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This year’s Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York city from August 30th through September 2nd. Holding their annual meeting in the heart of a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 5 to 1, and moving the event back to be closer to September 11th has made it the target of an unusual amount of protest planning. One group, called United for Peace and Justice, applied for a permit with the New York City Police department seeking permission to hold a march of 250,000 people up Seventh Avenue to Central Park where they would hold a massive rally. While police have denied that permit, many others are pending Other groups planning protest actions include Counter Convention and RNCNotWelcome.org.
Convention organizers are working closely with the New York City Police and a variety of federal agencies to create the tightest security of any convention in U.S. history, an effort which will put over 10,000 uniformed NYPD officers on the streets for the days of the convention. The convention organizers are spending over $100 million on the television spectacle.
U-M students are, of course, planning to send a delegation. To learn more, contact nphelps at umich.edu or emmallen at umich.edu.
To read more about the event, see Newsday’s “When terrorism fears, delegates, protesters, toursits and commuters converge in August, the results will be steamy – to say the least”
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