Bernie Sanders’ supporters are planning a number of marches and protests taking place before and during the Democratic National Convention. Their fervor has only increased since the FBI and Loretta Lynch announced that Hillary Clinton won’t be charged for her use of emails on a private server. Bernie’s response, that the FBI’s decision won’t affect his campaign, has only encouraged his supporters to keep fighting. But when exactly are these DNC events and how can you get involved?
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is Planning a Rally for July 24
The Sanders’ campaign has requested permission to hold a rally in Philadelphia on July 24, Burlington Free Press reported. The rally would be held at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park. According to the permit application, an estimated 15,000 to 40,000 people would be attending. The campaign is still in the process of coordinating the event with a prominent Sanders supporter who already has the permits in place. Read more about the rally in our story here.
2. March For Bernie Will Host Simultaneous Marches at Noon on July 24 Around the Country
#MarchforBernieUSA is planning to have every Sanders supporter march together starting at noon Eastern on Sunday, July 24, the day before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The March supports the #StillSanders movement, that continues to want Bernie Sanders to be President and the Democratic nominee. This event is separate from the #MarchonDNC events, listed in the next section. Learn more about the March For Bernie events here.
Right now, marches are planned to take place in Alaska, California, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. You can get details on each city’s event at this link.
The organizer of the group, Billy Taylor, holds four permits out of six permits for protest “zones” in FDR Park in Philadelphia, near the Wells Fargo Center, Philly Voice reported. He applied for the permits more than six months ago “to ensure no HIllary supporters would,” he said. He’s organizing the events with Philly.fyi.
3. March on DNC Is Planning Peaceful Protests During the Democratic National Convention
A different group, called March on DNC, is planning peaceful protests in Philadelphia July 24-28. The group is also encouraging people in other cities to hold similar events at the same time. The events taking place in Philadelphia are:
- Sunday, July 24 in Philadelphia: A march for Bernie Sanders, led by Billy Taylor, will take place from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Eastern, starting at 1401 JFK Blvd. Municipal Service Building. Learn more here.
- Monday, July 25 in Philadelphia: This march, being organized by Steve Okan Layne, begins at 11 a.m. Eastern at the courtyard at City Hall. The group will march down Broad Street to the Wells Fargo Center to protest the DNC “at their doorstep!” Although the event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., the march itself will actually start between 1 and 2 p.m. Learn more here.
- Monday, July 25: The #MarchonDNC group is also planning a mass “Deregistration to Save the Nation” on July 25, led by Jimmy Perry.
- Tuesday, July 26 in Philadelphia – ‘Million Berners March’ – On Tuesday, Bernie supporters are organizing a “Million Berners March.” This march will start at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will last from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern. Learn more at their Facebook page here.
4. Democracy Spring Is Planning Massive Protests in Philly
Democracy Spring announced on its website that unless Democrats commit to overturn Citizens United, establish publicly funded elections, abolish superdelegates, and ensure voting right protection in the first 100 days of a new administration, the group will be hosting protests during the DNC. More specifically, according to its website, “We will engage in mass civil disobedience to disrupt the DNC in Philadelphia from July 25-28.” It’s unclear at this time exactly what this means or when the events will take place. We do know that at least one of the events will be a DC to DNC March, detailed below. You can sign up for more information here.
5. Other Events, Including a March from DC to the DNC, Will Be Taking Place
A DC to DNC March, partnering with Democracy Spring, will lead a group from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. Starting July 15, a group of people will be marching from Washington, D.C. to the Democratic National Convention, arriving on July 24. The march begins July 15 at 8 a.m. at Columbus Circle in D.C., starting with a kickoff rally. The event is being led by Ed Higgins and you can learn more about it here. You can also take part in various parts of the march if you can’t participate in the whole thing. The website includes how you can join up on specific days during the 10-day march.
In addition to this, a number of individuals are doing their own longer marches to the DNC, and some have already started. We will be posting a story soon about these particular individuals. Delegates for Bernie are also preparing to attend the Convention and are looking for support. Stay tuned, as we will post a story about their journey soon and link to it in this article.
6. Bernie Supporters Are Providing Rides and Places to Stay
Because taking part in these events, especially the ones in Philadelphia, can be expensive, supporters are also working together to help one another out with the expenses. Several Bernie BNB sites have been set up to facilitate these, including BernieBNB. A rally bus program has also been set up to help with transportation, along with a RideShare program.
There’s also a #Journey4Bernie cross country caravan to the DNC that leaves on July 18. It leaves from Berkeley, California (MLK Civic Center) at 8:00 a.m. local time. Learn more about how to join the caravan on their Facebook page here. If you need more ideas for places to stay or transportation, check out this Facebook note about opportunities here.