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Dispatches from the DNC
by Colorado.indymedia
Sunday Aug 24th, 2008 11:38 AM
This newswire article is composed of stories reposted at Colorado.indymedia.org during the day before the start of the democratic national convention in Denver. The morning antiwar march starting at Civic Center park has been forecasted as one of the largest events in terms of public participation, at the start of 5 days of political response to the convention. A lot of independent and indymedia journalists will be attending the DNC and RNC, and will be contributing work, and it seems like the large volume of reports coming back could make it difficult to filter out the most important highlights. Coverage of the protest angle by local newspapers the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News has been mediocre, with many errors and a gawking focus on potential for violence by protesters. Indybay has good ranking in the news crawlers and aggregator sites, so hopefully copying material here can point a national audience to better independent reports.
Submitted photos from Saturday
http://www.comeuptodenver.org/photos/08-23/
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Photos of Denver scenes on Saturday - fencing surrounding the convention center, delegates being searched, official media tent
http://la.indymedia.org/news/2008/08/219818.php
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film clip from Saturday
http://colorado.indymedia.org/node/901
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click for film link http://colorado.indymedia.org/node/900

Saturday in Denver: YIPPIES & training
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 03:20

8 min. ~ Download iPod ~ Bandwidth Challenged
embedding options @ Blip
DNC protestors prepare for the Democratic Convention. Free activist trainings and Prohibition Speak Out at Civic Center Park in Denver. Featuring Drug War Activist Dana Beal and YIPPIE Aaron "Pie Man" Kay.
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http://colorado.indymedia.org/node/904
the spies among us
Submitted by richardmyers on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 10:12

The welcoming party for Indymedia reporters kicked off on Saturday at 5:00 PM, upstairs at a popular Denver restaurant. About ninety minutes into the event, an individual about the size and shape of a Denver Broncos linebacker suddenly wandered through, picking up one copy each of all the literature he could spot. The normal way to pick up literature, of course, is to visit the tables where it is freely available. But this fellow had his eye on a copy of an Indymedia info packet that belonged to someone i know, which she had left on her chair with other personal items. As he reached for the packet, he noticed me watching and drew back his hand. He asked if i knew where he could get one of these. I told him he could get it by registering as an Indymedia person at the registration table (which entails showing an ID to prove one's identity). His response was, "I'm not with Indymedia." My curiosity was immediately aroused; why is a non-Indymedia person at an Indymedia event, seeking one each of Indymedia literature and any other documents that he can scrounge?

I started considering his dress; he looked like a motorcycle tough, and although his appearance would have been convincing at any local biker bar, he didn't seem at all typical of the Indymedia crowd.

I watched him as he walked next to the registration table. He grabbed some flyers and stuffed them into his back pocket. I started unpacking my camera, but he suddenly disappeared down the steps. I followed, but he was nowhere to be seen. From the moment i noticed him to his abrupt disappearance took less than a minute.
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http://colorado.indymedia.org/node/903
DNC Counter-Convention Highlights
Sun. (8/24)
Theme: End the Occupation Day

*** Always check the website of the group organizing the event to confirm event status. ***

Click here for a Printable PDF file:
http://www.comeuptodenver.org/calendar/highlights.sunday.pdf

9:00 am
End the Occupation Rally
West Steps of State Capitol
200 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO
Speakers include: Cindy Sheehan, Kathleen Cleaver, Ward Churchill, Fred
Hampton Jr., Ron Kovic, Cynthia McKinney, many more
Music: David Rovic - State Capitol Steps, kicking off the rally
M1 and Stic.man of Dead Prez - State Capitol Steps, prior to the march
Blue Scholars - Concert at State Capitol, after the march
Jim Page - State Capitol Steps, during the rally
http://www.recreate68.org/

11:00am - 1:00 pm
End the Occupation March
You don't want to miss this march!
Begin: West Steps of State Capitol
200 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO
End: Pepsi Center
http://www.recreate68.org/
http://worldcantwait.net/

2:00 pm
Funk The War March
1 pm - Funky Snake Marches
2 pm - Union Station
When we show up on the 16th St Mall, there'll be no doubts as to why we are
there. We recognize that people's ways of resisting are diverse, and we
encourage a multiplicity of creative expressions of resistance
(particularly those of a funky variety). The Funk begins in 4 different
locations and ends at Union Station at 2pm.
http://tentstate.org/funkthewar.htm

2:00pm?
Unconventional Action Blocks Streets Around 16th Street Mall
When the signal is given we will emerge onto the streets of downtown in an
explosion of color and noise. Bring instruments, noise makers, boom boxes, and bicycle sound systems in order to fill the streets with the sound of our resistance and don’t forget to dress to impress! We will be experimenting with creative tactics for temporarily holding streets and
intersections as we carve out space for our party so bring ideas, tools, and materials that can help make this action a success.

All day
Downtown Festival of Democracy
Lincoln Park, between Civic Center and the State Capitol (Home of the Veterans Memorial)
100 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO
http://www.recreate68.org/

All day
Tent State University
Cuernavaca Park
20th Street and I25 along the S. Platte River
http://www.tentstate.org

All day
Progressive Democrats of America Headquarters
Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St, Denver, CO
http://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/309/donate.asp?formid=meet&c=6468205

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Green Frontier Fest
Sponsored by the City and County of Denver and Redirect Guide
Location: Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex Intersection
of Speer Boulevard and Champa Street.
http://www.greenfrontierfest.com/

3:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Guantanamo Cell Tour
Cuernavaca Park
Sponsored by Amnesty International
http://worldcantwait.net/

4:00 pm
Denver CopWatch training
Lincoln Park, 14th & Lincoln
More info: denvercopwatch07 [at] yahoo.com

7:00 pm
Protest at AT&T and the Blue Dog Democrats Party
"They Spy, They Lie, We Pay, They Profit!"
AT&T Thanks the Democrats for handing them FISA and retroactive immunity on
a silver platter.
Location: Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Ave
Just southeast of Invesco Field, under the main Colfax overpass
http://www.codepink4peace.org/

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
No Attack on Iran hosted by World Can’t Wait
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater
119 Park Avenue West, Denver 5 Points
Tickets and Info: (303) 295-1759
Speakers: Ron Kovic, Cindy Sheehan, Sunsara Taylor, Cynthia McKinney,
Jeremy Scahill, Iraq Veterans Against the War National Board member Phil
Aliff & special guests, in opposition to a US war on Iran
http://worldcantwait.net/

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Progressive Welcome to Denver
Progressive Democrats of America
Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St, Denver, CO
http://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/309/donate.asp?formid=meet&c=6468205
Community, speeches, and music. Hosted by Mimi Kennedy, PDA Advisory Board
Chair. Featuring Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), Co-chair of the Congressional
Progressive Caucus (CPC) and PDA Advisory Board member; John Nichols,
Washington correspondent, The Nation; Tom Hayden, author, activist; Jim
Zogby, Arab American Institute and DNC member; Jim Hightower, journalist
and PDA Advisory Board member: PDA-endorsed Healthcare NOT Warfare
candidate Joan Fitz-Gerald. Music by Dan Reed. Suggested donation: $15.00
http://pdamerica.org/