Thursday, August 9, 2012

Convention Countdown Tipsheet 8/8 (From The Democratic National Convention)

There are 29 days until President Obama and Vice President Biden accept the nomination.
Convention fun fact of the day: Americans submitted more than 2,000 ideas via for how to make this convention the most accessible in history for members of the public.  Many of those ideas were implemented, such as holding a public kick-off event and moving the President’s speech to the stadium
Enthusiasm continues to build in Charlotte for the convention, as Charlotteans look forward to joining President Obama for his acceptance speech. 
WSOC TV: People find ways to get involved in upcoming conventions
As the countdown continues to the Republican and Democratic national conventions, people who aren't delegates are finding ways to get involved and attend. For weeks, Martha Stewart has been making calls and knocking on doors. She's one of the first to earn a seat inside Bank of America stadium to see President Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination. “I have qualified for my ticket, yes I have,” Stewart said. Through the 9-3-1 program, Obama campaign volunteers who work nine hours, or three shifts, are guaranteed a credential to attend the final night of the convention in person. “This is going to be great for Charlotte,” Stewart said. Eyewitness News contacted Republican officials to ask about public access during the RNC in Tampa. We did not hear back on Tuesday, but the Republican convention website promotes a “convention without walls.” Supporters can sign up to watch live streaming video from the convention floor, and engage via Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Only delegates and credentialed media will be allowed inside.
 In Case You Missed It: Convention Releases First-Ever Convention App.  Search for “DNC 2012” in the app store to download 
Channel 6 News: Making the DNC More Accesible, one iPhone App at a Time
Continuing the quest to making the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte the most open and accesible political convention in history, the DNCC today launched the first official convention mobile app for smartphones. According to a statement, the App was designed to give Americans “even more ways to engage in the convention this September.”  The app, which hits web marketplaces today, is part of the Democratic National Convention’s broad digital media efforts to revolutionize this convention and provide more ways for people to participate both in person and virtually. “With the launch of this mobile app, Democrats are taking another step in making this the most open and accessible convention in history,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. “Whether you’re joining us in person for the convention in Charlotte, or engaging virtually from anywhere in the country, there’s something for everyone in this app.  From live-streaming convention speeches to finding a great restaurant in the Queen City this app puts the 2012 Democratic National Convention at your fingertips.” The 2012 Democratic National Convention app provides information on official convention proceedings at the swipe of a finger. For users in and out of Charlotte, the app allows users to Watch the convention’s livestream, view and share photos, navigate Charlotte, and Keep a digital scrapbook of their convention experience. “With this mobile app, convention guests will be able to navigate Charlotte with the touch of a finger,” said Mayor Anthony Foxx.  “The interactive maps will let visitors find a restaurant or explore our culture and arts with ease.  For those who can’t join us in person for the convention, this app will still allow you to virtually explore the highlights of the Queen City.” The mobile app is just the latest in a broad social and digital media engagement effort by the Democratic National Convention. In addition to our “I’m There” campaign which asks Americans to declare that they will be attending either virtually or in person, the convention shares behind the scenes photos and videos and the latest convention news through social media networks Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Pintrest, and Instagram.   We have also engaged thousands of online grassroots supporters through social media and the first ever DNCC Tweetup, held in July.
In Case You Missed It: President Carter to address Democratic Convention
CNN: Carter to address Democratic convention
Former President Jimmy Carter will deliver remarks via video at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina this September, the convention's committee announced Tuesday. "Rosalynn and I regret that we will be unable to be at the Democratic Convention this year in Charlotte. However, we remain steadfast in our support for President Obama and the progress he will make in the next four years," Carter, 87, said in a statement released by the committee. While the former president did not address the 2008 convention in Denver, he appeared in a video about Hurricane Katrina, then walked on stage to wave to the audience. Democratic National Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa praised the former president in a statement as "one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time." "A lifelong champion of human rights and investments in education and energy to spur economic development, President Carter will provide unique insight into President Obama's ability to move our country forward and why we need his vision and leadership for a second term," Villaraigosa said in a statement. Since his unsuccessful re-election bid in 1980, the 39th president has dedicated his time to working on global human rights issues. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.”

On the Convention blog…
Meet Your Delegates: Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Now Oklahoma Delegate       
Bill John Baker, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, will be attending his first Democratic National Convention this September serving as a delegate for the state of Oklahoma. Chief Baker is a fourth generation Cherokee born and raised in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, where his great-great grandmother relocated after losing her parents on the “Trail of Tears” in the early 19th Century. For the past 12 years, Chief Baker served on the standing committee of the Tribal Council, the Cherokee Nation’s legislative body. In 2011, he was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  In 2012, he was elected to be a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. Chief Baker’s Democratic heritage also runs deep. His mother has served as a delegate to five other Democratic National Conventions, and has been selected as an elector for this year’s convention. The 2008 convention in Denver in particular left a lasting impression on both mother and son. “It was exciting, the biggest yet, almost like a major movie production. It was a good time,” he remembers. Chief Baker is proud to continue this legacy in service to the Democratic Party. At Charlotte’s first convention this September, Chief Baker will certainly be a voice for the Cherokee Nation. But when asked what he’s most looking forward to at the convention, he simply answered, “building good relationships, getting a chance to meet folks from all over the country, and just being a part of the process.” Join Chief Baker and get involved with the convention.

Joanne Peters
Press Secretary, Democratic National Convention Committee
Convention press office: 980-249-5310,

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