Democratic Convention Notes for Day 2

We started with our virtual breakfast wanting to talk. The day before had been one of navigating the different meetings, caucuses, and councils. And excitement has grown as we proceed into the mechanics of nominating our Presidential candidate.

Our first speaker was U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse. He seemed to be on the circuit today but was ready to talk about going back in session to protect the Postal Service. There is probably going to be an attempt to have a reconciliation bill for the recovery.

Jena Griswold gave a rousing speech about her work as Secretary of State. She is now being featured nationally because she is successfully implementing vote by mail in the state of Colorado. She talked about her upcoming trip to Indian Country to insure that tribal members are getting registered and have what they need to vote.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell holds the seat in Alabama CD7. She lives in Selma, Alabama and was a great friend of U.S. Rep. John Lewis. She, like others, emphasized how important it is to vote.

I attended The Senior Council. Much of the presentations focused on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It is a fairly new council which has a lot of retired union members. Carolyn Boller has established a new Colorado Seniors group with Colorado Democratic Party.

My next stop with a grassroots fundraiser with Joe Biden and Tom Hanks. My favorite quote was from Joe Biden. He said you can’t defeat hate. It only hides. It comes out when you give it oxygen.  Leadership can decide whether to give oxygen to the hate.

The afternoon included attending the environment and climate change council. It was a popular group. The presentations were great, but there is so much work to be done. This was the same subject in one of the breakouts yesterday.  I want to connect older friends who have worked on this with the younger members of the council.

The Tennessee Democratic Party held a fundraiser to celebrate ratification of the women’s right to vote. The young women state legislators, mayors, secretary of states, and even the U.S. Congress were absolutely exciting. Paulette Jordan is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. She is young, yet experienced. And a tribal member.

The keynote tonight was young elected officials from all over the country. It was so impressive once again. Stacy Abrams of Georgia drew it all together.

There were speeches by Sally Yates, John Kerry, Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, and various other military. diplomatic and intelligence officers.  What was very exciting came after the nominations. The Roll Call went from state to state live for the announcement of votes. It was so awesome. Howard Chou, Vice Chair for the Colorado Democratic Party, took his family out to Red Rocks to deliver our vote. Joe Biden is our nominee.

The film on Jill and Joe Biden was very moving. But Jill Biden talking to us from an empty school, in the silent classroom was heartbreaking. She talked the virus and what it had done to families, to children, to teachers. She made a powerful case for why we need Joe Biden’s compassion, justice, leadership.

The women rocked today.

 

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