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Cleveland Peace Action Hosts March 21 Event: Planning Protest for the Republican National Convention

As the probability of a contested convention increases and the probability of a Donald Trump plurality of delegates nears certainty, many eyes are shifting to the city of Cleveland, Ohio, where the Republican National Convention will be held July 18-21.  While Donald Trump is promising riots in the streets if he doesn’t get the nomination he feels he deserves, Cleveland Peace Action is offering a different take on political action this upcoming Monday.

Cleveland Peace Action Meeting on Preparing for the Republican National Convention, Monday March 21As a resident of Northern Ohio more than two decades ago, I marched with Cleveland Peace Action multiple times, and I always admired their ability to combine political passion with well-organized, ethical tactics. On Monday, March 21 at 7 pm, the activist group is hosting a discussion led by Kris Hermes, Mass Defense Coordinator for the National Lawyers Guild.  The aim of the discussion is to identify ways to engage in protest that is simultaneously safe for protesters, peaceful toward others, and effective in sending a message and achieving results.

This public meeting will be held in the wake of a convention of the activist NLG over the weekend of March 18-20 in Cleveland in which the non-profit organization with a long history of defending the rights of protesters will be helping its own members prepare for a contentious environment for which police have already purchased riot gear and thousands of batons.  The NLG’s convention agenda is an indicator of what protesters on the ground face:

The post-convention community planning session and discussion is free and open to the public, and is being held on 3/17 at 7 pn at Pilgrim Church on 2592 W. 14th Street, in Cleveland.  If you’re planning on protesting in Cleveland and you live in the area, consider dropping in and finding out how you can play a constructive role.

4 thoughts on “Cleveland Peace Action Hosts March 21 Event: Planning Protest for the Republican National Convention”

  1. ella says:

    We can get in touch with Cleveland Peace Action through this site: http://www.peaceactioncleveland.org/volunteer-with-us

  2. Korky Day says:

    Jim Cook, you just can’t help yourself twisting the facts.
    You wrote, ‘Donald Trump is promising riots in the streets if he doesn’t get the nomination’.
    I read the linked article and there was nothing there about promising.
    Predicting, yes. Promising, no. You know the difference?

    1. J Clifford says:

      Korky, I think you know what the message is. If someone big knocks on your front door and says, “If I don’t get a hundred dollars by tomorrow, people around here are going to get hurt,” is it a prediction or a threat?

  3. Korky Day says:

    I remember many peaceful demonstrations that turned violent.
    I was in 2. Battered by the police both times. Once in Canada, once in Arizona.
    I wasn’t in Chicago in 1968, but I remember all the violent news.
    Democratic National Convention which nominated a warmonger.

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