Raucous protesters representing various strains of leftists, environmentalists, gay rights advocates, and disgruntled supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders failed primary challenge to presumptive Democratic party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were in force in Philadelphia. Protests filled the streets in sweltering Philadelphia today as Democrats arrived in the City of Brotherly Love where they hope to patch things up between the party factions. One bone of contention may have been removed from the fray among Democrats today. Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced belatedly that she will resign her party post once the Democratic National Convention closes. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had long sought her ouster, having argued that she was unduly favoring Clinton during the primary season. The publication of leaked emails from within the Democratic party by WikiLeaks ostensibly showed that Democratic leaders had sought to de-legitimize Sanders as a candidate, while also seeking the means to use his Jewish religious identity against him.

In statement that was released today, Wasserman Schultz declared, "Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as party chair at the end of this convention," she said. "As party chair, this week I will open and close the convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans."


Here follows the schedule of events and themes for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia:

Monday, July 25
Theme: United Together
First Lady Michelle Obama
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
DREAMer Astrid Silva
Tuesday, July 26
Theme: A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families
Former President Bill Clinton
The Mothers of the Movement – This group is comprised of black women whose sons were killed and whose deaths inspired the controversial Black Lives Matter movement. They are: Gwen Carr, whose son was Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, whose son was Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, whose son was Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, whose son was Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, whose son was Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; and Geneva Reed-Veal, whose daughter Sandra Bland.
Wednesday, July 27
Theme: Working Together
President Barack Obama
Vice President Joe Biden
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg: Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton.
Thursday, July 28
Theme: Stronger Together
Chelsea Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Here follows a list of other speakers, as stated by the Democratic party website:
State Representative Raumesh Akbari (Tennessee)
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
Congressman Xavier Becerra (California)
Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin
Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey)
Senator Barbara Boxer (California)
Congressman Brendan Boyle (Pennsylvania)
Congressman Bob Brady (Pennsylvania)
Governor Jerry Brown (California)
Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania)
Congressman Joaquin Castro (Texas)
Congressman James Clyburn (South Carolina)
Congressman Joseph Crowley (New York)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York)
Governor Mark Dayton (Minnesota)
Former Governor Howard Dean (Vermont)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Majority Leader State Representative Crisanta Duran (Colorado)
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)
Chillicothe, OH Mayor Luke Feeney
State Representative Peggy Flanagan (Minnesota)
Senator Al Franken (Minnesota)
Congressman Ruben Gallego (Arizona)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords & Captain Mark Kelly (Arizona)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
Tallahassee, FL Mayor Andrew Gillum
Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (Michigan)
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Illinois)
Former Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
Democratic State Party Chair Jaime Harrison (South Carolina)
Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia)
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
State Senator Ruben Kihuen (Nevada)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
Congressman Ted Lieu (California)
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (New York)
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (Kentucky)
Governor Terry McAuliffe (Virginia)
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (California)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, DC)
Former Governor Martin O’Malley (Maryland)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
Congressman Adam Schiff (California)
Senator Chuck Schumer (New York)
Former State Representative Bakari Sellers (South Carolina)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
State Senator Pat Spearman (Nevada)
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California)
Flint, MI Mayor Karen Weaver
Governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania)



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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