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Activists Protest Fracking at Democratic Party Convention

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Gov. Jerry Brown at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View March 5 where he signed an economic agreement with visiting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Governor Jerry Brown had to speak over a group of activists who waved signs and yelled in opposition to his administration’s fracking policies.Brown was at the second day of the California Democratic Party’s annual convention in Los Angeles to make his case for re-election after announcing his candidacy last month when he was interrupted by protesters, The Associated Press reported.

“Just listen a moment,” Brown said as protesters called out “no fracking” and waved signs.

Through it is widely expected that Brown will get re-elected for a fourth term, and despite making climate change a central issue in his campaign, protesters are unhappy about his decision to allow fracking for oil and natural gas in California. Brown didn’t address fracking in his 13-minute speech.

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Instead of fracking, Brown and other Democratic leaders talked about getting independents on their side at the convention, KPCC reported.

“I think we need to learn to embrace others who may not have the same designation of a party member,” said California Democratic Party voter services committee member Susan Devine while moderating a panel.

“Young people are coming out and becoming non partisans or affiliated with neither the Democrats or Republicans in rates that we’ve never seen before,” Brown said at a panel discussion.

The event comes to a close tomorrow, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking.