Charlotte, NC-Coming on the heels of the Labor Day weekend, Charlotte showed no signs of rest as this year’s host city of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Yesterday was the official kick off of the convention, but crowding the queen city’s streets were some angry protestors.
“They’ve barricaded the street up here,” said one protestor who would not release his name. “ They are the foot soldiers of the rich and that’s why they are here.”
Because of tight security, the city only provided one pedestrian entrance for people to enter the convention. The protestors were blocking this very entrance. Police formed a long line to prevent intrusion, as protestors sat on the ground and refused to move.
Some protestors were fighting against drone attacks that have increased under President Obama’s term. Other protestors were marching against abortion, same-sex-marriage and various other issues.
“We have a lot of questions and they have done a lot of rotten things. That’s why we choose to come to these convention” said the unidentified protestor.
Although this convention was barged with protestors’ against President Obama, other organizations were out trying to gain the more Democratic voters.
Planned Parenthood held a rally outside of the Charlotte Convention center, urging men and women voters to support women’s rights issues. Dressing in a costume in the image of birth control, Planned Parenthood handed out condoms and free t-shirts.
One of the speakers was Newark, NJ Mayor Corey Booker, who asked voters not to support a party (GOP) that doesn’t care about women.
“ Your are denigrating those very people you claim to love,” said Booker. “So I don’t understand how someone could say they love women when they are denying women access to health care. And denying women strategies to protect their life.”
Booker is referencing to Ann Romney, who shouted “I love you, Women” at the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, Fla. Despite the Republican’s attempts, recent polls show that majority of women still prefer President Obama.
On Tuesday, Booker also gave a speech in the main arena, with First Lady Michele Obama and keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Castro is the first Latino to be a keynote speaker at the DNC. Often compared to the likeness of President Obama, his goal it to help the Democratic Party gain more Latino voters.
And last night, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech, which some critics consider one of the most convincing arguments to re-elect President Obama.
“President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. “ said Clinton. “Listen to me now. No president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”
And tonight, President Barack Obama will address the public an except the nomination from the Democratic party. With the theme of “moving forward”, political analyst and Morehouse Professor, Jason Johnson, says Obama is in a great position.
“I think Barack Obama is in a really good position because he is playing defense,” said Johnson. We’ve already saw all the best plays from the RNC last week. The Democrats now know what to say.”
The speech with be held in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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