Charlotte Was Transformed Into a Total Securitized Metropolis for DNC

By: Friday September 7, 2012 10:40 am

The transformation of a city area into a completely locked down zone was both fascinatingly surreal and discomforting, both because one had to wonder if it was all necessary and ponder what it says about our republic that political events are believed to require this high level of security.

At DNC, UndocuBus Riders Boldly Fight Obama Administration Deportations

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 5:16 pm

The action was planned to get the attention of Democrats and the administration of President Barack Obama, which deported a record number of people in fiscal year 2011 than ever before.

DNC Dispatch: Occupy Movement Marches in Support of Bradley Manning

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 11:55 am

Over a hundred people marched against the DNC in Charlotte in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning on September 4. Participants in the Occupy movement and others wanted to make a demand to President Barack Obama that Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, be released. The plan was to head to a gate or checkpoint and veterans in the march would step up to try and get an Obama representative to come out to hear their demand.

Undercover Agent or Cop Threatens to Assault Journalist, Grabs Other Journalist With Credentials

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 4:52 pm

As a major protest march against the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, wound its way past the Time Warner Cable Center on Sunday, September 2, two journalists were confronted by undercover cops or agents, who threatened to assault one journalist and actually laid hands on another journalist.

The two journalists, Kevin Gosztola, a Firedoglake.com writer, and Steve Horn, a Truthout contributor, who is credentialed to cover the DNC for WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin, took notice of four burly middle-aged white males taking photos of the undocumented immigrant contingent in the march. They were carrying “No Papers, No Fear” blue flags and had put stickers from the activist group, Code Pink, on their person to make it appear as though they were part of the protest. When the journalists noticed one of the men in an orange shirt was wearing a black earpiece, he two felt they were suspicious and decided to investigate further.

Sunday’s Protest March Against DNC in Charlotte (PHOTOS)

By: Monday September 3, 2012 9:45 am

A major permitted march planned against the Democratic National Convention and to call attention to “Wall Street South,” the city of Charlotte where the convention is being held, took place yesterday afternoon. It featured various contingents that included unemployed workers, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ community members, students and antiwar activists.

Charlotte: Making It Possible Your Rights Are Suppressed During the DNC (and after)

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 7:40 am

Busloads of police from around the country are entering the city of Charlotte to help maintain the illusion of security and to control dissent during the Democratic National Convention (DNC). They will patrol the area in and around the Time Warner Cable Center, where the convention is to be held, on bicycles, motorcycles and in vans or golf carts. They are sure to be armored. The weather is also expected to be rainy over the next few days giving the protest a fitting climate for the dystopian reality created at these conventions.

DNC Dispatch: Occupy Charlotte Has Encampment

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 4:00 pm

It is nicknamed “Banktown.” The city is considered to be the No.2 banking capital of America. The city is Charlotte, North Carolina, and it is where the 2012 Democratic National Convention is being held.

The setting is appropriate when you consider how much of a return banks and financial institutions have gotten from President Barack Obama’s administration for donating to the campaign of hope and change in 2008. In retrospect, a banker might ask if that message was for executives and senior businessmen, who were afraid they would be investigated and prosecuted for contributing to the collapse of the economy. Which is why it is not surprising that there is likely to be a sizable number of Occupy protesters here during the convention to protest Obama and the Democratic Party.

Should Labor Boycott Charlotte?

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 12:52 pm

The Democratic National Convention is less than a week away, and liberals are getting fired up. But at least one of the party’s key constituencies isn’t quite so excited.

That group is organized labor.

Last July’s announcement that the convention would be held in the staunchly anti-union city of Charlotte, North Carolina—the least unionized state in the country—set off a firestorm of protest in the labor movement. A year later, dissatisfaction still simmers, and there’s a case to be made for an unprecedented move. The message is simple: maybe labor should sit this one out.

2012 DNC: Gayest Ever

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 5:00 pm

This year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, beginning September 3rd, will be the gayest ever. The sheer number of LGBT delegates is at its highest yet.

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