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.
As 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:
- Protestor Criminal Defense 101 (approved for 2.0 OH CLE & 2.0 PA CLE)
- Beyond the Green Hat: Issues Around Legal Support for RNC 2016
- Jail Support Training
- Union Political Speech After Citizens United: The UE’s Endorsement of the BDS Movement (approved for 1.25 OH CLE & 1.5 PA CLE)
- Police Power & Accountability: A Conversation on the State of the Cleveland Division of Police Before & After the Consent Decree (approved for 1.25 OH CLE & 1.5 PA CLE)
- Role of Radical Lawyers & Legal Workers in Radical Movements
- Roundtable with Organizations & Individuals Organizing Around 2016 RNC
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.