Join RNC Events July 14-21
Take Action at the RNC and DNC to Oppose War and Defend Rights
Fund the Process Not the Candidates and Parties
Current Schedule of Protest Events at the Republican National Convention


Take Action at the RNC and DNC to Oppose War and Defend Rights

Voice of Revolution salutes all those organizing for and participating in the actions at the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and taking their stands against war and for rights. Conferences addressing concerns of the people are taking place at both conventions, to counter the anti-people quality of the RNC and DNC. Numerous demonstrations are also planned.

The conventions are both major live exercises for the highly militarized police of both cities. The Secret Service imposes a “hard perimeter” around the convention site where no protest is permitted and only those approved by the Secret Service can enter. The FBI is also involved, often for surveillance and infiltration of those organizing resistance. Then there are thousands of state police from surrounding state and local and county police, commonly in combat gear, and including special teams trained for mass arrest and control of demonstrations.

The city government also commonly imposes a “soft perimeter,” which also serves to block protesters from directly addressing convention participants and often even just seeing them. An atmosphere is created that politicians and presidential candidates cannot be in public without massive military-level protection and peaceful protest cannot occur without a massive police presence. The aim behind such a militarization of protest and political affairs more generally is to block resistance and disrupt efforts by the people to build a political movement necessary to defend their rights.

Voice of Revolution urges all to join in raising the level of political discussion with a focus on the need for an anti-war government and the building of a political movement that can bring it about. While the two parties are no longer political and no longer function as parties, the people of necessity must be political — must act to defend their interests, as individuals and collectives. This can be done by working together to elaborate how to accomplish the aim of electing an anti-war government and what immediate actions such a government should take, like All Troops Home Now! The rich have no politics and seek to deny the working class and people of their independent politics. Let all reject this effort and instead join in debating and developing an anti-war government.


Modernize and Democratize Elections

Fund the Process Not the Candidates and Parties

The presidential election process is showing itself to be divisive and dysfunctional. Trump and Clinton are widely disliked and not candidates of the majority. The process is being used to foment racism and chauvinism, while the critical issue of U.S. wars and criminal aggression is ignored. It is also clearly one where at least $10 billion will be spent mainly to divide and divert the public and further lower, even eliminate serious political discussion. It is an undemocratic process that blocks many from voting, that blocks working people from running and winning, especially at the federal level. This is done, now and in the past, through numerous laws for simply registering to vote. It is also outdated, as it still reflects a process serving white men of property, as embodied in the constitution. This is blocks serious discussion on the social problems faced by the people and solutions for them, while promoting the pro-war demands of the rich. A modern process that informs and empowers the people is needed.

Many consider that the main issue in the current process is too much money, through corporations, SuperPACs, etc. and thus various proposals focus on limiting campaign financing. This has been a main aspect of electoral reform in the past, such the McCain-Feingold 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. This law restricted campaign funding to the parties and candidates and required donations be public. However, it left open and thus encouraged what is termed “soft” funding, from outside groups, which have ballooned and expanded ever since.

There is no question that the massive amounts of funds pumped into elections by the vying interests among the rulers is a problem. But limiting funding alone does nothing to address the anti-democratic character of the election process itself. An entirely different process is needed, one that empowers the people themselves, to select and be the candidates, to decide the agenda, to win election. Discussing the character of the process needed is of assistance to all those concerned about democratizing the existing set-up.

Among the key changes needed, that can be debated and fought for are:

1) Public funding of the process not the candidates and parties and outlawing campaign financing outside that process;

2) All candidates selected by the people themselves, at their workplaces, schools and universities, seniors’ homes, etc.;

3) All candidates are provided equal ability to run and be elected, so that working people themselves can be selected as our politicians and win office;

4) All negative campaigning is banned and all candidates must address the agenda, set by the people themselves. There is little doubt the people would demand solutions to key social problems, like war, the environment, poverty, racism and inequality.

5) All candidates have equal access to the media and the media, which uses the public airwaves, is required to provide equal time to all candidates, including in their news coverage. The current election showed that Trump was given far more coverage than any other candidate, as part of efforts to foment racism and divisions among the people.

6) Debates, hosted by local organizers, are organized in all major cities, for the presidency, across the country, for other offices statewide as appropriate, with all candidates present and given equal time and the public given time to ask questions, call for solutions, etc.

7) All candidates and parties required to provide information that provides the context for the given issue, facts about the problem and its relation to other issues and concrete solutions. Campaign materials and presentations must serve to raise the level of political discussion and serve the public interest.

8) An independent national elections commission also provides information as needed, and takes responsibility for ensuring every eligible voter is registered, and that the process is adhered to.


Current Schedule of Protest Events at the Republican National Convention

Thursday July 14 – Sun. July 17

National Convention of the Oppressed

When: July 14, 5-10pm
July 15: 6-11pm
July 16: 11-12pm (Rally at 12pm, see below)
July 17: 9-11pm
( $10 per day)
Where: Second Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1881 E. 71st Street
Contact: / / 571-223-9329

Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17

People's Justice & Peace Convention

When: July 15, 7:00pm
July 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm;
July 17, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Where: July 15-16: Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave.
July 17: Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave.

Local, state and national representatives of justice, peace, environmental and democracy groups will come together at a “People’s Convention.”
Contact: //

Saturday, July 16

National March and Rally against Racism, Injustice and White Supremacy

When:12 noon
Where: Perk Plaza, 12th and Chester

Saturday, July 16

Stop Trump Pre-RNC Convention - Interfaith Prayer, Picnic, Drum Circle, Protest Planning Meeting

When: 2:00–11:00 pm
Where: Edgewater Park, 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

Sunday, July 17

Keep the Promise Concert and Rally (note: March canceled)

When: July 17, 5:00 PM (Doors open at 4:00 PM)
Where: The Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University, 2000 Prospect Ave.
Speakers and Performers Include:
Soledad O’Brien, Host
Keynote Addresses by civil rights leaders: Dr. Cornel West, Diane Guerrero, Actress (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin)
Musical Guests:
The Roots, Grammy Award-winning band
Jussie Smollett (FOX’s Empire television series)
Mary Mary, Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel duo
Raheem DeVaughn, singer/songwriter
Contact: Jacqueline Burbank

Sunday July 17:

Shut Down Trump & The RNC

When: Rally 4pm, and March
Where: E. 36 St. and Euclid Ave.; March to City Hall and the RNC Convention Center

March Against Racism, Islamophobia, Attacks on Immigrants and on LGBTQ people and Endless War!

Co-sponsored by: Solidarity Center NYC, Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, Peoples Power Assemblies NYC, Peoples Power Assembly Balt, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, International Action Center • 216-452-8473

Sunday July 17:

CODEPINK Orientation Party at the RNC

When: 7pm
Where: RSVP for info
Contact: Alli McCracken · · 860-575-5692

Join the CODEPINK staff and friends to kick off an exciting week of actions at the RNC! There will be a short orientation for the CODEPINK team and light refreshments will be served. RSVP is required to receive location information.

Monday, July 18

March on the RNC: Dump Trump, Rally and March

When: 12:00 noon
Where: Mall A, 6th St.
March on the RNC: Dump Trump; Say No to the Republican Agenda; Stand Against Racist, Anti-Immigrant, and Anti-Muslim Attacks, We Demand Peace, Justice and Equality.

Contact: Coalition to Dump Trump and March on the RNC

Mon. July 18

End Poverty Now! Rally and March for Economic Justice

When: 2pm Rally, 3pm March
Where: E. 45 St., just north of Superior Ave.

We will march on Quicken Loans Arena, the convention center, on July 18 and make it loud and clear: No more complicity with the crime of poverty! No more building your political career on the backs of the poor! No more silence from those you have been stepping on! We demand an end to poverty NOW!

Co-Sponsors: Cleveland Peace Action, AFSC, Jobs with Justice, Poor People’s Economic Justice Campaign and more
Contact: •

Mon. July 18

Don’t Let the Racist Right Wing Lead the Struggle Against Capitalist Globalization

When: 6:00pm
Where: Black on Black Inc. Cleveland Center, 15415 Kipling Ave.

Hear revolutionary socialist presidential candidate for Workers World,, Monica Moorehead and vice-presidential candidate Lamont Lilly

Contact: (216) 452-8473 FB: Monica Moorehead & Lamont Lilly 2016

Tuesday, July 19

Screening of The Brainwashing of My Dad, with Q & A session with film executive producer and CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans!

When: July 19, 7 pm
Where: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church 20401 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, Ohio

Free Comedy Show: Banned - Dangerously Funny Arab Americans And American Muslims At The 2016 Rnc

When: July 19, 4:00-5:00pm (doors open at 3pm)
Where: Playhouse Square, Hanna Theater, 1502 Euclid Ave.

Wednesday, July 20

CodePink "No Beauty In Hate" Pageant

When: 10:45am- 11:30am
Where: Cleveland Public Square in front of the statue of Moses Cleveland

Donald Trump is well known for his notorious beauty pageants, so we’re going to bring our own version to the doorstep of the RNC with messaging about what Trump’s America would look like. Hint: It is not good!


Thursday, July 21

Stand Together Against Trump (STAT)

When: March 1:30 PM, Rally 6pm
Where: March at West 18th and Lorain; Rally at Cleveland Public Square

A broad coalition of people and organizations protesting Donald Trump’s racism, sexism, and xenophobia.




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