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REDIRECT2K finalizes plans for Governors' Convention.
22 Jun 2000
REDIRECT2K, the counter convention for the people, during the National Governors' Association meeting in State College, Pennsylvania July 8-11 is finalizing the events planned for the weekend which include civil disobedience.
REDIRECT2K finalizes plans for Governors' Convention.

University Park, PA - Student organizers have finalized plans for the events that will surround the National Governors' Association meeting to be held on the campus of Penn State University from July 8-11.

The National Governors' Association is closed to the public but not to the top-level corporate executives who will be making presentations to the Governors on the meeting's focus of "Strengthening the States in the New Global Economy."

The demographics of the Governors is quite disturbing. While 49 of the 50 mainland Governors are white, only 3 are women. This shows the inherent bias of the Governors who ultimately make life and death decisions every day.

There will be media and nonviolence/civil disobedience workshops planned for Friday evening, July 7th. Nonviolence and civil disobedience workshops are also planned each week leading up to the event.

A mass rally will be held on Saturday, July 8th from noon to 4pm that will include performances by the Shoddy Puppet Company, The Earthtones, Cheryl Wheeler and the following speakers:

**Kevin Danaher is the Director of Public Education for Global Exchange, a non-profit international solidarity organization. Having traveled widely in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, and Ireland, Danaher is familiar with the problems and prospects of economic development in many third world countries. His areas of expertise include globalization, world hunger, the World Bank, IMF and U.S. foreign policy.

**Leslie Seymore, President of the Philadelphia chapter of the ACLU who will speak against the death penalty and its violation of one's basic civil liberties. Being a black former Philadelphia police officer, she has a unique perspective on the problems of the justice system and the unfair conviction and sentencing of minorities.

**Ron Daniels has been a leading figure in some of the most significant social and political movements over the last three decades. Currently, Daniels is the National Chairperson of the Campaign for a New Tomorrow, a multi-racial independent political organization working to build a new political party. He is also Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of the law as a positive force for social change.

**Cheri Honkala is Director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union who will speak about the war on the poor, and how welfare to mostly women, children, and minorities are being cut leaving more homeless, while welfare for corporations has increased dramatically.

Sunday will include a mass march and performances by the Insurection Landscapers Puppet Company, drum circles, music and dancing, and large artistic displays.

A convergence center will be constructed by students as a campsite on the Penn State campus to protest the University's involvement and cooperation with the undemocratic processes of the National Governors' Association.

People are urged to stay for the week as there will be the arts festival at Penn State and a 30-Hour Marijuana Smoke-out from July 12-16 that will feature over 20 speakers on the topic of drug policy and legalization. The event is being organized by Penn State professor emeritus, Julian Heicklen.

For more information about any of these events, or to arrange for housing or transportation, post messages on our web site at:

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