STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford resident Nina Sherwood is attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as a Bernie Sanders delegate. Here are her reflections on her experience Monday at the convention in her own words:
I am honored to be a part of the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Today started with a meeting about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how disastrous it would be for our economy and labor force. We were given anti-TPP signs to hold up on the floor of the convention. This was effective because those signs made there point here Monday night.
From the floor, it was apparent that the majority of the delegates here are against it. I'm heartened to see this, but I’m disappointed in the party for not clearly taking a stand against it in the new Democratic platform. It is, after all, what the majority of Democrats want.
As far as the feeling in the room Monday, it's mixed. I feel that there is a definite fracture within the party. The Bernie delegates were loud and clear in their desire and support for Bernie. The Hillary delegates were clear in their support for Hillary. Still I cannot shake the notion that the Bernie people are not just there for Bernie but they are there because of the future and promise his candidacy represents. It’s about the issues for us. It’s about representing people and the government working for us.
It seems that for those who support Hillary, thats all it is, supporting Hillary. That sentiment is not backed up by a plethora of issues that she's a stewart of, it's held up by the fear of a Donald Trump presidency. It's hard for Berners to let go of the prospect of his becoming president because we know that beyond a shadow of a doubt he would fight for us. Bernie Sanders is not a politician, he is a statesmen. He has proved that through his consistency over the past four decades.
Lastly, one thing I noticed Monday night is that the most popular politicians within the Democratic Party are the ones that are the most progressive. We saw one speaker after another over a six-hour period make speech after speech. The speakers who got the most attention, support and media are the ones who constantly stand for progressive issues, i.e. Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison, Al Franken. What this tells me is that the heart of the people truly lies with the progressive movement and the political revolution.
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