Open Source Battle Over Obama’s Reelection Software

By: Wednesday January 23, 2013 7:50 am

While the Obama campaign developers want to, in keeping with the open source ethos, release the code their DNC and Obama For America (OFA) counterparts are wary. The DNC is particularly concerned with the Republicans gaining from the use of the software and OFA is considering licensing opportunities.

DNC Platform Change Vote Was Predetermined on Teleprompter, Delegate Voting Was Merely for Show

By: Saturday September 8, 2012 12:48 pm

Controversy erupted at the DNC this week when Democratic party leaders forced a party platform change to reinstate language proclaiming Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital,” and to reinstate references to God in the text.

The motion had to be voted on by a two-thirds majority of the delegates for passage, and it became clear, after several vote calls by LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a major majority did NOT want the platform changed.

The Winning Message Is Ours

By: Friday September 7, 2012 6:00 pm

If the Democratic National Convention showed us anything it’s that when Democrats truly, desperately need to connect with Americans they reach for strong progressive ideas.

When they know, in this post-Citizens-United landscape, that they will be hopelessly outgunned in the 30 second TV soundbite battlefield; when they understand that the media will dilute their strongest points in endless he-said, she-said “balanced” journalism; when they are faced with the only opportunity they will have to speak directly to the electorate in those 3 days from the convention floor – they opt for our ideas, progressive ideas.

This is good news.

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.

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