Democratic National Convention Countdown, No. 26-25

Democratic National Convention Daily Digest and Open Thread
Wednesday July 30 and Thursday July 31, 2008–No. 26-25

DNC:

Former Gov. Bill Owens and former Senator Gary Hart believe there will be little DNC disruption–not “that much anger at the Democratic Party from the left” and “much ado about nothing” (Owens), only “glitches” (Hart); full 26 minute webcast from PoliticsWest on a variety of political topics:

USA Today is “clueless” about city’s treatment of DNC protestors

DNC protestors lawsuit trial concludes, no clear timeline for decision; protestors plan “freedom cage” breakout; Secret Service subpoenas Glenn Spagnuolo of Recreate ’68 but fails to get to him on the record as their allotted time ran out

Good news! Protestors will be able to use bullhorns and city-provided loudspeakers to “address” delegates, will also be allowed to have a table for leaflets and other info for delegates “along the main thoroughfare” for delegates

Yet another rosy interview of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper

Colorado’s DNC delegation will be “carbon neutral” thanks to Denver City Auditor, only 26 of Colorado’s 79 had paid $7.50 each for the “carbon offsets”

Evangelicals’ DNC plans:

The convention stew of politicians, delegates, protesters and general hoopla that will be served to the city next month just got another ingredient – a group of 60 evangelical churches planning a “quiet demonstration” throughout the four-day event.

One Church Metro Denver will set up operations, including a tent, at Creekfront Park at Larimer Street and Speer Boulevard in the heart of the Democratic National Convention buzz.

From Monday, Aug. 25, through the convention’s closing night Thursday, volunteers will distribute water, pray with people and offer live worship music, said spokesman Steve Chavis. Volunteers also will go through downtown to help with trash pickup.

By “quiet demonstration” the churches want to show there’s another way to make a point than “vocal public actions,” he said.

“If there’s no yelling and no protest signs, are we still saying anything? Yes we are, but it’s not loud and it’s not angry,” Chavis said. “That’s how One Church Metro Denver wants to interact.”

Westword’s finest have posted a video “introduction” to Denver for the DNC that is chock-full of stereotypes, playing up Denver’s hick, cowtown image, and is bound to tick off the local AIM/Columbus Day protestors (although the bit about Boulder is priceless):

See DNC Orientation Video and more funny videos on FunnyOrDie.com

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Jon Caldara talks Tent State and camping in City Park; Mike Rosen discusses the DNC and RNC plans of the anarchist protest group Unconventional Action (15 min to 25 min mark)

FYI–Secret Service stats and powers

Yet another DNC blogger puff piece; DNC plans targeted Latino marketing

The latest Denver DNC community forum; Thousands of DNC volunteers will be from out-of-state; The burning balloon drop question for the DNC; Preliminary DNC schedule taking shape; Hillary Clinton as keynote speaker?; DNCC CEO Leah Daughtry answers convention questions


All previous Daily Digests can be found here.

Alliance For Real Democracy DNC Schedule Released

Highlights: Cynthia McKinney, CodePink, Resurrection City Free University–focusing on praxis and theory, Flobots, Cornel West.

Lowlights: Cynthia McKinney, CodePink, Resurrection City Free University–focusing on praxis and theory, Flobots, Cornel West.

Via NotMyTribe:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23

All Day City Park
Set up at City Park

Afternoon (TBD) City Park
Resurrection City Free University
Non-Violence Training

5:00 – 10:00 PM Gates Crescent Park
Welcoming BBQ & Drinks for the Delegates

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 24

All Day Platte River & Cherry Creak Trails
AFSC Banners
AFSC is planning on displaying banners for about 100 yards in each direction from REI.

All Day City Park
Art Installations
A variety of art pieces representing progressive ideals.

(9:00 AM
Begin at the WEST STEPS OF THE CAPITOL.
End on Speer Blvd in front of the Pepsi Center.
End the Occupations March and Rally
March to end all illegal imperialist occupations in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Hawaii, North America, and others.)

1:00 PM Various Denver Locations
Funk the War: Dance for Peace
A creative action with an emphasis on music and visuals. Smaller feeder marches lead to a central location with a concert.

Immediately Following Funk the War/Dance Party for Peace City Park
Concert featuring: Son of Nun, Jello, Brian Harvey, David Rovics

7:00 PM Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater
Evening of Conscience: No Attack on Iran
Feature performances on opposing any moves towards a U.S. attack on Iran.

(Evening Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St.
Progressive Welcome to Denver)

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MONDAY, AUGUST 25

10:30 AM City Park
Town Hall Meeting
Brief ARD meeting to review the day.

12:00 – 6:00 PM City Park
Resurrection City Free University
A free university focusing on praxis and theory

5:00 PM City Park
Nomination of Partyless Youth Ticket
A chance for the youth to nominate a candidate that speaks to them.

Evening (TBD) TBD
Cynthia McKinney Speech
Speech by presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney.

6:30 PM City Park
CODEPINK Concert
A concert highlighting many powerful and talented women.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 26

10:30 AM City Park
Town Hall Meeting
Brief ARD meeting to review the day.

11:00 AM Skyline Park
A Walk in their Shoes
Thousands of shoes will represent the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died.

12:00 – 6:00 PM City Park
Resurrection City Free University
A free university focusing on praxis and theory

3:00 PM City Park
Concert featuring Blue Scholars, David Rovics, and others.

Afternoon (TBD) City Park
Partyless Youth Platform
The youth will be given an opportunity to create their platform.

Afternoon/ Evening (TBD) Downtown
Operation First Casualty
Street theater that demonstrates the reality of war.

(6:30 PM City Park
Democratic Party “Watching Party”
Local Democrats will host a big-screen TV for non-seated Democrats to watch the Convention.)

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27

10:30 AM City Park
Town Hall Meeting
Brief ARD meeting to review the day.

12:00 – 6:00 PM City Park
Resurrection City Free University
A free university focusing on praxis and theory

12:00 Noon City Park
Concert featuring: Flobots, State Radio, The Coup, Wayne Kramer, Son of Nun, Jello, and others.

Afternoon (TBD) City Park
Partyless Youth Acceptance Speech
The Partyless Youth nominee will give an acceptance speech.

3:30 PM TBD
IVAW March to End the War
Iraq Veterans Against the War will march in opposition to the war in Iraq.

(Evening Buelle Theater
Cultural Events: Cornel West and the Flobots)

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

10:30 AM City Park
Town Hall Meeting
Brief ARD meeting to review the day.

TBD TBD
Immigrant Rights March and Rally
The march, with a national scope, will provide a venue for immigrants and their allies to demonstrate their decree for just and fair reform for our country’s broken immigration system.

12:00 – 6:00 PM City Park
Resurrection City Free University
A free university focusing on praxis and theory

(TBD INVESCO Field
Obama’s Acceptance Speech
Obama will give his acceptance speech to 75,000 people at INVESCO Field. ARD hopes to have a presence outside.)

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

All Day City Park
Tear Down and Clean Up
All of ARD will be needed to help clean and clear City Park

All Day TBD
Buses to St. Paul
ARD would like to help coordinate buses and carpooling to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention.

Democratic National Convention Countdown, No. 29-27

**Tons of links, scroll for updates . . .

Democratic National Convention Daily Digest and Open Thread
Sunday July 27, Monday July 28 and Tuesday July 29, 2008–No. 29-27

DNC:


No, but Glenn Spagnuolo of Recreate ’68 should feel right at home

•DNC protestors, including Recreate ’68, pledge in court that they will be non-violent and don’t need to be caged–the city argues that a manual of “street tactics” indicates that violence may be a foregone conclusion (witness list); the protestors entering the Public Demonstration Area (the cage) will not be searched, and the new parade route to Invesco Field has been revealed

Anarchists from Unconventional Action issue “sincere” ultimatum to Denver–use the $50 million for security to “invest” in the community, and they’ll avoid shutting down the city (w/video):

“As anarchists, we feel the greatest problem with government is how its primary interest is to protect the profits of those in power, even when it comes at the expense of the general public,” Clayton Dewey, an organizer with Unconventional Denver, said in a statement.

“Spending $50 million on weaponry to attack people voicing their opinion and flooding the streets with riot police while schools close down, children go without health care and people lose their homes is exactly the problem with the corrupt two-party system we’re opposing this August,” he said.

I’m guessing this “offer”–extortion, in my opinion–will be ignored by the rest of the MSM, and UA will get to say “we warned you” should things go bad during the convention; UA/DNC Disruption’s latest DNC “plans”

•**Update–threat of sprinklers made “in jest” but curfew still applies, Adam Jung of Tent State says that protestors may camp elsewhereRocky says Tent State should have permit yanked if it can’t meet conditions; Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to Tent State–Denver will use sprinklers to enforce the no camping policy after 11pm; a surplus of protestors arrested (not necessarily from Tent State) during the DNC could spend some time in tents if there is no room; more info here, and an update on the Civic Center profile series (today’s segment); more observations and analysis from Drunkablog

Denver still in a mere $10 million DNC fundraising hole–and criticism is pouring in, including Mayor Hickenlooper’s love/hate relationship with the convention:

The host committee is as much as $10 million short in fundraising, and financial difficulties have forced it to cancel two dozen parties for delegates. Denver officials are scrambling to deal with the logistical challenges of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech being held at an outdoor stadium instead of in the arena where the rest of the convention will take place. Even special daisies that the city bred partly to show off for the convention are failing to sprout.

Criticism has been so harsh that this month the host committee felt compelled to issue a news release defending its much-mocked catering guidelines, which recommend organic produce and color-coordinated meals and discourage fried food.

“It’s an embarrassment, particularly for the political class,” said Floyd Ciruli, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party who is now an independent pollster unaffiliated with the convention effort. “At this point, everybody’s thinking about the burdens rather than the benefits.”

Local political leaders and the host committee insist everything is fine, and that any bumps along the way will be overshadowed by the attention showered on the city next month.

“That’s a little bit of white noise around the perimeter,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “Did we ever dream we’d have a candidate of this historic magnitude? Did we ever dream we’d have a candidate who’d make his acceptance speech in front of 80,000 people and have to turn away another 80,000?”

Nonetheless, at a conference on Western issues last week, Hickenlooper referred to the event as the “blasted convention” and compared it to a summer he spent painting a house for which he was never paid. “If we’d known back then what we know now, we’d never have done it,” he said, before quickly adding, “and what an incredible shame that would have been.”

Yes, what a shame. It’s called denial, Mayor Hickenlooper.

•Just bizarre–a beaver and a cat (hand puppets) explain protest plans for the RNC and DNC in a fake news conference, via the Unconventional Action “audio-visual cell”:

Preliminary plans for Barack Obama’s Invesco Field speech outlined–will address the crowd from the 50-yard line

•In a follow up to last week’s story about DNC vehicles using city pumps to avoid paying fuel taxes, more investigation reveals that at least 61 vehicles had been involved

•Greenest convention ever? Oh yeah, about that . . . the carbon credit wind turbines don’t work, and the delegates don’t seem to care about the “green delegate challenge”

Pro-life groups intend to hold prayer vigil near Pepsi Center during DNC, and threaten a lawsuit if the city balks

•Construction cranes dominating the Denver skyline in recent months and initially considered a security risk will not come down for the DNC

Union vs. non-union at the Pepsi Center

DNC community forums continue (click for schedule)Denver residents questions DNC logistics

How the DNC affected Colorado’s Homeland Security plan, and will put it to the test

Native Americans bless Pepsi Center for DNC

DNC volunteers begin convention training

It’s been a tough stretch for the DNC’s “Greening Director”


All previous Daily Digests can be found here.

Fox 31 Debate–Photos

Behind the scenes at the Fox 31 debate–“Colorado 2031 to air next Sunday, 10pm, on Fox 31 after the news.


The set, bare just a few minutes earlier, has been prepared and awaits the candidates Bob Schaffer and Mark Udall, and the host Ron Zappolo.


Zappolo prepares his mic.


Host Zappolo encourages an “anything goes” atmosphere and what would become a “guided conversation” rather than a traditional debate.


Schaffer argues a point during the first segment, which of course focused on energy–what mattered most to Colorado voters.


What we have here is a not only a closeup of the Fox 31 camera, but an example of Udall’s most frequently used gesture–the double “click” position.


Schaffer explains his positions on energy as Zappolo looks on.


Udall responds–there’s those hands again.


Waiting his turn.


Likewise.


Yep. The hands. Again.


A view from the inside.


The host was able to see what the audience will see with the use of this monitor.


From the other angle.


A wide shot (the hands!)


A friendly exchange.


Udall’s closing remarks.


Bob’s closing remarks.


Schaffer–gotta bring down the energy prices.


Conclusion.


A spirited and frenzied dialogue, and handshakes all around.


Media swarms Schaffer (foreground), while Udall (background, next to ladders and obscured by the reporter in the white shirt) answers a few questions after abruptly exiting the studio following the debate.


Udall gets his opportunity to chat with the reporters.

Fox 31 Pre-Debate Rally–Photos And Video

Photos/video (loading) of the rally outside–


Yep, it’s evil.


Signs of the times–commuters along Speer and Lincoln were treated to a lot of signs, and responded with honking.


Anti-Udall protestors–from his left–brought out the impeachment signs and asked for Udall to bring President Bush and Vice President Cheney on charges.


The battle is joined–Boulder liberals welcome!


These guys have appeared at both of the debates–“Where is Mark Udall on EFCA?”


Showin’ liberals a little love.


Like the “Veterans for Udall,” it wasn’t quite clear if those holding signs were actually veterans or firefighters.


There was a large youth contingent among Schaffer’s supporters.


The wall of Udall supporters make their case–“M A R K, vote for Udall all the way!”


But the high cost of energy was on the minds of Schaffer’s supporters–“drill here, drill now!”


Big Time Bob Schaffer fans brave the late July heat–with fan-favorite “U-Turn Udall” signs highlighting the Democrat’s record.


Bob Schaffer greets supporters outside the Fox 31 Studio as Dick Wadhams looks on.


Schaffer chats with supporters before heading inside.

Preliminary Plans For Barack Obama’s Invesco Field Acceptance Speech Released

A clearer view of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field remains elusive, as official plans have not been finalized:

Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination from the 50-yard line of Invesco Field at Mile High, according to a draft of the stage and seating arrangements.

The plans reveal that the presumptive presidential nominee will walk from the main stage positioned along the sidelines down a 36-foot carpeted walkway to a circular podium set 6 1/2 feet off the ground.

Almost 6,000 seats for delegates will fill the rest of the field, along with platforms for network television stations and stand-up areas for affiliate broadcasters. Print journalists will have assigned seats beyond the southern end zone.

The plans for the final night of the Democratic National Convention remain under discussion, and no final announcement has been made regarding the event’s staging arrangement

Freedom Folks–Blogs4Borders Video Blogburst 072108

This week’s video blogburst, and last week’s edition as well.

The great team at Freedom Folks is making a trip to the latest pro-amnesty rally in Iowa, and could use a little help.


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