DemDaily: Convention Day One: Tonight’s LineUp!

August 17, 2020

The Democratic Party's 2020 National Convention, "Uniting America," has already kicked off with programming, policy, caucus and allied events all day today, followed by the much-anticipated opening ceremonies tonight at 9:00pm Eastern time.

Monday's theme is "We the People," with a look at the monumental challenges we are confronting as a country. The COVID-19 pandemic continues its rampage, tens of millions of people are out of work, and America is confronting the racial injustice that has marginalized too many people.

Throughout our history, when we stand united, we can overcome anything. We'll hear from "we, the people," the many Americans who are rising up to take on these three crises: unite our country, and join Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in rebuilding the country and moving it forward.


Day Program (All times are EDT)

8:00am-8:00pm    State Delegation Breakfasts, Lunches & Receptions, DNC Caucus and  Council Meetings, Virtual Policy Roundtables & Allied Events
8:00pm-9:00pm    Coalition & State Pre-Convention Programs, followed by Watch Parties
8:00pm-9:00pm    Pre-Show: Behind The Rhyme: Your Voice Your Vote
The daytime state delegation, caucus and councils, advocacy, allied and press events are all up on the DemList 2020 Convention Calendar, as well as the official roll out of celebrities, elected officials and public speakers during the 9-11pm ET official program.

Democratic Activist and Actress Eva Longoria will kick off the night

Main Program: We The People
9:00pm-11:00pm ET

Introduction: Actress Eva Longoria
Gavel In: Everyday Americans will read the Preamble to the United States Constitution
Call to Order: Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS), 2020 Democratic National Convention Chair

Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem: A multicultural choir performing virtually with singers representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Cheyenne Nation and five territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Invocation: Reverend Gabriel Salguero, Co-Pastor Lamb's Church (NY) & President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

Remarks: Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore, 2020 Democratic National Convention Sergeant-at-Arms

We the People Demanding Racial Justice
Remarks: Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
Performance: Singer Leon Bridges

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo will speak 

"The Path Forward": A Conversation with Vice President Biden on Racial Justice
Vice President Biden engages with, and listens to, social justice activist Jamira Burley, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, and author Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, about how America can move forward towards equality, fairness, and justice for all.


Remarks: House Democratic Whip and South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn

We The People Helping Each Other Through COVID-19
Remarks: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Remarks: Kristin Urquiza, a woman whose father lost his life to COVID-19.

Healthcare Workers on the Front Lines: A conversation with a doctor, paramedic, and two nurses on the front lines of the pandemic and what's at stake in this election for America's essential medical workers.

Introduction of Performer: Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Sara Gideon
Performance: Singer-Songwriter Maggie Rogers
Remarks: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Singer-Songwriter Maggie Rogers will perform

We The People Putting Country Over Party
Remarks: Former New Jersey Republican Governor Christine Whitman
Former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman
Former New York Republican Congresswoman Susan Molinari
Remarks: Former Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich

Remarks: Alabama US Senator Doug Jones
Remarks: Nevada US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Remarks: Minnesota US Senator Amy Klobuchar

"United We Stand": Former 2020 Democratic candidates for president of the United States will come together once again to talk about why they ran, what they're fighting for, and why they believe Joe Biden will bring the nation together, move the nation out of crisis and chaos, and move us forward.
Featuring: Vice Presidential Nominee and Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker (NJ), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Governor Jay Inslee (WA), Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), Congressman Seth Moulton (MA), Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke (TX), Tom Steyer (CA), and Andrew Yang (NY).

We The People Recovering
Remarks: Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond
Remarks: Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders

Tonight's Speakers!

We The People Rise
Keynote Remarks: Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama

Performance: Singer-Songwriters Billy Porter and Steven Stills
Benediction: Reverend Dr. Jerry Young, 18th President of the National Baptist Convention, USA

Up Next This Week!
August 18th, Tuesday: "Steady Leadership"
August 19th, Wednesday: "A Future for All"
August 20th, Thursday: "America's Promise"

DemList Convention Calendar:
How to Watch The Convention
Convention Updates: Text CONVENTION to 43367, #DemConvention
Watch the Convention! Live streamed on * Youtube, FB and Twitter * On smart TV (Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire) search "Democratic National Convention," "2020 DNC" or "DNC" *  Networks: NBC, ABC and CBS will provide one-hour live prime-time convention coverage at 9pm and will live stream on their platforms * PBS will cover three hours each night.  See other ways to watch!

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