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.

Nuisance: Tues 7/26: #DNCWalkout part 2/2, and going to FDR Park to join our supporters.

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

(This is the fixed up version. The original, badly-out-of-sync version is at the bottom of the post.)

0-~33:00: The biggest mystery of the DNC: did Nina Turner invite Bernie delegates to march with her down Broad Street?

I unsuccessfully investigate whether or not Nina Turner has truly invited Bernie delegates to March with her down Broad Street. A Bernie delegate announced this sometime during the previous livestream (unsure if I captured it on film), but after confirming this with my Citizens’ Media TV partner, Adryenn, she personally texted Nina, who responded “It’s not true.”

I interview the delegate who announced this at 11:55 in this video. His name is Jeff from Vermont, who states that Shyla Nelson got this information from Nina. I do believe that Shyla has a direct connection to Nina, so I don’t know what to believe.

My concern is that delegates will be going to a March that does not exist, or at the very least dividing the delegation up due to conflicting information.

I have not yet had a chance to follow up with what actually happened, if anything. All I know is that some delegates traveled by Subway to City Hall, missed the march, and traveled back to FDR Park. I never heard positive or negative about Nina Turner being involved, nor about the March itself.

0: I ask Josh Fox if he would be willing to confirm this confusion with Nina Turner, and he says that he will check it out. He walks away abruptly without giving a method of communicating that result to me.

8:35: Jordan Chariton from TYT interviews Jeff, the Vermont delegate I refer to above.

1120, Jordan asks about the March with Tina Turner.

11:55: I discuss this issue with that delegate.

13:13: Jeff states that Shyla is there spokesperson, and he will check with her. I never hear anything about it.

15:35: Black Lives Matter activist: “The revolution motherfucking continues!”

Black lives matter activist, using a “mic-check” call and response, announces the march down Broad Street with Nina Turner, instructing people to take the subway to join.

16:05: NJ delegates, Richard and Diane

17:00: Diane: “I am torn, because as a Bernie delegate, if I behave badly, I make Bernie look bad.”

Diane acknowledges all of the injustices that of been done against Bernie Sanders, but is conflicted because “Bernie has already directed us to behave the right way.”

18:10: I play a stupid-but-funny joke on Richard.

Richard: “I am Richard MacFarlane from New Jersey, and I have something to say.”

I point the camera at him. He says “This is what I have to say: I–“. I pan the camera away and say “Thanks Richard.” Laughter.

Richard predicts that upcoming elections will not have “rigged elections, which they do so blatantly”, because of social media–as is broadcasting him as he says these words. “They can’t get away with it anymore.”

19:10: Richard: “I didn’t know it [the walk out] was going to happen… It wasn’t a matter of wanting to participate or not. I saw 2,000 people walking out of the building, and it seemed like the most interesting thing going on at that exact second.”

Richard: “When you take a group of people and you treat them like this, they are going to react in ways that are, A, unpredictable, and B, you don’t want them to react. This is just a little social experiment that the Democratic Party has been having. But it didn’t work out the way they expected it to.”

20:10: Diane’s views on the walk out: “We didn’t just like Bernie Sanders, we loved him.”

There were quite a few that stayed. But there were quite a few that walked out…

Bernie has been very clear, he has directed us to represent him well. On the other hand I understand what they’re doing. These are young people and they’re very upset.

And quite honestly I think we need to go through the process of grief because we didn’t just like Bernie Sanders, we love him. And him not winning is like the very best in us is not going to go forward.

But we have a responsibility to Bernie to make sure that that very progressive platform is acted upon, because currently it’s just words. But if and when Hillary gets elected, who will hold her accountable? It won’t be Republicans, it won’t be her followers. It will be the Bernie people.

22:35: Jeff: “Maybe it was ‘rude and disrespectful’ of them to do that, but is that as important as why they are doing it?”

23:00: Diane:

Their ideas have been trampled on. I’m a little bit older and maybe I’m desensitized. I’ve seen this happen before.

Most of the people in this walkout are really young. I feel that if I walk out, then the party doesn’t have the counterbalance that it needs.

24:40: Back to the Nina Turner controversy. Briefly interviewed by Fox news about it.

27:05: Gotcha-interview by Fox News, with the delegate I was just talking to. Roger Ailes directly insults him. He handles it all gracefully.

29:25: Delegate: “[Roger Ailes just] called me a dirty hippie, and I called him a capitalist pig.”

Yes, really. That Roger Ailes. Ailes is never caught on video, but you can hear the beginning of his interruption at 29:00. Unfortunately, the audio cuts out at this moment, but it may be in the original, unsynced video.


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31:15: I meet CA delegate Robert Shearer in person for the first time, after interviewing him on the phone on Saturday afternoon.

32:10: Delegates standing in solidarity with fists in the air and take over their mouth’s in front of the press tent, holding a banner “#BS 2016”.

32:55: Things are starting to die down.

I walk into the press tent and see Shyla Nelson on the phone.

I also see Vermont delegate Jeff, and conclude that even if The march with Nina Turner is not true, the destination of that March is directly across the street, so my concerns are generally alleviated.

35:40: I decide to go to FDR Park. I join Shyla and other members of the Vermont delegation.

37:20: Kitty and Sara join us. Kitty was also on the superdelegate effort with Shyla and me.

37:30: I give Kitty a big hug.

37:30: Sara Long: “Extremely pissed off woman and Latino. I’m done and going to FDR Park. Goodbye.”

Sara Is an ex-Sanders campaign staffer, Michigan delegate, and super volunteer. She was a substitute director at my Campaign office in Pemberton New Jersey for a day.

38:00: Kitty and Shyla meet in person for the first time.

38:40: We head off to FDR Park from the press tent. Thanks and pleasantries are shared between the delegates and the police.

44:55: Brief interview with the organizer for Coalition of the 57 (representing the fifty states and seven territories in the primaries)

The goal of this organization is to communicate again monks all the delegations to create our own version of unity.

46:00: Yahoo! News’ coverage of the walk out: “The roll call went smoothly and few no signs of protest… A few Sanders delegates walked out”

The party appeared to unify after a fractious start to the convention Monday….There were a few signs of protests from the Sanders’ supporters, but far less than Monday’s…a few Sanders delegates walked out I had of the final rollcall, and a delegate held up a sign that said ‘rigged’ as Nevada cast its vote.

46:55: Delegates estimate the amount of those participating in the walk out.

47:30: A glimpse of the picture showing many red empty seats.

47:50: Discussion with @bhatanyreport reporter who recorded the beginning of the walk out, with the Wells Fargo Center in the background.

49:10: Jeff: “That was Roger Ailes?! That was fucking Roger Ailes.”

Reporter: “He may be a pig [referring to the insult lobbed him by delegate], but he was there at least.”

51:20: Jeff: “Okay FDR Park peeps. I’m coming… I want to big hug from everyone.”

54:00: Crossing the street by going up two blocks, through an opening in the security gate, and then back two blocks.

With Kitty.

47:50: A shot of the lights of Center City in the distance.

58:25: Kitty reads from an article of the walkout by the Associated Press.

The article acknowledges “a large group” walked out.

59:55: Kitty describes what Bernie Sanders actually said at the end of roll call, which triggered the walk out.

1:00:30: our first glimpse of the march down Broad Street–although I believe this is a different March then was referred to by the delegates.

There are helicopters close overhead.

As I learned afterwards, this is when the Bernie supporter March encounters the Black Lives Matter March underneath the Route 76 overpass. Black Lives Matter unsuccessfully attempted to enter the highway and block traffic. I did not know any of this at the time.

1:01:36: A supporter from the streets describes the scene: “This is something different. This is angry.”

He clarifies that this is not Nina’s March. “Be careful. they are planning on trying to take down the fence.” Potentially referring to Black Lives Matter?

1:02:45: Lots of people. Not really a March, but lots of people holding signs.

We are on Broad Street, walking back south towards Pattison Avenue the intersection where the entrance of FDR Park is. A diagonal entrance at the southwest corner.

Kitty and I start to see a lot of people with signs and walking around.

1:03:00: The first sign I see is a large banner: “Hillary has blood on her hands.” Pretty blurry.

1:04:15: “I’m going to get a little bit away from the ‘Fuck the police’ people.”

14:55: We start to see a March. “Black lives matter! Black lives matter!” Our best estimation is 4,000 people. I didn’t know it at the time, but Meira, the person I encounter below, is right behind Kitty.

1:05:40: “What do we want?! Justice! When do we want it?! Now!”

1:06:05: Kitty: “I think whoever is in there [still in the Wells Fargo Center] is protesting Bill Clinton, because he deserves To be. But I can’t. I can’t stand to look at his face.”

1:07:05: A pallet of cold, bottled, much appreciated water.

1:07:38: A view of the pallet.

1:07:45: Reunion with Jordan from Philly.FYI/Philly Awakening.

1:09:00-1:09:35: Brief glimpse of Vermin Supreme from New Hampshire. Runs as a presidential candidate every election, and where’s a long black rubber boot as a hat. Kitty described him.

1:09:05: “Banks got bailed out! We got sold out!”

1:09:35: Much clearer view of the crowd. Now in the middle of the March.

1:09:55: Jeff: “What. A. Day! It’s a revolution. Buckle up!”

1:10:30: Chants fade down, Singing fades up: “We are in this together. Yeah yeah. We the people! We the people! We the people!”

1:11:25: Kitty is standing in her long red dress, smiling, hands raised with peace signs.

1:12:10: I’m live streaming someone live streaming me.

1:12:25: Regarding Black Lives Matter: “We had a fantastic little head on collision, so we came back.”

Spontaneous Bernie March (“Pro Bernie, anti-Hillary”) started from FDR Park and going north on Broad, encountered a Black Lives Matter March (the man mistakenly says it was a Black Men for Bernie March).

Jill Stein is leading the March. We don’t see her.

1:13:40: “Jill not hill!”

1:14:00: Emotional reunion with Meira Marom, a super-volunteer from New York, and Bard for Bernie (Suess for Sanders), who wrote a poem on Facebook about Bernie Sanders, every single day during the campaign.

I never saw her in person. We worked together on The superdelegate effort with Shyla, Kitty, and Ron. I recognize her immediately. She has actually been behind me for five minutes.

“Meira?”

Meira: “Oh my God.”

Hugs.

Jeff: “I recognized you. So good to see you. I just left Shyla.”

1:15:00: Jill Stein is about to speak in the distance. Can’t see her. Can barely hear her. Lots of cameras and lights on her.

1:16:00: “Bullhorn for Jill!”

1:17:00: Jill starts to use the bullhorn. People cheer.


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1:17:15: Interesting view of a big yellow flag being waved, Camera pointing straight up in the air.

1:18:40: Jill continues to speak, clearly now, but I can see nothing but a wall of people and lights and cameras.

1:20:50: Meira talks about visiting Shyla in Vermont,

“So what brought you down here?”

A year-long dedication and devotion to the movement… We are the ones we’ve been waiting for…

I am Bernie or Bust. I’m probably going to vote for Jill Stein. But of course I’m going to vote. Absolutely. Absolutely.

And of course we need to change Congress too. And when we go to vote we are also going to be picking members of Congress…and voting third-party does not mean not voting. It doesn’t mean voting for Trump. It means voting for our conscience.

She and her friend are both holding a tombstone saying “Democracy: Slain by fraud: 2016.”

1:22:35: Caitlin from Seattle: “… And I’m doing this for my daughter, so she never has to know about voting for the lesser of two evils.

Holding a Bernie or Bust sign. “She’s 11 years old and she is so proud of me for being here.”

1:24:25: Jeff, responding to a live stream viewer: “Hi Laurel. I am being very careful. See all the police who are here to protect me? I am being very careful.”

Police were standing right next to me, Already in frame, before I started saying that.

1:24:30: Clearing up misconceptions of all the police at the walk out. Fears that they were there to prevent delegates from leaving or reentering the building. They were only there in anticipation of something happening. Nothing did.

1:25:55: Moshi O’Connor, from New York, sister of a Bernie delegate from Connecticut. The other one holding a tombstone.

Tough couple of days… This whole thing was rigged. Bernie was robbed… It stings and it hurts. He ran a clean campaign… He definitely lit a fire inside of me, and I’m going to keep on fighting.

I am Bernie or Bust. I will be voting for that warrior woman over there, Jill Stein. Dr. Jill Stein.

1:28:00: Meira talks about how meaningless the DNC public apology to Bernie is, since they’re not going to do anything about it. No revote. No investigation.

Jeff: “Using ‘sorry’ as an excuse to do whatever you want.”

1:29:20: The entrance of FDR Park (the sign), and lots and lots of police. Presumably many having exited the park since it is near curfew time.

1:30:10: Talking with the police officer, who I’m not putting on camera, about being able to stay in the park overnight. Originally there was resistance from the Philly government about doing so, but this police officer says that people are welcome to pitch a tent and sleep over.

This was a point of contention between my organization, Philly.FYI and the Philadelphia government. It is a relief to hear him say this. This is a very big concession that we fought for.

1:33:50: Meira and I talk about Ron Suarez, who we worked with together on, with Shyla.

1:34:50: Meira: Seen on Twitter: “If the Bernie or Buster movement stop their childish behavior, we will CONSIDER (all caps) consider forgiving us for our rowdy ways.”

1:35:40: Baby being carried in a chest-front carrier.

1:37:25-1:42:05: Emotional reunion with Eric Beechwood.

Eric and I have been struggling to create a connection between Bernie supporters and delegates. In a way we failed today, but as you’ll see tomorrow, we ended up having an even bigger success (article coming…).

1:42:25-1:46:00: Ashley Perkins, Bernie delegate from Connecticut, at the end of an interview. Then we talk.

“I spoke to Rosario Dawson for an hour. An hour! She is so down to earth.”

Addressing the concern that the walkout would result in our credentials would be stripped for the rest of the convention. “I don’t think they would strip our credentials and then say ‘Vote for Hillary’. I don’t think that makes that much sense.”

1:46:30: Ooh ooh ooh peace singing group. Bizarre and beautiful experience. Directly in the middle of the Broad and Pattison intersection.

Holding melting candles with small white paper plates for the dripping wax.

Over the course of five minutes this group, with new additions, gradually surrounds me (and other livestreamers) in a circle.


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“We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.”


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“one love.”


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“We are the ones.”


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Sign: “Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity.”


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Sign: “FREE HUGS”

“Everybody sing.”

Eric describes the situation.

1.54:50: They sit.


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1:55:20: Reunion with Jamhar. We had some tension working together at Philly.FYI, but it’s genuinely nice seeing him.


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Help me fix the original video, please.

As described in this question-post, after the first five minutes in the original version of this video, the video track goes badly out of sync with its audio track. I don’t know how to fix this, and I need help. I think the above “fixed” video could be a lot better, with potentially some of the dropped audio (like Roger Ailes) restored. If you know how to do this, please contact me or leave a comment below. Thanks.

Nuisance: Wed 7/27: NJ delegate 20 feet away from Bernie Sanders during roll-call, describes what happened to trigger the #DNCWalkout.

Richard MacFarlane, NJ Bernie Sanders delegate from North Jersey. A Berniecrat for congress that ran unsuccessfully in the primary.

1:00: “Vermont is seated right next to NJ”

1:25: “When it reached Vermont, they said ‘pass’.”

They went through the states in alphabetical order. “When it reached Vermont, they said ‘pass’.” They wanted to be the final state, but at first Richard thought it was a protest of some sort.

1:35: Gives example of what each state said when it was their turn in the roll call.

  • Brag about the state
  • Votes for Bernie
  • Votes for Hillary
  • Kept it relatively short.

2:20: Near when it made it back to Vermont again, Bernie came out. Richard could not see him, despite only twenty feet away, because of press and people.

3:45: “All the cameras were on him. The crowd was cheering Bernie.”

4:20: Didn’t hear the exact words, but after saying them, he walked straight back, up the stairs, towards the main hallway. Now he was gone.

5:15: “Everybody started walking out. And it was everybody all at once.”

“I had no prior knowledge… It didn’t really have a leadership. But they were talking about it, and they managed to do it quietly.”

6:50: “once everybody was already outside, I said, ‘Well, let’s see what they’re doing.’ It was the most interesting thing going on right then.’ ”

7:00: Jeff: “How many people got up in New Jersey?” Richard: “It seemed like all of them.”

Richard: “It seemed like all of them. [All] 48 Bernie delegates. When I left, there were a lot of people still down on the floor, walking to the stairs, using the stairs to leave.”

7:40: Richard: “It wasn’t like a few hundred people, it was a mass exit. My guess is about 1,400 people.”

“It’s took a long time to get out of the building.” Implying a large enough crowd to fill and clog the hallways.

11:00: Speculation about what happened inside the press tent: “The cops were with [those delegates in the press tent], but because there was no specific leader, it was hard to negotiate with them.”

Negotiating to get out of the building. But there were lots of interviews with the press inside the tent, but “they’ll never use it.”

15:50: Richard: “Bizarre and interesting fits this entire experience.”

18:30: “What’s new is guys like Jeff, with a mobile phone who can interview people endlessly. What’s new is social media.”

21:00: Richard: “…and then I’m probably going to have lunch.”

Jeff: “Are all Bernie delegates going to have lunch?”

Richard: “Yes. I think all Bernie delegates are going to eat lunch. That’s a good question.” Smiles.

22:25: Jeff: “I expect to see a whole lot of nothing, but that’s not the point. The point is to talk ask the people around me what they think is going on. Because that’s what matters.”

Viewer question from Jenny Smith: “What do you expect to see you today?”

Jeff: “Oh, I am here until the end. This is not fun, this is a job. You guys need to know what happens from our point of view. And we want you to know, because you were the ones that actually care about our point of view.”

Nuisance: Wed 7/27: A Hillary delegate’s perspective of the the #DNCWalkout. [Timestamped highlights]

Councilman Kwanzaa Hall from Atlanta, and friend of Killer Mike, while traveling on the subway.

Highlights from this video

0: Bernie delegates are feeling disenfranchised by the Hillary campaign and by the Democratic Party

He states it wasn’t totally appropriate that Bernie people cheered in the middle of speakers, but,

come on, this is the Super Bowl of politics… You’ve never been heckled? … Sorry y’all, that means you haven’t done enough to reach out.

If you haven’t reached out to people and they feel like you don’t give a shit, that’s what you get! It’s on you. The onus is on the person who is trying to lead.

3:55: His perspective of the walkout: “It’s all fair in politics.”

The fact that some people walked out and they didn’t want to be a part of the process at that moment? It means you’re supposed to go out and ask them, ‘Hey, Can we have another conversation?’

The folks who are on the winner side or the ones that need to reach out.

5:05: Discussing the booing of Elijah Cummings on Monday night.

He thought it was unfortunate, but not directed to him, and the scheduling of the speakers enabled.

I, Jeff, spoke to Mr. Cummings off the record on Tuesday, and he was viscerally, visibly angry. I found it surprising that someone so involved in the African-American struggle was unable to see the motivations behind it, and was only taking it personally. I understand he gradually responded on the record with respect towards the protesters.

7:30: Kerith talks about how the term “white privilege” makes no sense in her district, which is primarily white and poor.

9:20: Michelle brings up Hillary Clinton’s struggles with authenticity.

11:30: Kerith: Some of Trunp’s supporters think he’s authentic.

One thing Trump was successful with, that Bernie was not, was that Trump won despite the establishment not wanting him.

3:15: Councilman: “He needed to pivot that because of the reality of this business.”

He is framing Bernie Sanders stump speech as “narrative” as opposed to realistic/actual policy. But with Bernie Sanders, those two things are one of the same.

Jeff: “How do you pivot when your word is your bond?”

He answers, but the true answer, in my opinion, is that you don’t. When your word is your bond you don’t pivot. You change your words the first time, so pivoting is not necessary. “Pivot” is a pretty and gentle word for lie and mislead.

15:30: Kerith makes the point that Bernie was getting so many new voters, that he should’ve focused less on persuadable voters. Kwanzaa agrees.

As we approach the station in the end of the video, I ask him his name again. He says he’s a city councilman in district 2 in Atlanta Georgia.

Jeff: “And you’re in Killer Mike’s district right?” Kwanzaa: “No, Killer Mike is in mine.” Smirks.

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.”