Denver’s DNC: Movement sets marches, rallies to raise key issues
Published Aug 15, 2008 11:01 PM
While the nominating conventions of the two major U.S. ruling class parties are
fast approaching, the two major candidates posture and spar over who is best
capable of managing the imperialist colossus at a time of an expanding economic
Delegates to the conventions will be expecting lavish parties and speeches of
form, with little real content or intent to break with the status quo. What
they will see is the anger of thousands who are fed up and want real
change—a change that will ultimately have to be systemic.
Vigorous demonstrations are expected at both conventions. In Denver, where the
Democratic National Convention is being held, the Recreate 68 Alliance has put
together a series of events for the five days of the convention. The group has
been organizing protests since the announcement early last year that Denver
would host the DNC.
The protests are designed to show the Democratic Party’s complicity with
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as expose it as a party of the
capitalist class—that is and will continue to be, with scant differences,
just as brutal as the Republican Party.
The week begins Aug. 23, with trainings and clinics from noon to 6 p.m. at
Lincoln Park, across the street from the State Capitol.
An Aug. 24 “End the Occupations” rally on the west steps of
the Capitol begins at 9 a.m. and a march at 10:30 a.m. kicks off from the
Capitol and marches down to the Pepsi Center. Featured speakers at the rally
include Ida Audeh, a Palestinian refugee; former Black Panther Kathleen
Cleaver; Ward Churchill; Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. of the Prisoners of
Conscience Committee; Ron Kovic, author of “Born on the Fourth of
July”; and Cynthia McKinney, Green Party presidential candidate.
Performances will be given by Blue Scholars, David Rovics, M-1 and stic man of
dead prez, and Jim Page.
On Aug. 25 a march and rally for human rights and in solidarity with political
prisoners will begin at 10 a.m. at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver and
proceed to the federal courthouse.
There will be special messages from Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier.
Speakers will include Pam Africa from the MOVE Organization; Rosa Clemente,
Green Party vice presidential candidate; King Downing, national coordinator for
the ACLU Campaign against Racial Profiling; Ricardo Romero, national
coordinator of the Mexican Liberation Organization; Natsu Saito; Jenny
Esquiveo, for political prisoner Eric McDavid; and Cha Cha Jiménez,
founder of the Young Lords.
And on Aug. 28, the DNC National Mobilization for Just and Humane Immigration
Reform will stage a march beginning at Rudy Park, 2855 W. Howard Pl., marching
down Colfax Avenue and finishing with a rally at Lincoln Park.
An event being billed as the Festival of Democracy will occur throughout the
week, with speakers including Deb Sweet from World Can’t Wait and Ramona
Africa from MOVE, as well as many organizations sponsoring and holding events
on imperialism, the economic crisis, racism and the prison industrial complex,
sexism, homophobia and many of the ills endemic to the capitalist system.
Other musicians and spoken word artists performing throughout the week are
Savage Family, Rebel Diaz, Debajo Del Agua, DJ Cavem/Moetavation, Whiskey
Blanket, Mindstates Music, Dario Rosa, DJ Asar Heru and Karma, Dinigunim, Slam
Nuba and more.
No matter who is elected, the government of either candidate will still do the
bidding of the capitalist class. The state itself will remain repressive and
grow more so as people seek a way out of the suffering that comes with a bust
cycle in the system.
The real struggle is in the streets. Those who are able should go to both DNC
and RNC protests and express the will of those who dream of a better world.
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