Eight delegates from across the country submitted audio journals to WHYY. Excerpts are featured in the map above, but you can also browse through them below:
Donald Green, from Reading, Massachusetts
Dr. Donald Green is a retired family physician from Reading, Ma, elected as an alternate Senator Bernie Sanders delegate from the Massachusetts 6th Congressional District. He is the Recording Secretary for his Democratic Town Committee, and a member of the PNHP, the largest single payer physician advocacy group. Besides being active in his community (Rotary, Model RR Club) he is married 44 years to his wife Ayse and has 3 grown daughters ranging in age from 35 to 41. His entire family supported Sanders during the campaign.
Erin Biggs, from Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Erin Biggs is an elected Bernie Sanders delegate from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. She grew up in Ohio, went to college in Washington, DC, and now lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she works in indigent public defense, volunteers at the Routt County Humane Society walking dogs, and enjoys hiking and camping. She’s honored to be part of the DNC.
Nikki Berg Burin, from Grand Forks, North Dakota
Nikki Berg Burin lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with her husband, 7-year-old son, and 6-year-old daughter. She’s an Assistant Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of North Dakota. Her research is focused on prostitution and sex trafficking in North Dakota both past and present.
Robert Peters, from Lexington, Massachusetts
Robert Peters is a second-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Lexington Massachusetts. As a Democratic activist, he is proud to cast his vote to nominate Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States.
Micae Brown, form Chicago, Illnois
Micae Brown is a Chicago native and is the host of Chicago’s WVON 1690AM The Urban Business Roundtable, and creator and host of The Micae Brown Report. Though both platforms, Micae showcases the nation’s multicultural community of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Lila Hogan, form Hammond, Louisiana
Lila Tritico Hogan practices family law and mediation in Hammond, Louisiana. She is Catholic, the mother of four children, and the grandmother of one. Lila has been married 37 years and has practiced law for 40 years. She sits on the Tangipahoa Parish Democratic Party Executive Committee and is an elected Hillary Clinton delegate from the 1st Congressional District.
Homaira Naseem, from Boylston, Massachusetts
Homaira Naseem grew up in India and came to University of Cincinnati, OH in 1978 for higher education. She is a Research and Development Engineer for Mexichem Specialty Compounds and has been awarded three patents. She is an activist and raises funds for local Food Banks, Shelters and Refugees. She is an American Muslim delegate for Bernie Sanders from Massachusetts.
Meryl Rice, from Whiteville, Tennessee
Meryl Rice is a Hillary delegate from Tennessee. This will be her third convention and the second as a delegate. She serves as Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman from District 26. She served as chair of her local party and now serves as secretary.
At the TN Dem Party “Jackson Day” (their biggest fundraiser), Meryl and her husband Randall received the ADDY award for their volunteer work for healthcare for all. Meryl am a retired psychotherapist. She and Randall have three children, 7 grandchildren and enjoy woodworking, gardening, and politics.