April 13, 2020 / Blog

Ensuring a Safe and Successful Democratic National Convention

Over the past month, we have been closely following the unfolding public health crisis here in Milwaukee, across the nation, and around the world. This is an unprecedented moment in modern history—one that requires all of us to go above and beyond to protect our neighbors and loved ones, and demands individual sacrifice for the collective health and well-being of our communities. Now more than ever before, our future depends on our ability to be selfless, compassionate, and flexible in the face of this challenge.

Ensuring the safety of our host community and convention guests has always been, and will always be, our top priority. That’s why we announced that the 2020 Democratic National Convention will now be held during the week of August 17.

This decision will give everyone involved more time to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and determine what a safe and successful convention will look like later this summer. In the coming months, we will remain in constant communication with local, state, and federal officials, and continue to follow their guidance as we determine the best way to deliver a unifying and uplifting event that poses no unnecessary risk to public health.

That said, this turbulent time is also a stark reminder of why America needs steady leadership in the White House—leadership who will listen to experts, follow science, and always prioritize protecting our families. As we march closer to the most important election in our nation’s history, our team remains focused on planning a successful convention here in Milwaukee, so that we can nominate the next president and vice president of the United States, lift up their vision for a stronger, more united America, and launch them to victory in November. 

Every day we’re seeing those words come to life as stories of heroism pour in from across the nation: from the local manufacturers stepping up to meet the growing demand for personal protective equipment, to the teachers diving headfirst into virtual learning to keep our children’s education from coming to a halt, to the doctors and nurses putting their own lives at risk to save the lives of millions. The values embodied in these stories—determination, optimism, and inclusivity—are the values of the Democratic Party. These are the values we are fighting to protect, and on Election Day, we will win.

We especially want to share our gratitude with the people of Milwaukee who have continued to welcome us with open arms over the past year. History will be made here when the convention takes place—not just because we will nominate the next president and vice president of the United States, but because we are doing it in a state that has never before hosted a political party’s national convention. We are inspired every day by the vibrant, diverse community that lives and works here. Milwaukee is the perfect place to share our vision for a more united country and lift up the voices of working families who Democrats fight for every day.

Our thoughts are with the families and communities struggling through this health crisis, and with those grieving the loss of loved ones. Our gratitude is with those who are working around the clock to contain this virus. 

Stay safe, take care of one another, and keep checking DemConvention.com for future updates regarding our convention plans.