Worth a look: Creative Loafing's interviews with five activists with plans for the Republican National Convention
Creative Loafing is out with interviews and mini-profiles of five leading activists who plan to bring their messages to Tampa during the Republican National Convention in late August.
CL's Mitch Perry talked to Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry, Rae Abileah of Code Pink, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, antiwar activist and blogger David Swanson and Tom Burke, who is working full-time for the Coalition for the March of the RNC in addition to serving as a spokesman for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.
They all have a few things in common, Perry reports: All think establishing a "free speech" zone for protesters is a profoundly bad idea. All hope for better relations between protesters and Tampa police than they saw four years ago at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn. And after the RNC, all are headed to Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention.
Creative Loafing also quotes several on their commitment to peaceful protest. Burke, for example, predicts Tampa police will be less busy outside the convention than they are herding drunks at Gasparilla. “I’m a father of a little girl," he said. "My wife is a scientist. We’re the kind of people you want to have."
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