Youth on the ground at the Democratic National Convention; the People’s Library continues despite city crackdown; The Audiophiles: Finding music in the sounds of Antarctica; and local band the Stairwell Sisters.
The Democratic National Convention kicked off in North Carolina Tuesday with an aggressive response to the criticism doled out last week at the Republican National Convention in Florida. Here's a few of the remarks that stood out:
TED STRICKLAND: If Mitt was Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.
JULIAN CASTRO: Governor Romney has undergone an 'extreme makeover’, and it ain't pretty.
MICHELLE OBAMA: Barack knows the American dream because he's lived it.
The Stairwell Sisters play rollicking old style music. The two founding members used to practice their harmonies in the stairwell of their workplace in San Francisco. That was twelve years later. Now, The Stairwell Sisters band bring their mix of traditional songs and new compositions to audiences throughout the Bay Area.
Book lending and community gardening continues in front of an abandoned library in Oakland’s San Antonio district despite a police raid earlier this month. The historic building, a gift from Andrew Carnegie to the city back in 1918, was a branch library until 1976. Two other ventures have come and gone, but the building’s been vacant since 2001. The city says it’s not safe to use.
The blighted property has since attracted drug use, prostitution, and violence. So when activists moved in to reclaim it, local residents enthusiastically joined the effort.