D.C. Dems' Denver Itinerary
D.C. Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds left town yesterday for Denver and anticipation is building among fellow party members for the kickoff of the Democratic National Convention, which officially begins Monday. Party members, along with reps from DC Vote, met yesterday at Bohemian Caverns on U St. NW for a sendoff party for the delegation, whooping it up over chicken wings and cocktails.
A first look at the party's agenda was revealed. Highlights include a trip Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time to the Denver Mint (where they'll pass out wooden nickels with the slogan "Taxation Without Representation" to highlight the push for congressional voting rights), followed by a Voting Rights Reception hosted by Hogan & Harton law firm. On Tuesday, Pepco, including former D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr., who is now a lobbyist for the company, will host a party at 9:30 p.m. for the D.C. delegation
Each morning, the delegation will hold its breakfast, but DC Vote members won't always be there because they plan to try to get in to speak at the 50 other state delegation breakfasts to make the hard sell on voting rights. As of last evening, said DC Vote outreach director Eugene Kinlow, the organization had not gotten on the calendar for as many states as it would like.
But, Kinlow said, "they will not turn us away when they see how eager we are and see our D.C. colors." Meantime, DC Vote program associate Eli Zigas will dress up as Abe Lincoln and circulate through the convention to draw more attention to the issue. "Even though he's a Republican, he's going to show up at the Democratic convention," said Zigas, who sports a terrific Lincoln-esque beard sans mustache.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton showed up to fire up the crowd of about 100. She said DC Vote's music video -- called "Demand the Vote and set to a special go-go tune -- will play before she speaks at the Convention on Tuesday.
One problem facing the delegation is credentials for Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday at Investco Field. D.C. received passes for all of its delegates plus one guest for each, along with four extra passes, for the daily convention activities at the Pepsi Center. But, according to D.C. Democratic Party spokesman David Meadows, about 240 people from the city are going, so the party needs a lot more passes for the big finale at Investco.
If you're not among those headed to Denver, D.C. For Obama chair Kim Morton said that the group is hosting a speech-viewing party/Obama fundraiser at Bohemian Caverns on Thursday. The suggested donation is $15, she said.
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