"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Matters Of Impeachment, War and Politics As We March On Denver To The Drum Beat Of The Spirit Of “76”.

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DENVER Protest News: A U.S. District Court judge ruled last week in Denver that, even though protesters' free speech rights will be damaged, "national security" justifies the government's plan to restrict parade permits to end 3 hours before the Democratic Party convention begins. Thousands of police and 400 national guard will be on duty, in a city where, four years ago, activists exposed and fought a widespread, illegal, program of local police surveillance on political activists.

Further, protesters will be kept away from the convention center, allowed only into chain link fenced cages 700 feet from the center's door. Reportedly, the cages won't be wrapped over the top with barbed wire, as they were at the last DNC in Boston. The "freedom cages" will be ringed by police and concrete barriers, and, as of today, huge media tents are being erected between the cages and the convention. Some comments on recent blog posts about the suppression of protest:

"Watch them almost break all of the rules, and get down and dirty! Order now and get your free AT&T/telecom immunity tote bag!"

"'Protest Zones?' I'm an unabashed Obama supporter, but as much as I like him, I like the rights to free speech and free association even more. The Dems should've rejected the idea of free speech zones outright, as a symbol of the Constitution-hating Bush."

"What about the 'security concerns' of the protesters? They want to secure the bill of rights, they want to secure peace and an end to foreign occupations, they want to secure themselves from arrest for bullsh*t crimes...I guess these are the rare cases where the freedom to tyranize trumps 'security'."

We have all watched George Bush express indignance about the suppression of protest in China, while justifying increasing repression in the "land of the free". Now we have the Democrats attempting to hold a political convention with dissenting opinions blocked by barricades.

World Can't Wait will be joining thousands of people in the Denver protests who want to send a different message to the world. Bring the whole Bush program of lying to start illegitimate wars, and threatening other countries, spying on citizens, justifying torture -- to a HALT!

Come On Up To Denver

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Time Is Running Out!

The Denver Reconnaissance Map

The Build Up Is Coming

Militants Prepared To Seize The High Ground In Denver

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Kicking off a week-long Convention programming roll-out, yesterday the DNCC and Obama for America announced this year’s headline speakers. Michelle Obama will lead off on Monday night, followed by Senator Hillary Clinton on Tuesday and Barack Obama’s vice presidential nominee on Wednesday. Read more about the headline speakers here.

In a show of hometown support, several newspapers highlighted their local DNCC YouTube contest finalist, urging readers to vote at www.youtube.com/demconvention. The Temple Daily Telegram featured Cathrin Winsor’s entry. In the video, Cathrin focuses on a young boy to emphasize issues important to young people -- "the failing economy, foreclosures and the war (in Iraq)." The Iowa City Press-Citizen featured Rich Peters’ submission. In his video, Rich argues that "Millions of us have stood up across America with a unified voice demanding one thing: change. I'm a Democrat because like so many of you, I love America. I want my county back."

In Pittsburgh this weekend, Democrats agreed on a party platform to present at the Democratic National Convention. Reflecting the vision of Barack Obama, the 51-page document includes Obama’s “call to draw down American forces in Iraq over 16 months” as well as an “energy plan that emphasizes less oil and more renewable energy sources.” The platform also “calls for a major change in direction for the government.” Read more about the party’s position on the issues here.

Dedicated DNCC receptionist Katie Lewallen is featured on the Huffington Post, providing a look at the hectic pace inside Convention headquarters. Click here to watch Katie in action.

The level of excitement surrounding Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on the last night of the Convention has been through the roof. Eager to attend this historic event, over 80,000 Colorado residents have requested community credentials -- click here to learn more.

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How to blow it | Michael Moore

Michael Moore | The Guardian, | Saturday August 9 2008


It's the most winnable presidential election in American history - but the Democrats are old hands at losing. Michael Moore offers some helpful hints on how they might gift it all to the Republicans.

"Let's snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."
"We never met an election we'd like to win."
"Why get elected when you can be defeated!"

These have been the mantras of the Democratic Party. Beginning with their stunning inability to defeat the most detested politician in American history, Richard Nixon, and continuing through their stunning inability to defeat the most detested politician in the world, George II, the Democrats are the masters of blowing it. And they don't just simply "blow it" - they blow it especially when the electorate seems desperate to give it to them.