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Day 2 at the DNC: The Black Lives Matter March Of Hell

Photos: Joshua Scott Albert

On day two of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Mass Appeal spent the entire day with the Black Lives Matter rally that was quietly being dubbed the “march of hell.” We can confirm that the 8.3 mile march, that dragged on for 8 hours, in nearly 100 degree weather, was in fact, hell.

During the first few hours of the march, when only about 300 people were marching, cops in suits went into the crowd and told protesters that they couldn’t wear masks. Unlike NYC, the wearing of masks in Philadelphia is completely legal, and the officers were quickly told so. On the other hand it was one of those trendy Guy Fawkes masks that some activists like to wear occasionally. According to a legal observer on the scene, the two men were identified the day before as FBI agents. There were numerous other undercovers, two of which, one who was riding a razor scooter and the other that was on skate board, both in their late 30’s , were outed and forced to leave.

The rally just sort of hung out at City Hall for about two hours before making the second half of the very long march. This is where things began to get interesting-ish, and tiring.

When the march did finally begin it’s trek to the place where Hillary would formally get the nomination, things would get a little tense, but otherwise remained peaceful. While the Black Lives Matter march made its way down Broad Street, inside the convention Sanders delegates walked out in protest. Around 9:30, several groups of several hundred demonstrators marched their up Broad Street to join the Black Lives Matter protest, and that’s when things got a little hairy. The march went from about 300 people, to 3000 people in matter of 20 minutes.

Police tried to stop the march, that was being led by three rented U-Hauls, from making it’s way down to the convention center. That didn’t work out too well and the police were forced to retreat twice, and the U-Hauls were allowed to go past the cut-off point for automobiles. Many people in the crowd thought that they were going to drive the U-Hauls straight through the fence, but they didn’t. I asked Asa Khalif, a local Black Lives Matter about the idea of driving the trucks through the walls, and he said “we forced them to retreat twice, we have to take the small victories where we can.”

bestshirttodate
Even though Bernie gave up the nomination, or in some people’s minds had the nomination stolen, this shirt still rocks.

blackbluewallNone of these officers would talk to me about how they felt about Black Lives Matter.

bluelivesguy
Every good protest needs some guy to come out and troll the crowd so that he can have his photo taken. This was that guy.

Buildingforbernie
These guys had nothing at all to do with the Black Lives Matter protest, but it’s interesting to see IRL how some of America’s blue collar construction workers feel about politics.

cutetamirricegirl
She’s just so damn cute, with a tragic story in her hands.

faces
This man was forced to leave because he was trying to sell his paintings and the crowd was not too cool with Potus.

hillarymakeup
Someone wasn’t too happy with the how Hillary’s makeup looked, so they gave her a touch-up.

massiveamount
There was no end in sight to the police that were following the march. What you can’t see are the numerous SWAT and bomb squad trucks.

matchvermin
These two should just get married. That’s Vermin Supreme and I still have not googled him to find out what he’s actually about.

fuckinganarchist
Wannabe Anarachist set flags on fire, embarrassing themselves and an entire day of peaceful demonstrations.

riotpolice
Prior to the start of the DNC, Philly police said they wouldn’t have riot cops, but that doesn’t mean the PA State Police can’t! (There was no riot).

waterphotographers
“Hey, there’s a fire hydrant, let’s all go get the same shot.”

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