Bernie’s Movie Stars Call Press Conference, Media Swarms

Reporters awaiting the arrival of Susan Sarandon and other actors.

By Thomas Klodowsky

PHILADELPHIA- Dozens of reporters jockeyed for position, crowding around an empty stage.

Actors Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson had called an early evening press conference to once again highlight efforts within the Democratic Party leadership to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders, which were exposed in recently leaked emails.

“These are two sides that, frankly, are having a very difficult time communicating with each other,” said Gasland director Josh Fox of lingering tensions between supporters of Sanders and Clinton.

The media event was also called in support of Nina Turner, a former Ohio senator, who said she was scheduled to speak at the convention on Tuesday night before being ousted from the stage.  The decision for her ejection is reportedly due to her refusal to support Clinton.

“We stand with her, and we stand in opposition to anybody bringing any harm or any disrespect to her,” said Sanders activist YahNé Ndgo.

It was unclear what — if any — impact the press event would have on the larger convention, other than to once again raise the question of whether the most passionate Democratic Party activists will be able to reconcile before the general election in November.


Photo Essay: DNC Attire Extravagance

By Ashleigh Albert

PHILADELPHIA – Part of coming to the Democratic National Convention is to “see and be seen.” These delegates and volunteers have found silent, yet creative, ways to express campaign spirit.


A Pop-Up Art Gallery With A Political Twist

By Matthew Kass

PHILADELPHIA – A DNC-themed pop-up exhibit rips political The Nib Exteriorcartoons off the printed page and puts them in a public gallery space.

The Nib Takes Philly,” which is sponsored by the cartoon website called The Nib, features political cartoons and election-themed objects, and props at a location on Cherry Street in Old City.

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No one is spared. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and many other politicians are lampooned.

Cartoonist Matt Bors, 32, from Canton O.H., explained how the exhibit started with a simple idea.

“We had a new website launch last week, and we were talking about sending cartoonists to do live drawings,” said Bors. “Then it was maybe we can do a gallery show. It just sort of grew and grew into something quite big.”

Dan Perkins, 55, a cartoonist at the exhibit from Iowa City, I.A., The Nib Phanaticwho goes by the pen name Tom Tomorrow, said the exhibit is more than just comic relief.

“Cartoonists have been through a decade basically of newspapers going out of business, cutting budgets, and of websites not wanting to pay for cartoons,” he said. “The art form is kind of teetering on extinction.”

The Nib Police“So the fact that you have someone like Matt, with his energy and his ability to find someone to sponsor this and to pull this thing together,” Perkins continued. “I can’t even explain how important this is to cartooning.”





Delegate Makes Herself into a Human Campaign Sign


A delgate for Bernie Sanders made herself into campaign sign. (Britani Lee)
By Britani Lee

PHILADELPHIA -Olivia Love-Hatlestad, a delegate from Illinois, figured a way around the ban on homemade campaign signs at the Democratic National Convention.

“Since they told us we couldn’t have any unauthorized signs, I made myself a sign,” said Love-Hatlestad.

South Jersey Moms Advocate for “Common Sense Gun Laws” at DNC

Diana Trasatti and Meghan Adamoli (right) of Collingswood, NJ, advocate for “common sense gun laws” through their organization Moms Demand Action.

By Ashleigh Albert

PHILADELPHIA – Diana Trasatti and Meghan Adamoli, two mothers from Collingswood, NJ, want delegates at the Democratic National Convention to remember the number 91.

That is the number of Americans who die each day in gun-related incidents, they said.

As volunteers for the organization, Moms Demand Action, the two women spent the week in the halls of the Philadelphia Convention Center talking to attendees and asking them to sign a pledge to only vote for candidates who support tighter gun-control measures.

“Today politicians are taking pledges to end gun violence,” said Trasatti “We’ve come such a long way.”

Trasatti, 27, said she became passionate about gun law reform after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. She joined the organization’s Facebook page and later started to volunteer.

Moms Demand Action formally endorsed Hillary Clinton months ago. Trasatti hopes now that the nomination process is over, the party will come together around common issues.

“I think Sanders’ speech two nights ago indicated he wants the party to unify,” said Trasatti.

Adamoli, 35, made it clear that the organization is not against the Second Amendment, but advocates for what they call “gun sense laws,” which means for example, people shouldn’t be allowed to carry weapons in grocery stores.

“We simply need something to change,” she told delegates and guests who stopped at the stand.

Although gun control is a controversial issue, Adamoli said the response at the DNC has been overwhelmingly positive.

“There are so many people with differing views across the country, but everyone’s been so genuine,” said Adamoli.

Initially a Sanders supporter, Adamoli ended up voting for Clinton in the New Jersey primary because of the gun issue.

“It’s okay to be a single issue voter,” she said. “If members of the gun lobby are single-issue voters, people on the other end are allowed to be too.”

Adamoli added that she’s proud to be a resident of a state with tough laws against gun violence.

“We’ve got to make sure that stays strong and fight down attempts to take that away,” Adamoli said. “Being here is just one step into making gun-laws stronger. It’s a great way to start.”


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DNC 2016 – Day 3 Speakers

Scheduled speakers for the evening of July 27:

  • Erica Smegielski, daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary principal
  • Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, survivors of Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.
    Jamie Dorff, wife of Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq.
  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • President Barack Obama