Kansas Democratic Party Chair Lee Kinch saw history being made eight years ago when Barack Obama became the first African-American nominee for president. He witnessed history again Thursday night when Hillary Clinton walked onstage as the first female nominee of a major party.
Yamiche Alcindor, a national politics reporter for The New York Times, talks with AllDigitocracy’s Jon Dowding about why the appearance of Mothers of the Movement at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is so significant. Mothers of the Movement is comprised of mothers whose children have been killed by police.
PHILADELPHIA – Vermont delegate Maria Rinaldi said she was unable to sit with the Vermont delegation at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night because of her disability. “I was really surprised to learn that Vermont was not in an accessible area, and so on the first night, I was forced to sit isolated in the ADA section,” Rinaldi said.
The four-day Democratic National Convention, which focused on party unity, did not completely succeed in bringing Vermont’s delegates into the fold. Many still cling to Bernie Sanders’ revolution and remain reluctant to vote for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Jo Sabel Courtney, a first-time pledged delegate from Stowe, said the convention has been “an emotional journey.”
Regardless of whether their work at the Democratic National Convention transforms into progress, delegates from Mississippi said they’ve been working hard. “It’s been jam-packed, overwhelming, exhilarating, amazing,” said Bear Atwood when asked to describe her experience of the last 96 hours at the convention in Philadelphia.
Mark Hoover became three things in the time span of one year – a teacher, a prom king, and now a national delegate for the Democratic Party. A social studies teacher at Pasco High School, Hoover, 33, was elected prom king by students in his first year.
On the last day of the Democratic National Convention, California’s Hillary Clinton campaign feels it accomplished its goal of unity within the party. But some delegates for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are still unpersuaded that they should check their dislike of Clinton and vote for her rather than Republican Donald Trump.