Sunday, January 13, 2008

Protests to have daily '"themes"

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Those outside the Pepsi Center are preparing for the convention also:

Activists targeting August's Democratic National Convention are developing a sophisticated protest plan - one including a different demonstration "theme" each day. In addition, organizers intend to help individual groups aim their protests to specific state convention delegations, and hope to throw a five-day festival in Civic Center with music, a health clinic, and even meals for the homeless.

"We know that people are going to be coming to Denver from around the country for this event, and it seems silly not to take advantage of it," said Mark Cohen, one of those involved in the planning. "It's an opportunity for those people to make connections with each other and share their concerns. Cohen's group is one of more than two-dozen involved in protest planning, which is being overseen by an organization calling itself Recreate 68.
But a number of the details are not settled. For example, the city and the Secret Service have not yet decided on the "security zone" around the Pepsi Center. The drawing of that line will help define where protesters can and cannot gather. And the Denver City Council is expected to take up legislation on Jan. 22 that would refine the process used to issue permits for special events and parades.

We'll be following the protest preparations and responses closely. After all, it wouldn't be a Democratic National Convention without protests.


Anonymous said...

I think you mean it wouldn't be a DNC without protests.

Anonymous said...

How many people do you think are going to show up? I just wonder if it will be a "Dud" this year. After all, this is Colorado - not New York or Boston