by Aurie Kryzuda
The RNC, aside from extensive City-support, is after all, a private event. The public has a small role if any, in party conventions. But because the Republicans have so much power, and the media gives them so much attention, the public wants to engage.
Following the disappointing city shenanigans related to public calls to participate at the RNC site, a schedule has been issued for the finally-officially-sanctioned "protest" site across Harbor Drive from the convention center.
Given that the outcome of the proceedings inside the Convention is generally known in advance, the most interesting stories will probably be taking place here. Sad to say, we can't expect much time if any to be spent addressing environmental and sustainability issues inside the convention by the current GOP organization.
The small number of groups able to get an official slot are listed on the right. Note that the police department has stated that, aside from this official list of groups who being provided a public mike and place, there is no law restricting individuals from expressing their freedom of speech for or against the RNC as long as they conduct themselves in a peaceful and safe manner.
The GOP Convention Page on the Internet is located at: http://convention.thesource.net
Finally, on August 18th you can attend a "Cleansing of the Convention Center." In an effort to get closure on the Convention experience, join us for a traditional cleansing. Bring sage, bowl with screen cover for sage burning, rhythm instruments, a sense of humor, a sense of hope, a peace-loving attitude and a sense of community. 7pm in front of Convention Center. For more information, please call The Big Kitchen, 234-5789.
Sunday, Aug. 11
7:00-7:55am San Diegans for Honest Government 8:10-9:05am Emperor 9:20-10:15am Cowles Mountain Democratic Club 10:30-11:25am East County Democratic Club 11:40-12:35pm National Association of Social Workers 12:50-1:45pm Green Party Council 2:00-2:55pm Kenneth Lee Erickson 3:10-4:05pm Amnesty International 4:20-5:15pm Coalition Against Drugs 5:30-6:25pm Students Against Dole Increasing School Tuition 6:40-7:35pm Equal Justice Under the Law 7:50-8:45pm San Diego Animal Advocates 9:00-9:55pm Global Energy Network Int.
Monday, Aug. 12
7 a.m.-7:55am Computer Democratic Club of San Diego 8:10-9:05am Valley-Grove Democrats 9:20-10:15am Coalition for Jewish Concerns 10:30-11:25am Young Socialists 11:40-12:35pm Heritage Preservation Association 12:50-1:45pm Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 2:00-2:55pm 50 Black Men 3:10-4:05pm Handgun Control Inc. 4:20-5:15pm American Lung Association 5:30-6:25pm Coalition for Social & Economic Justice 6:40-7:35pm LGBT Voices '96 7:50-8:45pm Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays 9:00-9:55pm LGBT Voices '96.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
7 -7:55am Mesa Democratic Club 8:10-9:05am La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club 9:20-10:15am Filipino-American Republicans of San Diego County 10:30-11:25am Farm Bureau of San Diego County 11:40-12:35pm Republicans for Environmental Protection 12:50-1:45pm Lesbian Gay Bisexual Student Union 2:00-2:55pm KAPOW 3:10-4:05pm KNOAH's Arc 4:20-5:15pm Chicano Federation of San Diego County 5:30-6:25pm Carpenter's Local 547 6:40-7:35pm HACES Hermanos en Accion 7:50-8:45pm Queer Policy Institute 9:00-9:55pm Stage Left Political Comic-Tary.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
7:00-7:55am Jewish Democrats of San Diego 8:10-9:05am New Democrats for California 9:20-10:15am Tom Saul 10:30-11:25am Heilman-C Art 11:40-12:35pm Voice for Citizens Together 12:50-1:45pm Point Loma Democratic Club 2:00-2:55pm Disabled Democratic Club 3:10-4:05pm Musicians of San Diego Symphony 4:20-5:15pm San Diego Imperial County Labor Council 5:30-6:25pm N.O.W. - San Diego Chapter 6:40-7:35pm American Postal Worker Union 7:50-8:45pm Side Street Projects 9:00-9:55pm HEAL San Diego.
Thursday, Aug. 15
7:00-7:55am 77th Assembly District San Diego Democratic Party 8:10-9:05am San Diego County Young Democratic 9:20-10:15am United Front for Liberation of Vietnam San Diego Chapter 10:30-11:25am Coalitions Cuban Vietnam American and Others 11:40-12:35pm AIDS Foundation San Diego 12:50-1:45pm Americans for Moderation 2:00-2:55pm Citizens Opposing the Republican Party 3:10-4:05pm Log Cabin Club-San Diego 4:20-5:15pm Asian & Pacific Islanders Student Alliance 6:40-7:35pm Voices for Justice 7:50-8:45pm Gay & Lesbian Latinos Con Orgullo 9-9:55pm Educational Democratic Club.