Friday, August 24, 2012

Progressive Events Held During the RNC

The Republican National Convention will take over downtown Tampa next week. Progress Florida has a list of lefty events that will be held that week.

Sunday, August 26th

Lecture: "Mass Media: Enemy or Tool?" Sponsored by Food Not Bombs World Gathering Café Hey 1540 N. Franklin St. Tampa 2:00pm Lecture and discussion led by Dr. David Z. Morris of USF Dept. of Communications.

"Patients Over Politics" Bus Tour Kick-Off Sponsored by Doctors for America Outside Tropicana Field 1700 block of 1st St. N in St. Petersburg 4:30pm-5:300pm To show support for our new benefits gained under the landmark health care reform law, ObamaCares. Bus tour kicks off in Tampa with several Tampa Bay event stops and then heads to the Democratic convention in Charlotte, NC. Check for updates and more specific locations here:

Community Vigil and March on the "RNC Kick-Off Party" at the Tropicana Field Sponsored by Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) Mirror Lake Drive (in front of Mirror Lake Lyceum) St. Petersburg 5:30-8:30pm Local faith leaders from the Tampa Bay area will convene a gathering concerned citizens to raise awareness of the disparities of the policies that hurt the middle-class and the 99%. RSVP on Facebook

Monday, August 27th

March On The RNC Sponsored by the Coalition to March on the RNC Perry Harvey Sr. Park 1200 N. Orange Ave Tampa 10:00am We will begin with our 10am rally at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, located at 1200 N. Orange Ave in Tampa, FL. After the speakers greet the crowd and our Coalition assembles, we will begin our march towards the RNC going on at the Tampa Bay Times Forum around noon. On Facebook

Melting Middle Class Ice Sculpture Sponsored by Morning In America and artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese Lykes Gaslight Park 401 N. Franklin St. Tampa 10:00am Morning in America plans to install a 2,000 pound, 4ft. tall by 15 ft. wide ice sculpture of the words "middle class." This event is a photo-video shoot documenting the installation, presentation and disappearance of an ice sculpture. The event continues until the ice disappears, which could take from 6 to 24 hours. Republicans cheering on the melting of the ice and/or hedging bets on the rate of middle class disintegration could happen in reality or metaphor.

March From Romneyville Sponsored by Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Romneyville (Army/Navy store parking lot) 1213 N. Tampa Street Tampa 3:00-5:00pm Demonstrators will call for stopping all foreclosure actions, criminalization of the poor and homeless. On Facebook Contact: Rev. Bruce Wright (; 727-278-1547)

Panel Discussion: "Is This What Democracy Looks Like?" Sponsored by Awake Pinellas Studio@620 620 1st Avenue South St. Petersburg 6:30-8:00pm Panel discussion with Ruth Conniff, political editor of The Progressive magazine, Dr. Judithanne Scourfield-Maclaughlin of USF, and Arun Gupta of Occupy Wall Street Journal. These progressive journalists will discuss the state of democracy in Florida, Wisconsin, and the nation. Moderated by Progress Florida's Darden Rice. Cost: $5 to support Studio@620 RSVP on Facebook

Tuesday, August 28th

Intergenerational Roundtable Sponsored by Young Invincibles 10:30-11:30am Centro Asturiano de Tampa 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa We want to hear from you about your generation's biggest problems and what you'd do to solve them. Students, seniors, and all members of the community are invited. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Susan McManus, the author of Young vs. Old, NBC political analyst, and Professor at the University of South Florida. RSVP to or call 301-655-4031. Tweet using #CanYouHearMeNow

Rock The Vote! Road Trip 2012 Sponsored by Rock the Vote 11:00am-3:00 pm St. Leo University 33701 State Road 52 Rock the Vote Road Trip Bus is heading our way! They will be pulling up and unloading at Saint Leo University for an awesome event that will include live music, voter registration, and tons of interactive activations. Make sure you stop by and register to vote, get your picture snapped, grab some free stuff, groove to music, and loads more! Learn More

Rally Against Voter Suppression at the RNC Sponsored by Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) 5:00pm Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City 1800 East 8th Avenue Tampa As the Republicans gather for their party in Tampa this August, we will be standing up for the most fundamental American right: the right to vote. RSVP On Facebook

Tampa Wonkette Drinky Thing and Meetup Sponsored by Wonkette Starts 6:00-7:00ish MacDinton’s 405 S. Howard Avenue Organizers say, “We might let some Republicans into our Wonkette Drinky thing, but only if they are shirtless.” MacDinton’s is an Irish pub with many choices of fried things and beer.

Rock the Youth Vote with Steve Aoki Sponsored by Rock The Vote 6:00-8:00pm Amphitheater 1609 E. 8th Ave in Ybor City Celebrating the power of the youth vote and the right to vote. Celebrate the recent court decision that protects voting rights in Florida! Ages 18+. RSVP for tickets and get info here:

Wednesday, August 29th

Rally of ‘Women Are Watching’ Against the RNC Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Action Fund 2:00-3:30 pm Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park 1001 North Boulevard, Tampa Women are Watching is Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s 2012 campaign to educate women across the country about the unprecedented attacks on women’s health and where candidates stand on pivotal health care issues, empower women to hold anti-women’s health candidates of either party accountable, and work to elect pro-women’s health candidates up and down the ballot. Contact:

“Welcome to Mitt Romney’s America” Parade Sponsored by AFL-CIO Tampa official parade route The event is called “Welcome to Mitt Romney’s America” and will look a lot like a carnival but will showcase what will happen to America if he is elected President in November. Contact: Cheryl Schroder at 813-368-7124 or or Joshua Anijar at 850-228-9841 or

Thursday, August 30th

Patients over Politics Rally and Parade Sponsored by Doctors for America 2:00-5:00pm Lykes Gaslight Square Park 401 N. Franklin St. Tampa Show your support for the Affordable Care Act. Check for updates and more specific locations here:

Friday, August 31st

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman Fundraiser for WMNF 88.5 FM Sponsored by WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio 6:30pm Reception, 8:00pm Talk The Palladium 253 5th Street N. St Petersburg VIP reception at 6:30 is $80 and includes book signing. Advance tickets for talk at 8:00 are $10. $15 at the door. Purchase tickets either from or the Palladium

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