In June I was appointed as a pledged Bernie Sanders Pennsylvania Public Leader/Elected Official Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The convention is being held in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (for the Caucuses) and at the Wells Fargo Arena for the main events.
The convention officially starts on Monday July 25. For delegates and their guests, travel to Philadelphia and welcoming parties started on Sunday.
I will be taking pictures and notes of what I see and hear at my very first convention and will share them with you. So here’s my first day.
Instead of driving to Philadelphia and spending $47/day for parking, I took the Amtrak train from Lewistown, PA.
On Board Amtrak
The train was full. Many of the people on board were delegates, media personnel, and people generally interested in attending the events surrounding the convention. I met people from Wisconsin, New York, and of course Pennsylvania on board Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian #42, the once-daily eastbound train from Pittsburgh to New York City by way of Philadelphia.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital, was our first stop where we changed engines.
Then we were off again for the last leg of the train trip.
Philadelphia – We’re Here!
The train arrived at the 30th Street Station and we took a shuttle over to the Doubletree Inn in downtown Philadelphia. What should have been a 10-minute ride turned into an hour’s excursion of narrow roads and circling blocks in an attempt to get to the hotel. Part of the reason for the long drive was a parade down Broad Street near City Hall in support of Bernie Sanders.
We have a great view from our 19th floor room as you can see above. We are also set for staying here for 5 days. 12 sets of towels came with the room!
After settling in we went to our first party. It was a welcoming party to the DNC convention for several states including Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and several others. It was held at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Food and a wonderful variety show wrapped up the day for us.