Ay the Democratic National Convention seems like such a long time ago. Denver, it’s thin air, the madness of running from one place to the other as a credentialed bloggers, being misquoted. Pero it was only four weeks and a few days ago. While much has happened since then in terms of the presidential race, what’s the saying? The more things change the more they stay the same.
Check out the DNC aventura, Beer (Veneer?) and Loathing : The Pollatix of Grain and Periphery, from the lens of the talented Nezua aka The Unapologetic Mexican. It made me weep, pero that’s probably because I was there and because Nezua really captured everything that was going on so perfectly.
Amigo Kai, fellow traveler through the locura of Denver, and source of strength, writes about his experience:
On the ride from our Lakewood hotel into the teeming heart of downtown Denver, I’m looking out the window as we roll past homeless folks lined up outside the community service center. I see a thirty-something blonde woman wearing jeans and a white tank-top standing on the side of the road holding a cardboard sign welcoming DNC attendees and asking for spare change.
One blogger has criticized this website, with a personal attack on me and the use language and identity. Normally, I would unleash a stream of Spanish curses at my screen and move on, pero the reality of the Democratic National Convention against the reality of Denver ties it all together.
It’s all in the representation. Carlos attempted to do an incomplete post about the Latino (he puts the word in quotes) bloggers covering the convention. I say incomplete because he misses many Latino bloggers and other POC bloggers here covering not the speeches, that can be followed from a hotel room as well as from the “privileged” space of the credentialed blogger area, a room with a tv, but rather the extreme space between those spaces and the real, physical reality of Denver residents, especially residents of color.
Say what you will about Hillary Clinton, but the woman knows how to give a speech. Her 33 minute discourse before the DNC yesterday had me rapt — all 33 minutes of it. I think she hit a home run. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Just saw this video of a cop in Denver slamming a woman to the ground with his police baton. Then, after the woman starts talking to the press, the police come over and arrest her. In light of all the analysis about how horrible China was in regards to human rights, I have to wonder where all the analysis is about this incident?
The California Clinton Delegates held a meeting after their California breakfast yesterday. Gloria Allred (Clinton Delegate and women’s rights attorney) led the pact by first saying she wanted to addresses the full delegation but was denied. She implied that the Obama campaign didn’t want that to happen. Then she requested a speech today at their delegation breakfast, but again denied. So she held a unofficial meeting with Clinton delegates. She explained “today is the 88th anniversary when women won the right to vote.” With an emphasis on won because she said “it wasn’t given to us women fought hard and long.” She went on to explain with her legal advice that the Delegates are legally bonded to vote for Hillary but most importantly they were elected to do us and they promised the voters who elected them that they would. She said
“it’s my opinion from the DNC rule that we must honor the results of each primary.”
On the outskirts of the meeting Obama delegates look over with disgusted expressions. I find that funny though, because if Obama lost with long primary season then they would want his votes counted too!
Numerous agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on a factory belonging to Howard Industries Inc., which manufactures electrical transformers, among other products.
As of late Monday afternoon, no criminal charges had been filed, said Barbara Gonzalez, an agency spokeswoman, but she said that dozens of workers had been “identified, fingerprinted, interviewed, photographed and processed for removal from the U.S.”