you?”

He does believe they will be stopped.

Jeff: “And then what?”

2:27:35: Brian: “And then we demonstrate that America is not going to take a completely corrupt system.”

I have serious doubts that they will ever reach that point. They will be taken away, out of the view of any cameras, before any actions can take place.

I say how regardless of how peaceful he intends to be, that approaching the Secret Service in this manner is extremely aggressive and, in my opinion, inadvisable.

2:29:00: Brian:

Do you think the civil rights movement, That people don’t get hurt? … Don’t you think people are prepared for that? … If we are being peaceful, then why would they attack us?

I was unable to get my head around why that statement didn’t feel right to me. As I write this on 9/14, I get it:

Of course people got hurt during the civil rights movement. During any protest movement. The goal is to choose an action where you can make as much difference as possible before reaching the point of violence. What you are considering seems very likely to reach that point before anything meaningful happens.

When people got hurt during the civil rights movement, during the most effective campaigns, they got a lot of things done before they reach The point of violence. Or the violence was captured and broadcast to the wider public. You are likely not going to get either of those things by approaching the Secret Service in this way.

And no, I do not think that you are prepared for that. I think you are biting off way way more than you can chew, and are sacrificing preparation because of your intense sense of urgency. You seem to feel that it must be done before all these people leave tomorrow afternoon, and I’m just not sure that that’s possible.

If this is really that important to you, then do your research, and contact people that know about this. About the military, about the government, about security, about protests, and be sure that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

And perhaps, given the time constraints, it is impossible to do anything. Perhaps you should lower your standards. If you are convinced that this is indeed the way you want to do it, then you better get started figuring out exactly what you need to figure out so you can make it happen in the most effective way possible.

The Secret Service will not “attack you”, but they will stop you. It doesn’t matter how peaceful you are, if you attempt to breach their barrier, you will be stopped.

2:30:05: Brian: “I have the experience and the knowledge to know what the hell to do against a two-party system that has literally done every corrupt thing in the book.”

Jeff, 9/14: What does that have to do with anything? We’re talking about planning a protest that attempts to breach the Secret Service. The message that we want to express once we have successfully breached the Secret Service, is really not relevant at the moment.

2:30:30: Brian:

What do you think it’s going to happen? … It’s like you’re saying if we go in there we’ll be massacred or something. That something dire will happen when peaceful people that want to be heard walk into a place that directly concerns them?

Jeff, 9/14: If I’m going to participate in something, I want to know that something effective and meaningful is going to be accomplished To before it is shut down. I believe strongly that this particular idea will be shut down before anything even remotely positive is accomplished.

2:31:15: Brian: “It’s now or never.”

Jeff, 9/14: Then I choose never.

Jeff:

I’m not saying don’t do it. If you want to do it, do it. But I absolutely will not participate in it, and, I wouldn’t sabotage you, but if people asked me, [I would say] I don’t think it’s a good idea unless we get some really seasoned advice on how to pull it off.

2:32:35: Brian: “We shouldn’t be this scared to do something peaceful.”

2:36:10: Brian: “This is like something out of a third world country. Peaceful people will be killed if they do anything that is against the rules.”

2:37:00: Claudia and Brian hug. Claudia: “I don’t want you to die today.”

Claudia and Brian introduce themselves to each other and hug. Claudia says, “I don’t want you to die today.”

Jeff: “I want you to die two days after that.” Laughter.

Claudia: “Whatever you do, please be careful.”

2:37:40: Jeff: “We should not have to do that research. This should not be the country that we live in. But this is the country that we live in.”

2:39:15: Jeff: “Before I asked this question, how old did you think I was?”

Brian: “28.”

Jeff: “I’m 44.”

Brian: “That’s great. You look so great.”

Jeff: “My insides are 73, but.” Laughter.

A viewer says I should have a “Dr.” before my name 🙂

Dicky Wurfel: Philly.FYI staff member and executive producer of the FDR Park mainstage during the DNC

Dicky Wurfel grew up in Newark, New Jersey and moved to Maine at the age of 24. Six years ago he retired from a career in firefighting. He is also a lifelong activist who, at 13 years old was in Washington DC lobbying the New Jersey congressional delegation to pass the Civil Rights Act.

After urging his daughter to help him on to Facebook, he discovered Billy Taylor, who Dicky says reminded him of himself 35 ago. So he came to Philadelphia to help Billy, which is where I met him. Billy, Dicky, and I all worked together on Philly.FYI, along with a handful of others, full-time for two months, assisting in scheduling some of the major marches and protests surrounding the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Billy had the insight, five months previous to the convention, to obtain almost all of the major demonstration permits for the week. We had a in-person meeting with two high-level staff members from the Bernie Sanders campaign to negotiate for one of those permits. They did not decide to take it.

Dicky and I talk about the difficulties experienced by supporters and delegates of Bernie Sanders, who were across the street from each other, with many physical security barriers between us, in communicating with one another. Supporters at FDR Park were trying to encourage and cheer the delegates, and the delegates were trying to hear and acknowledge it. It was a struggle. Dicky made it clear to the stage crew and all performers and speakers, that any delegates appearing were to be given immediate access to the stage.

On Wednesday, he made a concerted effort to communicate with a number of the state delegations, that they were welcome to come to the stage and talk with their supporters. I was one of the people he called, and I happened to be walking with four other delegates at the time, having just finished a late lunch, and on our way to the DNC proper at the Wells Fargo Center. We all decided to go to the park, and for many Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters, it ended up being the most important moment of the week.

Dicky, as promised, here is the link to my livestream and the Sane Progressive’s livestream of when we were on stage. The video to our exclusive coverage of the gate breach is in this article, listed under the section titled “Sam Jr.”

Kerith Strano-Taylor: “The people with money won’t give you their money if you haven’t raised enough money.” — So what do you do?

After being on stage with many other delegates in FDR Park, Kerith and I sat in the grass and talked for couple of hours with our supporters. They want to know, “What comes next? We have all of this outrage and energy and enthusiasm. What do we do with it? Where do we focus it?”

At some point Kerith says:

The model that works right now, which is its own circle of hell– When I said we elect people who are capable of fundraising and not capable of much else, it is not a lie. The party line is you spend 40 hours a week… You call, you might connect with two out of 10, they might give, they might not. It might be five dollars, it might be one dollar.

It’s not an efficient use of time and most leaders that run are good at something. They’re effective, they effectuate change. Imagine sitting in an office, tied to a desk 40 hours a week, not accomplishing anything else, and having no money to show for it. If you haven’t raised enough money, the people that give a lot of money to campaigns, won’t give it to you if you haven’t raised enough money… Emily’s List, bless their hearts, and I respect the work they do–flat out told me that if I don’t raise $100,000 in a quarter they weren’t going to return my phone call. That’s how the system works… You have to raise money before you’re credible.

It’s at 1:38:30 in this video:

Our campaign finance system makes it impossible to benefit anyone except wealthy donors, because that’s what you spend the majority of your time doing: courting donations. And if you’re going to ask for money, it’s certainly easier to call on a few millionaires and billionaires, than it is a few million less-wealthy, average, real people.

It has become so that fundraising is seemingly the only tool that can be used to accomplish anything, and that more time is spent perfecting the art of fundraising, than actually accomplishing what matters. It’s become so that fundraising is now the goal, and that what used to be the goal is no longer meaningful or even relevant.

One of the ways our government enables, and effectively requires, this behavior, is by imposing explicit quotas on members of congress. As soon as you, a Democrat, enter Congress, your party tells you that you must spend four hours a day making phone calls, and an additional hour on “strategic outreach”. (John Oliver elaborates.)


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If you spend more than half of your time asking wealthy people for donations, the rest of your time is not exclusively spent with the less-wealthy constituents. The majority, and likely all, of that time is spent implementing what was promised while fundraising.

If this is true. how can you even be aware of the presence of your average constituents, let alone learn what’s important to them, let alone do something about it?

But who cares? It’s legal. It’s not right, but you won’t get in trouble. I mean, at least not with anyone who has money or power. So what if average people hate you because of it? It’s not like they can do anything about it. Who’s paying attention to them anyway?

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So let’s say you do get into Congress the “right way”, by somehow not giving into the negative cycle of fundraising, such as by inspiring people like Bernie Sanders. How do you not get sucked in to this corruption as soon as you enter office? You must immediately stand up to and defy your own party. How can I, as someone who wants to dive into this political world, prepare myself against this massive corruption machine, set up to capture the most eager, enthusiastic, innocent, and incorruptible person?

Kerith again, this time at 2:07:45 in this same video.

The way the system works now, you get elected to office, if you’re Democrat or Republican, you’re expected to spend about 70% of your time raising money. Literally. The day you get in. The day you get in, they hand you a call book. 70% of your time.

If you spend 70% of your job, doing anything other than your job. You’d be fired. Right? So my idea, and I think all of the other 30 Berniecrats that are running, if we get in there: We’re not going to do that.

Now the threat that the DNC makes against those candidates is, ‘If you don’t raise money, we will primary you with another DNC person, and you’ll lose your seat’. To that I say, ‘If I manage to get in, I’m going to spend 100% of my time actually helping people’. I’d like to think this would translate to people wanting me to stay in office. And if they don’t, that’s OK too. That’s OK too! I don’t need to stay forever.

That’s it. Make this declaration the foundation of my campaign. Be open and blunt about it from the very beginning:

On this, the first day of my campaign, I commit to you:

I will spend 100% of my time in office, working with and for the people of my district. All of them. Everyone in my district will have equal access to, and benefit from, my office. I will work with you, not based on the size of your bank account, but because you are a human being.

My party may demand that I spend 50% or more of my time courting wealthy donors, but I will not do that. I will not help only the wealthy. I will not make it easier for those who choose to help only the wealthy.

If this decision results in my being marginalized or ignored or sanctioned by my party, or “primaried by someone who is more cooperative,” then so be it.

I will not be held hostage by a system of begging and bribery. Let us stand up and take back our government, together.

Would I choose to do this by myself? I will, but no, I would not choose to. But if I were among the approximately 440 candidates of Brand New Congress, and we made this declaration, this statement, as a unified team, we could change the world.


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And as Kerith says, “I’d like to think this [hard work for my constituents] would translate to people wanting me to stay in office.”

If you help your constituents, they will pay you back by doing whatever it takes to get you reelected. You don’t need to “hold a fundraiser,” because they will be inspired to contribute. And contribute more than just money. They will contribute themselves. They will volunteer–enthusiastically. They will promote you–enthusiastically. They will call in favors. They will be creative about getting you reelected, contributing in ways you could not have imagined.

And if you don’t get reelected, then you didn’t do enough for them. Or maybe the other guy can do it better. And that’s okay. That’s what America is supposed to be.

Update 9/23: I posed the question to Brand New Congress in this thread.

Their response:

Simply don’t comply is going to be our solution. There is no law about having to hit these quotas – it’s just something the parties make you do for the promise of their support. Brand New Congress is setting up its own infrastructure to help candidates run/provide support while in office, so we don’t need whatever support the Democratic party would offer.

The way the Democratic Party is able to enforce its quotas is it can threaten to pull support if you do not comply with their rules. When a congressperson has no other support system, they have to play by those rules. But we’re providing a separate support system so we have absolutely no intention to have our candidates hit any fundraising quotas imposed by the existing parties.

Nuisance: Wed 7/27: After FDR Park, I return to Broad and Pattison and witness #DNCGateBreach. [Timestamped highlights]

0: Michelle: Our supporters “did some Amazing things to get here. They made me feel a little bit shamed for wanting to go [home]… I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I’m staying.”

She was not going to return the DNC, Her stuff is already packed, but after listening to the supporters and FDR Park, she has changed her mind.

1:30: Jeff: “We are slowly working our way back to the hotel, but I can’t fucking resist doing this [livestreaming] again.”

Sign: “The police killed Jesus.”

150 police are lining the streets on the other side of the gate. In the middle of the road, with some horse mounted police in the shadows behind them.

2:40: A man in the street: “They’re out there to look intimidating to everybody else.”

“I don’t see tension. I see a bunch of uniformed officers doing their job… They’re out there to look intimidating to everybody else.”

Regarding the security gates:

I do think this is a bit draconian. To have it so far away from the actual event. It’s still a five/ten minute walk to the actual building…

It’s a peaceful event

At 5:26 exactly, he says “It’s a peaceful event”. But as he continues, his focus and his words start to drift to the action occurring behind him.

At 5:31 exactly: Jeff: “Whoa! Oh my gosh. They broke open the gate.”


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The helicopters are suddenly closer.

7:29: Bicycle cops start lining the inside of the gate.

7:44: Jeff: “And there’s a whole flood of policemen coming down the road.”

400-800 more policeman quickly enter the area on the opposite side of the gate, from the Wells Fargo Center. Difficult to capture in still pictures, but easy to see in the video.

100-200 officers now on the supporter side. 2/3 on foot, rest on bicycle.

11:27: Cops: “Step forward!”

Bicycle cops used as a barrier to create space between the supporters and the gate, so it can be fixed.

11:50: A mother and her 12-year-old son talk to me about what they think happened.

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15:55: Boy: “I feel embarrassed for not being able to answer that question.”

Regarding my asking why he’s here.

Jeff: “Okay, I’ll tell you why you’re here…”

18:30: Jeff: “It’s brave of you to bring a child to this intense of a thing…”

19:40: Mother: “Your individual vote does not seem to make a difference.”

“You don’t have any say at what’s going on, at all… It just doesn’t make a difference. You really don’t make a difference.”

She keeps talking as a man in an red Anonymous mask gently picks up her arm and writes on her forearm in permanent ink: “Yes it does.”


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Mother: “I’m 20 years older than you I know what the hell I’m talking about.”

He picks up the boy’s arm, and writes “It’s all rigged.”

20:50: “It’s going to kill me to vote… My father once told me ‘It’s a choice between bad and worse.'”

22:40: Jeff: At least we can continue the fight. “And he is the one that’s going to help us fight.”

23:50: Mother: “If I can’t feel safe bringing my child to an event where there are literally the entire Philadelphia police department, and then some, where else can you bring your kid?”

You didn’t vote for Bernie Sanders?!

25:15: Billy is on an electrical “stump”.


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25:44: Eric Beechwood reports what happened, And what he feels the cops reaction to this incident was.

Jeff: “So the cops were strong but acted appropriately.”

27:45: Billy Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Philly.FYI, gives his perspective of what happened.

We are in the middle of a very peaceful demonstration and there’s a select few individuals that want to burn a flag and make us all look bad. There’s approximately 3 to 5 of them with masks on…which is a shame, because you have thousands of people here right now. But that is what is going to be shown on the fucking news…

32:30: I see Jamhar and update him.

35:40: Protester with beard: “they were holding the bolt cutters low. They were rusty and red… [Some of them] started throwing water balloons” as a decoy.

37:00: Closeup of the spot on the gate where the breach occurred. There is now a heavy duty chain holding the two gate sections together. The chain that was cut was much smaller.

38:30: Beard: “I’d say 99%–go figure–were peaceful.” The cops reaction was “100% professional… This is like ridiculously peaceful.”

40:20: Woman standing directly at the spot where the breach happened, as it happened: The police response was “Meh. Meh. Very meh. They were hitting people over here… There is a little 90 pound girl.”

My interpretation, which Beard agrees with, is that those standing exactly in the spot where the cops needed to be, directly at the gate, were indeed roughed up a little bit, as they tried to clear the area. It was inevitable that there was going to be some roughness in the immediate vicinity.

41:20: A heated exchange with Brian from FDR Park

(Go to full article on Brian. The entire dialogue is below.)

Brian:

They’re [the police are] not interested in quelling the violent ones, they’re interested in beating the front line when they get the chance…

When the [Police came in on their bikes], they pushed on us right?

Beard and me: “Yeah?”

Brian: “And then a cop goes to a guy, ‘Take your fucking bandanna [mask] off’.”

Beard: “Yeah!”

Brian: “And then he says, ‘Step the fuck back.’ And he’s like, ‘I’m being fucking peaceful.'”

Jeff: “He said, ‘I’m being fucking peaceful’?”

Brian: “Yeah.”

Jeff: “Well that’s not very fucking peaceful.”

Beard: “But he had a mask on right?”

Jeff: “If you say, ‘I’m being fucking peaceful’, That’s not so peaceful.”

Brian: “Well after cops fucking rush and throw people around in the front…”

Jeff: “But why did they rush?!”

Woman: “Whose side you on, bro?”

Jeff: “What side am I on?!”

Beard: “He’s a Bernie delegate!”

Jeff:

I’m a Bernie delegate. But there are two sides two every story. There are two sides to every story. And to talk about their side doesn’t make me a traitor. If you want to call me a traitor by suggesting that I’m not–

Woman: “I’m not saying you’re a traitor. You’re saying he wasn’t being peaceful because he wasn’t saying it right.”

43:45: Brian:

So no matter what response, it would’ve been right for the cops? What if the cops started pushing us all the way towards the highway. People are just going to stand there and let us? […] You’re just saying any response is okay?

44:04 Jeff: “I must say. [We had a long conversation at the park], and I’m sensing–I sensed over there, and I sense over here–pessimism about them.”

Brian: “You weren’t here on the front line.”

Jeff: “I’m acknowledging that I wasn’t. But the reports that I’ve seen so far are that they were strong but appropriate. And what you seem to be suggesting is that they were threatening violence against peaceful protesters. And I haven’t seen any evidence of that yet.”

46:00: Brian:

You weren’t on the front lines. You didn’t see what I fucking saw. [After telling the person to take off his bandanna and step back], and then the fucking cop gives him the fucking, the most disgusting fucking smirk I ever heard of in my fucking life…

The point is to go through the wall. We were talking about going to the wall before. We shouldn’t be met with the fucking army, to go through three walls. What is this a fucking police state? This is a fucking police state.

Jeff, referring to tonight only: “This is a police state.”

Brian: “Two fucking fences. A fucking army of police.”

Beard: “You have a president in there.”

Brian: “After what happened? After our government rigged an entire election.”

46:55: A new man joins the conversation: “So when you get into the DNC and you break past the cops, what do you want to do?”

Brian: “Fucking…protest inside.”

Damn. I short-circuited that discussion. The new person exposed something important in Brian, and I stopped them before they could flesh it out.

51:00: A funny misunderstanding about the words “inanimate” and its opposite, “an animate”.

51:35: Brian: “Our presence is not violence.”

53:00: Things gradually get much louder and aggressive sounding. Bernie supporters are being told to go into FDR Park.

54:15: The man from DNC Action Committee, Shouting into a megaphone: “Bernie Sanders called for a mass movement of millions! This system is broken! The system is rigged! … That mass movement is right here in the streets of Philadelphia, where this sham democracy was founded!…

Bernie Sanders got arrested change himself to another [unintelligible]. Bernie Sanders knew that it took direct action to influence our corrupt legislators to do what they need to do for the American people! That many are sitting out here today doing what we need to do, to affect changes to this rigged corporatocracy!”

56:00: At least two people are chanting “Bernie supporters! Back to the park!”

One of them, with a black bandanna mask on:

We’re trying to separate from this other anarchist group, that came in and is being shady… They threw stuff over the fence, they instigated the police coming in and attacking us, and they lit something on fire. None of that was our people. There’s a group with a megaphone and they’re trying to riot [rile] up their people… We’re trying to separate our people out so we don’t look like the bad guys.

57:30: Another woman reports that these people yesterday tried to breach or climb the gate, resulting in a bunch of people around them being maced. “They were carrying metal PVC [sic] pipes last night, trying to instigate the police.”

1:03:55: Damian Green From Baltimore, Clasping his hands together around his water bottle in a pray symbol: “Thank you guys [delegates] so much. I just literally want it peaceful. That’s all.”

Woman in Anonymous mask holding a Bernie head sign. She seems to be a peaceful protest are not involved with the more aggressive group.

1:08:00: Jeff: “I’m going to tell you my personal opinion is I think the mask is…threatening.”

1:09:45: People in full black, including covering their faces.

1:00:50: Izariah, African-American woman from Olney Section of far North Philadelphia, near LaSalle, is upset at how the press has been recording them every day, but not using that coverage on their stations going to websites.

1:11:30: Woman 2:

Wow. Big big shocker. It sounds like the whole Bernie campaign, right? Oh, I can’t believe it, they’re not showing the people who turned out from across the country to be upset that our Non–divisive candidate that people from both sides were rallying against [that she mean for?], Denied? Woh!

1:12:00: The woman in the anonymous mask, from before, but not in the mask this time: “I just wanted to let you know that I’m not afraid to take my mask off.

These people don’t see us as individuals, they see is dollar signs. And that’s why I wear the mask.”

She’s not a part of any group. She’s just there by herself. She’s from Massachusetts, And used her vacation time to be here.

1:15:00: Woman 2: “The anarchist people don’t usually have the Bernie bling flashing.”

1:20:00: Woman 3, self-described mixed (black and white): “We love our country, we hate our government.” That’s the message were trying to send to the media.

1:23:30: Izariah: “If you’re going to be an anarchist, if you’re going to do what you’re going to do, take the mask off. Show your face. If you’re going to do it, go balls to the wall… If they’re going to do it, make it mean something.”

They’re teasing the violence. Either do it or don’t do it. Don’t hide behind the masks, and don’t get other people involved.

She’s from Philly. “Philly cops are really cool people. They actually talk to people on the street.”

1:29:30: She thinks they handled the gate breach “very well actually.”

1:32:25: What does she want to say to our 40 viewers? I

want people to understand that literally Black Lives Matter is something that’s peaceful. It’s not meant to be taken as something where people want to invoke violence. We just want to be purred and we just want to have, you know, recognition about these cops. These bad cops, shooting, you know, innocent people for no reason. We just want to be able to take this to a bigger platform without being crucified every time… Treat all lives with respect when it comes to police brutality. No one should have to die at the hands of people who we call on to protect us.

1:37:15: Sign: “19-year-old against globalism.”

1:37:30: Woman on megaphone: If you woke up black, you would shit your pants. If you woke up black, you wouldn’t leave your house.”

1:38:15: Sign: “America is a cancer.”

1:41:40: A man and a woman in bandanna masks. What are they going to do November? The woman: “It’s hard to say. For me, I’m considering Jill.” The man: “Absolutely. I can’t vote for Hillary, and I can’t vote for Trump.”