Los Alamos Democrats Cheer National Convention

Amy Storey leads Los Alamos Democrats in a toast Monday evening during a watch party at the Los Alamos Democratic campaign headquarters in Central Park Square before the start of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The group praised the first night as ‘inspirational and uplifting’. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sen. Bernie Sanders takes the stage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local Democrats watch Monday’s national convention. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Democrats gathered together Monday at their campaign headquarters in Central Park Square to watch the opening night of the 2016 National Convention underway in Philadelphia.

Speakers worked hard to bridge the divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters. Comedian Sarah Silverman, who was a vocal Sanders advocate during the primary, chastised booing Sanders supporters at Monday’s convention saying, “To the ‘Bernie or bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous.” Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and First Lady Michelle gave impassioned speeches in support of Clinton.

The big moment of the night came when Sanders delivered his endorsement of Clinton saying, “Any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”

Local Democrats weighed in following the speeches. Roland and Anna Caspersen expressed their desire to see the party unite and for Sanders supporters to get behind Clinton. “This was so inspiring and just what we needed to hear,” Anna Caspersen said.

Local Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz expressed her pleasure with the convention saying, “What a great kickoff this was tonight … and there will be more great speakers to come throughout the convention.”

The national convention runs through Thursday and Schultz invites Democrats in the community to gather again this evening at the campaign headquarters in Central Park Square to watch the event. 

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders thanks the audience, which continues to applaud for an extended period before finally letting him speak. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Democrats gather Monday night at the Los Alamos Democratic campaign headquarters in Central Park Square to watch the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Presidential Convention underway in Philadelphia. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at Monday night’s national convention is by many accounts said to have delivered the most compelling speech of the night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Anna and Roland Caspersen, at left, with fellow Democrats gathered Monday night at the Los Alamos Democratic campaign headquarters in Central Park Square, watch First Lady Michelle Obama address the national convention. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses the national convention. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council candidate Chris Chandler at Monday’s convention watch party in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sen. Cory Booker addresses convention. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Tonight’s Speaker Lineup:

Tuesday July 26 | 4:00 pm ET Wells Fargo Center

  • Gavel In

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Thaddeus Desmond – Similar to Hillary’s work at the Children’s Defense Fund, Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Dynah Haubert – Dynah, of Philadelphia, PA, is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization and teaches those with disabilities to advocate for themselves.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Kate Burdick – Kate, originally from Philadelphia, PA,  is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Anton Moore – Anton, from Philadelphia, PA, founded and runs a nonprofit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Dustin Parsons – Dustin, from Little Rock, Arkansas,  is currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in his home state.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Jelani Freeman – Jelani grew up in foster care in Washington, D.C. and is a former intern in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked to bring opportunity to kids at risk.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Students from Eagle Academy – As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy was featured in the ad Came Through during the New York primary.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Mothers of the Movement – Speaker: Mothers of the Movement

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Joe Sweeney – Joe, of New York, NY,  was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Lauren Manning – Lauren was a former executive and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. She is one of the most catastrophically wounded survivors of 9/11. Lauren battled single digit odds of survival, spending more than six months in the hospital and fought recovering through the next decade from an 82.5% total body burn. Lauren asked then Senator Hillary Clinton to support the injured and she has remained unflagging in her commitment and dedication.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Ryan Moore – Ryan, originally from South Sioux City, NE, has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when his family came to Washington, D.C. for an event to advocate for health care reform. Brian Moore, Ryan’s father, lost his job when his employer was unwilling to cover treatment for Ryan’s health condition. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • President Bill Clinton

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Center

  • Gavel Out
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