PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on protests on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Danny Glover has told the Democratic National Convention’s black caucus that it’s important to push for “transformative change” and “listen to new voices that demand speaking truth to power.”

The actor described Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a fascist and said citizens have to turn out to vote to defeat him.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile were among the group that spoke to the group Monday.

Brazile says Bernie Sanders will “point the way forward” in his convention speech Monday night.

She apologized to those offended or betrayed by “ridiculous and insensitive” hacked emails from the Democratic Party that appeared to show the DNC favored Clinton over Sanders during the primaries.


12:05 p.m.

Philadelphia’s police commissioner says he was pleased with how police and protesters handled the first day of protests at the Democratic National Convention, but he compared Sunday to a “scrimmage game.”

Commissioner Richard Ross said Monday that the protests around the city will only get bigger.

Ross stood outside City Hall as a group of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered, chanting “Nominate Sanders or lose in November!”

The commissioner says heat ranks high on his list of concerns as the city experiences an oppressive heat index above 100 degrees.

Ross says his officers on bikes were “hardcore” Sunday and he couldn’t get them to take breaks in air conditioning. He says he hopes the officers will take breaks Monday to get water and spend some time in the shade.


11:20 a.m.

Democratic National Convention protesters are gathering on the New Jersey side of a bridge leading to Philadelphia, preparing to march across it and possibly shut down traffic.

Busloads of activists are expected to march Monday across the Ben Franklin Bridge, most of them supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Organizer Gary Frazier says if the crowd is big enough, they’ll try to shut down traffic on the bridge.

Frazier says the goal is to get the convention to nominate Sanders for president. He says if that doesn’t happen, there will be a push to withdraw Sanders supporters from the Democratic Party.

Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

Sanders supporters are angry over hacked emails that reveal the DNC might have favored Clinton over Sanders during the party’s presidential primaries.


10 a.m.

Protesters are gearing up outside Philadelphia’s City Hall for a long, hot day of marches and rallies on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention.

Members of Equality Coalition, which supports the beliefs of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, are arranging to have hundreds of spray bottles filled with water to hand out to protesters. They’re also preparing buckets full of ice and towels to help overheated marchers cool off.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-90s on Monday. With humidity, it will feel more like 105 degrees.

Organizer Jenni Kelleher says she marched Sunday when temperatures were in the high 90s. She doesn’t think the heat will keep protesters away.


8:15 a.m.

After some early morning thunderstorms, the heat wave that’s been steaming Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention is set to reach its peak.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will hover in the mid- to upper-90s on Monday, the first day of the convention. With humidity, it will feel more like 105 degrees.

Protester Tony Schuster is staying at a campground in New Jersey. The Bernie Sanders supporter from Michigan says despite all the thunder, it didn’t rain too heavily there. He says campground conditions are good and it’s not too muddy. Mostly, he says, it’s just hot.

The city is under an excessive heat warning until 6 p.m.

Sanders is due to deliver Monday’s closing address at the convention, where Hillary Clinton will receive the formal nomination for president.


12:30 a.m.

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia on Monday.

The city is preparing for much bigger demonstrations than the Republican convention last week in Cleveland, and much higher temperatures.

In one of the largest rallies planned for the day, a pro-Bernie Sanders group is expected to walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects Camden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

The demonstrations, largely driven by Sanders supporters, have been peaceful, so far.

On Sunday, several protests were held around the city.

Volunteers will be handing out water all week to demonstrators as the region copes with an oppressive heat wave. The National Weather Service says it will hit a peak on Monday with temperatures in the city possibly reaching 100 degrees, but feeling like 108.

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