ST. LOUIS – The center of the Democratic political world is in St. Louis for the next few days, starting Thursday morning. That’s because the fall meeting of the Democratic National Committee or ‘DNC’, is taking place downtown at the Marriott Grand Hotel on Washington Avenue.

Vice President Kamala Harris is among those slated to speak at the conference. The DNC fall meeting runs Thursday through 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

There are many forums and meetings addressing lots of issues. Some local politicians are among the speakers. St. Louis Alderwoman Anne Schweitzer spoke at one of the first sessions Thursday morning at 9:00 about the DNC’s environment and climate crisis council.

Aldermanic President Megan Green will also speak at the DNC meeting. She is slated to speak at 5:00 p.m. on Friday during a poverty caucus, and then she will take part in a panel discussion.

Vice President Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are also scheduled to appear Friday, with Harris making remarks. We’re told the event is open to all Democrats, but the DNC is asking that you register online. The meeting there comes just after the drama played out earlier this week with the dismantling of the homeless encampment outside of St. Louis City Hall.

The camp had been growing for some time but wasn’t completely cleared until Tuesday evening. Some have raised questions about the timing of the decision to remove the camp just before the DNC gathering. However, Mayor Tishaura Jones says the move to shut down the camp this week had no connection with the DNC meeting.

The mayor shared in an earlier statement that the city acted to protect people and save lives. We are reaching out to try and learn details about whether Mayor Jones will make any appearances at the meeting.