THE PERFECT STORM: New York Gets Ready for the RNC


The 2004 Republican National Convention will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, August 30 through September 2, 2004. Organizers have been preparing for mass marches, direct action and street theater for nearly a year. And NYC IMC and its paper, The Indypendent, will be on the ground covering it all. || Interviews with anti-RNC organizers || ���We Choose the World��� || noRNC Poster Collective>

The NYC Grassroots Media Coalition, which includes the New York City Independent Media Center, is working to provide convergence spaces for independent reporters from August 27 to September 4. The Grassroots Media Coalition is asking independent journalists from out of town to register here.

The party starts on August 20 with the Life After Capitalism conference. Activity against the Republican National Convention kicks off on Friday, August 27 with a Critical Mass ride and speak-outs organized by the National Immigrant Solidarity Network.

Sunday, August 29, United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of more than 1,000 groups, is planning a march of several hundred thousand people. They will be joined by the Million Billionaire March, staged by the Billionaires for Bush.

On August 30, the Republican National Convention begins. The Still We Rise Coalition is going to be knocking on doors all summer to get people from minority and underrepresented groups to a march and rally that day in Times Square. The same day, the Poor People���s Economic Human Rights Campaign is holding the March for Our Lives, starting outside the United Nations building.

August 31 is the day of direct action. || ���One No and a Million Yeses: The Shout Heard Round the World��� A conference on single-payer healthcare also starts on the 31st, organized by the Campaign for a National Health Program Now.

The Central Labor Council is moving its annual Labor Day March to Wednesday, September 1.

Not In Our Name is issuing a general call for a million people in the streets during the four-day convention.

The Grassroots Media Coalition includes : The New York City Independent Media Center || Paper Tiger TV || free103point9 || Rooftop Films || Bands Against Bush || Youth Free Expression Network || Educational Video Center || Global Action Project || La Lutta New Media Collective

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