FEATURING YOUNG VOTERS OF COLOR - On the fourth and final day of the DNC, Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar scoured the arena of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and spoke with two young black female college students wearing Black Lives Matter buttons, as well as with two young Native American men who were delegates for Bernie Sanders. .
FEATURING NORMAN SOLOMON - Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with Bernie Sanders delegate and co-founder of RootsAction.org, Norman Solomon about the complex dynamics between political parties and social movements and how democracy is a messy affair, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Norman Solomon, pledged delegate for Bernie Sanders at the DNC, co-founder of RootsAction.org.
FEATURING SHA GROGAN BROWN - He traveled in a caravan from the RNC in Cleveland to the DNC in Philly along with Laura Caceres, the daughter of slain Honduran activist Berta Caceres. Brown told Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar how activists are disappointed with both the two major party candidates. Sha Grogan Brown is with the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
FEATURING JOHN AINSWORTH - Rising Up Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with a working class fisherman named John Ainsworth in front of the Philadelphia City Hall. Like so many newly politicized ordinary Americans, Ainsworth was inspired by Sanders' "political revolution." John Ainsworth, working class fisherman.
FEATURING RAY LEWIS - Among the thousands of activists that have gathered in Philadelphia to protest at the Democratic National convention, is an unlikely figure - a former police captain. Retired captain Ray Lewis gained national fame when he was arrested as an Occupy Wall Street activist 5 years ago. Since then he has embraced a number of political causes. Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar met him outside the DNC in Philly and asked him to discuss poverty and social justice in Philadelphia, his deep disappointment with the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Black Lives Matter movement, and police brutality, among other things. Ray Lewis, former Philadelphia Retired Police Captain.
FEATURING DONNA SMITH - For years the organization Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) urged Senator Bernie Sanders to run for President. When he finally did, the resounding success of his campaign vindicated the "inside-outside" strategy that some American progressives strongly espouse. Now that the Sanders campaign has ended, the question remains, will the "political revolution" that PDA and Sanders fomented, continue? Donna Smith, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America.
FEATURING REBECCA HAMMELL - Up until 2 weeks before the DNC, the ride-sharing company Uber, was banned in Philadelphia. Now, the company has been allowed to operate until later this year with no regulations. Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with Rebecca Hammell of the Fair Ride Philly Coalition about how the story of Uber and the DNC unfolded. Rebecca Hammell, with Liberty Resources Inc, and Philly Fair Ride Coalition.
FEATURING JEFF COHEN - Mainstream media coverage of the Democratic National Convention has focused on the dissension within the Party but with little explanation of issues and why so many Bernie Sanders delegates are refusing to go along with the Clinton nomination. Former president Bill Clinton spoke from the floor of the convention on Tuesday night and painted a rosy picture of his wife's policies. Most news outlets also failed to critically report on his claims. Jeff Cohen, media critic, writer and journalism professor who founded the media watch group FAIR, co-founder of Rootsaction.org, Founding Director of Park Center for Independent Media.
FEATURING DR. JILL STEIN - Rising Up host, Sonali Kolhatkar, with the help of Free Speech TV, helped Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein get access to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia where the Democratic National Convention's second day is commencing. Kolhatkar interviewed Stein in front of a phalanx of Secret Service staff who decided on their own to provide her with a detail. Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate.
FEATURING ARUN GUPTA - Rising Up host Sonali Kolhatkar is at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia all week. While there, on day 2, she spoke with Arun Gupta at the Wells Fargo Center where the convention is taking place. Arun reflected on the energy that the US progressive left has expended in the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Arun Gupta, an investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, and Salon. He writes regularly at teleSUR English. He was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. Arun is a correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.