DNC Convention Schedule and Speakers


Speakers are still being added to those speaking at the 2016 DNC Convention in Philadelphia, but here is a recent summary from Newsday. Democratic convention schedule: Clintons, more speakers and dates:

DNC-LogoHere is the planned schedule of events for the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, where Hillary Clinton will be the presumptive presidential nominee. More details will be added as they become available.


3 p.m.  Convention opens. Monday’s theme is “United Together.” First lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Astrid Silva, a Dreamer who came to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant, will focus on “putting the future of American families first” and building an economy that works for all.

A number of “everyday Americans” will also be speaking throughout the convention on various themes, including immigration and gun violence. On Monday, Francisca Ortiz, an undocumented immigrant, and her daughter Karla Ortiz, an American citizen, will be among the speakers.


4 p.m.  Tuesday session begins. The roll call of states, in which Clinton’s name will officially be placed into nomination, will be held during this session. The session’s theme is “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families,” with former President Bill Clinton and the Mothers of the Movement — women who have lost children to gun violence and in police shootings — will highlight Hillary Clinton’s work for children and families as a young lawyer, first lady and senator from New York.

Mothers of the Movement who are set to take part include Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner of Staten Island; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown; Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland; Maria Hamilton, the mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis; and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, the mother of Hadiya Pendleton.


4:30 p.m.  Wednesday session begins. The theme is “Working Together,” and the bold-faced names come from a team in the White House: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They will call attention to what’s at stake in the election, and how Clinton has the “experience and steadiness” to continue the work of their administration. The vice presidential nominee generally speaks on Wednesday night, so that will be a big headline.

Erica Smegielski, whose mother was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and was killed during the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., and two survivors from the 2015 Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting in Charleston, S.C., will also be speaking.


4:30 p.m.  Thursday session begins. Theme is “Stronger Together.” Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech will cap the convention, with daughter Chelsea Clinton also scheduled to speak.


Additional speakers at the Democratic National Convention Committee in alphabetical order, include:

  • State Representative Raumesh Akbari (Tennessee)
  • Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
  • Congressman Xavier Becerra (California)
  • Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin
  • Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey)
  • Senator Barbara Boxer (California)
  • Congressman Brendan Boyle (Pennsylvania)
  • Congressman Bob Brady (Pennsylvania)
  • Governor Jerry Brown (California)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
  • Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania)
  • Congressman Joaquin Castro (Texas)
  • Congressman James Clyburn (South Carolina)
  • Congressman Joseph Crowley (New York)
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York)
  • Governor Mark Dayton (Minnesota)
  • Former Governor Howard Dean (Vermont)
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
  • Majority Leader State Representative Crisanta Duran (Colorado)
  • Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)
  • Chillicothe, OH Mayor Luke Feeney
  • State Representative Peggy Flanagan (Minnesota)
  • Senator Al Franken (Minnesota)
  • Congressman Ruben Gallego (Arizona)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords & Captain Mark Kelly (Arizona)
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
  • Tallahassee, FL Mayor Andrew Gillum
  • Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (Michigan)
  • Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Illinois)
  • Former Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
  • Democratic State Party Chair Jaime Harrison (South Carolina)
  • Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
  • Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia)
  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
  • State Senator Ruben Kihuen (Nevada)
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (California)
  • Congresswoman Nita Lowey (New York)
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (Kentucky)
  • Governor Terry McAuliffe (Virginia)
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
  • Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
  • Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (California)
  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, DC)
  • Former Governor Martin O’Malley (Maryland)
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
  • Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
  • Congressman Adam Schiff (California)
  • Senator Chuck Schumer (New York)
  • Former State Representative Bakari Sellers (South Carolina)
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
  • State Senator Pat Spearman (Nevada)
  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California)
  • Flint, MI Mayor Karen Weaver
  • Governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania)

The DNCC will announce additional speakers in the coming days.

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  1. Source: Twitter

    Nate SilverVerified account
    Don’t think people are really grasping how plausible it is that Trump could become president. It’s a close election right now.

    • I think that the Democratic convention really should give them a good bounce in the polls. There will be many likable folks speaking, and it takes the focus away from Hillary (somewhat) and gives insight into Democratic positions and what they (say that) they hope to accomplish.

      However, the leaked emails that verify the DNC’s bias toward a Hillary coronation and terrible treatment of Bernie Sanders might diminish the good done by the convention. This is huge in social media, and at the very least it does not bode well for “party unity.”

      I’ll say this to those of you who were still children during the two 1993 -2000 Clinton Administrations. All of this, everything that has happened during the primaries, everything with the DNC under the leadership of Lil’ Debbie, Hillary’s Sos email problems, and now the DNC Leaks, IS JUST SO TYPICAL of the Clintons. Anyone who expects better of a Clinton presidency is a damn fool because this is what happened from 1993-2000 and it will happen again. Do all of the die hards think she’s going to somehow morph into Franklin Delano Roosevelt?

      So, yes, no argument that she is running against the worst presidential candidate in American history, at least the 20th and 21st centuries. And this is her ACE IN THE HOLE? A good Democratic candidate would be landsliding this election.

      Just goes to show, an entire political machine and all of mainstream media can get behind an unpopular politician and still can’t guarantee that the Devil Himself won’t win the election. Nice work.

    • Wow. So many articles out there about the DNC Leaks, and more email leaks are going to be released according to Julian Assange. I suspect Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” will be all over this tomorrow (or soon). She reports everything about Wikileaks and Assange.

      WikiLeaks List: Most Damaging Emails About DNC, Clinton, & Bernie
      Published 7:22 pm EDT, July 22, 2016 Updated 2:10 am EDT, July 24, 2016


    • Source: Twitter, posted 7-24-2016

      CNNVerified account
      Bernie Sanders on DNC leak revelations: “It’s outrageous, but it is not a great shock” #CNNSOTU
      CNN Politics

    • I wish I could think of a good analogy for this, but I just can’t right now. The Clintonistas are worried the emails leak originated in Russia. Uh, it happened, it’s out there, doesn’t really matter anymore if they came from the seventh level of Hell. Again, this is SO Clinton.

      July 24, 2016, 09:18 am
      Clinton campaign manager questions Russian involvement in email leak
      By Jessie Hellmann


      • Exactly, Liza. If it’s out there and it’s true, in Hillary Clinton’s own words “what difference does it make”?

      • Liza, I think the analogy you’re looking for is Sarah Palin (or Fox News in general).

        Anything the lame stream liberal media says is all splodey head stuff, per the drunken-fist-fighting-quitting-of-governorship’s lady, and not to be trusted.

        Gotcha’ journalism!

        Clinton’s campaign manager was on the tube the other day, telling me that because Putin and Trump are in a serious, kissy-face-hands-under-the-sweater bromance, and the emails came by way of Russia, I should ignore the contents of said emails.

        I was embarrassed for him, sinking to Palin/Fox News levels of idiocy.

      • Yeah, I think damage control is mighty difficult when you are guilty and everyone knows it. But when you’re caught like this, it is probably best to own it and apologize. But none of these folks are going to do that. And it is most definitely a glimpse into another Clinton presidency.

    • No other choice for DWS, but there’s no joy here either for those who were hurt. The damage is done.
      Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns As Democratic Party Chair

      The Florida congresswoman had faced calls to resign for months, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his supporters accused her of rigging the Democratic primaries against him.

      07/24/2016 04:02 pm 16:02:04 | Updated 47 minutes ago


    • Hillary Clinton immediately reaches out to downtrodden Lil’ Debbie, making a special place for her in the campaign. What a hot mess.
      Hillary Clinton Statement on the Resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

      “I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.”


    • No as Gertrude Stein said of oakland and can be said of too many clinton supporters there is no there there. We Bernie supporters were for Bernie on principal he vote against the iraq war because it was wrong. Now you say anti semetic e-mails don’t matter. Dnc favoring clinton when they were supposed to be neutral doesn’t matter. Iraq war vote doesn’t matter. That is why clinton doesn’t matter to me. What about Trump? You should of thought about that before you voted for clinton.

      • You are NOT a troll, Captain Arizona. And I have absolutely no idea why, on this blog, that is considered to be a reasonable and productive comment, to call other people trolls.

        • Funny thing is, Liza and Captain, the posts of mine where I elevated your comments into posts actually were very well received. For whatever that’s worth.

          We’ve had trolls, but in my mind anyone who comments in order to further the discussion is not a troll. I called the captain out for repeating himself, because it’s unproductive, but that’s not trolling. And, Captain, do you remember what I called you out for repeating? It was how you were going to hold your nose and vote for Hillary.

          • I think that the name calling is perpetrated by AZBM and picked up by people who comment such as “TS” above which is misplaced but was intended for “Captain Arizona.” It’s actually kind of sad.

  2. will bernie sanders still speak after anti semitic remarks by dnc official in e-mails about the “jew” and the anti semites in the southern babtists. do any of you know why the southern babtists broke away from the babtist church? I do.

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