PROTEST ALEC AT THEIR SPRING TASK FORCE
Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Westin Charlotte Hotel
601 S College St
601 S College St
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.
WHAT NOT TO BRING WITH YOU TO THE MAIN PROTEST AREA
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
Saturday, May 12, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
4800 Wedgewood Dr
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
Senior Democrats; Mecklenburg County
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);
(our co-chairs for this event); Charlotte
Ron Rabatsky of VLTP and Occupy
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.