This post will be continously updated during DNC week.
While the Democrats, the Obama campaign and the attendant corporate sponsors pull out all the stops for this week’s historic Democratic National Convention, there’s a shadow structure of progressive organizing taking the form of panels, protests, film festivals and, of course, parties trying to catch the eyes of the world which will be focused on Denver this week.
So take this post as an informal and unavoidably incomplete guide to what’s going on outside the convention hall this week in Denver with a particular focus on those events that are available for viewing or listening online and that are open to the public. And do check out my friend Don Hazen’s informative look at what’s going on at Alternet, the website he’s built into one of the most well-read progressive destinations on the internet.
There are a raft of events to recommend today Sunday, August 24, the eve of the DNC.
Kicking off the festivities at the Big Tent (a collaboration between the Denver grassroots group Progress Now, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, leading liberal blogging site Daily Kos and corporate sponsor Google) is Live From Main Street Denver which will feature what will undoubtedly be an intense and insightful discussion on The Challenges of Change: Exploring the Conflicts and Opportunities Ahead, hosted by Laura Flanders of Grit TV, along with newly elected Rep. Donna Edwards, Van Jones, David Sirota and former Colorado State Sen. Polly Baca. The entire event will be webcast live today starting at 4:00pm (Rocky Mtn Time).
Taking place, unfortunately, at the same time is The Nation‘s own collaboration with the Denver Public Library and Rocky Mountain PBS: From Fannie Lou Hamer to Barack Obama: How the Civil Rights Movement Changed American Politics. This free event will feature the Honorable John Conyers, House Judiciary Chair and the longest-serving African-American Congressman; composer, conductor and musician David Amram and the David Amram Trio; The Nation‘s John Nichols and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. It will be suitable for all ages and musical and political tastes. The event takes place at the Colorado Convention Center starting at 5:00 today and is free of charge.