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: Interviews with three delegates on Bernie or Bust, how they discovered Bernie Sanders, and how they plan on continuing the revolution. [Timestamped highlights]

Pat Merton Coyle and Anna Payne, Bernie delegates from Bucks County, PA.

10:25: Anna’s views on Bernie or Bust.

Anna: “To me, voting for Trump, or maybe even voting third party to a point of view, is like a slap in the face to Bernie, if Trump ends up winning this election.”

Jeff: “So what is your point of view on Bernie or Bust?”

Anna: “I understand it completely. And I’m not totally against it. But at the end of the day, you really have to look at what…what’s important to you? Now, some people will not be able to sleep at night voting for Secretary Clinton. Because they do not believe in her. And they do not believe that she will hold the platform up. That she will make good decisions. And if you cannot sleep at night voting for Secretary Clinton, I completely understand why you are Bernie or Bust.”

Jeff: “So what about those that say that Bernie or Bust is effectively a vote for Trump?”

Anna: “…I hope that the Bernie or Bust people, at least come out and vote down ticket. Because that is what matters… If they vote their conscience, I can’t argue with it. I can’t. Would I like to sit down and talk with someone that’s Bernie or Bust and talk with them? Of course. And explain to them, ‘The issues that you care about’–The Supreme Court is a huge issue. And I don’t even know if many people know about the Supreme Court. The person who gets into office is going to get two to four Supreme Court nominations. Those people are going to be on the Supreme court for years. And I don’t mean three years or four years. Decades.”

13:30: Pat’s views on Bernie or Bust: “We’re mourning the loss of our campaign.”

Pat: “I want people to vote their conscience, but I want people to make informed decisions. They call them throwaway votes. I don’t believe it’s throwing away if it’s what you absolutely believe in. But for every action there’s a reaction. And if too many people are Bernie or Bust, it could hurt the whole Democratic Party, up and down the ticket…

I think right now you have to realize that we’re mourning the loss of our campaign. We’re mourning the loss of Bernie as our candidate. We have to get past that and go on. And there’s a lot of people today who are saying, ‘I’m not going to vote at all, I’m going to stay home election day and cry maybe.’ And I understand that totally, because it is such an emotional thing. But I hope as the hurt goes down and people start to heal, that they well look at the issues, and look at the important things, such as the Supreme Court, such as how we treat our fellow citizens, whether or not we’re sending our children to war. And they do vote for who they believe is the best person.”

16:00: Anna’s hair is red, white, and blue, with a small, glittery, novelty Uncle Sam hat, pointing diagonally off of her head. The hat is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.

Jeff: “It’s your truth. As long as it’s respectful in your own way.” There is no need for suits and ties and traditional formal dress, if it’s not your truth.

17:10: Outrageous hotel costs, and Anna and Pat live 30-60 minutes away.

Pat: “400/night. My hotel the week before last was $159/night.”

Jeff: “Of course. Because they can. Because they can.”

18:10: Wayne Lewis, Bernie delegate from NJ-5, Galloway Township.

Wayne is in his early 50s, and, beyond voting “basically Democrat”, this is his first time being involved in politics. He is a mathematician in dynamical systems, with an interest in non-linear complex systems. “I’m interested in how economies work, how ecosystems work, how deregulation works.”

Wayne discusses how he discovered Bernie Sanders, what he plans on doing to continue staying involved (“The first step is going to be to get onto county committee.”).

19:51: “If you don’t get involved and you don’t vote, you don’t really have a right to complain.”

“I had very little experience in politics. It was Bernie Sanders who actually showed me the way to go with respect to politics. [This] is the first campaign that I’ve been involved with. I voted basically Democrat, but without giving much thought to it.

There was a period where I was just, like many Americans, wrapped up in my own life. Wrapped up in what I was doing to make money, and the relationship with my family. And just not really paying much attention to what was going on outside of my own little world.

Interestingly, about three years ago, a friend of mine who is pretty conservative, he’s a Republican, said to me–and I used to say the same thing a lot of people say: ‘Why even bother? Your vote doesn’t really mean anything. It’s all rigged. And what’s the point?’.

My friend said to me, “You know, you do an awful lot of complaining about the way the things are. And if you don’t get involved and you don’t vote, you don’t really have a right to complain.”

20:25: “I started to say something smart ass”, Jeff: “because that’s what you do.” Wayne: “Because that’s what I am. That’s what I do.”

This prompted him to dive into researching many issues, discovering how serious many issues are, and how everything is interconnected. Interrelated systemically.

It was at this point he saw Bernie Sanders, who put all of these pieces together into one coherent narrative, and was swept up into the campaign. Bernie Sanders was not the catalyst for him becoming involved, the issues were the catalyst.

24:30: $15/hour, for example, implemented in a vacuum and right away is a bad thing. But implemented with healthcare reform (and other supplemental reforms) and implement it over time, that could work.

Bernie Sanders’ stump speech is a coherent narrative, not a bunch of random nice ideas.

27:25: Interconnectedness: “the reality is one thing, the political reality is another.”

Can all these things be passed through congress at once? No, but the political reality doesn’t change that these issues are interconnected. They’re two separate problems.

28:40: The economics of Bernie Sanders’ policies.

30:50: “I want to be there [tonight at the DNC] for Barack Obama’s speech to hold up a ‘No TPP’ sign.”

He’s wearing a No TPP button.

32:40: Discussion of last night’s #DNCWalkout

“On my way here I was listening to NPR, and they saying, ‘Oh, about 200 Bernie delegates walked out.’ So they were really spinning it and they’re not really reporting it accurately.”

Jeff’s estimate before discussing it with anyone else: At least 500.

Wayne’s estimate: “More than half. At least a 1000. When I was looking around, there were a LOT of empty seats.”

34:50: Jeff: “Opening gavel time was changed to 4 o’clock.”

Jeff: “I don’t want to see Obama speak. Not as a protest, it just doesn’t interest me and I’m tired.”

It is at this point that I meet Kerith Strano-Taylor.

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: Lunch with Kerith Strano-Taylor. [Timestamped highlights]

I met Kerith about an hour ago, when we all attended a working family party conference on “continuing the revolution”, and we are now all making our way to the DNC together. First we stop for lunch. On the way, I teach Kerith how easy it is to livestream (“That’s it?!”), and ask if I can keep the camera on her so her constituents can hear her talk about…anything. And because it is a livestream, they can ask questions.

We arrive and I start the livestream, Kerith uses her phone to share it to a couple of her pages (watching me with a 15 second delay, from right across the table), and we begin. The lighting on Kerith is terrible for the first few minutes, but greatly improves after we switch sides at the six minute mark.

Highlights from this video

8:45: Jeff: “I might as well show you my lunch. That’s what social media is all about right?

9:10: Kerith wants the camera off of her so she can take a bite to eat. Michelle: “Hello my name is Michelle, and today I’ll be playing the part of Kerith.”

They talk in depth about charter schools. How their only benefit is making rich people richer. Michelle and Kerith are both on their local school boards.

15:00: Kerith reviews how her current Republican congressman believes that the lessons of charter schools should be brought to public schools…meaning that unions should be dismantled.

17:00: Charter schools get their money before public schools do, because only they have the right to sue.

18:30-25:20: Discussion of the idea of arming teachers: Kerith: “I’m a good shot, I like to shoot. But I don’t think I would be nearly as a good shot if I was being shot at. Let alone a whole bunch of babies between me and the target.”

No insurance company will grant policies to the schools that choose to do this.

24:15: Michelle: “We are resigned to so many things that we shouldn’t be resigning too. Like Bernie says, ‘Never lose your sense of outrage.'”

Jeff: “Are we allowed to have any sense of outrage at the DNC? No. Because that implies that there is a reason to have our age, and they can’t go there. They don’t want to go there.”

26:30: Kerith: “Trump believes that the country is broken and can’t get any worse. Bernie believes it’s is broken and that it can only get better. Hillary doesn’t believe that the country is broken.”

29:55: Kerith’s view on guns, as asked by a viewer.

32:55: Why Kerith likes guns.

She has no gun at home. But my neighbor “is well enough armed that, so at the zombie apocalypse, he can take care of me and my family.”

34:00: Discussion of the concept of taking a single incident of a crime, and expanding it into a law against all people, resulting in a more nefarious purpose. Such as voter ID laws preventing people to vote or with purchasing firearms.

42:15 Kerith’s friend and campaign volunteer, Jen. They met when Kerith represented her child’s father in court. According to Jen, Kerith was declared child advocate of the year.

46:30: Jen: “It’s not how well you can help people, it’s how good you can get a speech, how are you can raise money, how much you vote with your party.”