"Is this what we have come to? Divided up, as working people, based on where we came from? The president must halt the 1,000 daily deportations."
Pulling together, volunteering and pitching in when city leaders seemed unable or unwilling to - just added to the unity building during a time of profound crisis.
"The people in this crowd should have this amazing view: It's a sea of people of every culture and heritage coming together for change."
"I wanted to raise awareness about this issue and to support the people of Ferguson to let them know there are people here on the west coast who care about them."
"Working people will suffer disproportionately from the current patterns of investment and neglect that do not prioritize good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities."
They walked in silence holding signs that read "Hands Up - Don't Shoot" and posters with the names of victims of police brutality from around the country including New Haven.
The high level of tension in the town resulting from the Aug. 9 police killing of an unarmed Michael Brown, 17, has created an extremely volatile situation.
Participants explained why they are going: "To deliver aid to our brothers and sisters in Cuba as a direct challenge to the U.S. government's cruel and immoral economic blockade."
All criminal charges were dropped against Palestinian leader, Dr. Sami Al-Arian on June 27, a ruling greeted by those who have fought for nearly two decades to free him.
The convention was arguably the most open and broadly attended in the party's history. Events were live streamed and open to the press.