The Charlotte city government has issued permits to various groups to protest at designated areas and to speak at a city-provided platform during the Democratic National Convention in September.
Here’s a partial list of the groups with permits to protest, with links to their home pages:
Raleigh FIST, which believes “the only way to achieve true liberation for all peoples throughout the world is through socialism” and is therefore “dedicated to achieving such a society by building a multi-national, multi-gendered organization of revolutionary youth.” They even come out and admit they intend to achieve that by “overthrowing bourgeois society for a socialist future.” (They seem to mean it, too – check out their tribute to mass-murderer Che Guevera.)
Students for a Democratic Society of Chapel Hill, UNC Asheville, and NC State. You remember the SDS? That was radical bomber Bill Ayers’s group back in the 60s. And their radical rhetoric hasn’t changed a bit since then:
Oppressed people are at the forefront of movements for liberation. We understand that our work must target structures of domination in order to build powerful diverse movements for change. We realize that lines of power cut deep in our society, and we must be grounded in the work of combating systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, heterosexism, transphobia, and the many other forms of oppression thoughtfully and strategically.
And let’s not forget the Occupy movement, which promises to be a major presence in Charlotte come September. In the Observer article, Occupy Charlotte member Michael Zytkow expressed his disgust with the city’s rules:
“The parade route is abysmal,” he said. “We essentially want the right to speak at a zone that would not be far from the convention.”
“We denounce the government telling us where we can or cannot march,” Zytkow said.
Think these cats are going to behave?
Oh, and I almost forgot – 20,000 Muslims will also converge on Charlotte to host their own events during the DNC, including a massive public prayer.
I don’t foresee any possible problems. Do you?