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.

Fatster’s News Roundup from August 12, 2012

By: Monday August 13, 2012 6:16 am

Fatster rounds up news items from across the known galaxy, including stories about American troops in Afghanistan, Hezbolla in Syria, Arab League, Egypt’s military, France, Barclay’s, UK Central Bank, all-women cities, off-shore bank accounts, DNC, Chevron fire, local post offices as banks, and much more.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Van Jones, Rebuild The Dream

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 1:59 pm

Today we have any number of groups who represent any number of interests. They raise funds, recruit members, send out petitions, operate phone banks; but when it comes to putting progressive candidates in office, they can’t seem to organize themselves for a common purpose. Enter Van Jones’ Rebuild The Dream. Jones has some ideas on how to build a movement with enough power to make things happen.

Wisconsin Recall: More Resources, but No Change in Strategy to Defeat Walker

By: Friday May 18, 2012 10:20 am

The powers that be in Wisconsin don’t have much time to get things back on track, and I still don’t see the change in strategy that could bring that about.

DNC Shamed Into Helping Wisconsin Recall, Still Not Committing Funds

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 4:15 pm

After some controversy, the Democratic National Committee has agreed to help efforts with the Wisconsin recall. However, this will not include any of the DNC’s war chest of funds, which they are husbanding for the general election, which means outside funding for Walker will simply overwhelm the recall effort.

Call Reports: Did Your Member of Congress Sign the ENDA Executive Order Letter to President Obama?

By: Friday May 4, 2012 11:50 am

We had hundreds of people calling their representatives yesterday to ask if they would sign the letter to President Obama, telling him to issue an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

LGBT activists lobbying on the Hill report that the DNC is actively discouraging the letter in order to shield the President from the pressure within his own party.

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