ABOVE PHOTO: Mayor Jim Kenney and DNCC CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry at the recent DNC Walk Through at Wells Fargo Center. (Photo by Bill Z. Foster)
DNCC CEO, Rev. Leah D. Daughtry and Senior Leadership Team answer questions from community convention expected to leave positive impact on Philadelphia region
Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) CEO, the Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee Executive Director, Kevin Washo and the DNCC senior leadership team hosted a community forum Wednesday at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. The community forum is part of the Democratic National Convention Committee’s firm commitment to leave a lasting impact on the Philadelphia community. Over 200 community members attended the forum and discussed plans to actively engage with the Convention and the nearly 50,000 visitors that are expected to attend.
“In just 82 days, up to 50,000 Americans will descend upon the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. During the week of Convention, Democrats will be focused on the business of the Party. As we carry out our duties, we will also shop in local businesses, dine in the wonderful restaurants Philadelphia has to offer, and experience the rich history and culture that exists here in the birthplace of American democracy,” Daughtry said. “Today’s community forum reinforces our commitment to ensuring that the people of Philadelphia understand the impact Convention will have on their neighborhoods and communities, and learn how they can participate. I was thrilled to join with my leadership team in this dialogue as we work to ensure that every Philadelphian is poised to benefit from the Convention long after the gavel has dropped and our nominee begins the road to the White House.”
“The Host Committee is planning a number of fun events around town for members of the public to attend so our residents feel like they are part of the Convention excitement. We are committed to enabling communities across Philadelphia to feel a positive impact from the Convention as well as understand what to expect this July. I encourage all Philadelphians to stay in town and participate in the Convention fun that week,” said 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee Executive Director, Kevin Washo.
In addition to producing the most innovative, inclusive and forward-looking Convention in history, the DNCC has worked with local leaders to strengthen Philadelphia neighborhoods and communities. The DNCC visited the historic Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club, hosted a discussion with Rev. Daughtry and young women at the Philadelphia High School for Girls during Women’s History Month and worked with Bartram’s Garden and other partners to remove more than 1,000 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River on Earth Day.