Dylan Parker IL Delegate to the DNC

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Dylan Parker  ROCK ISLAND, IL
My name is Dylan Parker. I am a 27-year-old diesel mechanic and elected delegate pledged to Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic National Convention from Illinois' 17th Congressional District. As a full-time worker, husband and father of two children, I know the fiscal difficulties facing many American families like my own. I believe that Bernie Sanders understands them as well and that he has provided a strong, compassionate and data-driven plan to help rebuild a bolsterous American middle class so that we all, together, can succeed. It is for this reason, along with the rest of Bernie's campaign and platform, that I have supported his candidacy for President of the United States through monetary donations and by volunteering my time canvassing and organizing. I was recently elected by the Democrats of Illinois' Congressional District 17 to represent them at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It is a responsibility and priviledge I do not take lightly and hope to faithfully execute during my time at the Convention. However, doing so requires a significant financial committment from me in order to attend. Hotel rooms at the Convention are over $700 a night--and I need to be there for the entire week. My wife, Tia, and I are prepared to undertake this obligation utilizing our own finances, but I believe that politics should not be limited to those who can only afford to participate. My family may be at a place where--while it may strain the budget--I can afford to represent my fellow citizens, many American families would simply not be able to attend. That is wrong, in my opinion. I believe, as Bernie Sanders does, that when we work together, we all win. We need to send a strong message to other Americans that may be interested in participating in politics, but unable to afford to do so, that we'll have their back. I am asking that you donate whatever amount you can to alleviate the cost in attending the Democratic National Convention. The money raised in this campaign will be used for airfare, hotel room reservation and dining while at the Convention. I sincerely appreciate whatever contributions you can afford and will do my best to faithfully represent the citizens of Illinois' 17th Congressional District that desire a nomination for Bernie Sanders. Thank you.
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Update 12
Posted by Dylan Parker
28 months ago
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Just like Bernie said, his campaign was never about him, but about us. On Monday, in downtown Rock Island, I announced my candidacy for Rock Island's Fifth Ward Alderman. Towards the end of Bernie's bid for President, he sent out an e-mail to his supporters asking if they were interested in running for public office. I was excited to say then that I was interested then and I am proud to pursue public office now. I fully intend to carry the progressive message of Bernie Sanders to the City Hall of Rock Island, Illinois.

However, just like Bernie, I can't do it alone. I appreciate every cent of the $4,435 donated to me during my fundraiser to attend the Democratic National Convention as a Bernie delegate. I am indebted to your kindness. Though, I need to ask you for another favor: do you think you could pitch in a few bucks to my campaign for Rock Island City Council? As a delegate, I had limited power to affect real change. As a council-member, I can put into practice for my town the progressive values I hold dearly.

If you would be so kind, please visit www.parkerfor5th.org and check out my plans for Rock Island, Illinois. You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MrRockIsland. A link to donate to my campaign is available on the campaign's website.

Again, I am humbled by your previous generosity, but I really need you now! Now is when we put the boots on the ground for the real grassroots change that Bernie spoke of. The revolution is far from over and with your help, we can succeed in Rock Island, Illinois.

Thank you for your attention.

Solidarity!
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Update 11
Posted by Dylan Parker
29 months ago
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Fellow Democrats, Independents, Berners and Revolutionaries: My wife and I will be opening our home on August 24th to watch a live stream video of Bernie introducing the next phase in the ‪#‎PoliticalRevolution‬: "Our Movement." Please join us as we continue to network and organize together for progressive Democratic candidates up and down the ticket, this November and for elections to come. ‪#‎TheRevolutionContinues‬

See the official event listing with all the details here: https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/gpl2vc

Hope you can join us. Solidarity!
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Update 10
Posted by Dylan Parker
30 months ago
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Susan, in response to your question, many of the problems and rumors surrounding the nomination of Hillary Clinton were just that: exaggerations. There was no second vote for delegates, there were no hired sit-ins. There was plenty of childish attempts by Hillary supporters to silence and maintain order among Bernie delegates while in the actual convention building (i.e., physically removing Bernie buttons, etc from shirts), but Hillary Clinton won the nomination fairly. She received the most votes in total, pledged and unpledged (super) delegate votes during the 2016 Democratic Primary convention. I was in attendance for the entire convention and saw very little monkeywrenching. I would say it was more action of being rude to Bernie delegates than any sort of real corruption. The stories you may have heard were sensationalized. We lost, fair and square.
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Update 9
Posted by Dylan Parker
30 months ago
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Another sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to my fundraiser. Attending the DNC was both an honor and privilege. While we certainly did not get the candidate we would have preferred, I was proud to cast my ballot--and YOUR ballot--for Bernie Sanders as nominee for President of the United States. While conspiracy and distrust circulates the results of the National Convention even to this day, we witnessed a democratic process to elect Hillary Clinton as nominee of the Democratic Party. I fully intend on voting for Clinton during the general election and look forward to organizing progressive candidates within the Democratic Party, both locally and nationally, to ensure our hard fought work to push the party to the left was not in vain. We must listen to Bernie at this time and organize to continue the momentum to the left. I know I'll be right there on the front lines for this change and I hope you will join me. Thank you again to everyone who helped me and my family attend the DNC. I am truly blessed to have supported me in this endeavor. I have disabled donations for this campaign at this time and look forward to fundraising for progressive campaigns as we move forward. Thank you and solidarity!

P.S., I was interviewed by Tom Ashbrook on NPR's On Point program immediately after the DNC roll call vote on Tuesday. You can listen to a recording here: http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2016/07/26/democratic-delegate-roundtable

It clarifies my position on several points and was an incredible experience. Together, we move forward. As Bernie says:

The Revolution Continues...!
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Patrick G. Callahan
31 months ago
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You're welcome Dylan! Represent us all well! In solidarity! Patrick Callahan

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Laura Naples Selesky
29 months ago
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I am really pissed that I gave you a red cent to delegate for Bernie Sanders. The reason I am so pissed isbecause of the lie you told Susan Voight about the discord between the Hillary & Bernie delegates. So you were a plant for hillary right? On top of it you were one of the delegates that asked for the most about of money for your"trip". Im really ashamed for you!

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Lisa L Lightning
29 months ago
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Well thanks for getting there and casting your vote. You say stories were fabricated and HRC won fair and square. But all those hacked emails show the opposite. The entire primary season was a sham. Bernie educated people, yes. But the DNC was never going to let him become the nominee. I'm in the lawsuit against them, and if you're not, you are accepting the notion that fraud is fine as long as you win. The exact opposite of what Bernie stands for. He HAD to endorse HRC but we are free to vote for the only decent, and in fact wonderful choice, Jill Stein and the Green Party. If everyone who voted for Bernie, and who WANTED to vote for Bernie but couldn't, cast a vote for Jill Stein she would win in a landslide. The media is scaring us into obeying them. Here's info on Stein if anyone is interested: https://youtu.be/9tu7PEup2lM

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Jeannah Swick Haber
30 months ago
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I tweeted this,I have no spare $ currently but hope it helps get you closer to goal. Thank you for your hard work and commitment! #AlwaysSanders #StillSanders

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Susan Voigt
30 months ago
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Just want to check and see if you still plan to go. Things have gotten so confusing. Just want to make sure I donate to someone who is still going. Thank You!

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Susan Voigt
29 months ago

Yes, indeed...Dylan. You went too far with your "lost fair and square." Circulated your views to see if the groups and other attendees are fabricating...or you are lying. Stilling striving for clarity, but there are many who donated to you that are none too happy with your position.

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Susan Voigt
30 months ago

Interesting. I have to settle in my mind that the other groups are fabricating stories. That is a super uncomfortable notion. I am not arguing with you when I question your "fair and square." But I wonder, at the very least, what are your thoughts on Bernie not having been provided fair opportunity from the start?

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Susan Voigt
30 months ago

In your opinion, were there problems at the convention...such as we are hearing? Like Hillary nit getting enough votes at a morning vote...so they did another in the afternoon..where she won? Did Bernie delegates lose their seats to hired sit-ins? I am curious as to whether these stories are accurate or sensationalized.

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Susan Voigt
30 months ago

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Heard you on OnPoint. Loved your response to Tom's cynicism about moving from national politics to local. Inspired me. Keep on the good fight.

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God Speed on your travels to Philly to vote for Bernie Sanders! #AlwaysSanders #SeeYouinPhilly #WeAreBernie

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Patrick G. Callahan
31 months ago
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You're welcome Dylan! Represent us all well! In solidarity! Patrick Callahan

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Laura Naples Selesky
29 months ago
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I am really pissed that I gave you a red cent to delegate for Bernie Sanders. The reason I am so pissed isbecause of the lie you told Susan Voight about the discord between the Hillary & Bernie delegates. So you were a plant for hillary right? On top of it you were one of the delegates that asked for the most about of money for your"trip". Im really ashamed for you!

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Lisa L Lightning
29 months ago
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Well thanks for getting there and casting your vote. You say stories were fabricated and HRC won fair and square. But all those hacked emails show the opposite. The entire primary season was a sham. Bernie educated people, yes. But the DNC was never going to let him become the nominee. I'm in the lawsuit against them, and if you're not, you are accepting the notion that fraud is fine as long as you win. The exact opposite of what Bernie stands for. He HAD to endorse HRC but we are free to vote for the only decent, and in fact wonderful choice, Jill Stein and the Green Party. If everyone who voted for Bernie, and who WANTED to vote for Bernie but couldn't, cast a vote for Jill Stein she would win in a landslide. The media is scaring us into obeying them. Here's info on Stein if anyone is interested: https://youtu.be/9tu7PEup2lM

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Jeannah Swick Haber
30 months ago
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I tweeted this,I have no spare $ currently but hope it helps get you closer to goal. Thank you for your hard work and commitment! #AlwaysSanders #StillSanders

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Susan Voigt
30 months ago
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Just want to check and see if you still plan to go. Things have gotten so confusing. Just want to make sure I donate to someone who is still going. Thank You!

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Susan Voigt
29 months ago

Yes, indeed...Dylan. You went too far with your "lost fair and square." Circulated your views to see if the groups and other attendees are fabricating...or you are lying. Stilling striving for clarity, but there are many who donated to you that are none too happy with your position.

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Susan Voigt
30 months ago

Interesting. I have to settle in my mind that the other groups are fabricating stories. That is a super uncomfortable notion. I am not arguing with you when I question your "fair and square." But I wonder, at the very least, what are your thoughts on Bernie not having been provided fair opportunity from the start?

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Susan Voigt
30 months ago

In your opinion, were there problems at the convention...such as we are hearing? Like Hillary nit getting enough votes at a morning vote...so they did another in the afternoon..where she won? Did Bernie delegates lose their seats to hired sit-ins? I am curious as to whether these stories are accurate or sensationalized.

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30 months ago
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