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Arab American Institute Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 3

It was an packed night last night. The Convention was bursting from the seams with Democrats eager to salute the Party’s top elected officials – Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. We also got a first hand look at Hillary Clinton’s pick for Vice President, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. There’s a lot to cover on all fronts, so here is your DNC Day 3 dispatch:

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DNCC Announces Final Night Line-Up for Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced the program for the final day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. The night will end with Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic Party’s nomination.

In Philadelphia, Democrats have laid out the clear stakes in this election – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where we are stronger together and everyone has a role to play in building our future.
The program is listed below:

 

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EDT) 

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The Speeches

It was surprising how hard last night’s speakers went after Donald Trump. I had thought they  would all stay positive, in diametric opposition to the RNC’s no-ideas-only-hatefest last week. But the main speeches were intertwined with condemnation of Trump, and positiveness of we Americans, democracy, the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton. It’s hard to pick a favourite between Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden, it really is, for different reasons, both were masterful. Mike for being a billionaire and an Independent talking honestly about what a con artist Trump is, and showing all of us how the rich actually act. Uncle Joe for reminding us what it means to be proud, patriotic Americans with liberal values. After the jump, both speeches for your viewing pleasure.  Also included, President Obama’s speech, his fourth at the DNC.  That’s fourth so far, but he may reach Bill Clinton’s ten.

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DNCC Announces Third Night Program for Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced the program for the third day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia fromJuly 25 to July 28.

In Philadelphia, Democrats are laying out the clear stakes in this election – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.

On Wednesday night, speakers will discuss how Hillary Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring Americans together to get real results for our families. Her strong leadership will deliver economic results for all Americans and keep us safe. While Donald Trump is in over his head and reckless, Hillary can provide the leadership we need for the country we want to be.

The program is listed below:
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EDT)

Call to Order
U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

Invocation
Rev. William Byron

Pledge of Allegiance
Monroe Handy

National Anthem
Sebastien De La Cruz

Vice Presidential Nomination

Remarks
Daniel Driffin

HIV/AIDS Activist from Georgia

Remarks
Neera Tanden

President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Remarks
U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)

Remarks
U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)

Remarks
U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

Remarks
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (California)

Remarks
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (California)

Remarks
President of NARAL Ilyse Hogue

Remarks
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Chair, U.S. Representative Judy Chu (California)

Remarks
Brooks Bell

Brooks is a young female tech entrepreneur from North Carolina

Remarks
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

In Memoriam
Introduced by Convention Chair U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

 

6:00 – 10:00 PM (EDT)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Chair, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (New Mexico)

Our America Musical Performance

Remarks
Civil Rights Leader Reverend Jesse Jackson

Remarks
Actress Star Jones

Remarks
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

Congressional Black Caucus
Chair, U.S. Representative GK Butterfield (NC)

Remarks
President of EMILY’s List Stephanie Schriock

Remarks
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)

Remarks
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

Remarks
U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (Arizona)

Remarks
Jamie Dorff

Jamie’s husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

Remarks
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Remarks
Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley

Introduction of Film
Actress Sigourney Weaver

Remarks
California Governor Jerry Brown

Remarks
Director Lee Daniels

Remarks
Christine Leinonen, Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada

Christine Leinonen is the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed in the Pulse attack in Orlando. Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada are survivors of the attack at the nightclub in Orlando.

Remarks
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)

Remarks
Erica Smegielski

Erica’s mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures.

Remarks
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

Remarks
Actress Angela Bassett

Remarks
Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

Remarks
Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly

Musical Performance

Remarks
Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN)

Remarks
Kristen Kavanaugh

Kristen Kavanaugh is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps Captain who deployed to Iraq. She later co-founded the Military Acceptance Project, a California-based social justice organization dedicated to promoting acceptance of marginalized populations within the military.

Remarks
Former Congressman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Remarks
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Introduction of Speaker
Dr. Jill Biden

Remarks
Vice President Joe Biden

Remarks
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Remarks
Michael Bloomberg

Musical Performance
Lenny Kravitz

 

10:00 – 11:00 PM (EDT)

Remarks
Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine

Introduction of Film
Sharon Belkofer

Sharon Belkofer is the mother of fallen Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer. Her son was killed when a suicide bomber detonated a minibus in a convoy carrying Belkofer and three other high-ranking officers in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Remarks
President Barack Obama

Benediction
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

 

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Arab American Institute Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 2

What’s done is done and our 2016 presidential race officially has nominees from the two major US political parties! In a history-making moment, the Democratic Party has nominated it’s first female candidate for President last night. Here’s your DNC Day 2 Daily Dispatch!

Arab Americans at the Convention

  • Our block party – Ahlan Wa Sahlan Philly! – was a huge success! We had music, dabke, food, hookah, some stand up comedy, and a ton of fun saluting the nominee! Check out some early pictures and stay tune for our wrap up of all that went down.
  • AAIF hosted a luncheon for the nearly 50 Arab American delegates that are in Philadelphia – along with the many more on staff with the DNC, this year we have one of the largest Arab American contingent in our history! Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Debbie Dingell, and Billy Shaheen joined us for delicious food and to hear the stories of how and why Arab Americans have gotten involved in the political process.
  • Check out Arab American Clem Balanoff casting Illinois’ official votes on the convention floor. Clem served as the Illinois state Director for Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
  • AAI President Dr. Jim Zogby and Executive Director Maya Berry briefed the U.S. State Department’s foreign press. Listen to their remarks here.

–> Follow AAI’s two issue forums today from 1:00-2:30pm and 3:00-4:30pm (est). We’ll be tweeting and, hopefully, live streaming on our Facebook page. More info on the panels here.

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Day 2 and YOU. ARE. THERE.

orange barrietI attended two terrific events yesterday. A Taste of Emerge was an introduction from the group Emerge, which trains women to run for office. The Future of Healthcare was a panel discussion. They are each detailed below. After those events, At the end of the second event came the high point of my experience of this convention. A compliment I will not soon forget.

I dropped by the Progressive Democrats of America location: a place to stop and recharge and be amoungst (in my case) like-minded people. I was then walking back to the next event, when the collision occurred. The sidewalk was narrow and filled with people. The street was blocked with orange barriers as there was construction. I saw him coming. A big guy. I tried to get out of his way, but there was nowhere to go. He knocked me into the orange barrier, and the brunt was taken by my bad knee. He was playing Pokémon Go. He never saw me, although a couple nearby people yelled at him, then stopped him, and he picked me up. My first thought was that those barriers are a lot sturdier then they look.

Pat and Irene

DNC Volunteers Pat (L) and Irene (R)

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Day 1 and YOU. ARE. THERE

Day 1 started with the news that Debbie Wasserman Shultz was booed by her own delegation at the Florida breakfast.. Not dissuaded, I tried to take SEPTA into Philadelphia but due to the heat, there were long delays (beyond the already abbreviated schedule) and so I too my very first Uber ride. It was delightful.

imageThe logistics of the Philly convention are somewhat challenging. The day starts for all of the delegates at 7 a.m. when they need to pick up their credentials for the day at their hotels, some of which are 30 miles from the city. For the rest of us needing daily credentials, the day starts at the Philadelphia Convention Center (PCC), People milling about, attending meetings, caucuses and trainings.

Ralph RodlandThe first person I met was a Hillary delegate from North Carolina,  Ralph Rodland. We had a fantastic chat about HB1, and his belief that Pat McCrory’s days are numbered. He’s thrilled to be here as a Hillary delegate. He did ask whether it was always this hot here in Philly, since it’s actually cooler and less humid back home in North Carolina right now.

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DNC Statement on Released Emails

“On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not — and will not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again.

“We are embarking on a convention today that — thanks to the great efforts of Secretary Clinton, her team, Senator Sanders, his team, and the entire Democratic Party — will show a forward-thinking and optimistic vision for America, as compared to the dark and pessimistic vision that the GOP presented last week in Cleveland. Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Democrats across the country, thanks to Democratic Party that is strong, unified, and poised for victory in November.”

Donna Brazile, Incoming Interim Chair
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Secretary
Andrew Tobias, Treasurer
Raymond Buckley, Vice Chair, ASDC President
Maria Elena Durazo, Vice Chair
Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vice Chair
Henry R. Muñoz III, National Finance Committee Chair

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DNCC Announces Opening Night Program for Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced the program for the opening day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. Additional speakers will continue to be announced throughout the convention. In Philadelphia, Democrats are preparing to lay out the clear stakes in this election – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.

Monday will focus on putting the future of American families front and center and how we’re stronger together when we build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top and when everyone has a chance to live up to their God-given potential.

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DNCC Announces Officers for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Committee today announced leaders from across the country who will serve as officers for the convention.

In Philadelphia, Democrats will lay out the clear stakes in this election – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.

Hillary for America Convention Chair – former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Permanent Convention Chair – U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge
Honorary Chair – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Temporary Chair – U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Co-Chairs:
Co-Chair – U.S. Representative Maxine Waters
Co-Chair – Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo
Co-Chair – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
Co-Chair – Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta
Co-Chair – U.S. Senator Gary Peters
Co-Chair – Honorable Wellington Webb
Vice Chairs:
Vice Chair – Lilly Ledbetter
Vice Chair – Chair of the LPAC Board Laura Ricketts
Vice Chair – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
Vice Chair – Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece
Vice Chair – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
Vice Chair – U.S. Representative Doris Matsui
Vice Chair – President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin
Vice Chair – President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Doug McCarron
Vice Chair – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Vice Chair – U.S. Representative James Clyburn
Vice Chair – Honorable Mark Pryor
Vice Chair – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
Vice Chair – Vice President of the Young Democrats of America Louis Elrod

Secretary – Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake

Parliamentarians:
Lead Parliamentarian – U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer
Deputy Parliamentarian – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman
Parliamentarian – Helen McFadden
Parliamentarian – Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson
Parliamentarian – Harold Ickes
Parliamentarian – Kevin O’Keefe

Sergeants at Arms:
Sergeant at Arms – U.S. Representative John Lewis
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – Former Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Terry O’Sullivan

Doorkeeper – Minyon Moore
Timekeeper – Transgender rights advocate Marisa Richmond

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