Monday, August 23, 2004

Creative Protests in the Big Apple

Amongst the huge number of protest events planned for the RNC in New York, there are lots of really witty and poignant ones that demonstrate the humour and humanity of New Yorkers, who God knows, have every right to be angry. Here are a just a few of them:

Aug 28th

RINGOUT'S WTC/GROUND ZERO OBSERVANCE - (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)RINGOUT's World Trade Center/Ground Zero Observance: Join us in ringing bells in a giant ring around the WTC site! 3,000+ small bells will be given out free & bring your own larger bells! Please see RingOut.org/Observance.htm for Pauline Oliveros’ score and our instructions! Email us if you want to help (be a Bellwether!) or want participant updates.URL: http://www.RingOut.org/observance.htmOrganizer - Christian Status - CONFIRMEDLocation - World Trade Center Site (all sides)

Aug 29th

1000 COFFINS Assemble - (9:55 AM - 11:55 AM)* * * PLEASE JOIN US, DRESSED RESPECTFULLY. * * * JOIN the BOLDEST march at the big Aug. 29 PROTEST: Be a "pall-bearer" and pay tribute to one of our nearly ONE THOUSAND fallen soldiers with a symbolic casket honoring the fallen.A QUARTER MILE of coffins draped in the FLAG will be marched in the most visible and poignant event at the march. Servicemen, Veterans and Police Officers welcome.Tel: 646-221-4142URL: http://www.OneThousandCoffins.OrgOrganizer - MikeStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - TBD - within the official parade meet-up area (see United For Peace site)

Marriage Mob on The Great Lawn w/Reverend Billy - (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)Reverend Billy invites you to marry or renew your vows under the auspices of The Church of the First Amendment on the Great Lawn in Central Park, starting at 1:00 PM on Sunday August 29th. To find the Great Lawn go west of the Met or east of the Natural History Museum, even with 82nd Street.As a certified "marriage officiant," registered with the City Clerk of New York City, the Reverend will sign your marriage papers with the authority vested in him by, uh, a multi-gender god.When you enter the lawn look for the white cloth steeple and the yellow robes of the Gospel Choir. Bring your own vows, but our Church requires a recitation of the First Amendment during the ceremony. You can practice repeating the phrase at our Tuesday evening "First Amendment Mob" (6:30 to 7 PM, down in the Ground Zero Path Station.)Tel: 917-825-3562URL: http://www.revbilly.comOrganizer - Michael ONeilStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - The Great Lawn in Central Park


Billionaires Buy Broadway - (4:30 PM - 4:30 PM)The Billionaires for Bush will welcome Republican delegates to New York’s theater district on their first night on the town and exterminate the Mouse Bloc.URL: http://www.billionairesforbush.com/rncOrganizer - ORGANIZERStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - Theater District

Aug 30th

Black Armbands or Mourning the Loss - (All day event)People who are in mourning for the loss of civil liberties under the Bush administration will wearblack armbands during the week of the convention. This is a noninvasive, totally legal protest that even conservatives offices can be a part of.Location - All over town

Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Die-in - (3:00 PM - 9:00 PM)Solemn procession from site of the World Trade Center to Madison Square Garden culminating in a 7 pm die-in at the Republican National Convention. Partial list of sponsoring/endorsing organizations: War Resisters League, NYC Socialist Party, School of Americas Watch, NYC War Tax Resistance.URL: http://www.warresisters.org/RNC_CD.htmOrganizer - ORGANIZERStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - World Trade Center to Madison Square Garden


The billionaires strike again on Aug 31st

Billionaire Flashmobbing - (All day event)Ruly bands of Billionaires will roam the streets of New York, stopping for three-martini lunches, spontaneous outbursts of ballroom dancing and en-masse shining of shoes. Check hotline and website for updates.Tel: 1-216-803-0990URL: http://www.billionairesforbush.com/rncLocation - All Details Annoucned Last Minute

My personal favourite:

Fox News "Shut-up-a-thon" - (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)The Official Republican National ConventionFox News “Shut-up-a-thon”Join Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in shouting, “Shut up!”(his favorite line) in front of Fox’s corporate HQ. You won’t want to miss the spectacular moves of the “Fox News Republican Cheerleaders” – guaranteed to leave you stupefied*Brought to you by CODEPINK, Houston Global Awareness, Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane, The Tejas Bloc and more.*An Oct. 2003 study by the University of Maryland found that people who rely on the Fox News Channel as their main news source are wildly misinformed about key issues regarding the Iraq war and that the more they watch, the more misinformed they are.Tel: 415-385-5956URL: http://www.InsaneReagan.comOrganizer - Jeff GrublerStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - 1211 Ave of the Americas bet. 47th& 48th


Man In Black Bloc/ Johnny Cash Protest - (4:00 PM - 7:00 PM)ANNOUNCING THE “MAN & WOMAN-IN-BLACK-BLOC”RISING UP TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF JOHNNY CASH* * *JOHNNY CASH SPOKE FOR THE POOR AND UNDER-REPRESENTEDTHE REPUBLICANS SPEAK FOR THE RICHJOHNNY CASH ADVOCATED FOR PRISON REFORMTHE REPUBLICANS LOCK US UPJOHNNY CASH SANG FOR OUR MINERS, FARMERS, AND WORKERSREPUBLICAN ECONOMICS CRUSH THE WORKING CLASSTHE RNC HAS NO RIGHT TO TARNISH THE MEMORY OF JOHNNY CASHWE WILL RISE UP TO DEFEND THE HONOR OF AN AMERICAN HEROwww.defendjohnnycash.org* * *This is a call to action.Meet at 4:00 P.M. dressed in black on Tuesday, August 31st at :SOTHEBY’S AUCTION HOUSE1334 YORK AVENUENEW YORK, NEW YORKContact: ManInBlack@riseup.netSotheby’s is located one block east of 1st Avenue at 71st street.Subway: Take the 6 train to 68th St. and walk north 3 blocks, and then east to York Ave.On Tuesday, August 31st, the Republicans who have invaded our city plan to have an exclusivOrganizer - (varies) Just go to the site and figure it out! Show up at 4!Status - CONFIRMEDLocation - SOTHEBY'S ::::1334 York Avenue (one block east of 1st Ave.) at 71st Street

Sept 1st:


The Unemployment Line - (8:13 AM - 8:13 AM)THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WALK ‘THE LINE’ AT RNC CONVENTIONSymbolic Unemployment Line Draws Attention to Bush Economic FailureWHEN: Wednesday, September 1st, 8:13 - 8:31 a.m. (Participants will assemble earlier.)WHERE: Beginning at the corner of Broadway and Wall St and ending across from Madison Square Garden and the site of the Republican National Convention (exact route detailed above).WHO: Over 5,000 participants representing eight million unemployed Americans.On Wednesday, September 1, THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE, a symbolic unemployment line representing the 1.2 million net jobs lost during the past four years and the more than eight million Americans who are currently unemployed, will wind through New York City. More than 5,000 participants, each holding a pink slip, will form a line stretching from the corner of Broadway and Wall St., up Broadway to 31st St. and then west along 31st St. to 7th Ave. - right across from Madison Square Garden and the site of the ReStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - Wall Street to Madison Square Garden

Plus:

Taunting of the Unemployed - (8:00 AM - 8:00 AM)Roving squads of Billionaires will be on hand to taunt the lazy whiners in the symbolic unemployment line. Get a job!URL: http://www.billionairesforbush.com/rncOrganizer - ORGANIZERStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - "The Line" from Wall Street, up Broadway to 34th St.

Guaranteed to attract male sympathisers!:

Mass Panty Flash : Axis of Eve says EXPOSE BUSH! - (6:00 PM - 6:30 PM)FLASH ALERT: Mass Panty Flash on September 1st !The Axis of Eve is a coalition of brazen women on a mission to EXPOSE and DEPOSE President Select George W. Bush and his deceitful administration. Convinced that effective political action can be irreverent and exciting, we have launched a titillating campaign of TRUTH-FLASHING coordinated around our provocative line of protest panties, emblazoned with anti-bush slogans like “give bush the finger”, “expose bush”, and “weapon of mass seduction."This campaign will culminate at the Republican National Convention on September 1st at 6 PM, where over 100 Eves will perform a MASS FLASH of our protest panties (no nudity) to create a media spectacle that lays bare the shameful tactics of the Bush administration and boldly demands an end to political cover-up.WHEN: Wednesday, September 1st at 6pm sharp (rain date Sept 2nd)WHERE: Robert F. Wagner Park, next to Battery Park Subways: 4,5 to Bowling Green; 1,9 to South Ferry; N,ROrganizer - Angel EveStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - Battery Park

For everybody who would like to be there and can't there is an online protest you can join:

Tell Bush the world says no to his regimes agenda! - (2:00 PM - 2:00 PM)Register to join with us in a virtual march on the White House to coincide with the call to action issued by the United For Peace and Justice coalition.People from around the world will be joining with us to make it clear to the rogue regime they do not agree with the extremist fundamentalist policies.For more information please visit http://geocities.com/tellbushtheworldsaysnoURL: http://geocities.com/tellbushtheworldsaysnoOrganizer - ORGANIZERStatus - CONFIRMEDLocation - Online protest



Details of all events can be found at: http://www.counterconvention.org/phpicalendar/month.php



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