Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, sent an e-mail today giving us a glimpse of changes planned the Democratic National Convention and some of the thinking behind the changes. If you didn’t see the e-mail, read on…
“We’re making some big changes to this year’s Democratic National Convention.
Just like we broke with conventions of the past in 2008, we’re moving the final night of this year’s convention to Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. There will be room for 70,000 people, so more folks will be able to come out and celebrate as President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for re-election.
It should be a wonderful night — and it’s not the only way we’re doing things differently this year. In the upcoming months, we’ll be asking folks for their ideas on how to make this convention more open and accessible than ever before.
Most national conventions are four days long. But to honor President Obama’s belief in organizing our neighborhoods and communities, we’re shortening the convention to three days to make room to celebrate the Carolinas with a day of organizing.
To kick off the convention, we’ll be getting together at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Labor Day to organize and get ready for November. It’s a way to build our organization — and help ramp up our efforts in battleground states like North Carolina, which President Obama won by just 14,000 votes in 2008.
These are just a few ways we’re working to make this convention about more than political traditions and confetti falling from the rafters. We’re asking people to share their ideas, planning activities that reflect the core of our organizing work, and asking anyone who wants to be a part of it to take ownership.
Make sure your voice is heard as we continue to plan the convention over the months ahead.
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair, Democratic National Committee“