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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2012
1:41 PM

CONTACT: Protest DNC

Donna Dewitt, 803-318-3868
scaflcio@bellsouth.net

Ben Carroll, 919-604-8167
itsaredletterday@gmail.com

Organizations Announce Plans for Actions During the Democratic National Convention in September, and to Challenge City over Denial of Permits

CHARLOTTE, NC - January 16 - On the week honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a coalition of social justice, community, and labor organizations are announcing plans to protest during the Democratic National Convention. There will be a press conference on Wednesday, January 18, at 1pm outside of the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Coalition to Protest at the DNC includes organizations from across North Carolina, the South, and the U.S., and includes labor organizations, groups fighting home foreclosures, peace groups, students and youth, and many other groups and prominent activists.

Coalition organizers have called Charlotte, NC the “Wall Street of the South.” They intend to target the two corporate parties and to raise grievances about injustices that are perpetrated and funded by the international banks that call Charlotte home. The three primary demands of the Coalition are:

  • Good jobs for all! Economic justice now. Make the banks and corporations pay for their crisis,

  • Money for education, health care, housing and all human needs, not for war and incarceration,

  • Justice for immigrants and all oppressed peoples! Stop the raids and deportations.

Speakers will announce plans to explore challenges to the City of Charlotte’s denial of requests for permits to protest during the DNC. They will also address the City’s current attempts to pass new ordinances making it more difficult for organizations to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly during the convention.

I don’t hear the Republican or Democratic Parties addressing safe, quality jobs, with good benefits that would eliminate many of the social needs that unemployed workers depend on to survive.  Instead they continue to focus on a capitalist strategy to bring industries to the southern right-to-work states with little union density, competing with tax payer dollars as incentives,” said Donna Dewitt, President of the South Carolina AFL-CIO.

We are pleased to be a part of the campaign to challenge the hypocrisy of US corporate political parties. We’re here to demand an end to the war on Black people, here and in Africa -  from police brutality and mass incarceration to Africom, and proxy wars across the continent. The Democratic Party and Obama Administration claim to be people oriented, but refuse to recognise and protect basic human rights; they continue to imprison COINTELPRO/Civil Rights era political activists while lecturing the world. Obama signing the NDAA effectively suspends habeus corpus,” said Efia Nwangaza, Founder and Director of the Malcolm X Center for Self Determination and chair of the US Human Rights Network’s Political Prisoner/State Repression Working Group. 

For more information about the Coalition to Protest at the DNC, a full list of endorsers, and more, please visit http://protestdnc.org.

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Coalition to protest the DNC

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