Tune-in to a Virtual DNC and Represent Milwaukee in Spirit
This article about the DNC graces the front page of the New York Times today with a quote from our President & CEO Gary Witt. Though it’s exciting to see Milwaukee’s name standing out on a national front page level, it’s disheartening to see the word “Forlorn” come before it. But, it very accurately describes what many Milwaukeeans are feeling this week as they see the DNC go virtual.
The DNC was supposed to be an opportunity for Milwaukee unlike any other the city’s had. It was Milwaukee’s chance to be in the national spotlight, to experience significant financial benefit and to finally break free from Chicago’s shadow and be seen by the nation and world as the vibrant, cultural hub it truly is.
The reality is that we can only do our best. In the middle of a pandemic, we need to support the safest option and put public health at the forefront. If not 2020, we can still have hope for 2024 and in the absence of the “in-person” buzz we wanted for our city, there are ways to support the convention virtually, should you choose to do so. And, don’t forget to support the local bars/restaurants who would be booming right about now. Enjoy your favorite carryout while you’re listening to speeches and tuning into virtual events.
Monday, August 17 @ 8:00 PM CT
The convention kicks off with speeches from an array of representatives including Senator Amy Klobuchar (remember, she introduced the Save Our Stages Act!), Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Representative Gwen Moore (hi, Milwaukee), Senator Bernie Sanders and Former First Lady Michelle Obama.
There is also performances by Leon Bridges and Maggie Rogers (picture of the lovely Maggie Rogers from her performance at Turner Hall included for nostalgia purposes).
Photo cred: Brianna Griepentrog
Tuesday, August 18 @ 8:00 PM CT
Roll Call Across America kicks off programming by taking viewers to 57 states and territories and representing the voices of voters, delegates, parents, teachers, small business owners, activists and leaders in the Democratic Party. More speeches to be heard by reps like Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Jill Biden.
Wednesday, August 19 @ 8:00 PM CT
You’ll hear from some biggies, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Governor Tony Evers (hi, Wisconsin), Senator Kamala Harris (her longest address yet!) and Former President Barack Obama.
There is also a performance by Billie Eilish!
Thursday, August 20 @ 8:00 PM CT
A wrap up with reps including Senator Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Senator Tammy Baldwin (hi, Wisconsin), Andrew Yang and Vice President Joe Biden (accepting the nomination).
And a performance by The Chicks (formerly Dixie) who just released their first album in 14 years. “Gaslighter” official video for fun:
AND, most importantly, voting will be weird this year. Make sure you’re registered and have all the information you need to know your options. Check in at myvote.wi.gov.