Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Philadelphia once again on the second night of the Democratic National Convention. Several demonstrations took place in multiple locations, with many eventually converging on the Wells Fargo Convention Center in the evening as Democrats formally nominated Hillary Clinton their candidate for president.
“It warms my heart more than this humid day to see not only young people, but people of all generations coming together and saying ‘we’re not moved by this show the Democratic Party puts on,” said Larry Holmes of Peoples Power Assemblies, one of many organizations that held a demonstration and march which began at City Hall and eventually made its way south to the convention.
“We’ve got to make the struggle against racism central…we get killed, beaten up arrested and jailed for the crime of being black and brown,” Holmes added.
The City Hall demonstrators, which included a diverse and large coalition of groups, were joined by the Black DNC Resistance march, which began in the early afternoon a few miles north near Temple University. While chanting “no justice, no peace” and “don’t vote Hillary, she’s killing black people,” organizers of the march asked the white people in the crowd to step back, as they wanted the focus to be on black and brown people, particularly because of the disproportionate amount of people of color regularly killed by police. At one point, organizers, who were standing on the bed of a pickup truck with large flags that led the march, warned the crowd that undercover law enforcement may have infiltrated the demonstration.