Jul 28, 2014

MN Delegation at DNC includes Hinda Ali of Columbia Heights

She's said to be first Somali-American delegate at the Democratic National Convention, and one of a record number of Muslim delegates at a national political convention.

MN Delegation at DNC includes Hinda Ali of Columbia Heights

Among the delegates from Minnesota in Charlotte, NC for the 2012 Democratic National Convention is Hinda Ali of Columbia Heights, who may be the first Somali-American delegate to a major-party national political convention.

She is also one of what one organzation reported is the largest number of Muslim delegates at a national party convention.

According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, "recent estimates place the number of Muslim delegates at more than 100, up from 43 Muslim and Arab-American delegates at the 2008 Democratic convention, and 25 at the 2004 convention."

Click on the YouTube thumbnail to hear how Ali was recruited by Minnesota's DFL Party, in a short video from The UpTake.

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, delegates heard a lineup of speakers highlighted by former President Bill Clinton:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule

7 p.m. Central

  • Stronger Together Video: Women’s Health
  • Remarks by Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce
  • Remarks by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Remarks by U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention and Democratic Whip
  • Remarks by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, honorary chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee GLBT Council
  • American Heroes Video: Veterans
  • Remarks by Ed Meagher
  • Remarks by General Eric Shinseki
  • Remarks by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Remarks by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Remarks by Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK
  • Remarks by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell

8 p.m. Central

  • Remarks by Karen Mills
  • Progress for People Video: Small Business
  • Remarks by Bill Butcher
  • Remarks by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
  • Stronger Together Video: Immigration
  • Remarks by Benita Veliz, DREAM Act Activist
  • Remarks by Cristina Saralegui, journalist, actor and talk show host
  • Remarks by Sandra Fluke, attorney and women’s rights activist
  • Remarks by Austin Ligon, co-founder and former CEO of CarMax, Inc.
  • An Economy Build to Last Video: Auto-Industry
  • Remarks by Karen Eusanio
  • Remarks by Bob King, president of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) 
  • Remarks by Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster, former employees at companies controlled by Bain Capital
  • Remarks by U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

9 p.m. Central

  • Remarks by Jim Sinegal, co-founder and former CEO of Costco
  • Remarks by Elizabeth Warren, candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts
  • Nomination Process Set-Up
  • Remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
  • Remarks by President Bill Clinton
  • Roll call vote: Alice Germond, secretary of the Democratic National Committee
  • Benediction by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles

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