Events > 2016 Democratic National Convention – 7.25-29.16
2016 Democratic National Convention - 7.25-29.16
Statement from ODP Chair David Pepper:
What a week! The Democratic National Convention brought together Democrats from across the country -- even from around the world -- to the City of Brotherly Love, as our party united around our presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Ohioans were front and center throughout the week's festivities. As I said to the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Ohioans represent the story of America -- its diversity, its struggles, its opportunities, its heroes. It's been so wonderful to see so many of those Ohio stories featured throughout this convention." Ohio had the honor of having the convention's oldest delegate, Ruby Gilliam, who opened the convention with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge was named permanent chair of the convention, and she gaveled in and gaveled out each evening's proceedings, presiding with authority and generosity of spirit.
On Night One, one of our Main Street Initiative candidates who won in 2015, Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney, spoke to the delegates about the resurgence he's seen in his city. I told the Chillicothe Gazette, "Luke's win last year was one of our biggest victories in the state, and a key part of our broader strategy to win at the local level in every corner of the state. His speaking... shows the national party agrees with that vision -- that a strong party starts with building a strong bench of public servants starting at the local level."
Night Two was the roll call of the states, and it was a thrilling and emotional night, as Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with his fellow Vermonters and called for the Democratic nomination to be decided by acclimation. This magnanimous gesture helped to unify our party, and we are grateful to the senator and his supporters for their energy, enthusiasm and commitment. As the Ohio delegation cast our votes, Jim Obergefell joined us and proclaimed that "Love Trumps Hate."
On Night Three we saw speeches from vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden and a touching, inspirational speech from President Barack Obama that reminded us all of who we are and what we stand for as Americans. In addition, we heard from Sharon Belkofer, a Gold Star mother and school board member from Wood County, who introduced the president saying, "He's never forgotten this little old lady in Ohio who has always had his back."
The final night of the convention made history, as Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president. After this week, the American people now know the woman and the values that motivate her. Hillary has spent her life fighting to help women, children and those who have been forgotten or left behind. She provided health care for children, delivered for the victims of 9/11 and protected women and girls across the globe as Secretary of State.
Ohioans were prominent on the stage Thursday night, as well. Beth Mathias of Marion shared her story of working two jobs in order to make ends meet for her family of four, saying, "Even though every day is a struggle we don't want a handout, we want a hand up to help us out."
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty delivered a stem winder of a speech, explaining that Americans want "a commander-in-chief, not a divider-in-chief." (She also had the most-talked-about outfit of the night.)
With a speech that touted Hillary's plans to help the middle class, Congressman Tim Ryan contrasted her agenda with Donald Trump's record of hurting workers and businesses. Ryan said, "Trump got rich ripping people off; stiffing small businesses and contractors. Now he says he's gonna bring back our jobs? Hey, Ohio, don't buy it."
The final Ohioan to take the stage was U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. He told the delegates, "I've been fighting for a trade agenda for more than 20 years that puts American workers first. And I can tell you, in all those years, I've never even seen Donald Trump. No, the only thing I've seen Donald Trump do when it comes to U.S. trade policy is run his mouth and line his pockets."
With the Republican and Democratic conventions wrapped up, we now move into the most important part of the campaign. We have 100 days until Election Day -- and early voting starts even sooner than that! We must put Hillary Clinton in the White House, send Ted Strickland to the Senate and elect Judge Cynthia Rice and Judge John O'Donnell to the Ohio Supreme Court. In addition, we must continue to invest in and support state and local candidates across the state in 2016 and beyond.
This week brought a spotlight on many of our talented elected officials and candidates we have in the Ohio Democratic Party. It is my privilege and honor to work with all of you as we build a bench of public servants who are committed to making Ohioans' lives better and our communities stronger.
Thank you for your support -- let's win this!
Senator Bernie Sanders speech transcript | Time
“In these stressful times for our country,
this election must be about bringing our people together,
not dividing us up.”
“Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity
is one of our greatest strengths.”
First Lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama speech transcript | Vox
“In this election, we can not afford to be tired,
or frustrated, or cynical.
We need to do what we did 8 years ago.”
“Our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - video | ABC News
“It’s fabulous that we would have a woman president
and I believe she will walk into that Oval Office
one of the best prepared people to do so in our country’s history,
however, it’s because she is the best,
not because she’s a woman.”
President Bill Clinton speech transcript | CNN
Hillary is "the best darn change-maker
I ever met in my entire life."
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg speech transcript - Vox
"But whatever our disagreements may be,
I've come here to say:
We must put them aside for the good of our country.
And we must united around the candidate who can
defeat a dangerous demagogue."
Vice President Joe Biden speech transcript | Newsweek
"There’s only one person in this race who will be there, who’s always been there for you,
and that’s Hillary Clinton’s life story.
It’s not just who she is, it’s her life story.
She’s always there. She’s always been there.
And so has Tim Kaine."
President Barack Obama speech transcript | LA Times
"And there is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future,
has devoted her life to that future;
a mother and a grandmother who would do anything
to help our children thrive;
a leader with real plans to break down barriers,
and blast through glass ceilings,
and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American --
the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton."
Senator Tim Kaine, candidate for U.S. Vice President speech transcript | Time
"And we share this basic belief, it’s simple.
Do all the good you can and serve one another.
And that is what Hillary Clinton is about."
Khizr Khan speech - video | CNN
"This is a historic election,
and I request to honor the sacrifice of my son —
and on election day, take the time to get out and vote.
And vote for the healer.
Vote for the strongest, most qualified candidate,
Hillary Clinton, not the divider."
Retired General John Allen speech transcript | CNN
"My fellow Americans, I tell you without hesitation
or reservation that Hillary Clinton will be exactly,
exactly the kind of commander-in-chief America needs.
I know this because I served with her."
Chelsea Clinton speech transcript | Vox
"...she never, ever forgets who she is fighting for."
"She's a listener, a doer.
She is a woman driven by compassion, by faith,
but a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love."
Secretary Hillary Clinton speech transcript | NY Times
"'Stronger Together' is not just a lesson from our history.
It’s not just a slogan for our campaign.
It’s a guiding principle for the country
we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build."
"When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit."
Highlights of key progressive policies:
Ambitious and Progressive Jobs Plan: This year’s platform contains the most ambitious jobs plan on record, including historic investments in infrastructure, a strong commitment to small business, a robust technology and innovation agenda, and promises to increase American manufacturing and stop companies from shipping jobs overseas. This platform also includes a robust stand-alone plank on youth jobs, and Democrats’ view that our economic revitalization efforts should have a focus on communities that are being left out and left behind.
Increasing the Minimum Wage: Acknowledging that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage, the platform draft already included language declaring that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour, that the minimum wage should be raised and indexed, and that all workers have the right to form and join a union. It also includes a call to end sub-minimum wage for tipped workers and people with disabilities.
Support for Public Education: The draft platform demands strong public schools in every zip code. The Committee approved language that reaffirmed Democrats’ commitment to supporting teachers, schools and communities and providing them with the resources they need to raise achievement for all students.
Abolishing the Death Penalty: Recognizing the death penalty as a cruel and unusual form of punishment, the Drafting Committee unanimously adopted an amendment to abolish the death penalty. This is the first time in the Democratic Party’s history it has done so.
Trade: The draft strengthens the language on trade by pointing out that trade deals should not boost corporate profits while failing to protect worker’s rights, labor standards, the environment and public health. Existing deals must be continuously re-examined and enforcement of those existing agreements must be tougher. A higher standard must be applied to any future trade agreements.
Looking out for Working People/The Earned Income Tax Credit: The Platform Committee unanimously agreed on an amendment proposed by Congressman Keith Ellison to expanding the EITC to low wage workers who don’t have children and to workers age 21 and older.
Wall Street Reform: The Democratic Platform will make clear that Wall Street cannot be an island unto itself, gambling trillions in risky financial instruments and making huge profits, all the while thinking that taxpayers will be there to bail them out again. The draft calls for defending and expanding Dodd-Frank. The Clinton and Sanders teams brought forward an amendment for an updated and modernized version of Glass-Steagall and breaking up too big to fail financial institutions that pose a systemic risk to the stability of our economy, which the Committee unanimously adopted.
Multi-Millionaire Surtax: Committee members Ellison and Tanden worked together on an amendment calling for a multi-millionaire surtax that was unanimously adopted by the Committee. The Committee also approved language already in the draft that provided additional ways to ensure millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share, including shutting down the “private tax system” for the most fortunate, immediately closing egregious loopholes, restoring fair taxation on multi-million dollar estates, and ensuring millionaires can no longer pay a lower rate than their secretaries.
Expand Social Security: The Democratic Platform makes clear that not only will Democrats fight every effort to cut, privatize, or weaken Social Security, but we will in fact expand it while requiring those at the top to pay more. And pursuant to an amendment crafted by members McKibben and Tanden, the Committee added language that said we would we would achieve this goal by taxing some of the income of people above $250,000.
Immigration: In addition to re-affirming our commitment to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, the current draft platform goes significantly further than 2012 to include keeping families together, ending family detention, closing private detention centers, and guaranteeing legal counsel for all unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings. The Platform Committee also unanimously included language proposed by members of the Sanders and Clinton teams to re-frame the conversation on immigration saying, “Immigration is not a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and history to be supported and defended against those who would exclude or eliminate legal immigration avenues and denigrate immigrants”
Universal Healthcare: The Platform Committee also adopted language strongly re-affirming the Democratic Party’s long held stance that health care is a right. The passage of the Affordable Care Act was a critical and hard-fought step to achieving this goal. The platform protects and builds on this progress by including access to public coverage through Medicare or a public option. The Platform Committee also agreed to take forceful action to curb prescription drug costs, including letting Medicare negotiate prices, and to expand community health centers, which offer comprehensive primary care and mental health services to underserved populations.
Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations: The Platform Committee unanimously adopted the most comprehensive language ever in the party’s platform recognizing our moral and legal responsibility to honor the sovereignty of and relationship to Indigenous tribes— and acknowledge previous failures to live up to that responsibility.
Climate Change and Clean Energy: Moving beyond the “all of the above” energy approach in the 2012 platform, the 2016 platform draft re-frames the urgency of climate change as a central challenge of our time, already impacting American communities and calling for generating 50 percent clean electricity within the next ten years. The Committee unanimously adopted a joint proposal from Sanders and Clinton representatives to commit to making America run entirely on clean energy by mid-century, and supporting the ambitious goals put forward by President Obama and the Paris climate agreement. Another joint proposal calling on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change was also adopted by unanimous consent.
Reproductive Rights: The platform goes further than previous Democratic platforms on women’s reproductive rights. It champions Planned Parenthood health centers and commits to push back on all Republican efforts to defund it. The platform also vows to oppose, and seek to overturn, all federal and state laws that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. It also strongly supports the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to healthcare around the world, including the Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment, which bars US assistance to other countries that provide safe, legal, abortion.
Criminal Justice Reform: The current draft calls for ending the era of mass incarceration, shutting down private prisons, ending racial profiling, reforming the grand jury process, investing in re-entry programs, banning the box to help give people a second chance and prioritizing treatment over incarceration for individuals suffering addiction. The Committee also voted unanimously to recognize the role activists and recent movements have played in putting these issues front and center in the national conversation, as they should be.
Marijuana: Committee members McKibben and Browner worked on an amendment supporting states that choose to decriminalize marijuana. The amendment also recognized that marijuana laws have had an unacceptable disparate impact, with arrest rates for marijuana possession among African Americans far outstripping arrest rates among whites, despite similar usage rates. The Committee passed the amendment unanimously.
More than 30 pages in length, the final draft that was adopted by the Platform Drafting Committee includes a range of issues previously agreed upon by members of the Platform Committee and were therefore not part of the mark-up discussion. Issues already included in the draft and not discussed include: ending the era of mass incarceration, strengthening unions, support for the Equal Rights Amendment, prohibiting Pay for delay which keeps generic prescription drugs out of the market, drug reimportation and Medicare negotiation, expanding treatment and de-criminalizing drug and alcohol addiction, universal voter registration at age 18, support for programs to improve community – police relations, reproductive justice, gun violence prevention, ending systemic racism, non-discrimination for all LGBT Americans, cracking down on for-profit schools who engage in deceptive marketing, fraud and other illegal practices, opposition to any effort to privatize the VA; continue work to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, opposing drilling in the Arctic ocean or the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, repudiating the use of torture, closing Guantanamo Bay, increasing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and advancing principled leadership to ensure that war is always the last resort, to name just a few.
The Platform Drafting Committee includes appointments by the Clinton and Sanders campaigns, and was announced on May 23, 2016 by Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida). In addition to Platform Drafting Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), members are:
- Hon. Howard Berman, former Member of Congress (D-California)
- Paul Booth, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
- Carol Browner, former EPA Administrator
- U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota)
- U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois)
- U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California)
- Bill McKibben, Author and Environmentalist
- Deborah Parker, former Chairman, Tulalip Tribe (Washington State)
- State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Ohio)
- Bonnie Schaefer, Business Owner
- Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard
- Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress
- Dr. Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary
- James Zogby, Arab-American Institute.
- In addition, the Clinton campaign’s Senior Policy Advisor Maya Harris and the Sanders campaign’s Policy Director Warren Gunnels represent their respective campaigns as official, non-voting members of the Platform Drafting Committee.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention is the gathering at which delegates of the United States Democratic Party will choose their nominees for Preside
nt of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2016 national election. It will be held July 25–28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia was selected by the Democratic National Committee on February 12, 2015 as the host city for the party's 2016 Convention. The primary venue, where the nominee will be selected, will be the Wells Fargo Center. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will also be used for some events.
The 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was the official and federally designated presidential convention host committee for the convention, charged with the task of raising the necessary funds to hold the convention. The Host Committee is composed of ten prominent Philadelphia business executives, civic and other community leaders. The Reverend Leah Daughtry is the CEO.