Chicagoans Plan People’s Convention Before DNC in Philadelphia

Chicago Organizers Plan July 23 People’s Convention in Philadelphia

A demonstration of democracy designed to harness the momentum and influence of the grassroots movement on the eve of the DNC.


CHICAGO, IL – Two Chicagoans who played a major role in generating grassroots support for Bernie Sanders are getting ready to head to Philadelphia at the end of July — but they’re not just going for the Democratic National Convention. Shana East and Jackrabbit Pollack are planning The People’s Convention, an event designed to harness the spirit and momentum of grassroots organizing to influence party platforms and the DNC.

The People’s Convention will be held July 23, 2016 – two days before the DNC Convention begins, at the Arch Street Meeting House (ASMH), 320 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA.

The People’s Convention is a pro-democracy event intended to set the stage for a new era of people-powered politics. Our plan is the ratification of a collectively written People’s Platform. This platform will consist of the issues which are most pressing to our country’s civic health.

We also hope to create a space for grassroots organizers and organizations to network and build relationships. This networking should establish the foundation of an ongoing movement intended to transform American politics for the better.

MEDIA IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. Please note: there is not room for large cameras to be set up inside the building. An outdoor space is available for members of the press who want to bring cameras.

For more information on The People’s Convention, see the project’s website, read an interview with Jackrabbit Pollack via In These Times, and visit the event’s Facebook Page.

Shana East is a grassroots organizer located in Chicago, Illinois. Last year she began her foray into electoral politics, working on Chuy García’s mayoral campaign team. She then went on to be a founding member of People for Bernie, before co-founding the volunteer-run Illinois for Bernie and The People’s Revolution along with partner Jackrabbit Pollack in summer 2015. Recently, she was a staff member of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign here in Illinois.

Jackrabbit Pollack is a founding member of, affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. In 2012, he participated in the grassroots disaster relief to hurricane Sandy known as Occupy Sandy. He has provided logistical support for groups fighting for racial justice such as SURJ, Ferguson Action, and Movement for Black Lives. In April of 2015, he began work as one of the core members of People for Bernie with whom he worked through July.

The People’s Convention is endorsed by: Occupy Wall St. NYC, People of Color for Bernie Sanders, Philly Coalition for REAL Justice, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, DNC Action Committee, and Popular Resistance. Click here to endorse the event.

The People’s Convention is sponsored by: The People’s Revolution, an initiative of InterOccupy – a fiscally sponsored project of the Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ). AFGJ a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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