Thursday, February 28, 2008

Levitation of U.S. Mint highlights R68! protest schedule

Recalling the attempted levitation of the Pentagon during a 1967 Vietnam War protest, radical-dork group Recreate68! plans to raise the U.S. Mint in the air and "shake the money out of it for the people" during the Democratic National Convention in August.

But while that event stands out for its unoriginality and look-at-me stupidity, there's plenty more dumb stuff planned, like the "Festival of Democracy":
[A] five day event running in conjunction with the DNC Convention. The Festival will include free music and performing arts, free food and free institution building [hard to pass that up] and political training. The purpose of the Festival of Democracy will be to share some fun and to work towards the development of programs and networks that will address our community problems, ourselves, without relying on the two party capitalist system.
Fun! And "Days of Resistance":
During the Convention, there will be five major protest, one each day. Each protest will focus on a symptom of the disease of an Imperialist, Capitalist, Racist system as seen in our communities. Some of the proposed themes are as follows: Sunday - End All Occupations at Home and Abroad Monday - Human Rights/Free All Political Prisoners Tuesday - No Warming Wednesday - No Borders Thursday - No Racism/Imperialism
There will also be a separate "End the Occupations March & Rally" (11:00 a.m., August 24, Civic Center Park):
No more free pass for the Democrats. Join R-68, Troops Out Now Coaltion!, United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink, The World Worker's Party, F.I.S.T. (Fighting Imperialism Standing Together), and others as we march to end all illegal imperialist occupations in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Hawaii, North America, and others. The Dems have the power to put an end to the United States illegal colonizations and wars, but they will not without pressure from the people. Join us as we create that pressure and say NO MORE! NOT IN OUR NAME! BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! The March will begin at the Greek amphitheater in Civic Center Park and end on Speer Blvd. in front of the non-union Pepsi Center.
And again, what's sure to be far and away the most embarrassing event of the week (and on the first night, too): Shake Your Moneymaker (August 25, 5 p.m.):
It's time to redistribute the wealth. Between security and corporate pay-offs, the DNC will cost over 100 million dollars for a party. We think the people deserve that money. Join us as we encircle the Denver MInt (where U.S. currency is produced) and use our collective power to raise the mint building in the air and shake the money out of it for the people. Don't forget a sack to put all of your loot in. Bring noise makers, energy, spells, magic, costumes anything that gives you power, we will need it!
They'll need Norman Mailer too, but he's DEAD. At least they'll have a people's health clinic:

Members of the Colorado Street Medics, R-68 and other volunteers will be assembling a five-day, 24-hour FREE health clinic affectionately named "Doc's Place" in memory of Street Medic co-founder Doc Rosen. This will be a separate clinic from all protest related medic work to ensure the safety of and accessibility for oppressed community members. Doc's Place will offer a range of medical options including, but not limited to, traditional Chinese Medicine, herbalism, allopathic care, massage therapy, nutritional information, prenatal services, HIV testing and so on.
Prenatal services. Is there no limit to their caring?

A couple of pages are still under construction. One promises to list "community feeds" ("Don't hide the poor, they are us, feed them instead!"). That one I'll have memorized as soon as it's up. The other will detail Recreate68!'s two-year plan. Bet you didn't see that coming.

Update: A new logo for R68!

So cool. But why are all the fisting sillhouettes male?

Update II: Post somewhat rewritten because a) it sucked; and b) I'd totally buried the lead. Thank God for Write-On Enterprises!

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