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Watch the March on the RNC

Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 27, 2012, 12:22 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: rnc, tampa

Updated, 8/28: Lots more photos and video added below.

As of noon eastern, the March on the RNC has begun. The corporate media won't report on it, so follow and find livestreams on Twitter: #resistRNC #marchontheRNC #OccupyTheRNC #frnc, @OccupyRNC and @OccupyTampa. The protest will continue throughout the week. Nonviolent direct action marches will take place every day at 10 am as an alternative to the official, barbed-wire enclosed “event zone” (cage) declared by the city and police to keep protesters far away from the eyes of the media, while the wealthy are given lavish parties and the ears of the politicians inside the heavily-guarded walls.

Tomorrow at 5 pm, there will be a Rally and March Against Voter Suppression at Centennial Park (1800 E. 8th Ave, Tampa), and several other actions will be held at various times during the rest of the week, including a pro-labor rally, a rally in support of reproductive rights, and various autonomous/unpermitted marches against capitalism and police brutality. If you are in Tampa and need legal assistance, the number for the NLG is 813-241-0101, or find them online: http://tampa.nlg.org. You can also donate to the Occupy Tampa bail fund here.

march front banner

Food Not Bombs and Get Equal

a group of people stands in front of a house covered in signs: stop foreclosures etc. a woman of color speaks through a megaphone
Activists including the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, organizers of the Romneyville encampment in Tampa, stopping a foreclosure on Saturday

Video of the March on the RNC

group of people in a park
People at Occupy Tampa for the Food Not Bombs World Gathering

protesters holding signs against unmanned drones
Protesters gathered at the HQ of Raytheon, makers of parts for drones

marches under a red and black flag

Green and black flag and sign that signs Reclaim the Streets
The Earth First! contingent

Sign: Vagina - Can't Say It? Don't Legislate It
CodePink contingent

a man walks in front a line of armored police giving a peace sign
The city spent tens of millions of dollars on police equipment, including a tank, surveillance drones, and helicopters, with reinforcements from the Dept. of Homeland Security and National Guard

a few dozen police in tan uniforms
Police in what look like military fatigues following the main march

police with guns drawn stand behind a thick black fence
Protesters were kept far away from the convention and from media by barriers like this one, meaning reporters had to travel long distances to cover the actions or talk to demonstrators

Video of protesters taking on Bain Capital-owned Bloomin' Brands in Tampa

tents at romneyville

Video of banner drop directed at Scott Walker at Tampa Theatre Press release from protest group resistRNC to law enforcement:

Those who come to demonstrate at the RNC do not come to confront you. They come to confront:

  • those who give you your orders, our Elected Officials.
  • those who give them their orders, the Power Elite.

We, police officers and protesters alike, should be standing together to remind our government that they work for us, the people. That it is WE THE PEOPLE who elect them, and we who give them their orders.

You have been told that we are coming to commit acts of violence and destruction. We are not. We utilize peaceful means to promote peaceful ends and to stand up for justice...social, economic and environmental justice.

You have been told that we are coming to fight the police. We are not. You are being abused right along with us. It is the Power Elite we are after. They are screwing over all of us and laugh at us when we fight one another.

We do not expect you to take our word for it. Hear it from retired Police Captain Ray Lewis on his interview where he can explain it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ndFTALQzlY It's time we stood together. We know who the real enemy is, and its neither you or us. So it's pointless to fight one another.

If you are ordered to assault a non-violent peaceful crowd, we ask you to defy your orders. Stand for justice. It is our sincere hope that you allow the demonstrators to do what they come to do, peacefully protest an unjust system. We stand for justice.




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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Very very nice update on this post - thank you so much - excellent job.

Tweeted again - for the update.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Police have kept us from the convention as per usual.


[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 11 years ago

The real joke? Congress gave Tampa $50 million to spend on security to keep out 300 protesters.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Support the march against RNC

[-] 2 points by PowerAIDS (10) from Elyria, OH 11 years ago

Don't stop fighting. Those of us chained to the wall by the system need you to keep going, for the sake of us all.

[-] 2 points by cscot (3) 11 years ago

Former Occupyer and two term Mayor of Salt Lake City Rocky Anderson will be in Tampa tonight. It would be great if you could get him to join you.

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

Please sign a petition to allow the third party candidate, Rocky Anderson, to participate in the Presidential debates


[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 11 years ago


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

From Change.org - Good news(?) - I hope so:

One week ago, Wells Fargo was preparing to foreclose on Gail Leeks's house unless they could speak to Gail's mother -- which was a serious problem, since Gail's mother passed away months ago from cancer, leaving her home to Gail.

But then 150,000 people -- including you -- signed a petition Gail started on Change.org. Now Wells Fargo has agreed to work with Gail to negotiate fair monthly payments so Gail can keep her home. Gail is working with her local elected officials and community empowerment groups to make sure that Wells Fargo sticks to its word.

Gail is overjoyed that she gets to keep the home her family has owned for two generations. "I feel like my mother guided all of this from her place in heaven; she wanted me to be still in my life and to have a home for the rest of my life," Gail says. "Thank you to each and every one of the 159,917 people who sent us their love, prayers, support and inspiration."

Gail's win is another foreclosure victory that proves that homeowners can use solidarity and public pressure to stand up to the banks. Every day, families start petitions on Change.org to fight for the things that matter most to them. Click here to start a petition of your own -- it takes about 3 minutes.

Thank you, from Gail's family and ours,

  • Tim and the Change.org team
[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Best/Worst of times!

[-] 1 points by Manna (85) 11 years ago

So, it means 300 unarmed people can outweigh M$ and armed forces

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

A review of the RNC:

It's a rare day when the media takes a break from he said / she said journalism to point out that Republicans are just flat-out lying. However, Paul Ryan was so blatantly and repeatedly dishonest in his speech last night that dozens of major media outlets spent the day slamming him.

Click here to see 25 journalists and pundits call out Paul Ryan for lying, and please share the list with friends over Facebook, Twitter or other social networks you belong to.

Keep fighting,

Chris Bowers

Campaign Director, Daily Kos

[-] 1 points by msrsl1000 (1) 11 years ago

Nice to see people expressing there opinions. Wonder why the major stations didn't see fit to comment on it.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Lookin good. Well done.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Occupy the RNC.


[-] 1 points by Proteus (141) from Quebec, QC 11 years ago

Police in military fatigue, Ahahah, for 300 protesters, Ahahahah

[-] 1 points by Manna (85) 11 years ago

Do you know that the Statue of Liberty was conceptualized by great Illuminatis? They did not only meant freedom from overpowering leaders but also higher liberation as Self-realization?


[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

The hurrican totally fucked the protest up, with numbers.

And the amount of cops was insane. MAde for the worst impression of Tampa i ever could have imagined.


[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago