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DNC 2 RNC March Arrives in Manhattan!
27 Aug 2004
The connection between the oppressive Democrats and the oppressive Republicans has finally been made! Over 500 people marched down the last bit of New York's Broadway and entered Union Square park triumphant, having marched 258 miles in 28 days spreading the message that the two party system does not and could not possibly represent the vast diversity that now resides in the United States.
Amidst the reactionary coast to coast chant of "ABB! ABB!" (ABB = Anybody But Bush) at least one group has not forgotten that the democrats have not historically proven to be any sort of savior when it comes to the issues of globalization, wealth inequality, or the rights to healthcare, education, justice and work for all. Those brave and adventurous souls of the DNC to RNC march have connected the dots the hard way for many of us who have become too distracted to spend time on all of the campaigns that brought the movement to where it is today, our campaigns against the IMF and World Bank, our fights for fair trade against the FTAA, the GATT, the NAFTA, and the CAFTA, those that fought against GMO's and the patenting of life forms, and the many solidarity struggles fought here against the abuses spawned by American Foreign Policy and institutions like the School of the Americas. The DNC to RNC marchers have reminded us not to forget that all of these battles flared up when our last president was still in office. Bill Clinton - Democrat. They have reminded us that there are more significant similarities than significant differences between George W Bush and John F Kerry. In between the steps that took them from Boston to New York the Marchers aided the communities they passed through. In Providence they sewed for youth groups based at Broad Street Studio and helped to clean up a garden for the Southside Community Land Trust, a group that also engages in environmental education for children. In Hartford they rallied with the Hartford Men of Color Initiative, the Hartbeat Ensemble, and Yale Professor Mazin Qumiseyeh, a Palestinian activist and writer. In New Haven they highlighted the ties between Bush and Kerry by visiting
the “Tomb” (pictured here), the home of the secret “Skull and Bones Society” that both candidates have been members of since their university days at Yale, and of which neither candidate will speak of to anyone. Now that these two parties are connected by human footsteps let us rattle our heads, close our eyes and get that ABB refrain out of our heads for a moment and think straight. No matter who wins the election, the biggest protest this election season should put the massive New York demonstrations happening this week to shame, and the venue should not be the economic capital of the American Behemoth, but the Political capital where the leaders who still have to worry about voters sit, Washington D.C. If it turns out that Mr. “Anybody” wins instead of King George II, if it turns out that the American people reject Bush’s evil leadership, let us not cheer and whistle, let us not smile or even breath a sigh of relief, because the election of this woodenhead Kerry will not solve our problems, but will instead present a difficult challenge. We will be in a more urgent situation in fact, than the one we began with in Seattle 1999, and our only hope for achieving a fair and just world for all is to continue the freight train “ABB” momentum we have now, right over Bush’s prostrate bid for re-election, and right into the gut of John Kerry’s administration, fighting for every inch we can get.

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Re: DNC 2 RNC March Arrives in Manhattan!
27 Aug 2004
Did they bring copies of The Earth Charter ?
Re: DNC 2 RNC March Arrives in Manhattan!
27 Aug 2004
First large protest kicks off week of expected anti-GOP rallies

Associated Press Writer

August 27, 2004, 8:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Kat McIver was so disgusted with the Democratic and Republican parties that she walked 258 miles from Boston to New York to protest at both of their conventions.
McIver, a 22-year-old activist from Orange County, Calif., helped organize DNC2RNC, a march that began at the Democratic Convention in Boston and ended Thursday blocks south of Madison Square Garden, where the Republican National Convention will begin on Monday.
"The two parties are not representative of the people," she said. "They represent corporate greed."
Nearly a thousand people joined McIver and about 50 other fellow travelers from Boston at Central Park, the first large rally before a week expected to draw hundreds of thousands of protesters to the GOP convention. The event runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.
"I feel the country needs to be reclaimed and I want to show solidarity with the people who will help us get it back," said Paul Lambermont, 43, of Queens, who joined the marchers.
The DNC2RNC coalition, a mix of environmentalists, labor unionists and community activists, held aloft the red and black standard of the anarchist movement, American flags and a large banner that read "Democracy Uprising" as they wound their way down Broadway, flanked on both sides by hundreds of police officers. The marchers chanted "No Bush, no Kerry, revolution is necessary" and "Drop Bush, not bombs" to cheers from some onlookers.
At a separate demonstration on Thursday, a small group of AIDS activists were arrested after they stripped naked opposite the site of the convention, demanding that President Bush make good on his promise to help HIV-positive people in the world's poorest countries. They were variously charged with public lewdness, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.
Earlier Thursday, police arrested four people for allegedly unfurling an anti-Bush banner out of the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue. The sign had the word "truth" on an arrow pointing north toward Central Park _ where anti-war protesters want to rally _ and another arrow with "Bush" pointing south toward Madison Square Garden.
Police said an officer needed 38 stitches for a leg wound he suffered at the scene, and the four protesters were charged with assault along with reckless endangerment, criminal trespassing and other offenses.
An additional five protesters were arrested Thursday night at Union Square, two for allegedly using a bullhorn without a permit and three on charges of obstructing governmental administration, police said.
Larger protests are still to come.
The anti-war group United for Peace and Justice said it would stage a march on the eve of the convention past Madison Square Garden and ending at Union Square. The group also suggested that protesters could still gather in Central Park that day, despite a judge's ruling that it may not stage a rally there.
"To our supporters, we ask that you follow our march to the end and then make your own decision," said Leslie Cagan, the group's national coordinator.
United for Peace and Justice also announced that the Rev. Jesse Jackson, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore and actor Danny Glover were expected to join the march.
A second group, which saw its appeal to stage a rally in Central Park on Saturday rejected in a Federal Court earlier this week, said that it has begun handing out fliers informing protesters of their right to congregate in Central Park.
The flier issued by the ANSWER coalition outlines city regulations, which the group says allow protesters to bring political signs to the park as long as they are no larger than 2 by 3 feet.
"The fact is that people are coming to Central Park," said Brian Becker, national coordinator for the group. "It is their constitutional right to do so."
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday that most of the demonstrators "want to voice their opinions in a peaceful way."
"I think there are a small number of people who want to come here and be disruptive, we're aware of that, were prepared to handle that," Kelly said in an interview on CBS's "The Early Show. "But again, the vast majority of people are going to be peaceful."
A poll released Thursday said 81 percent of New Yorkers approve of lawful demonstrations during the convention, and 68 percent approve of nonviolent civil disobedience. Nearly all disapprove of violent protests, the Quinnipiac University Poll found.
Eleven percent said that they would take part in protests this weekend or during the four-day convention.
Lisa Fithian, national co-chair for United for Peace and Justice, said the DNC2RNC march was just the beginning.
"We know Sunday when we march, we are following in the footsteps of people who walked 258 miles," she told the crowd. "It's the power of the people who are going to make a difference in this country."
Re: DNC 2 RNC March Arrives in Manhattan!
28 Aug 2004
Amen and amen.

The droll theatrics of the Single Party System show the accomodating citizen-audience to be buffoonish herd-mannequins, type-cast for the role.

There is no Left or Right - just a 2-headed abomination that toys with we nothings, as we are consumed.

Now sleep...
27 May 2006
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