Democratic National Convention


Sanders helps quell dissent as Dems convene. Politico: “‘Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,’ Sanders boomed. And delegates, for the most part, cheered his call … Democrats ended the night more optimistic than they began it …”

Dems not in disarray, says TNR’s Brian Beutler: “Reporting from inside the convention hall corrected the solidifying narrative of a party in disarray; and the basic competence, and occasional brilliance, of the stagecraft left no room for anyone other than the most partisan operatives to pretend the two conventions and parties are equally broken. At no point Monday did anyone read plagiarized text. At no point did anyone say anything racist or blame anyone for anyone else’s death.”

But further disruptions possible. Politico: “…Sanders’ diehard backers … plot to disrupt proceedings Tuesday, when Clinton is set to be formally nominated. The so-called Bernie Delegate Network, a group of Sanders’ most vehement supporters, has flirted with the notion of challenging Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine, though Sanders’ campaign has disavowed those efforts…”

Sanders team tries to minimize boos. W. Post: “As TV networks played back the video of Sanders delegates booing Clinton’s name, Sanders deputy communications director Mike Casca tweeted a Pew poll, based on months of research, that found 88 percent of Sanders voters ready to back the ticket. ‘One more time with feeling, folks: The convention is not the election,’ he wrote.”

Crowd erupts when Sanders calls for no vote on TPP. David Dayen notes: “That was ad-libbed about TPP not getting to the floor in the lame duck.”

Clinton hires top Sanders aide. NBC: “Nick Carter will serve as Vermont state director and national progressive outreach coordinator for Hillary for America … Carter is the most senior Sanders staffer to join the Clinton campaign yet announced. The campaign previously hired Kunoor Ojha to help mobilize young voters.”

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Conference4Call to fill vacancies on the National NOW Board


The National NOW Board has three vacancies, and we are calling on members from the Eastern, Heartland, and Southern districts to fill them. The NOW Board oversees the work of the National Action Center, develops and implements the National NOW strategic action program, and Board members report regularly to members in their districts about National NOW’s work. If you are interested in serving, please fill out this online form.

NOW National Board Members are responsible for the following:

  • Attend a minimum of 3 regular board meetings a year (typically on weekends), some of which are in-person, others via webinar
  • Fall 2016: in-person, board orientation meeting (Washington, DC)
  • Spring 2017: meeting via webinar
  • Summer 2017: in-person, the day before 2017 National NOW Conference (Orlando, FL)
  • Fall 2017: meeting via webinar
  • Spring 2018: meeting via webinar
  • Summer 2018: in-person, the day before 2018 National NOW Conference (San Francisco area, CA)
  • The Fall and Spring Board meetings are typically 2 days, Saturday and Sunday. The exception is the orientation meeting (Fall 2016), which includes Friday afternoon as well as Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Summer Board meetings are 1 day, the Thursday before the National Conference All board members are assigned to committees that work on implementation / development of NOW’s strategic action program, or oversee the National Action Center’s financial reporting and structure & process matters.
  • Reasonable travel and lodging expenses for face-to-face board meetings are reimbursed by National NOW.

Who is eligible to fill the Board vacancies:

  • Eastern District: Any person of color who has been a NOW member in good standing for at least two years before the date of the election, from any of the following states: Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Heartland District: Any person who has been a NOW member in good standing for at least two years before the date of the election, from any of the following states: Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Southern District: Any person of color who has been a NOW member in good standing for at least two years before the date of the election, from any of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee

How the vacancies will be filled:

  • After candidates’ eligibility has been verified by their district’s nominating committee, the vacancy in each district will be filled by a two-thirds vote of the state presidents / coordinators and remaining National NOW Board members of that district.

The NOW Elections Committee hopes to have these vacancies filled in time for the NOW Board meeting to be held September 16-18. If you are interested in filling one of the vacancies, please fill out this online form no later than August 10, 2016.

Thank you for all you do for NOW,
Terry O’Neill, NOW President
Mary Pollock, NOW Elections Committee Chair


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