Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be in the spotlight Monday, the kickoff night of the Democratic convention, when she appears on a prime time panel with Joe Biden focusing on racial and social justice.
The segment is billed as “The Path Forward: A Conversation with Vice President Biden on Racial Justice.” Lightfoot’s panel with Biden will be televised at about 8:30 p.m. CT.
Besides Biden and Lightfoot, the racial and social justice panel also features Derek Johnson, president of NAACP; activist Gwen Karr, the mother of Eric Garner, who uttered “I can’t breathe” in 2014 as New York police officers held him in a fatal chokehold while arresting him; Jamira Burley, a social justice advocate; and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
The Chicago Sun-Times has learned Lightfoot recorded the segment Aug. 7 at her River North political office. Though the conversation lasted 30 minutes, it is expected to be edited down, since the entire convention session is only two hours.
Lightfoot is booked for a variety of official and non-official events during the virtual convention, some live, others recorded.
She kicked off the week at a virtual Sunday afternoon convention welcome reception for the Illinois delegation and is booked at other events:
At 11 a.m. CT on Monday, Lightfoot is on a Virtual Policy Roundtables hosted by the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and Business Forward to discuss, ‘Protecting the Integrity of the Election.”
On Tuesday, Lightfoot, Chicago’s first openly gay mayor, speaks at the LGTBQ Caucus at 11:25 a.m. CT.
At noon, she’s on a panel on COVID-19 and the economy.
At 2 p.m. CT, she will also be part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
On Wednesday, in a pre-recorded segment, Lightfoot addresses the Black Caucus at 2:10 p.m. CT.
At 5 p.m. CT, Lightfoot appears at an LPAC event, a major lesbian Democratic political group.
On Thursday, Lightfoot will meet with the Poverty Caucus, starting at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Before that, she will be part of the Milwaukee Host Committee’s Policy Roundtable discussion on election integrity starting at 11 a.m. CT
At 6:30 p.m. CT, in a prerecorded appearance, Lightfoot will address the Victory Institute, which describes itself as a “national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders who can further equality at all levels of government.”