Free Speech in Action at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American Democracy and as such, provided the perfect backdrop as it hosted the DNC.

Slide Show | Photos of demonstrators outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 25th-28th, 2016.  On July 25th, 2016, I proceeded to the an area just outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to witness and document some the political demonstrations, and social protests, taking place thereat.  Philadelphia is the birthplace of American Democracy and as such, provided the perfect backdrop as it hosted the DNC.

The DNC is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.

Protesters and witnesses to the events outside the Well Fargo Center came from all over the country to witness or have their voices heard.  Some felt disenfranchised as they were prevented from attending the actual Convention activities held inside the Wells Fargo Center.

Crystal, a Morgan, West Virginia resident, informed me she had been a registered Bernie Sanders volunteer for the past year but was denied access to enter the Wells Fargo Center to support Mr. Sanders.  Others in Crystal’s delegation of volunteers had been denied access to the Center as well.

A contingent of local and Federal law enforcement agencies were on hand to provide security to the venue, while ensuring demonstrators and observers coexisted peacefully.  Most importantly, the police presence ensured all who wanted to exercise their right to free speech.

For a historical commentary on past Democratic National Conventions held in Philadelphia read the following Opinion at Philly.com: Article.

I hope you enjoy the following images I made at the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia, PA: 2016 DNC, Images Gallery.