As part of an effort to make the 2012 Democratic Convention the most open and accessible convention in political history, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today that it will provide an innovative opportunity to participate in convention programming – which will include user-generated content and the ability to interact with Convention attendees.
The entire Democratic National Convention will be livestreamed gavel-to-gavel on DemConvention.com/live and through the Democratic National Convention Committee Mobile App, connecting viewers in every corner of the country with Convention delegates and speakers in real time.
The entire program also will be streamed in Spanish simultaneously.
Seeking to make the 2012 Democratic Convention the most open and accessible convention ever, the DNCC said that it will provide an innovative opportunity to participate in convention programming – which will include user-generated content and the ability to interact with Convention attendees.
Millions of Americans also are expected to participate in more than 4,000 watch parties already organized in neighborhoods across the country. Some of these watch parties will be highlighted as part of Thursday night’s programming, when President Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech.
These efforts make this year’s convention the first in political history to include comprehensive livestream coverage.
“We are revolutionizing the way political conventions are done by making Charlotte 2012 more open, accessible and relevant to the American people,” OFA Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter said. “This is one more innovative and unprecedented way we are engaging every supporter in the President’s vision for moving America forward, empowering voters all over the country to get involved with what’s happening in North Carolina this week, and growing our organization at the grassroots level.”
On Thursday September 6, the programming will also feature a web-only convention special starting at 8 p.m. ET. Hosted by actor Kal Penn, the Live from Charlotte programming will include interviews with campaign officials and special guests, including Marc Anthony, Elizabeth Banks, Aisha Tyler, Olivia Wilde, Fran Drescher, Zach Braff, and Alexis Bledel.
Later that evening, after President Obama’s address, there will be a post-speech program featuring political analysis from political leaders.
Spanish-Language Webpage Goes Live
The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced that the organization’s official Spanish-language webpage is live.
“From day one, we set out to engage more Americans than ever before, and our digital outreach is just another way that we are delivering on that mission,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. “Having a Spanish-language web page ensures that more people can have access to the most open and accessible convention in history.”
The page, available at http://www.demconvention.com/bienvenidos/, will includeinteractive features that invite Latinos to participate in the discussion as we move forward toward the re-nomination of President Obama.
In a video welcome message on the new webpage, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,
Chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, invites Americans to participate in the convention online and “continue the conversation that the president started with the American people nearly five years ago.”
Young People Play Key Role in Convention
Wrapping up a weekend of pre-convention events, the College Democrats of America (CDA) convened young leaders from the DNC Youth Council, Young Democrats of America, Black Youth Vote, IMPACT, and Duke University. Young people gathered for trainings, caucus meetings, and networking events from Friday, August 31 – Sunday, September 2 ahead of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, highlighting the importance of young people in this year’s convention.
“Youth have so much at stake in this election, and the student vote will make all the difference,” said CDA President Alejandra Salinas. “By giving College Democrats a voice at the Democratic National Convention, the party and the President are showing their commitment to young people and the future of our great nation.”
“The Democratic National Convention Committee has been hard at work ensuring this convention is the most open and accessible in history. As part of that commitment, we engaged young people across the country in this historic event like never before,” said Tori Taylor, Youth Engagement Coordinator of the Democratic National Convention Committee.
Young people will continue to play an important role in the convention by participating in a variety of caucus and council meetings and events that are designed to engage youth.