Send Sharena to the Democratic National Convention in Philly
Organized by: Sharena Smith
Arrived in Philly!
July 24, 2016
EVENT DATE Jul 29, 2016
Hello, my name is Sharena Smith and I was elected to be an At-Large Delegate for the State of Colorado to represent Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. I am truly excited to represent my fellow Berners, and my State, at the National Convention, which will be one of the most historic conventions in our lifetime. I became a Bernie Sanders supporter after I heard him speak about issues that matter to me, massive student debt, women’s rights and the inequities within our political justice system, among others. Over the last year, my eyes have been opened to the massive injustices and abuses of power that we face as citizens of the United States. In the months preceding Super Tuesday, I became a founding member of Bernie Sanders’ Super Pack and have been donating to him ever since. But, I truly received the 'calling' when I caucused for Bernie Sanders during Super Tuesday. My precinct outnumbered the Hillary camp 2 to 1, and elected me to represent them at the county convention. Colorado has four levels of conventions and I was elected at each level to represent my fellow Coloradans and Bernie Sanders. When the Democratic party tried to change my candidate selection without my knowledge, I argued and fought with a number of party officials to make sure that my vote ONLY went to Bernie. I knew that some tricks would be in the works, but I never expected it to happen to me. The issue was resolved, and at the State Convention, I voted for Bernie Sanders for the fourth time! I plan on fighting just as hard at the National Convention in order to ensure that Bernie becomes the Democratic Party nominee. It is such a great feeling to have the opportunity to fight alongside a man that is so genuine, and shares my morals, values and beliefs, but did you know that elected national delegates for the Democratic National Convention are responsible for 100% of the cost of transportation and lodging at the National Convention? I will not receive any help from the Democratic Party or the presidential campaign. The cost to attend the National Convention is outrageous because hotel and flight prices are at a premium. Currently, I have secured two roommates in order to decrease the cost. I have also purchased my plane ticket well in advance of the National Convention to ensure that I would receive a more affordable flight; however, I still need your help to cover the cost of everything. Bernie Delegates have the opportunity to help sway Hillary Delegates, and Superdelegates, to change their votes and vote for Bernie Sanders, a candidate that represents the voices of about 45% of Democrats and an overwhelming majority of Independents. I plan to use my power of persuasion and negotiation to accomplish just that. I truly appreciate any support that you can offer. Thank you for your support! We are going to Philly!