UPDATED SCHEDULE and other information for DC Statehood Greens, Greens, and friends participating in the Counter-Inaugural events in DC, January 16 through 21
DISTRIBUTE THIS to all Greens and friends, and print it out for reference on Inauguration Day!
>From the DC Statehood Green Party http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org
Meet at 10 am at the Counter-Inaugural rally, at Stanton Park, at 6th and Maryland Avenue NE, a 10 minute walk east from the Union Station Metro Stop (Red Line). We’ll be at the northeast corner of the park with a big Green Party banner.
Bring signs, banners, flags, flyers, etc. We may be able to set up a small table.
>From Stanton Park, we’ll march with the Counter-Inaugural to the Supreme Court.
Probably around noon, we’ll leave the Supreme Court and march to the parade route in the direction of Freedom Plaza at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, getting as close as we can. We know that the chances of getting close are small.
To stand along the parade route, we’ll need to break into affinity groups of 25 or smaller. If things become chaotic and we get separated, rendezvous at McPherson Square, 15th and I Streets NW.
After the parade:
Tentative plans are for a gathering after the parade at the Ellipse (directly south of the White House) followed by a march up 16th Street NW to Malcolm X Park.
There’s also a DC Statehood Green Party reception celebration for Charlie Mason at UDC from 2 - 5 pm, and three counter-inaugural balls (details in the schedule below).
More information: Martin Thomas, 202-332-6558,
CONTACTS AND WEB SITES for Counter-Inaugural events....
*** http://www.justiceactionmovement.org (The Justice Action Movement is organizing nonviolence training, legal support, other assistance for those interested in direct action, as well as the three Counter-Inaugural Balls.)
HOUSING for out-of-town inauguration protesters during the week of January 15th-20th: George Ripley, 202-986-5977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COUNTER-INAUGURATION welcome center: 1212 U Street NW, U Street - Cardozo Metro Stop (Green Line). You can volunteer there too.
LEGAL HOTLINE: After Midnight legal collective,
PLEASE BRING flyers, banners, etc. advertising our participation and our own Green take on the inauguration and assault on democracy, as a party facing prohibitive state ballot access laws, dismissal by the media, and exclusion by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Engineering of elections was going on long before the Florida vote scam. Demand REAL electoral reform, demand self-determination and statehood (NOT just representation) for DC!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17
The African American Holiday Association announces a DC rally, 6:30-9:00 pm at the Reeves Center, 14th & U Streets NW, 2nd Floor. Honor Dr. King and kick-off the global mobilization for Unity in Diversity Day III, a “wholyday” & national demonstration to spiritually connect & celebrate the human race on Saturday, May 19. More information: AAHA, 202-310-1430, email@example.com, http:/www.aaha-info.org/
Community Forum: “Problem Accessing Health Care? Join us to discuss what we can do about it.” DC General Hospital Auditorium, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Organizations Asked to Participate: Health Care Now, MD Coalition for Universal Health Care, Physicians for a National Health Plan. More information: Gilma Ramirez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teach-in: The Role of Student Activism in the Midst of a Bush Presidency. 8:00 pm, GWU Campus Corcoran Building, Room 302. Join student Greens, Democrats, Socialists, Anarchists and other student groups for this amazing event. Sponsored by the GW Action Coalition, College Greens, College Democrats, the International Socialist Organization and student anarchists, as well as GW SFT, SSDP, IAC, The Movement at AU, GW NAACP, Free The Planet at GW. More information: Bernard Pollack, 202-775-2955, email@example.com
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18
Homes Not Jails memorial procession for homeless people who have died on DC’s streets this year, with direct action. HUD has many empty buildings throughout DC, some of which are actually heated, while people freeze to death on the streets. HUD is selling off these buildings at market rate. 11 am, place to be announced. Call 202-297-4430 for an update. Speakers: David Getman, Homeless Association, Editor of Life on the Line, Life on the Grate; Nadine Green, formerly homeless mother who took direct action to meet her housing needs.
10 Years Since Desert Storm: A Public Forum Marking Ten Years of Sanctions and War Against the People of Iraq, 7 pm at St. Aloysius Parish, 900 North Capitol Street NW (at I Street). Sponsored by National Mobilization to End the Sanctions Against Iraq, Middle East Research and Information Project, Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, International Socialist Organization, Life for Relief & Development, Justice Action Coalition, Veterans for Peace (pending). More information: ISO, (202) 777-2643 x5086, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
The Progressive Challenge: An Action Agenda for Electoral Reform, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, location (in DC) to be announced. Sponsored by members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus including Barbara Lee, Bernie Sanders, Earl Hilliard, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Center for Voting and Democracy, the Nation Institute, and the member groups of the Progressive Challenge Network. Featuring Dennis Kucinich, Ron Dellums, DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rev. Walter Fauntroy, and others. More information:
202-234-9382 ext. 238,
Rally to Save WBAI/Pacifica, 12:00 pm at the law offices of Epstein, Becker & Green (anti-union firm, now represented on the Pacifica National Board of Directors), 1227 25th Street NW. Protest efforts to destroy the Pacifica Radio Network and thwart its mission, to fire and lock out broadcasters and other staffers, and to censor and harass Amy Goodman, award-winning host of Democracy Now! (http://democracynow.org) Sponsored by Concerned Friends of WBAI 99.5 FM. More information:
Day of Resistance Shadow Inauguration event in D.C., which will then march to the Supreme Court. Gather at 10 am, rally and ceremony begin at 11:00 am, in Stanton Park, intersection of 4th and C Streets NE and Maryland and Massachusetts Avenues, near Imani Temple Church (a short walk from the Union Station Metro Stop). This is the event organized by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network.
Million Voter March: Rally at Dupont Circle at 10:00 am. Speakers will include Michael Moore and Granny D, as well as live bands. After the Rally affinity groups of 25 will march to the parade route. Rally at
the Ellipse after the parade. More information: http://www.votermarch.org Protest at the Inauguration. Meet 10:00 am at Pennsylvania Avenue & 14th Street NW. Call to protest issued by: International Action Center; International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; the MOVE Organization; Millions for Mumia; Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, NYC; Refuse and Resist; Korea Truth Commission; The Palestine Right To Return Coalition ( NY-NJ Based Al-Awda) and a growing list of endorsers. More information: http://www.iacenter.org
National Organization for Women Protest, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at the Navy Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 8th and 9th Streets (Navy/Archives Metro Stop). More information: http://www.now.org
Inauguration ceremony and coronation of George W. Bush, Pretender to the Throne: 12 noon at the Capitol, followed by a march up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. And we’d protest if Gore had won, too.
DC Statehood Green Party celebration of Charlie Mason’s birthday and reception for DC Statehood Greens and out-of-town Greens and friends, 2-5 pm at the UDC Auditorium, Building 46 East at UDC, Connecticut Avenue and Windom Street NW (behind the Video Warehouse) near the Van Ness Metro Stop. At 5 pm, there will be a performance by the Madrigal singers, Duke Ellington students, and unveiling of a portrait of Hilda Mason, former member (Statehood Party) of DC City Council, and a co-founder of the Statehood Party. More information: Gail Dixon, 202-529-6525.
The Justice Action Movement has THREE counter-inaugural parties planned, all at 9 pm. All tickets are $10. All funds made from these balls go directly to defray the costs of the inaugural protests, as well as our continued legal expenses from last April’s World Bank/IMF protests and seed money for the planned National Convergence Center. More information: http://www.j20.org, at which you can reserve tickets. List of parties: DEMOCRAZY! People’s Dance Party, at 2K9, 2009 8th Street, NW; AUCTIONEER’S BALL! punk and indie rock, at Insomnia, 714 6th Street NW; JAH PROVIDES JUSTICE! Reggae Show at the Welcome Center Kaffa House, 1212 U Street NW, 202-462-4513.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21
Pro-Democracy Campaign meeting, 9 am to 2 pm at the Josephine Butler Center, 2437 15th Street NW, five block south of the Columbia Heights Metro Station (Green Line). The phone number there is 202-462-7275.
The proposed agenda includes a report on the campaign and its origins and development up to this point; the Voters’ Bill of Rights; proposals/ideas for future actions; and future workings of Pro-Democracy Campaign (meetings, newsletter, listserves, money, etc.) More information: Ted Glick, email@example.com
Another Rally to Save WBAI/Pacifica, 1:00 pm at Pacifica Foundation / WPFW, 2390 Champlain Street NW. Sponsored by Concerned Friends of WBAI 99.5 FM. (See Friday, January 19 for details.) More information: