Bernie Sanders opening speech at Women's Convention? Some women aren't thrilled

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

Tamika Mallory, Women's March co-president, said she feels Sanders is the ideal fit for the convention, describing him in a statement as a "fierce champion of women's rights" and someone who has bolstered "female voices throughout his career of public service".

On the opening night of the first Women's Convention in decades, more than 3,000 women and progressive activists will hear from a white man. Other participants include actresses Amber Tamblyn and Piper Perabo; Rep Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California; and OH politician Nina Turner, among others.

Numerous women taking part in that event wore t-shirts or held signs making reference to the 2016 presidential race won by Trump over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy's profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, who at one point was called a "nasty woman" by her GOP opponent. A full list of speakers can be found on the Women's Convention website. There are plenty women in politics who could talk at the convention. A spokesperson for Sanders said that the Vermont senator was invited by the Women's March, and accepted the invitation to honor "the women at the front lines of our struggle for economic, social, racial and environmental justice".

As the firestorm over Senator Sanders continued spreading on social media throughout the afternoon, the Women's Convention put out a statement on its Instagram page, suggesting that the organizers' hand was forced, in part, by scheduling conflicts. "We are thrilled that Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen".

Piper Perabo (actress and activist), Sally Kohn (Political Commentator and Community Organizer) and Lilianna Angel Reyes (Activist), Nomiki Konst (Investigative Reporter, The Young Turks), Leah Greenberg (Co-Executive Director, The Indivisible Project) also join the growing roster of speakers.

Mallory elaborated that while some female lawmakers won't be present, they still extended their support for the event.

The organizers added: "We all know how busy women leaders are, and we are grateful for the support of women like Secretary Clinton and Senators Harris, Warren and Gillibrand.their schedules did not allow them to join us in Detroit". "Harris, Warren and (Kirsten) Gillibrand", Mallory said.

The Women's Convention takes place October 27-29 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. "We are excited to come together, to unite across our differences and to fight for the future we all believe in".

Tapping into the power of women in leadership as the fundamental, grassroots force for change, the Women's Convention will bring together first time activists and movement leaders, rising political stars that reflect our nation's changing demographics, and thousands of women who've organized sister marches, huddles, rallies and resistance actions, large and small, since January 2017.

Other speakers include MI gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed, former MI state Rep. Rashida Tlaib and sitting state Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit.

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