[1996 Democratic National Convention]

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00:00 Vietnam veterans speak at a ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park along the Chicago Riverwalk, commemorating combat deaths and POWs from August 26-28, 1968. Their speeches center around the idea that these deaths have been overshadowed by the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and draw attention to the persistent problems of PTSD and homelessness among Vietnam veterans.

11:25 Girls in traditional Vietnamese dresses place white flowers in the Vietnam Veterans Reflection Pool while the names of fallen soldiers are read aloud.

16:50 Cut to a parade protest along Milwaukee Avenue for Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement activist who was controversially jailed for the killing of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The protesters gather near Washington & Damen and demand that the US free its political prisoners.

38:38 Protesters carrying signs like “Stop Police Brutality” and “Corporate Bullies” run full-sprint down the street of the United Center’s protest zone. People dance and chant in a circle while picket signs and an American flag are burned.

40:22 Cuts between several shots of Convention attendees doing the Macarena. The song had become popular in the United States earlier that week.

42:20 Mayor Daley thanks Chicagoans for hosting the Convention.

01:01:50 Convention-goers gather on a ballfield and wait for the Clinton helicopter to land.

01:06:13 Mayor Daley introduces Bill Clinton. In his opening remarks, Clinton talks about his recent campaign trips with his daughter.

01:41:55 Opening remarks at a gathering of Republicans during the Convention, including a short speech by John McCain. Afterwards, the panel of speakers takes questions from the press, and criticizes the Clinton administration for its spending and its drug enforcement strategies.

01:54:19 Young protesters in costume parade down Milwaukee Avenue in protest of taxes.

02:00:45 End of tape.

 

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