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New York's GOP Convention Protest List (english)
27 Aug 2003
Attention, GOP! The Forecast for Next Year in New York City: Extremely Stormy
Anti-Conventional Wisdom
by Ward Harkavy
August 27 - September 2, 2003

Although it's still a year before the Republican National Convention, activists here and around the country are already teeming with protest plans and ideas. Why in the world would the party of kleptocrats choose America's largest and most diverse city, hardly a GOP stronghold, as the site of their coronation of George W. Bush for a second term? Well, that's easy. Remember 9-11? And, come to think of it, with Wall Street headquartered here, the Republicans probably think it is their stronghold.

The GOP's power, however, will be met with power. A critical mass of demonstrators and activists is getting ready to swarm the fat cats like so many yapping dogs. Veteran activist Steve Ault, one of those involved right now in meetings with a segment of the troops, marvels at "the level of buzz and activity already." And why not?

"It's all scripted," Ault says of the convention. "It's a big public relations scam, and the people of New York are the fucking props—the Republicans are using suffering as a prop." Of course, maybe the GOP wants confrontation for its televised circus.

In any case, what follows is a very preliminary and partial list of groups gleaned from those that have signed on at counterconvention.org and rncnotwelcome.org, plus assorted other organizations and websites:

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0335/harkavy.php
See also:
http://www.counterconvention.org/
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