As the contentious Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday in Philadelphia, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the platform of Hillary Clinton and the party in general. Some marches were issue oriented, focusing on things like climate change, immigrants’ rights, economic and racial justice. Smaller actions convened on issues like political prisoners, health care and marijuana legalization. A majority of demonstrators were supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and many said they refused to support Clinton, even after being endorsed by Sanders.
Philadelphia’s City Hall was surrounded by people from all across the country who converged to express their discontent with the current political state of affairs. One march wound from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center, the site of the convention. Police arrested dozens during the people’s protests in the streets outside the official events. FSRN’s Andalusia Knoll was there, and shares her view of the actions.
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The majority of people marching in the streets of Philadelphia expressed their support for Bernie Sanders and their refusal to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
Immigrant organizations held a march against the federal Berks Family detention center and end an end to deportation. When they arrived at City Hall they were met by conservative, anti-immigration protesters. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
To welcome the DNC, the City of Philadelphia hung new state flags, including that of Mississippi with the Confederate Stars and Bars. Protesters demanded it be taken down and the city conceded. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
Hillary Clinton was criticized for her policies as Secretary of State and in various foreign scandals including Honduras, Libya and Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
Climate change and fracking were central issues to the protests as the DNC has not taken a position on fracking. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
Puerto Rican activists called for President Obama to free Oscar Lopez Rivas, a Puerto Rican nationalist who has been in prison since 1981. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
Each entrance of Philadelphia’s City Hall featured a different protest with people from across the country expressing concern about specific issues including health care, marijuana legalization and racial justice. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
The It Takes Roots caravan organized by Grassroots Global Justice brought together Indigenous, Latino, Black, Asian, Muslim, and working class white organizers from across the country to travel from the RNC to the DNC and support various local struggles in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)
Activists demand justice for Berta Cáceres, an indigenous activist who was murdered in Honduras and criticized Hillary Clinton’s support for the country’s coup in 2009 when she was Secretary of State. (Photo Credit: Andalusia Knoll)