Pro-Democracy Week to counter inauguration of president-select
This is a listing, as of January 5, of the events planned in Washington, D.C. to counter the presidential inauguration.
Saturday, Jan 13: "Focus on Police Brutality," 1:00-5:00 PM at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 5301 North Capital Street (near the Fort Totten Metro stop on the Green Line). Ron Daniels, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a nationally-known expert on the issue, will be speaking, as will representatives of the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP and family members of victims of police violence. Speaking from a human rights perspective, presenters will cover the lack of police accountability to communities, racism in the "justice" system and war on drugs policies as pretext for abuse. The format will include presentations by Critical Resistance on the prison industrial complex and Copwatch as possible models for local/regional organizing projects.
Monday, Jan. 15 (MLK Birthday): Jesse Jackson, Rainbow/PUSH rally in Washington, D.C. Time and place pending more information.
Friday, Jan. 19, 10 am-5pm (room pending): Institute for Policy Studies-sponsored Forum on Electoral Issues and the Voters' Bill of Rights. Two plenary sessions and two sets of nine workshops on electoral issues. Speakers include Harry Belafonte, Sen. Paul Wellstone (not confirmed), Rep. Bernie Sanders, NAACP's Elaine Jones, former Rep. Ron Dellums, Center for Voting and Democracy's Rob Ritchie, Harvard law professor Lani Guenier, and Public Campaign's Ellen Miller or someone from the Alliance for Democracy on clean money campaigns/elections.
Saturday, Jan. 20 (Bush is sworn in at noon at the Capitol; parade from Capitol to White House along Pennsylvania Ave. follows swearing-in.)
Million Voter March -- Rally at 10 am at Dupont Circle (on Metro Red Line) and go in affinity groups to inaugural parade route. Rally at the Ellipse (south of White House) after the parade. Alliance for Democracy Founder Ronnie Dugger and/or Doris (Granny D) Haddock are among the speakers. (See http://www.votermarch.org for more details.)
Day of Resistance and Shadow Inaugural March and Rally at the Supreme Court. This is being organized by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network Noon at Stanton Park, Maryland Ave. and 4th St. NE. (Word at this time is that the Capitol Police are not permitting rallies at the Supreme Court.)
International Action Center-convened rally protesting the death penalty and voter disfranchisement, 10 am, permit requested for 14th and Pennsylvania, NW
Inaugural Parade (afternoon): Pennsylvania Ave., between the White House and the Capitol: Protesters will form in groups of 25 or fewer so as not to exceed the limit of number needing a permit. (Families of 2 or 3 people could be a group.) Bring your own signs and fold in with the crowd on the parade route.
Counter-Inaugural Ball (evening) time and place to be announced.
Sunday, Jan. 21. Various organizations are planning follow-up meetings
Contacts and Resources for Pro-Democracy Week Planning:
Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN)
http://www.ippn.org and http://www.leftlink.org (These sites have the full Voters' Bill of Rights, list of local actions organized by state, and links to other key resources.)
Jan. 20 Million Voter March Rally at Dupont Circle, also a list of local voter rights' events around the country
International Action Center (IAC)
Focus on opposition to death penalty and voter disfranchisement, justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal; : 212-633-6646
http://www.iacenter.org (has flyers for downloading for J20 actions)
Justice Action Movement (JAM)
DC-area organizing coalition
Focus on decentralized training events and formation of small affinity groups
http://www.inaugurauction.org or http://www.j20.org
Inauguration Day Song Parodies
DC Housing Coordinator
George Ripley, 202-986-5977
Additional Housing Coordination
Use http://www.j20.org to offer housing or indicate need for housing.
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