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August 18, 2020Advocacy Matters

Democratic and Republican National Conventions

For the next two weeks, our attention turns to the Democratic and Republic National Conventions.  Party conventions happen every four years in advance of the Presidential Election in November.

The conventions are a time to rally support for the parties, the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominee, down-ballot candidates, rising stars in each party, and the chance to lay out the differences between the vision and policies between the parties.

For advocates who have acted to advance civil rights now and in the past, it’s a chance for us to monitor the progress of civil rights as we watch how parties include people of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities in their images and messages.

The Democratic Convention is happening this week.  All events are virtual and open to the public.  For example, there is a Disability Caucus of the Democratic Party that is meeting right now until 4:00 pm.

You can follow the link to all of the DNC party events and sign up to be a part of the Caucus and other events throughout the week.

Next week, the Republicans meet in Charlotte, North Carolina. At this time, the RNC Convention has not made public any virtual links.  The RNC is organizing media to live stream RNC events for the conventions.

We have a link to the convention website to stay up to date on all the RNC activity.

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