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Building Bridges Within The Democratic Party

The Democratic party is working to build strong bridges between those members who followed the DNC during the 2016 elections and those members who bucked the DNC by supporting Senator Bernie Sanders.

Throughout the DNC election process all of the candidates spoke about working to bring “Sanders wing” and the “Clinton wing” together and building a strong grassroots movement to fight back against the Trump-GOP agenda.

This morning the DNC sent out this email:

Sanders and Perez Announce “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour 

Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chair Tom Perez and other Democratic Party leaders will be traveling to nine “red” and “purple” states starting on April 17th.  Along with local activists they are tentatively scheduled to hold rallies in Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Nebraska, Utah, Montana, Arizona and Nevada. More information will be released in the coming days. The purpose of their trip is to begin the process of creating a Democratic Party which is strong and active in all 50 states, and a party which focuses on grassroots activism and the needs of working families.

Sanders and Perez stated: “At a time of massive income and wealth inequality and a shrinking middle class, we need a government which represents all Americans, not just Wall Street, multi-national corporations and the top 1 percent. Regardless of where they live or their political affiliations, most people understand that it is absurd for Republicans in Congress to support huge tax breaks for billionaires while pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They understand that the recent Republican health care proposal which would have thrown 24 million Americans off of their health insurance, substantially raised premiums for older workers and defunded Planned Parenthood while, at the same time, providing almost $300 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent is a disgraceful idea.”

Sanders and Perez will speak out for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, pay equity for women, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, combatting climate change, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, criminal justice reform, comprehensive immigration reform and tax reform which demands that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes.

We need to rise up together and build on the grassroots momentum that has emerged after Trump was elected.  We must work together to fight back against the anti-worker, anti-women, anti-immigrant policies being pushed in Washington and our own State House’s.

Despite the outcome of the 2016, polling still shows that our agenda is the American agenda.  Our platform of raising wages, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, college affordability, climate change, and immigration reform is what “we the people” want our government to act on.

The race to take back control of our State Houses and Congress in 2018 has already begun and we must work together to put an end to the regressive policies being rolled out by Trump and the entire GOP.


DNCC Announces Americans from Across the Country to Speak at Democratic National Convention

Grandmother from Keene to be one of the speakers who will tell their personal stories

PHILADELPHIA – Ahead of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25th to July 28th, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced a diverse range of everyday Americans – including a grandmother from Keene, NH – who will share their stories and experiences at the convention of an America that is stronger together.

As Donald Trump begins his divisive convention in Cleveland with dangerous ideas that would pose a threat to our economy and national security, Democrats are preparing to lay out the clear stakes in this election in Philadelphia – 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.

At the Democratic National Convention, the diverse experiences and voices of Americans from across the country will be shared with millions of Americans: A director of a non-profit community group in Pennsylvania that educates youth to prevent gun violence. A gold star widow from Texas. A mother from Ohio who works two jobs to pay off student loans and raise their kids.

Hillary Clinton has spent her entire career working with both parties to make a difference for children, families, and our country. As president, she’ll build a future that draws us together and allows all Americans to share in the rewards of our prosperity and security.

Below is a list of Americans who will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention.  Additional speakers, including national leaders, advocates and celebrities will be announced in the coming days.


Monday – United Together: Putting Families First

Pam Livengood – Keene, NH – Pam and her family have been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their daughter’s struggle with addiction. Pam raised the issue with Hillary while participating at a roundtable during the first trip to New Hampshire.

Karla & Francisca Ortiz – Las Vegas, NV – Karla is an American citizen but her parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the campaign ad, Brave.

Anastasia Somoza – New York, NY – Anastasia, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and is an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anastasia interned for Hillary Clinton in her U.S. Senate office and on the 2000 campaign for senate. Anastasia first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting for kids.


Tuesday – A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families

Jelani Freeman – Washington, DC – Jelani grew up in foster care and is a former intern in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked to bring opportunity to kids at risk.

Thaddeus Desmond – Philadelphia, PA – Similar to Hillary’s work at the Children’s Defense Fund, Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia.

Dynah Haubert – Philadelphia, PA – Dynah is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization and teaches those with disabilities to advocate for themselves.

Kate Burdick – Philadelphia, PA – Kate is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.

Anton Moore – Philadelphia, PA – Anton founded and runs a nonprofit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence.

Dustin Parsons – Little Rock, AR – Dustin is currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Arkansas.

Students from Eagle Academy – New York, NY – As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy was featured in the ad Came Through during the New York primary.

Joe Sweeney – New York, NY – Joe was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.

Lauren Manning – New York, NY – Lauren was one of the most severely injured survivors of 9/11. She spent more than 6 months in the hospital recovering from 82.5% total body burns. As senator, Hillary helped Lauren navigate red tape to get the care she needed.

Ryan Moore – South Sioux City, NE – Ryan has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when his family came to Washington, DC for an event to advocate for health care reform. Brian Moore, Ryan’s father, lost his job when his employer was unwilling to cover treatment for Ryan’s health condition. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.


Wednesday – Working Together: A Clear Choice

Erica Smegielski – Prospect, CT – 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. Erica was featured in the ad, My Mom.

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

Jamie Dorff – Leander, TX – 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.


Thursday – Stronger Together

Henrietta Ivey – Detroit, MI – Henrietta is a home care worker Hillary met while campaigning in Michigan who is helping to lead the Fight for $15.

Beth Mathias – Marion, OH – Beth works two jobs and her husband works the nightshift at a factory in Ohio. Hillary met Beth at a roundtable in Marion.

Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed – Bonner Springs, KS – Jensen was fired from her job at a pizza restaurant for asking her boss why she was paid 25 cents less than her male co-worker and friend, Jake. After Jensen and Jake’s story came to light, Hillary tweeted “Good for you, Jensen. Every woman deserves equal pay, no matter what her age. Keep up the hard work—and courage!”

Khizr Khan – Charlottesville, VA – Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun S. M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Clinton spoke extensively about Kahn during a speech in Minneapolis.


About the Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking Convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to take the Convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.

The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President.  At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.

The CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention is Reverend Leah D. Daughtry. The official website of the 2016 Democratic National Convention is www.demconvention.com.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Speaks At DNC

Good evening, brothers and sisters. I’m Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. I’m a third-generation coal miner from Nemacolin, Pennsylvania. I’m here on behalf of millions of people who do the work of America.

Last week, Mitt Romney told us that he and his friends built America—without any help from the rest of us. Well, let me tell you, Mitt Romney doesn’t know a thing about hard work or responsibility. We are the ones who built America. We are the ones who build it every single day—because it is our work that connects us all.

Look around this convention, at all the hard-working men and women who make this place run—the ones keeping us safe, serving our food, driving our buses, and cleaning up after the party’s over. When we go home tonight, the workers will be mopping and vacuuming, and picking up our trash. So when you have a chance, thank a worker! We know that every worker—here in North Carolina, just like in every state in this country, and every country in the world—deserves the right to organize and bargain collectively. And the Democratic platform—unlike its counterpart in Tampa—makes crystal clear that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party will fight to protect and strengthen this fundamental human right.

My friends, our country has a big job to do. We have to rebuild our middle class—together. Our economy works best when it works for everyone, not just a select few. Our history teaches us that shared prosperity is the only kind that lasts. In the 21st century global economy, prosperity requires leaders committed to creating good jobs by investing in our future—in our ports and roads and bridges and airports, in energy and telecommunications, and in our public schools. Leaders who are serious about rebuilding our manufacturing economy. Leaders like Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

We know that the wealthiest and most powerful among us, those who have benefited most in recent years, must do their part to help rebuild America. Prosperity requires economic security. We will stand with leaders who protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—not those who plan cuts to benefits working people have paid for, earned and are counting on.

Prosperity requires democracy—starting with the essential right of everyone in this great country to a voice, both in the ballot box and in the workplace. The right to solve problems together and to climb the ladder to the middle class the old-fashioned way, through hard work fairly rewarded. President Obama and Vice President Biden have put the country on the right path—toward jobs and shared prosperity, despite the obstruction they faced from a dishonest, politically motivated, economically challenged republican majority in congress.

We face a choice in November: between division and decline, and unity and growth. We love our country. We built it. We defend it. We wake it up each morning. We make it run, and we put it to sleep each night. Our country needs unity. Our country needs leadership. Our country needs Barack Obama!

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The First Lady Says, “How Hard You Work Matter More Than How Much You Make”

Did you miss it? Did you miss Michelle Obama amazing speech at the DNC Last night?

Here it is just in case you missed it, or if your like me, and want to watch it again.

“We learned the truth counts.”

“Being President doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are.”

“So many had a hand in our success, from the teachers that inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean.”

“For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make,
it is the difference you make in peoples lives.”

“Barack knows the American Dream Because he has lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have the same opportunity no matter where we are from, what we look like, or who we love”

“My favorite title is Mom-in-Chief”

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