RNC protesters to descend on Cleveland

Numerous groups are planning to protest in some way at next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

City officials are bracing for violence, but many of the groups say they plan peaceful marches and/or protests.

Groups planning to come to Cleveland represent a wide range of interests. They include supporting immigration, socialism or even communism, or opposing war, racial, economic or political oppression, capitalism or the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Here is a partial list of protesters planning to visit Cleveland during the convention, set for Monday through Thursday, July 18-21:

 

American Party of Labor, http://americanpartyoflabor.org/. Our aim is to abolish the capitalist system and all its horrors by replacing it with socialism, a system based on the principle laid out by Marx, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his work.”

Anti-War Committee, http://antiwarcommittee.org/, in Minneapolis, Chicago, Utah, Tuscon and Milwaukee.

AFSCME Local 1216, a Sandusky, Ohio-based United Auto Workers Union, http://www.1216.org/.  The union serves more than 1,600 employees who work at the Ventra Sandusky facility and produce automotive headlamps and tail lamps. Local 1216 also boasts a retiree membership that numbers more than 1,400 and consists of past Ford, Visteon, ACH and Ventra employees.

BAYAN USA, http://bayanusa.org/, an alliance of 20 progressive Filipino organizations.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, http://naarpr.org/, which began in 1973 as part of a movement to free political prisoner Angela Davis,  who was emerged as a 1960s leader of the Communist Party USA and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Community Uprise at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, https://www.facebook.com/c0mmunityuprise/.

Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC, https://www.facebook.com/events/574059672757617/, which has as its agenda to dump Trump, say no to the Republican agenda and stand against racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim attacks.

Code Pink Women for Peace, www.codepink.org, which describes itself as a grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S.-funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect U.S. resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.

Freedom Road Socialist Organization, http://www.frso.org/, a socialist and Marxist-Leninist organization in the United States that fights for justice, particularly in labor, oppressed nationality, anti-war and anti-imperialist, and student movements. Freedom Road was founded in 1985 with the merger of three groups that were born in the New Communist Movement of the 1970s.

Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, http://globalcleveland.org/directory/item/15-refugee/296-greater-cleveland-immigrant-support-network, which educates about and works for equitable immigration policy and promotes inter-cultural awareness and appreciation. The network initially supported immigrants who were coping with removal, incarceration or persecution. Since then the network has emerged as a local community organization educating, lobbying and advocating on behalf of the marginalized immigrant population.

Institute for Global Education in Grand Rapids, Mich., http://www.igegr.org/,  a meeting place for community groups that share concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. It promotes peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

International Action Center, http://iacenter.org/, which offers information, activism and resistance to U.S. militarism, war and corporate greed, linking with struggles against racism and oppression within the United States.

International League of Peoples’ Struggle, http://www.ilps.info/index.php/en/, which promotes, supports and develops anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the peoples of the world, including workers, peasants, women, youth, professionals and other sectors of society against the ideological, political, military, economic, social and cultural domination and attacks of imperialism and reaction.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Progressive Coalition, http://www.jacksonvilleprogressivecoalition.org/.

Legalization For All Network, https://legalizationforall.wordpress.com/, which demands  immigration reform – legalization for all, no guest worker expansion and no more repression.

Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, https://mirac1.wordpress.com/, which organizes the immigrant community and its allies to try to win legalization for all and equality in all aspects of life. We struggle for legalization, for a moratorium on raids and deportations, and for drivers’ licenses for all regardless of immigration status. It was formed in spring 2006 out of immigrant rights marches.

Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, http://afsc.org/category/topic/northeast-ohio, a Quaker organization devoted to service, development and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Organize Ohio, http://www.organizeohio.org/index.html, which encourages community organizing as a strategy for progressive change in Ohio. Organize Ohio strives to build a system of support for community organizing efforts across the state by bringing together groups and organizations.

People’s Fightback Center, based in Cleveland, http://www.fightbacknews.org/, which is opposed to exploitation, discrimination and oppression. We hold that the rich class of people who run the economy and government of this country are unfit to rule. We support all movements that challenge their power and privilege.

People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism and Racism, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., https://www.facebook.com/powirsofl/.

Revolution Books Cleveland, https://revbookscle.org/, which offers a new synthesis of communism developed by Bob Avakian based on summing up the positive and negative experience of the communist revolution so far and drawing from a broad range of human experience. 

Stand Together Against Trump, http://www.follownews.com/hashtag/stand-together-against-trump, which opposes presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s language toward women and minorities, including immigrants and Muslims.

Students for a Democratic Society, http://www.newsds.org/, chapters at the University of Pennsylvania, Houston, University of Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Tallahassee, Fla., University of Utah, Angelina College in Texas, and in DuPage, Ill. The society is dedicated to making the connections between students and people’s struggles, and between issues and the bigger systems of which they are a part. We ground our work in an understanding of how our issues intersect, how our struggles are connected, and how to actively question and creatively approach those things that separate us. We recognize the importance of fighting injustice on multiple fronts. We know that individual struggles are never won alone.

Utah Against Police Brutality, https://www.facebook.com/UtahAgainstPoliceBrutality.

Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., http://www.godhatesfags.com/, which claims the only lawful sexual connection is the marriage bed. All other sex activity is whoremongery and adultery, which will damn the soul forever in Hell.

Youth Empowered in the Struggle at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, https://yesinthestruggle.wordpress.com/, a youth-led multinational organization that works for the rights of immigrants, students and workers.

 

Sources:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/27/dozens-leftist-groups-announce-rnc-protest-coalition/

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160520/NEWS/160529976/cleveland-posts-applications-for-rnc-protest-permits

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