Watch live: DNC marks up the draft Election 2020 Democratic Platform

  • Published on July 27th, 2020

Hey folk, @TheDemocrats are marking up the draft 2020 platform right now. I found out because I happened to check the DNC Youtube channel, not because anyone told me.

By RL Miller

Meantime, I delivered 5000 signatures to @MDeatrick of @DNCClimate  and @VarshPrakash of @sunrisemvmt showing public support to #FixDNCPlatform – restore science, bolder goals for renewable energy, more.


Right now @tomperez  is speechifying, so no need for FOMO for what happened over the last 24 minutes. #FixDNCPlatform.

If you’re watching the livestream, @TheDemocrats have disabled both public comments and public chat, so this again is performative transparency — no chance for input from the public. I may tweet more, if anything interesting is said.

So apparently a massive chair’s amendment has just been adopted, but people watching have no idea what’s in the amendment.

DNC platform folk now voting on some controversial amendments. A health care vote just failed 33 Y, 127 N, so I’m guessing that it was a #MedicareForAll-type vote. I am multi tasking on a separate conf call so missing a lot of deets, sorry.

now up: a marijuana legalization amendment.

huh, very pro-marijuana legalization speech from very pro-Biden @Bakari_Sellers. Swayed a few folk. Final vote 50 Yes, 102 No. Worth watching this issue to see how/ whether Biden evolves.

Now up: a pro-Bristol Bay, anti-Pebble Mine speech. Not a platform amendment, but a pretty darn strong signal that President Biden will reverse Trump on this.

Now up: motion by @LtGovGilchrist to, simply, ban chokeholds and carotid holds. Passes unanimously.

Climate change: Keep it under 1.5 degrees

Now up: @MDeatrick of @DNCClimate  offers amendment to keep US fair share of emissions to 1.5 degrees. This is HUGE (the reason I’ve been listening for past 5 hours).

After @MDeatrick speech, additional remarks by @VarshPrakash and @GinaNRDC in favor of 1.5 degrees.

If you’ve read any of my #Underwhelmed, #BidenClimate, or #FixDNCPlatform threads over the last few weeks, you know that my single biggest demand has been 1.5 degrees. Biden is running on a pro-science platform. Platform MUST respect 1.5 degrees.

and the amendment passes 163 yes, zero no, zero abstentions — unanimous. WE WON!!! 1.5 degrees is now in the Dem Party Platform!!!


About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.

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