Nuisance: Mon 7/25: Day one. Finding our seats, interviews with Ken Rudin and Josh Fox, opening gavel drops. [Timestamped highlights]

Part one: Interview with Political Junkie Ken Rudin, formerly of NPR

I’m a big fan.

Follow his new (non-NPR) podcast at http://krpoliticaljunkie.com

4:00: Debra Wasserman Schultz quitting the DNC and getting an honorary chair position on Hillary’s campaign in the same day is “extraordinarily politically tone deaf.”

5:45: “Debra Wasserman Schultz got overwhelmingly booed by the Florida delegation.”

Part 2: Walking the halls, interview with Josh Fox, opening gavel drops

0-5:20: Walking through the halls and into the main “bowl” area.

Just giving a feel for the place.

3:30: “The name is Sanders. Hi.”

A volunteer in the bowl.

“The name is Sanders. Hi.”

“I voted for you.” Laughs.

5:20-10:20: Interview with Josh Fox in the upper hallway.

Josh is the director of a fracking documentary, and a member of the platform committee, which helped write the platform. He talks about its environmental aspects.

Jeff: “Regardless of the progress made in the platform, do you see the TPP as sabotaging all of that, or are you still happy despite?”.

Josh: “That the Democrats have handed Donald Trump this issue [by not opposing the TPP], just handed it to him in a silver platter, is insane.”

“85% of those under 45 years old voted for Bernie…”

Jeff: “…and Hillary does not seem to be fighting for their vote.”

9:15: “Hillary: wake up!”

10:10: Josh abruptly walks away, practically in mid-sentence.

10:25-13:15: Walking through the hallways again.

11-15: Interview with volunteers checking credentials of those trying to enter the bowl.

Reggie Creed from Westhampton New Jersey. Two years retired. Excited for this opportunity to volunteer at this first convention.

Jeff: “Do you support one or the other?”

Reggie: “Yes.”

Jeff: “Don’t want to say?”

Reggie: “Have to remain neutral.”

Jeff: “If you didn’t have to remain neutral, who would you say?”

Smile.

“No? I didn’t trick you?” Laughs. “OK thanks for volunteering.”

13:15: Entering the main “bowl” area while the ceremonies begin. Gospel choir is on stage singing “Glory Glory Hallelujah”.

17:00-22:45: “I hereby call the 47th Quadrennial Democratic National Convention to order.”

Finding my seats, the opening gavel drops.

I’m on the floor near the main stage, focused roughly on the performing gospel choir.

19:45: I find the New Jersey section. The opening gavel drops.

“I hereby call the 47th Quadrennial Democratic National Convention to order.”

20:45: My hotel roommate, Richard, introduces Peter Jacob, the only Berniecrat running in the general in New Jersey this year.

22:45: Bertin Lefkovic, New Jersey delegate and my whip: “Hillary’s putting me to sleep.” Laughs.

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: #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.”

Introducing Kerith Strano-Taylor, Democratic candidate (in the general!) for US Congress, for PA-5.

On Wednesday morning, on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, fellow New Jersey delegates and I went to a hotel in Center City Philly to attend a conference, but we were unable to get in because the room was too small for the turnout. They scheduled a new one for a few hours later, so we waited around. The point at which this video starts, I had just finished a 36 minute interview and was signing off. But then I saw this person animatedly talking with Richard, my delegate-hotel roommate, and I decided to continue recording and meet her.

Her name is Kerith Strano-Taylor and in addition to being a Bernie Sanders delegate from Pennsylvania, she is also a Democratic candidate for US Congress in PA-5, the far northwest corner of Pennsylvania. She was unchallenged in the primary, and is now in the general. Now. As you can see, she is a passionate person, and I ended up spending most of the day with her, much of it recording her talking about anything she wanted to talk about.

In this video, Kerith talks about her background, her experience as the only Democratic member of her school board (“The schools were terrible because of funding cuts. Do I take my kids to another school? No, I run for school board.”), elected by her peers as president, and why she decided to run for congress.

Please help Kerith win. Donate, volunteer, and vote for her this November.

http://kstforcongress.com

Nuisance: Wed 7/27: Waiting for a DNC conference to begin. Talking about small donors, the TPP, and Frank Underwood. [Timestamped highlights]

Highlights from this video

0:20: Impassioned speech by New Jersey delegate Richard MacFarlane about how everyone has something to give, even if it’s not a lot.

You know, we have to accept this. We all have $27 a month that we can give to a political candidate somewhere. And if we all do it then they’re going to have the money they need to run a campaign. So they don’t have to go in beg the rich people.

And if we don’t have $27, you know what, we have five dollars. Because I had five people who gave me five dollars each in my gofundme site. And I appreciate those people as much as the people who gave the most amount of money. And even more, because you know what, you got to be broke to give some guy five dollars.

So I had poor people helping me get here today. And I have to go forward with their good intentions. I have to fight for them, because they’re willing to give me their lunch money. We can’t deny that they need help, and that we can help them. What we have to do is find ways to make it matter. As long as we can figure out how to do that, and be ready to donate to candidates that matter, they won’t need the rich people. Everything can change, and it’s all going to start with you as an individual.

1:40: Michelle: “Before Bernie Sanders, You had a reason to be complacent.”

“Before Bernie Sanders, You had a reason to be complacent… You had to know people, you had to have big, dirty money. You don’t have that excuse anymore, that you can’t do it with small money.”

5:20: We realize that Bernie Sanders was 40 years old in 1981, when he first became mayor of Burlington. Many of us in our forties feel hope.

6:00: Wayne: “I’m a young 50.” Jeff: “You don’t look a day over 72.”

6:35: Jeff: “Can you please describe the big F.U.?” Frank Underwood. Netflix is giving out shirts in front of the Convention Center.

They end by discussing campaign-finance, citizens United, and how the TPP is the immediate crisis and trumps all of it.

Bernie Sanders NJ pledged delegate Richard MacFarlane: “If we don’t have $27, we have $5. I appreciate those people even more, because, you know what, you got to be broke to give some guy five dollars.”

From this full video.

You know, we have to accept this. We all have $27 a month that we can give to a political candidate somewhere. And if we all do it then they’re going to have the money they need to run a campaign. So they don’t have to go in beg the rich people.

And if we don’t have $27, you know what, we have five dollars. Because I had five people who gave me five dollars each in my gofundme site. And I appreciate those people as much as the people who gave the most amount of money. And even more, because you know what, you got to be broke to give some guy five dollars.

So I had poor people helping me get here today. And I have to go forward with their good intentions. I have to fight for them, because they’re willing to give me their lunch money. We can’t deny that they need help, and that we can help them. What we have to do is find ways to make it matter. As long as we can figure out how to do that, and be ready to donate to candidates that matter, they won’t need the rich people. Everything can change, and it’s all going to start with you as an individual.

Michelle adds her thoughts:

Before Bernie Sanders, You had a reason to be complacent… You had to know people, you had to have big, dirty money. You don’t have that excuse anymore, that you can’t do it with small money.

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.”