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Rally site for "Where’s the Debate?" Rally at 3rd Presidential Debate Changes
12 Oct 2000
Groups Will March for Inclusion of All Candidates and Critical Questions on Race, the Economy, Foreign and Military Policy and the Environment.
O17 Coalition –Press Office -- 438 N. Skinker -- St. Louis, MO
63130
Contact Persons: Bill Ramsey 314-725-5303 October 10, 2000

Please be Advised: Attention News Teams for St. Louis Presidential Debate

Rally site for "Where’s the Debate?" Rally at 3rd Presidential Debate Changes

City of Clayton and City of St. Louis Deny March Permits

Groups Will March for Inclusion of All Candidates and Critical Questions on Race, the Economy, Foreign and Military Policy and the Environment.

On October 17, 2000 in St. Louis, only two of the major contenders for the office of President of the United States will meet for a debate organized by the corporately-funded Commission on Presidential Debates. The o17 Coalition (over 40 student, community and national organizations*) has changed the site of its "Where’s the Debate?" Rally outside this debate. It will also proceed with plans for marches to and form the rally despite attempts by local municipalities to deny the coalition march permits.

Members of the coalition believe the Democratic and Republican candidates have either ignored or share the same positions on fundamental issues concerning race, economics, military and foreign policy and the environment. (See Issues Statement*). O17 organizers point to the corporate funding of the Democratic and Republican parties as a primary source of their refusal to address these issues.

The "Where’s the Debate?" Rally will provide citizens with a forum to exercise democracy, call for an open debate and place fundamental issues before the public and candidates. It will now be held on October 17 from 4-8 PM in Northmoor Park near the Washington University Field House, the debate site, (SW corner of Big Bend and Forsyth). This change of rally site is in response to restrictions that were placed on those using the Intramural Field set up for demonstrations by Washington University. See attached release. Participants will march to the new rally sight from Grace United Methodist Church (Skinker and Waterman) beginning at 3:30 PM On Friday, October 6, o17 organizers received a letter from the City of St. Louis Street Department indicating that no parade permits would be issued to "protest marches." On the same day, o17 organizers received a letter from Clayton Police Chief Richard Morris in response to o17’s request for march permits. The letter said that o17 requests for
permits had been denied and that "the City has adopted a traffic policy effective 6 AM October 17, 2000, to 2 AM October 18, 2000 which prohibits street closures…" O17 will pursue legal actions to protect its right of freedom of speech and assembly and to reverse these permit denials. (Copies of letters available on request.)

O17 organizers and speakers scheduled for the "Where’s the Debate?" Rally and October 16 pre-rally forums (See o17 Schedule*) are available for interviews and appearances. Call contact person listed above. Attached is o17 Coalition’s "issue based" evaluation of the presidential debates in Boston.

This packet includes Change of o17 Rally Site Statement and O17 Analysis of Boston Debate.

Issues Statement, List of Coalition Members, and a Schedule of o17 events on October 16 and17 were enclosed with a September 29 press advisory and are available on request or at http://www.o17.org.
See also:
http://www.o17.org/
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