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Protest groups nationwide called to march on the Republican National Convention in Tampa



More than seven months out, protest groups nationwide are being called to march on the Republican National Convention.

Organizers are aiming for Aug. 27, the first day of the convention, when the eyes of the world will be on Tampa.

"We expect thousands of people to converge from all over the country," said Dustin Ponder, 23, an organizer with Fight Back Florida, which represents union members and young people. "I really expect to see a lot of the biggest progressive groups mobilizing around the Republican National Convention come August."

So far, the call to action has drawn support from more than two dozen groups representing organized labor, the anti-war movement, college students, immigrants, welfare rights and gender equality activists.

The groups are in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Utah. Many expect the march to draw inspiration from bottom-up movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.

"There's a lot of momentum behind these things," said Joshua West, 26, who heads the Utah Valley University chapter of the Revolutionary Students Union, which plans to march.

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[Last modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 9:23pm]


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