Local and Congressional Debates 2012

With Election Day fast approaching, it is important to have a good idea of the local candidates running for office. WTVI – PBS Charlotte and the League of Women Voters present the following local and congressional debates. Continue reading

Town Hall with Mayor Foxx at Mallard Creek High School

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will host a Town Hall to discuss his vision for Charlotte’s future at Mallard Creek High School on Tuesday, October 1st at 7 p.m. Organizers said Foxx will take questions from the audience after delivering brief remarks. Continue reading

E Pluribus Unum Opening Reception

The opening reception for E Pluribus Unum, a fantastic political art exhibit, will take place tonight (9-15-12) from 6-10pm at the UNCC Center City building. Continue reading

Occupy Charlotte, Then and Now Art Exhibit

Occupy Charlotte, Then and Now
Photos, Projections, Participatory Tents, and “Freedom Cage” By Annabel Manning

ROSS GALLERY (in the Overcash Building at Central Piedmont Community College, Kings Drive & Elizabeth Ave)
August 20 - October 14, 2012
**Reception Thursday, August 30, 6 – 8pm**

The work of Annabel Manning concentrates on contemporary political and social issues. The current theme running through her work is her reaction to people around her who are being marginalized by this country for different reasons.  As Manning interacts with these various people in various settings (e.g., prisons, schools, the streets), she feels the need to express visually, as a demonstrator and an artist, how they are invisible and being denied basic human rights. On view will be a series of photographs of Occupy Charlotte, using blur and movement to explore the pathos and indeterminacy of the situation.

This Weekend Begins the March on Wall Street South

Poster by local artist and activist Laurel Green

This weekend begins the March on Wall Street South! Charlotte will be the center of the political universe during the DNC, offering the opportunity to raise a people’s agenda. Continue reading

Justice for Charlotte City Workers (Week 4)

Charlotte City Workers Rally
Photo taken by WI Bail Out the People Movement, http://wibailoutpeople.org/

Today, Charlotte City Workers and their supporters will picket at the Government Center and address City Council. The Charlotte City Workers Union chapter of UE150 are continuing their major public campaign to draw attention to their demands. Today marks the fourth week of the campaign. Continue reading

Air Occupy Radio Show – RNC, DNC, and Protesters’ Rights

A radio show called Air Occupy recently broadcast a program entitled “RNC, DNC, and Protesters’ Rights.” Abi Hassen, Mass Defense Coordinator for the National Lawyers Guild discussed legal issues surrounding both conventions. Members of Occupy Tampa described preparations for the RNC. I spoke about plans for the DNC on behalf of the Coalition to March on Wall Street South. I also discussed legal obstacles our community has faced along the way. Continue reading

Town Hall with Mayor Foxx on the DNC

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will host a Town Hall to discuss preparations for the Democratic National Convention and his vision for Charlotte’s future at Johnson C. Smith University on Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. Continue reading

DNC Fundraising Hypocrisy

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx

“The People’s Convention.”
“The most open and transparent convention in history.”

We have heard Democratic National Convention organizers recite these phrases ad nauseum. What exactly is it about this convention that makes it more open and transparent than conventions past? Continue reading

Justice for Charlotte City Workers (Week 3)

Barbara Edgecombe, sanitation worker and Secretary-Treasurer for the City Workers Union chapter of UE150.
Photo taken by WI Bail Out the People Movement, http://wibailoutpeople.org/

Today marks the third week Charlotte City Workers and their supporters will picket at the Government Center. The Charlotte City Workers Union chapter of UE150 are continuing their major public campaign to draw attention to their demands. Continue reading

Challenge Romney’s Corporate Agenda at Duke Mansion

Mitt Romney will be coming to Charlotte today (8-15-12) for a fundraising luncheon at Duke Mansion.

Members of Occupy Charlotte, ActionNC, 350.org, Greenpeace, and RAN will be there as well, but for a very different reason. Continue reading

Discussion: Duke and the DNC

New Duke Energy logo
Courtesy of Greenpeace

Want to learn more about the connections between Duke Energy, CEO Jim Rogers and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte? Continue reading

Justice for Charlotte City Workers (Week 2)

Charlotte City Workers Rally (8-6-12)
Photo taken by WI Bail Out the People Movement, http://wibailoutpeople.org/

Last week, the Charlotte City Workers and their supporters began their weekly picket at the Government Center. They will be back out in full force today along with a show of solidarity from members of labor organizations from around the country. Continue reading

DNC Round Table Video Chat (Week 2)

I will be participating in a round table video chat discussing the DNC tomorrow (8-9-12) at 10:30 a.m. The Charlotte Observer and NewsChannel 36 will be hosting the discussion. This is the second of five weekly video chats leading up to the DNC. Among the topics being discussed will be the newly released DNC security and transportation plans.

You can watch and submit questions and comments here.

Guests:
Ben Thompson – NewsChannel 36
Jeremy Markovich – NewsChannel 36
Caleb Troop – NewsChannel 36
Steve Harrison – The Charlotte Observer
Michael Zytkow – Occupy Charlotte and the Coalition to March on Wall Street South

DNC Security Plan Released

DNC 2012: Extraordinary Event Map

The DNC 2012 Security Plan was released this morning, and frankly it’s worse than I imagined. I will post a more comprehensive piece soon, but I wanted to release some of the maps and information now. Continue reading

Justice for Charlotte City Workers

Since Charlotte won the bid to host the DNC, I have heard on countless occasions many of our local politicians and corporate heads boast about how clean our city is, seemingly taking credit. But I have yet to see any of them show their appreciation to the city workers who truly keep our city clean and running smoothly on a daily basis. Instead, city workers have faced unfair working conditions and the denial of their basic rights as workers.

Enough is enough. Continue reading

Greenpeace Airship Occupies the Skies

Airship To Duke EnergyActivism took to the skies of Charlotte this morning, when Greenpeace launched their airship at Veterans Park. The airship is part of an ongoing effort to highlight Duke Energy’s use of dirty energy.

Attached to each side of the airship were banners reading “Don’t Raise Rates for Dirty Energy,” and “Cleaner is Cheaper.” Activists on the ground also laid out a message reading “We want affordable rates & clean air. Be a leader Duke.” Continue reading

DNC Round Table Video Chat

The Charlotte Observer and NewsChannel 36 will be hosting a round table video chat discussing the DNC today at 2 p.m.

NewsChannel 36 reporter Dianne Gallagher and colleague Caleb Troop join The Charlotte Observer politics reporter Jim Morrill and colleague Tim Funk to discuss the latest news this week surrounding the DNC—security, traffic, speaker selections, and more.  NPR’s John O’Connor is taking part as well to give his insights into the upcoming RNC in Tampa.

This will be the first of five weekly video chats leading up to the Democratic National Convention.

You can watch and submit questions and comments here.

One Month Until the March on Wall Street South

March on Wall Street South Full Mobilization Schedule

We are only one month away from marching on Wall Street South! Charlotte will be the center of the political universe during the DNC, offering the opportunity to raise a people’s agenda. Continue reading