Short updates and musings from QNotes staff at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. See more...
FROM INSIDE THE ARENA:
Actress and advocate Kerry Washington fired up attendees of tonight’s Democratic National Convention. Highlighting the dire need for committed volunteers and attacks from the right, Washington emphasized with the busy schedule of Americans. However, she noted: “You may not be thinking about politics but politics are thinking about you…the other side wants to take our voices away and render us invisible. But we are not invisible.” Washington elicited deafening audience approval, particularly when mentioning Republican attacks on women’s rights.
Actress Scarlett Johansson followed Kerry Washington tonight, attempting to dissuade voter apathy among young Americans. Johansson noted that in the last election, only half of the youngest generation of eligible voters participated in the election. “I’m not here to tell you who to vote for,” said Johansson, “I’m here to tell you to vote.” The audience echoed the actress’ sentiments with roaring applause and approval.