Nuisance: Mon 7/25: Liz Maratea reviews DNC day one: “Long, tortuous, condescending, patronizing, cruel, and unusual.” [Timestamped highlights]

Liz Maratea, New Jersey Bernie Sanders delegate, on the bus back to the hotel:

Highlights from this video

0-1:20: “Long, torturous, condescending, patronizing, cruel, and unusual”

1:30-2:50: “I will be voting for Bernie tomorrow [in roll call], absofrickinglutely”

Some delegates will be flipping both ways in tomorrow’s roll call vote.

According to Liz, some Bernie delegates will be voting for Hillary, some Hillary delegates will be voting for Bernie.

2:50-5:00: “There was no unity here.”

There was no unity here. It was all a show. They took out entire forests for these signs, to make it seem like we were unified. They took our signs away. Told us we couldn’t hold them up. Told us if we booed, if we stood up and turned our backs…

They took almost all of California’s anti-TPP signs away. And then they shoved California, which is one of the biggest Bernie states, in the corner of the convention like a child.

I wandered. I left New Jersey and I visited Cali and I made some friends. I hung out down in Florida for a while. Because after Sarah Sarah Silverman basically said fuck you to all of the Bernie supporters, I couldn’t just sit there and watch anymore. I had to go for a walk. So I walked around and visited some people. Some really cool people and some assholes. Some really awful people, who were clapping in my face.

They say that ‘Bernie Bros’ are aggressive and they say that we are childish and petty and nasty. I have never met more petulant, childish, just…better people than Hillary supporters at this convention. They were so nasty. The longer he went on and the more people that viewed the same toxic bullshit over and over, ‘Hillary’s awesome, Trump sucks. Hillary’s awesome, Trump sucks’…the more aggressive they got.

And this was all about Trump. It was all about Trump. I am so sick of hearing his fricking name. They were giving him so much free press… But the only thing they’ve got is ‘oh, if you don’t vote for Hillary, you’ll get Trump.’ But nothing about the issues. No issues were spoken about, until Elizabeth Warren got up…

5:20: Reactions to Bernie’s DNC speech, and again on the distinction between “Hillary must win” and “you must vote for her”.

I and other delegates thought that Bernie Sanders said:

“I look forward to all of you [my delegates] voting your conscience in tomorrow’s roll call.”

According to others who said they listened to the tape, it was:

“I look forward to your vote in tomorrow’s roll call.”

Vermont delegate Noah Detzer.

“Bernie is kind of walking a fine line. He has to make some kind of the concessions that he is making in the speeches, otherwise I don’t think they would let him speak. But he’s trying to make sure that his supporters feel heard, and don’t feel marginalized from the start.

9:26: Shyla Nelson speaks highly of me 🙂

Me to Noah: “how did my name came up [with Shyla]?”

“She just mentioned that you’re someone I should get in contact with. She speaks very highly of you.”

Shyla Nelson is someone who I have worked with throughout the campaign. An important figure.

Nice.

10:20: “I’ll suffer with you again tomorrow.”

Liz’s family is at the hotel, including her husband and breast-feeding two-year-old. She is relieved to be seeing them again.

“Good night Liz. Thank you for suffering with me.”

“I’ll suffer with you again tomorrow.”

Nuisance: Mon 7/25: Confusion over DNC roll-call voting protocol: “This information is either nothing, or critically urgent.”

This information is either nothing, or critically urgent. [UPDATE: Big deal. Not enormous deal.]

If this screenshot is true, then ALL Bernie Sanders delegates must be at their state delegation breakfast TOMORROW MORNING (Tuesday, six hours from now), or they will never get a shot to vote for Bernie during roll call tomorrow night. In fact, the roll call will be at breakfast and not at the convention at all.

Here is the question posed by one of our founders, Adryenn Ashley, who found the screenshot, that our other founder, Jeff Epstein: (a NJ Bernie delegate) passed onto the campaign people that he knows:

“What is the process of roll call? We have heard from reliable sources that all motions from the floor have been eliminated and that any issues must be taken up at breakfast, including nominating Senator Sanders and that this change could possibly mean he must be nominated and seconded in all states separately in order for roll call to count the votes and not just count them as “present” as the rules require.”

So what do you guys think? Real? Do we truly need to scramble and knock on everyone’s hotel doors and wake them up to alert them about this, at 8am when breakfast starts? Would be really nice to have a source for this information. Can’t know if this is complete speculation or rumor or what.

Corroboration by the NJ DNC (see last paragraph), Sent an hour ago:

From: Christopher James <chris@njdems.org>
Date: July 26, 2016 at 00:52:00 EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Tomorrow Credentials

Dear Delegates

We hope you enjoyed the first night of our convention! As you know, your credentials for Tuesday will be available for pick up on the second floor of the NJ delegation hotel from 9:30am until 12pm. You must come in person with ID to pick up your credentials – there will be no exceptions.

As was the process today, credentials must be signed for by the delegate in person. If you have any questions please find me tomorrow on the second floor to discuss, or talk to any of the NJDSC staffers manning our tables. I look forward to continuing our convention tomorrow!
Convention business tomorrow we will have a roll call vote and we need to get all of your votes and signatures recorded and over to the convention center in a timely manner.

Chris

Our conclusion:

Spoke to my whip. The decision is to tell delegates to get to breakfast sometime between eight and nine. During the first hour.

Roll call at the Wells Fargo Center will likely be only a review of the vote totals. They’re not going to take the tallies during that time, with all the noise and people getting food and whatever. That doesn’t make sense.

So it must be tallied beforehand. As far as at 8am sharp (or anything sharp) that seems unlikely.

And the volunteers being stripped of their credentials as in the screenshot just seems like a red herring. Whether it happened or didn’t happen, it doesn’t affect roll call.

Make sense?

Please spread the word.

Nuisance: Mon 7/25: Liz Maratea and I are in this NJTV News article and video. Liz is portrayed well. I’m portrayed meh.

Liz Maratea, NJ Bernie delegate.

Video and article: Sanders Supporters Rally at DNC.


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“Here it is in black and white that everything that we’ve been saying from the beginning is absolutely 100 percent true. It doesn’t suggest there was corruption. It doesn’t suggest the DNC has been working against Bernie. It proves they have been working against Bernie since the beginning,” said Liz Maratea, New Jersey delegate for Sanders.

Even Sanders’ own pledged delegates are split on how to move forward, despite his endorsement for Hillary Clinton.

“The whole point of the progressive party, the whole point for Bernie supporters, is we think for ourselves, we don’t do what other people tell us to do. Even if Bernie tells us to vote for Hillary, no we are voting with our conscience. We don’t vote against people. We’re not voting to be against Trump. We’re voting for the candidate that we want,” Maratea said.

“It’s sad, but this, as hard as it is to admit, this really is not all about Bernie Sanders,” said New Jersey Sanders delegate Jeff Epstein. “She may win, but I don’t need to be happy about that.”

Will he vote for Clinton?

“I’m not Bernie or bust. A lot of my friends are,” Epstein said.

Nuisance: Tues 7/26: Morning instructions at NJ-delegate hotel breakfast. I cast of the most important votes of my life. [Timestamped highlights]

Highlights from this video

0-3:45: “Vote for roll call when you pick up your credentials. There is no ballot.”

New Jersey Hillary superdelegate announcing brief roll call instructions, and then lists some of the extra “fun” activities available to delegates and others.

“Vote when you pick up your credentials. There is no ballot.”

She thanks George Norcross for his generosity in making these activities possible.

3:45: Pan of the breakfast conference room, on the third floor, at the New Jersey delegation hotel. Walking down to the credentials table on the second floor.

4:45-6:35: Table of campaign buttons for sale.

7:00-39:00: Waiting in line credentials and roll call. While waiting, three interviews with Hillary and Bernie delegates.

7:00: A tchotchke bag is handed to me.

7:15-11:05: Interview with Hillary delegate: “I didn’t expect so much division at this stage of the convention.”

She is from Westfall New Jersey, is likely a Hillary delegate, and her husband is the Essex County Clerk. Unknown name.

Jeff: “So what has your experience been so far at the DNC?”

Hillary delegate: “Crazy. I guess I didn’t expect so much division at this stage of the convention. But it’s good.”

Jeff: “What is your view of that? Some Hillary supporters are resentful of the booing and are saying ‘it’s over’.”

Hillary delegate: “I’m not resentful [of the Bernie protests]. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. But you figure, if Bernie endorsed her and dropped out of the race, then that’s kind of where we’re at.”

Jeff: “Well, he endorsed her, but he didn’t drop out of the race. I’m voting for him as soon as we get to the table. Will he likely win? No. But from my point of view, it’s the closure. This is my letting go of him.”

Hillary delegate: “Do you think it [this division, if all of these people vote for Bernie in the general] hurts. [That] it would allow Trump in? [That] it gives Trump advantage?”

Jeff: “I’m not Bernie or Bust, but I have a lot of friends who are Bernie or Bust. They’re in a really difficult position. They’re being blamed before it’s even happened. That if they don’t vote for Hillary, then they’re the cause of Trump. I personally think that’s not totally fair, because, what has the Democratic Party done to earn their vote? Did they leave the party or did the party leave them?

I’m absolutely passionate about Bernie.”

Hillary delegate: “Clearly”

Jeff: “I’m not Bernie or Bust, but I don’t see that she has worked very hard to earn my vote.”

Hillary delegate: “Just curious. I’m more neutral, I don’t have an extreme feeling either way.”

17:35-22:05: Aida Luz, A fellow Bernie delegate in my district.

She informs me of a 10 AM meeting (within the hour) with all New Jersey Bernie delegates and superdelegate John Wisniewski. This is the first I’ve heard.

Aida is a former Hillary supporter. She believes voting for Hillary is important to defeat Trump, but acknowledges much of the questionable activities during the election, and says that she would prefer Elizabeth Warren over Hillary.

24:40-29:05: Interview with Kristin Affrime: “I couldn’t be more privileged and honored to vote for Bernie Sanders”

Fran is the person who I had a conversation on the bus yesterday morning regarding the TPP. Kristen and Aida are both Bernie delegates in my same district in New Jersey.

25:10: Kristin:

I couldn’t be more privileged and honored to vote for Bernie Sanders, on behalf of everyone in New Jersey that stands behind Bernie, and on behalf of everyone that is not of age to vote yet that really feels the Bern. And everybody in this country. I know that Hillary will make a great leader, but I believe that Bernie has really set the stage, and said that we can all do this, and we can do whatever we want. And get involved in our local politics. I’m so inspired and I’m not going to give up the fight.

26:40: “My vote will be 100% anti-Trump. I’ll tell you that”

27:00: “Bernie supporters, don’t just stand there and complain. Be the change you want to see in this world.

Jeff: “Was Bernie or Bust ever a consideration for you?”

“I’ll be honest, it was. But when I think about what’s going to happen and the role of the president has to take, I stepped out of my comfort zone and I really removed myself to figure out what would be the best strategy for the country. And I think that it would be keeping a Democrat in office as President of the United States, leading this country that makes it so great.”

Jeff: “Anything else you would say to the people that you know or Bernie or busters?”

Listen, that is completely your choice. But honestly, this is a very important election. We cannot allow Trump to nominate our Supreme Court justices. We can’t allow him to destroy our jobs, to keep folks down, right? You need to hold your political appointees accountable. I mean, this is exactly what we’re doing with Hillary, with what’s going on right now. We are really making the progressive platform. So just keep it going.

Bernie supporters, you have to make sure you hold folks accountable. Run for your own office. Get involved in your own area. And don’t just stand there and complain. Be the change you want to see in this world.

Jeff: “So let me ask you from a different point of view. If Trump does win, do you blame the Bernie or Busters?”

“No no. I mean if Trump does win, that’s just a damn slap in the face to Americans everywhere. I don’t blame anybody except for the people that voted for him, and the people that didn’t go out and vote.”

Jeff: “a lot of the Bernie or Busters may not go out and vote.”

“You know what? If you want to go out and vote and write Bernie Sanders name in? Cool. Go out and vote.”

Jeff: “So as long as they go and vote, even if it’s for Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein, then that’s OK.”

“Yes. That’s it. Go out and vote.”

Jeff: “But if they don’t go out and vote, then you have a problem.”

“Absolutely. Absolutely.”

Jeff: “OK, that’s fair.”

29:05: interview with Ivan Wei, The youngest Bernie delegate in New Jersey, a Hispanic, and my hotel roommate.

Jeff: “Good morning my little roommate.” Laughs.

Jeff: “And the smallest delegate New Jersey?” Laughs.

Ivan:

It’s a little disheartening. I thought that there might be something off to sleep with a contested convention or whatever. I mean, all the ringing (?) That went on. But as the previous lady [Kristen] said, I might write him in. But there are a lot more people running in November, it’s not just president. And I am a big believer in bottom up anyway. I don’t think my not voting for her is going to affect her too much, but I’m definitely not voting for Trump. But if Trump, God for bid, is the president, I will be leaving. Probably go to Australia.

Kristen: Regarding leaving the country because of Trump or the transpacific partnership. “I’m not about to give up on my country. I can’t totally bail. I’m not ready to just up and leave. I have a home, I’ve built where I am today… I’ll visit, I’ll travel the world, but, you know, it’s America the beautiful, man. I’m totally happy.”

Ivan:

As a minority, I don’t think I’d be comfortable with Trump. [I’m Latino, Columbian, but when some people say Mexican, that actually mean all Central and South America.] I don’t want a wall built. I have family that is undocumented. I don’t want them to be more scared than they already are. So as a Latino and a person of color… I don’t know, I don’t know. I just can’t even [en] vision trumping president. Too scary of a thought. I’ll do everything I can to prevent that.

36:00: Finally voting! “Did I just mess up the most important vote of my entire life?!”

My signature spend a couple lines, and they said I signed on the wrong line. I didn’t. I only half seriously said, “Did I just mess up the most important vote of my entire life?!”

38:55: “Fran and Kristin, can I tell you something? I just voted for Bernie Sanders.”

Me too! Woo hoo. High five.

Nuisance: Tues 7/26: NJ Bernie delegation meeting with superdelegate John Wisniewski: New Jersey doesn’t protest like other states. New Jersey is “better than that”. [Timestamped highlights]

New Jersey Bernie delegation meeting with NJ superdelegate John Wisniewski. Immediately after roll call voting.

39:25-51:00: Pre-speech

39:25: “DWS got a promotion after we found out that she rigged the election. What does that say about us and as a party?”

Richard MacFarlane, New Jersey delegate and my hotel roommate.

“I’m really disappointed that DWS got a promotion after we found out that she rigged the election. What does that say about us and as a party?”

Jeff: “You voted for Bernie right?”

“Yes I definitely voted for Bernie.”

Jeff: “High-five.”

41:30: Bertin Lefkovic, New Jersey delegate and my whip, explains what a whip is.

“Someone who passes information between the campaign in a delegation. But I haven’t been getting much information.”

45:00: My vote for Hillary Clinton is “100% anti-Trump.”

Ben Silva, Bernie delegate from Essex County New Jersey.

51:15-55:10: John Wisniewski speech: New Jersey doesn’t protest like other states. New Jersey is “better than that”.

Tonight is going to be an opportunity to show our support for Senator Sanders. By vote totals, and by cheering, and by applauding. But you all saw the email that the senator sent out. And the call, ultimately, as we get to the end of this convention, and ultimately election day, is to have a unified party.

And so it’s going to be up to us in New Jersey–and we can’t control what happens elsewhere–but it’s going to be up to us in New Jersey to acquit ourselves well, to show our support for Senator Sanders.

But you know, you’ve seen what some of the other delegations like California were doing yesterday. I think we’re better than that. I think that our behavior yesterday was great. There were people yesterday that were behind us, and I don’t know what it was about, but they had taped over their mouth and they said they were silenced. Masking tape over their mouth’s. I’d like to figure out what that was about. But that’s not New Jersey.

Jeff: “We need to be unified, but we don’t necessarily have to be happy about it. Doesn’t mean we should boo, but…”

Right. Listen. In accordance with what Senator Sanders said, you are all free to express yourself as you wish. Cast your votes as you wish. Say what you wish. But there’s a boundary line in terms of decorum. And what Senator Sanders is saying, let’s act responsible. Let’s be respectful.

Again, I know that there are a number of members of this delegation and nationally in Sanders’ camp, who are not entirely thrilled about where we are headed. The alternative is really scary. It’s really dangerous. And we have to make sure that we keep that in mind. Because, you know, ultimately, American political elections for president come down to a dichotomy. We have to keep that in mind. That it’s not her, it’s him.

As much as we wanted Senator Sanders to be the one accepting the nomination tonight, Having ‘that guy from New york’ take the oath of office in January of next year is, I think, a consequence that none of us could really accept in the long term. It would be devastating for all of the progressive values that we support.

And the other thing is that…the goal after this election is over is, we have a nationwide grassroots movement. 8 million individual contributions of $27, from people never involved in the political process, across the nation and in New Jersey, who are now energized about progressive values.

We need to keep that progressive movement alive. And what we can do through the close of this convention, but also after the convention and through the election, is make sure that people understand that we do support those progressive values. That the fight doesn’t end with this convention. It doesn’t end with this election. Because there’s only so much that can be done in one election season.

We’re going to continue to have that same agenda, about making sure kids aren’t crippled with student loan debt, that there’s pay equality between men and women. That people have a living wage. That we un-rig the financial system, and the list goes on.

We are all smart enough to know that this is all not going to happen between now and November. Some of it can happen shortly there after. A lot of it is going to take some more work.

58:05: My response to Wisniewski’s “not knowing what the tape over the mouth is about”

Jeff: “This would be a lot easier if there was some…there was less just outright celebration, ‘Oh, we’re so happy about Hillary’, and just some acknowledgement of–we have some serious issues and publicly acknowledging that. And it has–that tape across the mouth, is that feeling of we’re just not being listened to. That is the feeling of all of this party party party, with all of this suffering throughout the stadium.”

1:00:10-1:01:45: The next battleground in the political revolution is New Jersey.

Bert discusses running for local office in New Jersey in 2017, that this is the next battleground for the political revolution. He list specific positions.

1:04:45: Lessons from the Dean Campaign from 2004

“We must continually search for good local candidates”

1:06:00: Peter Jacobs, New Jersey delegate and the only Berniecrat candidate in New Jersey in the general this year.

“When you guys go home Friday morning, Thursday night, the political revolution stays alive. Because our campaign is heading to the general election as the first Bernie Sanders Democrat–and the only one–going to the general in New Jersey in November.”

Nuisance: Tues 7/26: Reviewing DNC day one: “I was told to be a good girl. It’s heartbreaking.” [Timestamped highlights]

Liz Maratea, New Jersey delegate, and Jeff review DNC day one and the upcoming roll call.

Highlights in this video

0:40: “It’s not a convention, it’s a four day long Hillary Clinton party.”

1:45-6:15: “They’re not interested in listening.”

Jeff: “The Democratic Party is so-called ‘for everyone’ and ‘listens to everyone’, ‘listens to the little guy’, but there’s no interest in changing it from a coronation. They don’t want to hear from the little guy, they just want to coronate Hillary Clinton…’Coronate’, is that the right term?

…They’re not interested in listening. And they’re actively trying to suppress that, by holding signs in front of us and…threatening credentials–”

Liz: “Throwing hats.”

Jeff: “Throwing hats?”

Liz: “My hat was taken from my head and thrown like a frisbee from Maine to Illinois last night.”

Jeff: “That is a really long distance.” Smiles.

Liz: “[Whoosh sound with a throwing gesture.] Winged it. I was kicked at on the stairs, people trying to trip me. I was kicked out on the floor, people trying to trip me. I was shoved, people jabbed me in the stomach during Michelle Obama’s speech when she hit us(?) with her ‘Hillary Clinton isn’t angry or disillusioned’ comment. ‘That one got you in the stomach, didn’t it?’ Knuckled me right in the ribs.”


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Jeff: “Would those people say you provoked them?”

Liz: “I was standing there watching the stage. I was standing, I was holding my ‘Michelle’ sign.”

3:12: Jeff: “I didn’t personally experience any of that kind of stuff. I wasn’t there when it happened. What I can say is, there is a lot of disrespect and…disgust that we were there to begin with.”

Liz: “We were asked, ‘Why are you here? Why did you even come here? Go home.’ Being treated like [we were] Republicans.”

Jeff: “They just want us to be quiet and let them have their party. So I’ve decided personally, instead of complaining there, I’m complaining to the people who are interested in hearing them, which is you guys [points to the camera].”

Liz: “I was really excited to register as a Democrat when I was 18. I couldn’t wait. I was born to be a liberal. Born to be a Democrat.

I don’t feel welcome here. I walk around breakfast [in the hotel] and ask if I can sit down, and it’s like Forrest Gump on the school bus [everyone covers the empty seats with her hands]…

I have not directly engaged in any arguments. If they really wanted to unite the party, they would have spoken to all of us. We’re not speaking to us. They’re telling us–I was so told so many times last night to behave myself. I was told to be a good girl. How my supposed to feel about that? I’m 31 years old. This is the fourth election I’m voting in. The fifth one I’m involved in. It’s heartbreaking.”

6:15: Ivan: “I was a little disappointed that Bernie didn’t do a mic drop, saying, ‘Guys, I’m kidding, it’s a contested convention.’ “

It was a long day on the floor, let me tell you. I was there 330 to 1130. Ran out of food, but the speeches were good. I was a little disappointed that Bernie didn’t do a mic drop, saying, ‘Guys, I’m kidding, it’s a contested convention.’…

Before this convention, people felt that when he endorsed Hillary two weeks ago, that he gave up on us. But the thing is, if we trusted Bernie up until the endorsement…we can’t stop trusting him now. He started a revolution, he is the face of that revolution, he understands that. But the revolution needs more than just one guy…

He’s bringing that up to us and saying, ‘Yeah, we need a call to arms of other people to take over this revolution, and continue it in the fight. I will still be here because I’m going to hold everyone accountable.’

9:15: Liz: “He [Bernie] can’t make people fall in line. The problem is the DNC made this mess and they’re making him clean it up.”

11:25: Michelle: “I did not wear any Bernie gear because I did not want to be treated badly. That was my assumption, and I was sad to learn that it was right.”

Michelle McFadden-DiNicola, New Jersey delegate From Highland Park New Jersey.

This is my first convention and I stressed a little bit about it. I wore some neutral gear [yesterday at the first day of the convention]. I did not wear any Bernie gear [because] I did not want to be treated badly. That was my assumption, and I was sad to learn that I was right. That people were being mistreated.

So I’m feeling a little disheartened about the calls for unity. I know that’s coming from Bernie and that it’s sincere, but I don’t feel that it’s being taken seriously…by Hillary supporters…

They still are viewing us as a nuisance. And being treated like a nuisance, I was emboldened today to show up with more Bernie gear than ever. Because if they are going to treat me as a nuisance anyway, then I might as well show my support.

The bus arrives at the Wells Fargo Center. Specifically on Pattison Avenue, directly between the Wells Fargo Center and FDR Park.

Nuisance: Tues 7/26: Michelle, crying: “I am so happy to see that you are not happy. It’s just gorgeous.”

Bernie Sanders delegates and their supporters have been struggling to communicate through all of the barriers placed between us.

Eric Beechwood, an independent Berniecrat, running in the 2016 general for Congress in New Jersey (who I met at the Pemberton Bernie Sanders campaign office, and is now working for Philly.FYI, who helped organize a lot of the protests at FDR Park and around the convention), wrote me the following on Monday night. He told me to look for protesters at the gate at FDR Park, when we arrive at the DNC on our state-delegation hotel shuttle bus.

As we arrive, we see a small amount of people behind the gates at FDR Park. It’s hard to make out. When we get off the bus, it is still hard to see people, but their chants are clear.

Jeff: “We see you! We hear you!”

We thought that was it. But as we walk in to go to security, someone notices that there are a lot more supporters at the end of the block, towards the corner of Broad and Pattison.

Their cheers are very clear, and as we see them, we give them a thumbs up in acknowledgement. It is an emotional release for both sides.

Michelle McFadden-DiNicola, a fellow New Jersey pledged delegate for Bernie Sanders, is crying.

I am overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t– They actually care. And there’s so many of you. There’s so many of you. I’m just overwhelmed. And, um, I’m losing it. I don’t know if it really, um, makes sense to my brain.

With everything, all the messages were getting as delegates, from the DNC, is that, just calm down, everything is cool, we are all going to unify. Hillary is great, everything is OK. And it’s going to be great, she’s the first woman President, you know?

I keep getting these messages, these, like, implicit messages, to just kind of be happy. Just be happy. And I’m so happy to see that you are not happy. I’m so happy that you’re angry with me, because I’m so angry.

I’m so proud of you for being out there. I know It’s not easy to get out there. You have families and jobs and other things to do. It’s just gorgeous. Thank you.

Nuisance: Tues 7/26: Alleged fraudulent use of delegate credentials, and voice votes in DNC stadium dramatically skewed in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

Two Bernie delegates from Kansas, who wish to stay anonymous until after the roll call is made official, report a Pennsylvania woman with delegate credentials that were given to her by her father–her father is a delegate, she is not. She is therefore fraudulently using these credentials to vote. I am unsure, but I believe that the father is a Hillary delegate.

At the official end of rollcall, it was planned to confront that person, with these two delegates’ help. Unfortunately the #DNCWalkout occurred at that time, so the follow up never happened.

“When you do a voice vote, there are roughly 20, 25,000 people in the building. You’ve got ushers, you’ve got vendors, you’ve got everybody else. So how are the 5,000 delegates that are on the floor able to accurately be counted?”

Jeff: “And you have 1,900 Bernie delegates.”

Kansas delegate: “Correct. So even if we wanted to oppose a particular motion, how are we able to accurately do that, when we’re supposed to be going up against 2,300 other delegates, but when we’re actually going up against at least 15,000 other people?”

Nuisance: Tues 7/26: #DNCwalkout part 1/2. Bernie Sanders’ concession triggers mass walkout of 500-1,200 delegates. Heavy police presence. [Timestamped highlights]

This is #DNCWalkOut coverage part one. Go to part two.

Highlights from this video

0-5:05: Delegates stream into the hallway and out the door with chants.

  • “Walk out! Walk out!”
  • “Tell me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!”
  • “Feel the Bern! Feel the Bern!”

Many different Bernie signs. many phones and cameras. A woman wearing red in a wheelchair. Some people with tape or gags over their mouths.

I was up in the main hallway when this happened. I did not witness Bernie Sanders’ concession speech, nor did I choose to walk out. I was swept up in a massive crowd of Bernie delegates streaming up out of the bowl and into the hallway through their various corridors.

3:20-5:00: “We’re walking out. Democracy died today. Everything good died.”

Jeff: “can you tell us what happened?”

Distraught woman Nevada delegate:

Yeah. We’re walking out. Democracy died today. Everything good died. It was all rigged. It was horrible. Not all, but a lot of us are. A lot of us from Nevada are…

All the WikiLeaks documents that show what we always knew about the DNC cheating. I saw it on the national, state, regional, the local level for the whole year that I was working on the Bernie campaign. Full-time as a volunteer and then as a staffer. It’s a total heartbreak. And I feel like democracy has been dying, and it was killed today.

I still believe in Bernie, but I don’t know what he did. I don’t understand what he did. I still believe in him and his integrity, but I can’t deal with this anymore.”

Jeff: “Did he do something?”

He basically dispensed with the nominating process and just said, ‘That’s it. Let’s nominate Hillary’. I believe in his integrity, but he also taught to follow and stand for what we believe in.

And I can not in anyway ever support Hillary. And I am so sick of the Democratic Party! I’ve been a democrat since I was 18 and I’m 54, and I can’t stand this shit anymore!

5:05-8:30: “Silent stand in, at the press tent.”

A young woman delegate is directing people “Silent standing at the Press Tent.”

Jeff: “who decided that?”

Delegate: “We came together the delegation, a few of us, and decided.”

She sees the Citizens’ Media TV press pass around my neck.

“And I’m not commenting to the media at the moment.”

She walks away. I am caught off guard.

Jeff: “I’m actually a Bernie delegate.”

Delegate: “Oh yeah? Sorry. I saw a press pass.”

Jeff: “No problem. I’m not officially sanctioned by the DNC, but I am a Bernie delegate.”

Delegate: “Our voices have not been heard, and we’re going to make them heard now. That they have silenced us and not given us the time of day to speak. And we won our voices heard.”

Jeff: “What did he just say inside? I was not there.”

(She shows and vulnerability. “I feel like a dingbat”)

Delegate: “He basically said, ‘Thank you. I move to suspend the rules, and nominate Hillary as the Democratic nominee.’ ”

Jeff: “What does that mean suspend the rules?”

Delegate: “Skip the ending process… As far as my understanding goes. And I’m just a 19-year-old kid, I don’t have a best grasp of these things possible.”

Jeff: “So what was the alternative for him?”

Delegate: “I don’t think there was much of an alternative for him. He could have said, Thanks, let’s wait till they count everything, and get the official total…”

9:05: “Because I am Princess Lea and Bernie is our only hope.”

Continuing to walk throughout the crowd outside of the press tent.

Female Bernie delegate from San Diego, California, dressed up as Princess Leah.

“Why are you dressed as Star Wars?”

“Because I am Princess Lea and Bernie is our only hope.”

11:00: Serious, overwhelming police presence.

Approximately five heavily armed secret service officers, including a K-9 dog. Approximately 20 State police officers on the side of the press tent, between it and the Wells Fargo Center entrance (where the delegates exited).


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(And as I discovered the next day, lots of snipers.)

At the moment the press tent is not fronted by police. Media and delegates are starting to swarm on the outside of the press tent, with many on the inside ready to do a silent protest.

12:30: “Bernie peacekeepers” being interviewed.

“We are peacekeepers. We want to make sure that our delegates and our Bernie volunteers from across the nation make it home safe. And we’re doing our best to de-escalate any conflicts. And to make sure that this event is a peaceful event. Because that’s what we believe most of all is peace, and we are in a fight to save our planet.”

13:10: “They can’t treat us like a four letter word that starts with an S and ends with a T.”

Interview with older woman, Stating how Bernie is the one who could’ve united the country and Bernie is the one that could’ve beaten Trump.

They can’t treat us like a four letter word that starts with an S and ends with a T. And then, every time we try to do something, they would scream ‘Unity! Unity!’

And when the New York delegates met, they wouldn’t follow Roberts rules of order, they wouldn’t let us vote, they wouldn’t let us make motions. It wasn’t democratic. And when we’d start to yell anything, they would scream “unity!’.

And the worst thing is that a guy that wasn’t even a delegate, he shouldn’t of even been there, he hit a young lady with a cane. We have it on video, We know his name, we know her name. She filed a police report, and none of the major media [picked it up]. The guy that left at the chair got reported up one side and down the other, Because he was a Bernie supporter. The guy that hit our delegate with the cane [shrug]. So what?

14:45: I review what’s happened.

“Bernie Sanders basically unofficially lost. And instead of going through the process so it would be an official thing. That they would officially go through the count and do the ceremony. That he said, We are done. I concede. Hillary has one. So people seem to be upset that, we just wanted to go through the whole process. We wanted to have the closure. That’s as best as I understand it.

I’ll be honest, I don’t agree with this walk out. I’m with Senator Sanders. I’m OK with him doing this. But that seems to be the sentiment of what’s going on.

(I’m missing the bigger picture of voter fraud and being minimized and disrespected throughout the campaign.)

15:40: Philadelphia police are starting to line the outside of the Press tent, forbidding people from entering or leaving it.

Press is starting to clamber around the outside of the press tent, focusing their cameras on the inside.

Dual interview with BYE Idaho, college tv reporters. Philadelphia police are starting to line up on the outside and inside of the press tent glass front wall.

19:03: BYE Reporter: “I’m Canadian, so I can’t vote. I’m super neutral. I think it’s great that they’re protesting, I just hope it doesn’t get out of hand.”

20:40: Second youngest Bernie delegate (in the country?): “The fucking democratic party chair just resigned, and they have not apologized or said anything to us.”

Daniel Carter, Bernie delegate from Saint Augustine Florida, “the oldest city in America”.

“We did lose. And I will be voting for Hillary Clinton in November, But I will not be volunteering for her, I won’t won’t be all out for her like I am for Bernie Sanders. She is a far better candidate than Donald Trump in my opinion. That’s my opinion and I don’t want him to be president. I am a young black African-American, And he is scary. What he will do to our country, I don’t want that.”

He confirms that part of what is making these protesters upset is the lack of closure. That Bernie Sanders short-circuited the process and arguably didn’t let it go all the way to the end as he promised.

22:35: Daniel Carter discusses what Black Lives Matter means to him. (FYI, the Wells Fargo Center is in the background)

24:10: Brief interview of me with Rowan University student reporter

26:40: Police officer outside of the press tent: “Give us some time. Give us some time. You got your credentials. Once we clear everything’s good, you can go right back in.”

He reassures that no equipment is being vandalized and cops are on the inside protecting everything, and that no problems are occurring.

Officer: “Give us some time. Give us some time. You got your credentials. Once we clear everything’s good, you can go right back in.”

27:45: Cameras swarm around Chris Pompelli, so-called Bernie delegate: “These people are useful tools of Donald Trump!!”

Chris Pompelli, a self described, so called Bernie Sanders delegate from Kansas, yelling in anger about the delegates that walked out. Cameras and media swarm around him.

I will stand with the Democratic party because that’s what Democrats do!

Democrats will stand with Hillary Clinton. They will stand with Bernie Sanders, who is standing with Hillary Clinton!

They are betraying their voters back home. They are betraying Bernie Sanders.

[The democratic voters] want you to walk out on your party. Is that what they want? You are betraying your party, you should go home. It’s time for you to give up your credentials and go home.

If they are going to be betraying this party, they do not belong here.

Jeff: “What is their point of view? What are they upset about?”

Pompelli: “Because they didn’t get their way.”

Jeff: “What is their point of view?”

“I think their point is that they didn’t understand the process and they are betraying their voters back home… They are saying we don’t want to be part of he process, so I’m going to take my marbles and go home, and I’m going to hand the election to Donald Trump. Shame on them.”

I’m very disappointed with how I handled him. Wish I had the chance to do it again.

34:00: “Bernie was threatened with all his committee positions”

34:59: I finally get my head together, and respond to the so-called Bernie delegate’s criticisms.

People can say that they [the Bernie delegates who chose to walk out] are betraying the party. People can say that they are supporting Trump. But they do not feel that. And if you don’t go in there and ask them what they are feeling, what their point of view is–you can say you’re the Democratic Party and everybody’s inclusive, but until you know what they are feeling, until you know what they want? You can say, these petulant children, like this gentleman over here was saying (despite being a Bernie delegate, which I don’t get). These people have valid points of view.

38:55: Walking down the police line on the outside of the press tent, there are also police lining the inside of the window of the press tent.

41:25: Interview with Vermont delegate Shyla Nelson, who seconded Bernie Sanders’ nomination on the DNC stage, and then joined the walkout Minutes later.

Shyla has been one of my mentors throughout the campaign. I worked with her on two major projects.

44:50: Jeff, crying: “First of all, when you said the words ‘Bernie Sanders’ on stage, that was one of the most emotional moments of the campaign for me, so thank you. And it’s been great working with you.”

Shyla gives an overview of the motivations for the walkout, and her part in organizing it. She says its larger than just wanting closure. It’s about systemic issues.

48:45: Ron Suarez joins us. Ron, Shyla, and I all worked together on a major effort that ended up going nowhere, but was historical and exhilarating none-the-less.

Ron discusses his experiences as a critical person in Occupy Wall Street.

He has children who are 1%-ers and big Hillary supporters, asked him to talk to Hillary supporters at the DNC for the sake of unity.

55:40: Ron and I discuss the Superdelegate legal challenge effort.

Jeff: “Even though it petered out, without explanation, for a long while there, we were doing one of the more exciting things that I have ever been involved with.”

56:45: Ron: “For me, that’s what being part of the movement is all about. Feeling like you’re part of something.”

Ron ran the Superdelagate effort website. He talks about his involvement in Occupy Wall Street, and how the software companies he created were sold for millions, but treated his employees with dignity.

59:40: Ron: “I want to put NGP-VAN out of business.”

1:01:05: People sitting on the ground with electrical tape on their mouth, fists in the air, holding and wearing Bernie gear, surrounding a message taped on the ground: “VOTE FRAUD”


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1:03:10: Silent stand in behind the glass wall, which is the front of the press tent.

Jeff:

There’s a very third world feeling about this. Like a refugee camp, where the only contact you can have with those on the other side is fingertips through the gate.

1:03:40: Kitty is a visual symbol of the DNC Bernie protests.

Photo from this article.

Behind her is Amanda, PA Bernie delegates. Have worked with them throughout the primaries.


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1:06:50: I see Michelle (the one crying when we saw the FDR Park supporters across the street) on the other side of the glass.

I put my fingers in a peace sign up to the glass, in hopes to come as close to touching those on the other side as possible.


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1:09:06: Clearer picture of lines of state police on the side.