Convention Central: Speaking for Us

The Democratic Convention speakers line-up is released!

Democratic Convention Speakers

Date Time Theme/Speakers Background
Monday, July 25th 3:00pm ET
United Together: Putting Families First
First Lady Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States
Senator Bernie Sanders US Senator from Vermont, Presidential Candidate
DREAMer Astrid Silva
Became an activist after passing note to Senate Leader Harry Reid in 2009 while he was campaigning.  Came from Mexico w/her parents in 1992 at age 4.  Raised in Nevada w/out papers. Silvia would have been protected by the DREAM Act. She now has a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/DACA immigration program and is the organizing director at Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
Pam Livengood (Keene,NH) Pam and her family have been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their daughter's struggle with addiction. Pam raised the issue with Hillary while participating at a roundtable during the first trip to New Hampshire.
Karla & Francisca Ortiz (Las Vegas, NV) Karla is an American citizen but her parents, including mother Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the ad, "Brave."
Anastasia Somoza (New York, NY) Anastasia, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when born, is an advocate for Americans w/ intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anastasia interned for Hillary Clinton in her US Senate office and on her 2000 campaign for senate. Anastasia first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting
Tuesday, July 26th 4:00pm ET
A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families
President Bill Clinton Future "First Man" & former US President
Jelani Freeman (Washington, DC) Jelani grew up in foster care, is a former intern in Hillary Clinton's Senate office. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked to bring opportunity to kids at risk.
Thaddeus Desmond
(Philadelphia, PA)
Similar to Hillary's work at the Children's Defense Fund, Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia.
Dynah Haubert (Philadelphia, PA) Dynah is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization and teaches those with disabilities to advocate for themselves.
Kate Burdick (Philadelphia, PA) Kate is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.
Anton Moore (Philadelphia, PA) Anton founded and runs a nonprofit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence.
Dustin Parsons (Little Rock, AR) Dustin is currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Arkansas.
Students from Eagle Academy (New York, New York) As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy was featured in the ad Came Through during the New York primary.
Joe Sweeney (New York, New York) Joe was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.
Lauren Manning (New York, New York) Lauren was one of the most severely injured survivors of 9/11. She spent more than 6 months in the hospital recovering from 82.5% total body burns. As senator, Hillary helped Lauren navigate red tape to get the care she needed.
Ryan Moore (South Sioux City, NE) Ryan has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism, has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when his family came to DC for an event to advocate for health care reform. Brian Moore, Ryan's father, lost his job when his employer was unwilling to cover treatment for Ryan's health condition. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.
Wednesday, July 27th 4:30pm ET Working Together:
A Clear Choice
President Barack Obama The Man
Vice President Joe Biden Our VP
Erica Smegielski (Prospect, CT) Erica's mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures. Erica was featured in the ad, My Mom.
Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard (Charleston, SC) Felicia and Polly are two of three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.
Jamie Dorff (Leander, TX) Jamie's husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a Senator, Hillary worked with Republicans & Democrats to increase gratuity paid to family of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.
Thursday, July 28th 4:30pm ET Stronger Together
Hillary Clinton Future US President!
Chelsea Clinton Former and future First Daughter
Henrietta Ivey (Detroit, MI) A home care worker Hillary met while campaigning in Michigan, is helping lead the Fight for $15.
Beth Mathias (Marion, OH) Beth works two jobs and her husband works the nightshift at a factory in Ohio. Hillary met Beth at a roundtable in Marion.
Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed (Bonner Springs, KS) Jensen was fired from her job at a pizza restaurant for asking her boss why she was paid 25 cents less than her male co-worker and friend, Jake. After Jensen and Jake's story came to light, Hillary tweeted "Good for you, Jensen. Every woman deserves equal pay, no matter what her age. Keep up the hard work-and courage!"
Khizr Khan (Charlottesville, VA) Khizr Khan's son, Humayun S. M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Clinton spoke extensively about Kahn during a speech in Minneapolis.

 

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