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.


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: 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.



“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: 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.”



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.