Monday, May 7, 2012

PROTEST ALEC - Charlotte NC - Friday, May 11

Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm 

The Westin Charlotte Hotel
601 S College St

Charlotte,NC 28202

The best way to get to the Westin is by light rail — the  Stonewall Street  station is right next to the hotel. There are also a number of decks and surface lots, and you should plan to spend about $10 for parking if you drive.

For the protesters, the new rules take a new tack on civil rights and nonviolent protest. The January 23 City Council action led to the removal of Occupy Charlotte tents from the front of City Hall, a ban on camping overnight on city property in general, and new rules allowing officials during “extraordinary” events to search backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, and carry-on luggage (like wheeled briefcases). The justification for such measures is apparently based on the idea that there might be intent to conceal weapons, although how the police might know about such intent is unclear. Grounds for potential immediate arrest are possession of spray paint, hammers, crowbars, utility knives, padlocks, lumber, and permanent markers.

Nonviolent protest - does not necessarily mean an equal and nonviolent response from police.

THIS IS NONVIOLENT PROTEST at Charlotte NC ALEC Task Force Summit Meeting.
Charlotte NC ALEC Task Force Summit Meeting will be a PEACEFUL PROTEST.

If violence is YOUR intent - stay away from the ALEC protest - we don't need you in Charlotte.
YOUR potential acts of violence - Destroy, Distort THE MESSAGE!!!!  ACTS of violence/vandalism play into the hands of pro-ALEC reporters.  ACTS of violence/vandalism make US LOOK BAD and ALEC look good.

Learn More About ALEC and How to Counter ALEC at the Teach-In in Charlotte
Saturday, May 12, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm 

Wedgwood Baptist Church

4800 Wedgewood Dr
Charlotte,NC 28210

Speakers at our Teach-In Event will include:
Lisa Graves from the Center for Media and Democracy
Monica Embrey from Greenpeace;
Bob Sloan of VLTP;
Tom Rothrock of the Mecklenburg County Senior Democrats;
Pat McCoy and Hector Vaca from Action NC;
attorney Peter Grear from Occupy Wilmington (NC);
Joe Brewer from the Cognitive Policy Works (via video feed);
Occupy Charlotte (our co-chairs for this event);
Ron Rabatsky of VLTP and Occupy Charlotte;
Pastor Chris Ayers of the Wedgewood Baptist Church

After the speeches have been completed, there will be round table discussions about the topics covered by the speeches, so that all may interact directly with the speakers with any questions or comments.

Also, because the best way to fight against voter suppression,
there will be a representative from the League of Women Voters
on site from 11AM-2PM to help register voters.

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