Today sees the beginning of planned actions by a coalition of groups and organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina, the city known as “Wall Street South,” and, of course, site of the Democratic National Convention. For details about plans and actions, visit Wall Street South.
Participants are gathering in Frazier Park, and the march is scheduled to kick-off at 1:00 PM. The route will take activists past the international headquarters of Bank of America, the eastern regional headquarters of Wells Fargo, the headquarters of Duke Energy, and the Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium where the Democratic National Convention will be held.
Tomorrow the Wall Street South coalition will participate in the Labor Day Parade, then later gather for the “Southern Workers Assembly.” Among other actions, Wednesday will see “UndocuNation” events. Go the link for a full, and updated schedule, as well as for links to online streaming coverage.
The Wall Street South coalition has secured a “convergence space” where they will gather through the week.
From an earlier post at OpEdNews:
At the Coalition March on Wall Street South, CMWSS ‘the phone keeps on ringing’, says Ben Carroll, one of the busy coordinators at CMWSS. He, and a dedicated team of Charlotte area volunteer activists … have been instrumental in aiding this populist protest by helping coalesce the scores of groups who are coming to town. This past week saw the arrival by visiting activists from Boston, New York City, Illinois, and Wisconsin, who have come early to help their brethren at COWWS. Together they have been pooling their resources in facilitating the National effort to encourage as many protest groups and citizens, and their voices, to, ‘get to Charlotte’.
Among those in the coalition: Unemployed workers; Occupy Charlotte; Organize the South! Workers Rights are Human Rights!; No Papers No Fear/Sin Papeles y Sin Miedo (Undocumented/Immigrants Rights organized by the Undocubus); LGBTQ; Housing is a Right! Stop Home Foreclosures!; Youth and Students; Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad; Veterans for Peace; Greenpeace; Peoples Power Assembly; Farm Labor Organizing Committee; Housing is a Right! Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions!”
Via Coalition to March on Wall Street, a report on the No Papers, No Fear contingent.
The No Papers No Fear bus left Phoenix, Arizona on July 29 and has been traveling across the country to arrive in Charlotte in time for actions before and during the Democratic National Convention.
Four members of the group were arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Two of the (undocumented) people arrested — Maria Huerta and Alejandro Guizar — were riders on the No Papers No Fear bus. The other two arrested — Marciela Lou and Frances Ashley — are from Knoxville, TN. The four performed a civil disobedience action with a banner that says ‘No Papers No Fear’ outside the Sheriff’s office.
From Democracy in Action:
(W)hile there are importance differences between the (Republican and Democratic) parties, both will ignore key issues which affect all American, but especially the poor, working and middle classes, the unemployed, and people struggling to keep their homes . There will be little talk about the ongoing eleven years of war in Afghanistan and State Department/contractor occupation of Iraq. There will be no discussion about peaceful means to solve differences with Iran and there will be whispers if any talk about reigning in the power of Wall Street, banks and big corporations.
(March on Wall Street South poster via Wall Street South)