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Announcement :: Organizing
Protest Presidential Debate in St. Louis
27 Sep 2004
Join us in St. Louis to speak out against the Presidential Debates on October 8th. A full day of events include a teach-in, parade, and rally!
ST. LOUIS, October 2004 – On October 8 the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will participate in a debate in St. Louis. The St. Louis October 8 Coalition is planning a host of events to bring attention to issues that are not being addressed by either presidential campaign.

Organizers say the presidential candidates both represent the interests of big-money donors and large corporations instead of the interests of the majority of Americans. Issues left out of the debates that will be addressed in the protest events include the increasing poverty and joblessness in the country, the ever-expanding prison system, the illegal war in Iraq and other U.S. military intervetions, and the crimes committed by U.S. corporations in Latin America and across the globe.


9 AM – 4 PM ~ Grace United Methodist Church ~ 6199

Workshop Schedule
9:00-9:45 am
-School of the Americas (John Slosar)
-Prison System and the War on Drugs (Fred Raines)
-9-11 Conspiracy (Mike Berger)

-Radical Menstruation (Emily Clamer)
-Coca-Cola Boycott/Killer Coke Campaign (Don Fitz)
-Reparations (Willie Marshal, Eugene Frison, Alvin Brown)

-Police Brutality/Civilian Oversight Board (John Chasnoff, Jamala Rodgers, Kalimu Endesha)
-Radical Cheerleading (Nim)
-Opposing the Draft (Dawn Ruppert)

-Direct Action Wins the Elections (League of Pissed Off Voters - Mattie Weiss)
-Zine Making (Chris McClerran and Smelley Kelley)
-Anti-Oppression Workshop

-Fighting Globalization (digger and Alicia)
-What's Up With Haiti?
-Radical Profiling and Anarchy 101 (Fifth Estate - Sunfrog)

-From the Mouth of Madness: Deep Inside the Occupations of Iraq and Palestine (Michael Birmingham, Tom Sager, Hedy Epstein from the Wheels of Justice)
-Know Your Rights (ACLU)
-U.S Foreign Policy

-Wheels of Justice (cont.)
-Non-Violence Traing (Flowing Johnson)
-Get Out the Vote Training (Julia Day)

Documentaries shown: Fahrenheit 9-11, A Year in the Streets, Deadly Force (on police brutality in St. Louis), and Miami Model.

Parade for Real Democracy

~ We will be heading North on Skinker, West on Delmar where we will meet others from the Delmar Loop. If planning on joining the march, the Loop would be a great place to do so!
4 PM ~ Beginning at Grace United Methodist Church ~ 6199 Waterman

Rally Outside Debate Hall

5 PM ~ Northmoore Park ~ near Northmoore Drive and South Big Bend Blvd.

Speakers: Reverand Al Smith of St. Paul's AME Church, Chris McClarren, Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party, David Cobb of the Green Party, Sunfrog, Julie Fry, and Brian Terrell Musicians: Anna Roland, Ryan Harvey, JG, and David Rovics

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Re: Protest Presidential Debate in St. Louis
29 Sep 2004
Is this happening in Boston or St. Louis ???????
PROTEST? For what reason? How mindless do you people have to get?
29 Sep 2004
"Join us in St. Louis to speak out against the Presidential Debates on October 8th"

Speak out against the debates? For what reason would you want to protest the debates? Is it because you dont want them to debate? This will accomplish nothing If youre lucky, there may be a brief heckling incident (and a nice clip of the heckler being quickly silenced and subdued by police...I collect them, you know), and a brief mention in the news. SO WHAT.

Do something more constructive. Use that time to register voters or speak out about the issues to your audience in an effort to get them to vote a certain way. Do SOMETHING. I suspect that you are preparing your "protest" because you think its all cool to walk around wearing political regalia and yelling anti-politics while chewing gum and listening to your iPod.