Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Sanders’ endorsement of the soon-to-be official party presidential nominee has only fired his supporters up even further. The same can be said of the Sunday resignation of Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Schultz resigned in the aftermath of the leak of emails revealing her active opposition to Bernie Sanders’ campaign during the primary election season.
Helping kick off the week of protests at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, hundreds of Sanders supporters gathered Sunday evening at Vernon Park in Germantown, Philadelphia for a rally pushing for the “Climate Revolution.”
The main event of the evening was a special outdoor screening of a new film by anti-fracking activist Josh Fox.
Climate wasn’t the only thing on rally attendees’ minds, however. Speaker after speaker railed against Hillary Clinton, either directly or indirectly, promising that the Sanders agenda would be accomplished.
Attendees were in clear agreement with the speakers.
Some photos of telling rally signs are featured below.
Democracy Spring leaders invited the rally attendees to join them in staging massive civil disobedience to “shut things down” for the duration of the convention.
Beginning to close out the rally, Nomiki Konst said, “We have taken over the Democratic Party.” She got the crowd to responsively chant that the “DNC works for us.”
Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks” was another featured speaker, rousing the crowd to cries against ousted DNC head Wasserman Schultz — a crowd fully decked in Bernie Sanders campaign attire, with no Clinton supporters in sight.
The rally’s occasional songs and chants, coupled with the strong language and promises against the problems highlighted by the Sanders campaign, represent the fact that the most diehard parts of the Sanders campaign have shown their face once more.
Some of the strongest language from the Democracy Spring and Uygur are featured in the recording below.
— Caleb Newton (@defineparanoia) July 25, 2016
How the promises for protest will manifest remains to be seen as the convention officially begins tomorrow afternoon.
All the images are via the author.