DAY 23 – Off the sidewalks, into the streets

PHILADELPHIA – From the intersection of Broad and Diamond, a group of several hundred people march six miles to the Wells Fargo Center, chanting: “Don’t elect Hillary! She’s killing black people!” and “From Palestine to Mexico, these racist borders got to go!”

This is an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist march that draws a connection between all three issues. Many of those who the march represents do not share the economic privilege as other protesters who were bussed in from all over the country. They were not able to travel, take off work, or have someone watch their children. Many of those who are leading this march are from Philadelphia. They carry the message for those who cannot attend.

Rasheed and Sagal, both from Philadelphia, attend the Black DNC Resistance March against Police Terrorism & State Repression

After the march, Rasheed stands at the metal fence and says that when he sees the fence, the cops on horseback, the riot police standing and waiting behind, all protecting the Wells Fargo center nearly a mile away, he feels hopeless. After all, as the mostly-white crowd around the convention keeps chanting, “This is what democracy looks like!”

Elsewhere, different groups meet at Socialist Convergence, a collection of talks and panel discussions. I attended a panel entitled: Political revolution: How do we overthrow a corrupt system?

Laura Cáceres (white dress), daughter of slain Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, addresses the audience gathered at the Friends Center while they wait for the next panel.

Here’s an audio podcast (45 minutes) with interviews from the streets, and selected clips edited from Socialist Convergence, including a panel entitled: “Political revolution: How do we overthrow a corrupt system?” featuring Dr. Jill Stein, Bhaskar Sunkara, Lev Hirschhorn, Steve Williams and journalist Chris Hedges. You can listen for yourself to hear the connections (or lack thereof) between what’s happening in the streets and what’s said on the panel.

LTR: Chris Hedges, Jill Stein, Bhaskar Sunkara, Lev Hirschhorn, Steve Williams in front of a “People Before Profits – Another World is Possible” banner.

Author: Taryn Fivek

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