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America is basically a two-party system politically. This week, one of the parties, the Democrats, held their convention to nominate their presidential candidate. It was in my city, and we decided to take a subway ride down to check out the different protests taking place.

I treated this sociologically rather than politically. We talked to protesters, police and attendees of the convention. We stopped at a rally for the “Black Lives Matter” movement and one supporting Bernie Sanders.  Both groups were large, passionate, organized and, for the most part, orderly.  It was a hot day and there was free ice water being passed out through the crowds even offered to the police who were stationed around the area.

You could feel the energy generated by the community of so many people coming together uniting their voices. One person yelling looks a bit crazy, but when thousands gather, the chants have power.

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