When Are the Bernie Sanders’ DNC Marches and Protests?

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during A Future to Believe In rally on June 9, 2016, in Washington, DC. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

When are the DNC rallies and protests for Bernie Sanders? (Getty)

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

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders wave after speaking at a campaign rally at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. After a meeting with President Barack Obama earlier at the White House, Sanders said he will work with Hillary Clinton to beat Donald Trump in the presidential election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is working out details for a rally on July 24, the night before the DNC. (Getty)

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.

There may be additional marches via #MarchonDNC in Philadelphia, and we will add those to this list as we learn more. Marches are also scheduled for Chicago and Los Angeles.


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

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets supporters during a rally near the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. After a meeting with President Barack Obama earlier at the White House, Sanders said he will work with Hillary Clinton to beat Donald Trump in the presidential election. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Bernie supporters are helping each other out with rides and places to stay. (Getty)

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.

30 Comments

30 Comments

Kevin L

Does this guy not watch the news?
He apparently is oblivious to the potential (almost certain) dangers of calling for any rally these days.
It doesn’t take much to incite violence. Calling for a rally at such a venue, which has a history of violence outside the DNC events, is an invitation to the Lowest Common Denominators to gather and plunder.

Elizabeth Adair

He is not lost and evil wins when good men do nothing.
There is no violence intended.
Freedom is worth danger, what about all those that gave their lives for our freedom, you just want to squander that.
What would the Founding Fathers have done.
Get some gonads Kevin.
Of are you a hillybot.

Greg

There is no point in marching for anything. The system is totally rigged. Avarice, corruption, and mendacity. Take a look around. Hope and change? Yeah, all is just peachy, now isn’t it?

rosemary gaskell

But you don’t have to quietly accept it without protesting. Let your voice be heard. This election we really have no choice but to vote for Hillary and I agree, the DNC had already chosen her before the primaries had even been scheduled. Make a fuss and a noise to show you won’t put up with this any more.

Isabel

We still have a choice. If the DNC insists on HRC, vote Green! There are enough Independents, Democrats, & Republicans (who don’t want HRC nor Trump) – enough to beat them both.

Anonymous

look yeah i know a lot of bernies say they wont vote for trump the thing is why are you voting for Bernie? One of the same reasons were voting for trump on the republican side the establishment has ruled us for too long, we got the RNC looking like the dweebs they are now, Bernie cant beat Hillary but you can make sure that we take out the RNC establishment for good this cycle and next we can work on taking out the DNC establishment its as simple as that, Your either for the establishment or your not thats the only issue that should actually matter to a lot of the idealistic voters for Bernie, no offense after all the corruption shown on your side, not sure why we even have to try and convince you, so you won’t get your socialist utopia, did you actually think you would even if Bernie was elected president?

kaycee

In our current Political System, a vote for anyone but Hillary is a vote for TRUMP. And, Bernie doesn’t want that.

Anonymous

Yes, Yes there is a choice other than Hillary in this election. How many times will you allow yourself to be put in a corner to vote for a candidate who is terrible, such as Hillary, in order to stop another candidate who is also terrible, such as Trump? Is this the kind of personal integrity you have? WRITE IN BERNIE. Have integrity. Don’t let the powers that be, force you into a bad position. Show the powers that be, that you will vote for the person who is the best. If you do not vote for Bernie then it is impossible that he can win, and also impossible that his ideals can
become the prominent ideals of the country. To write in Bernie is the first step in having something good happen in this country. If you want to make a fuss, if you want to show that you won’t put up with this any more, then DO NOT VOTE FOR HILLARY. Yes, let your voice be heard. Voting for Hillary is showing that you won’t put up with this any more???? NO, it is showing that you will buy into exactly what THEY want you to.

alex wilson

sorry, but anyone who says that they’re going to write in Bernie because it’s going to ‘change’ America is right for the wrong reasons: he can’t win as a write-in (if you disagree, show me the number to prove me wrong, not your opinion), and every vote not for Clinton is effectively a vote for Herr Trump. do you really want Mr. Raccoon Face to be your next president?

Eleanor Howard

I truly believe that Hillary Clinton is too flawed to to be our President.. Vote for those people who are Democrats running for Congress, but I will not vote for Hillary Clinton… Donald Trump will beat her.. . I will write Bernie Sanders name in.. If i cannot write his name in then I will make my selection but it will NOT be Hillary Clinton….

Anonymous

Please look at history. When the elite get so powerful that it becomes obvious that they are screwing the majority things do change. If abuse goes on too long the change is not usually for the better. Things usually become violent, look at the French Revolution. Terrible things happened because the rich had abused the poor to long. Look at Germans in WW II who where willing to follow a mad man because the Versailles treaty made them so poor they would follow anyone. Brexit is a recent example, while it can be argued that the poor and middle class will not necessarily gain from it , the elites lost their ability to influence their people because they ignored the declining welfare of the poor and middle class for too long. I would rather support peaceful change now than disaster later. We can survive one presidency of Hillary or Trump but we have to make it clear this isn’t over, that we will watch everything they do. We must not fall asleep, we must keep well aware of everything they vote on and let our legislators know we know longer trust them. To many laws that benefit the rich have passed and we must let them know we know they are to blame. Unfortunately movements take time, this one has happened surprisingly fast. We must make sure whoever wins is the most watched president in history. If TPP passes we must protest in the streets, if Wall Street isn’t held accountable we must protest in the streets. Please don’t give up so easily, because if you do, you insure they win and that change when it comes will be chaotic and violent.

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