Protesters on the streets of Philadelphia cheered as the leader of the Democratic party Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down yesterday.
Wasserman Schultz’s resignation means she won’t chair the Democratic National Convention, which starts today.
Florida Congresswomen Wasserman Shultz resigned over the recent Wiki Leaks revelations and pro-Sanders protesters were left cheering on the streets of Philadelphia as the news broke.
Yesterday Bernie Sanders supporters were holding a peaceful demonstration on Independence Mall over a variety of issues such as fracking in Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters were present in downtown Philadelphia, right next to the Liberty Bell on Independence Mall.
Protests focused mostly on environmental changes, trying to push Clinton and the Democrats further to the left in their views on fracking in the area.
A banner was flown over the area which read: “Hillary for Prison 2016,” just as delegates were arriving in Philadelphia ahead of the convention.
Republican supporters in the area protested with signs which suggested November’s election will be “Trump versus Tramp.”
‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters were also present, holding signs and chanting on the sidewalk outside the Independence Hall.
The feel around Philadelphia was that of a possibly divided Democrat support, with Sanders supporters seemingly dwarfing any support for Hillary Clinton on the streets of the city.
The convention starts in slight disarray for the Democrats, with Donna Brazile taking over from Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the chair of the convention.
The delegates opening night reception was last night, with Democrats from all over the country arriving in Philadelphia.
First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders and DREAMer activist Astrid Silva are the headline speakers this evening.
A blog from the first day at the Democratic National Convention will be here on www.USA-Votes-2016.com tomorrow morning.