Its official: At least one famous person is coming to town during convention week not to party or politick, but to protest.
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan e-told us last week that shes planning to march in Charlottes streets and that her targets will include POTUS and his party.
We are gathering together a coalition of people who wont softball the Democrats, she said. If we want true change, our protests have to be non-partisan and based on policy, not perceptions.
Sheehans son Casey was killed in 2004 while serving in Iraq. A year later, she made headlines by camping outside then- President George W. Bushs Texas ranch, demanding a meeting to talk about that war.
(A fist bump to colleague Ely Portillo for helping us track down Sheehan.)
Leaders of CLTs Asian-American community plan to roll out the red carpet in September for hundreds of Dem delegates and volunteers who share an Asian ancestry.
Ki-Hyun Chun, the Korean-American publisher of The Asian Herald, says hell host a reception at the Korean Presbyterian Church. Hes also offered to provide room and board for 60 to 80 convention volunteers in his 7,500-square-foot office/library, which is a short hike from uptown. The Charlotte newspaperman is even arranging airport pickups and drop-offs for some of the 350 or so Asian-American delegates expected.
Last month, Chun met in Charlotte with two top Dems: U.S. Rep. Mike Honda of California, who is the Japanese-American vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Bel Leong-Hong, the Chinese-American chair of the DNCs Asian-American and Pacific Islander Caucus.
Leong-Hong, who will be a superdelegate at the convention, told us she was mighty impressed by all the welcoming: I love the Southern hospitality in Charlotte.
Hello, Joe Biden calling
VP Joe Biden didnt just raise campaign cash and fire up supporters during his quick trip to CLT last week.
He also stopped by the uptown headquarters of the Democratic National Convention Committee.
A convention official told us the veep thanked the staffers of the DNCC and the citys host committee and said hes looking forward to the partys big party here.
The staff was excited and energized by the surprise guest, the official added.
We also heard this story about Bidens visit: While shaking hands in a rope line at the Levine Museum of the New South the locale for his speech to supporters a woman told him that her mother in Pennsylvania was a big Biden fan.
Give me her phone number, the VP said.
He called before he left town.
And got her voicemail.
But, our source says, the mother did end up saving a nice election-year memento Joe Bidens message on her answering machine.