We’re pleased to announce that PJVoice has been credentialed to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from July 24 – 28, 2016. We plan to post both here on our website and via our twitter feed (@PJVoice). We will be sharing our experiences, showing pictures of people we meet, covering events and making you feel as if you’re there.
Most people only know the part of political conventions that are shown on the television in the evening, but there is much more! Business of the party is handled at business meetings and caucus meetings throughout the day. Events are planned by NGOs, businesses and other organizations. After the day’s events, there are after-parties, concerts and receptions. In addition, there are multiple public events relating to politics, history and just plain fun.
We’ll be posting about public events that you can attend as we get closer to the convention. A lot of the after-parties, concerts and receptions are not limited to delegates and others who are credentialed, but are by invitation only. If you are a member of an organization that may be holding an event (such as veterans’ groups or local political groups) contact them now for an invite.
In the meantime, is there something you would especially like us to cover? If so, please leave a note in the comments. While 2016 information is not yet available, here are some of the daily events from the 2012 convention:
- AAPI Caucus
- African-American Caucus
- Ethnic Council
- Disability Caucus
- Faith Council
- Hispanic Caucus
- LGBT Caucus
- Native American Council
- Rural Caucus
- Senior Council
- Small Business Owners Council
- Youth Council
- Veterans and Military Families Caucus
- Women’s Caucus
These caucuses are attended by members of Congress and the DNC. In addition, there are pure DNC working sessions that may or may not allow press to attend. Generally, this schedule is announced daily every morning at the convention.
To get you started with the excitement, consider attending the Philadelphia Political Fest, which will be great for learning about history, politics and the road to the White House. You can get your tickets here. There will be all-city activities the weekend before the convention that will be open to all including street fairs, beer gardens and concerts.
Get ready, Philadelphia!