Published last at 3:00pm CDT August 21 2020, subject to change throughout the day.
Last night was the final night of the DNC Convention and there was no better way to start than with the adorable Cedric Jr, son of US Rep Cedric Richmond, posed in front of "I am a man" in a New Orleans art gallery, grinning ear to ear reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Focusing on telling the story of who Democratic Presidential nominee Vice President Joe Biden is, many stories of loss, faith, and family were shared by those that Biden has worked with and known over the years. However, there was plenty of comedic relief. Such as the short skit by TikTok star and comedian Sarah Cooper impersonating Trump. Last night's host actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus also added her own punches and twists, even going on the record to confirm she is "proud to be a nasty, nasty woman".
Biden's acceptance speech confirmed to many what they have been wondering, does Biden have enough energy to take on the Presidency? "The best way through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose," Biden retorted on how loss in his life has been a catalyst for much of his career. Moving beyond idea that on moral grounds alone Biden is the right choice, though, Biden included some policy components of how to increase life for working class peoples. For example, Biden said he would revert the $1.3 trillion tax cut for the wealthiest 1 percent to fund climate change policy, healthcare reform, and more.
As a staunch progressive, I expect to see and need to hear more about how we will work to challenge institutional racism and other forms of opression. How we will protect the most vulnerable. How we will take climate change seriously. How we will ensure immigrants and refugees are welcome in the United States of America.
Last night was a big step. However, there's still a lot more work to do.
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- Refinery 29 has compiled a series called "Diaries from the Front Lines of the 2020 Election" looking at the women powering the election! Reading about these powerful women, like Biden for President Deputy Digital Director Clarke Humphrey, is great way to celebrate these women as well as get yourself motivated to stay engaged for Election 2020!
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