Coalition To March On The RNC
July 12, 2012
For Immediate Release:
The Coalition to March on the RNC Wins Permits
The Coalition to March on the RNC successfully obtained permits to rally and protest in Tampa, Florida. The permitted rally and march on the Republican National Convention will start at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 27, 2012, at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1200 N Orange Ave, Tampa, FL.
On Tuesday July 10, Tampa leaders of the Coalition to March on the RNC met with City officials. The Coalition is protesting the Republicans and demanding good jobs, healthcare, affordable education, equality and peace.
The City of Tampa granted the permits for the rallies and use of the official parade route and viewing areas within sight and sound of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Jared Hamil of the Coalition said, “After months of organizing Florida-wide support for the march, after opposing the City of Tampa’s repressive “Clean Zone Ordinance”, and then gaining national support by protesting against NATO in Chicago, the Coalition has succeeded in securing a permitted rally and march route within sight and sound of the RNC.”
At the meeting, Coalition members explained to City officials the logistics of the rally and march, taking place on opening day of the RNC. Corey Uhl said after the meeting, “On August 27, thousands of protesters will march from Perry Harvey Sr. Park through the streets of downtown Tampa to “Protest RNC Square” at the corner of S. Nebraska and E. Brorein, within sight of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.”
Hamil continues, “The Coalition is planning a unified march with people representing groups from all over Florida and the country–including many labor unions, low-income and community organizations, anti-war groups, student, women and immigrant rights groups as well as faith based equality groups. In unity there is strength and together protesters will be able to directly oppose the Republican agenda, as well as the agenda of the 1% – the wealthy funders of both political parties. The Coalition is here to demand government money be used for human needs, not corporate greed and wars overseas. Good jobs, healthcare, affordable education, equality, and peace—those are the people’s demands.”
On July 27, the Coalition and members across the state plan to hold rallies and press conferences in a one-month countdown to the opening of the RNC.