Thousands to protest in Charlotte before Democratic convention

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The poster for the march on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.

Organizers of the March on Wall Street South expect thousands to participate in the demonstration on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., just days before the start of the Democratic National Convention.

The march assembly begins at 11 a.m. in Charlotte’s Frazier Park on Sept. 2. The convention begins on Sept. 4, but delegates and press, along with the protesters, already are arriving.

Organizers with the Coalition to March on Wall Street South – Building People’s Power at the Democratic National Convention have been preparing for the march and other actions for about 10 months. The coalition involves more than 80 organizations. A news release said they “have united to form this unprecedented, grassroots coalition representing countless struggles – including labor, civil rights, immigrants rights, the student and youth movement, the women’s movement, the LGBTQ movement, the anti-war movement, the environmental movement, as well as the Occupy movement.”

The coalition’s demands, as stated on the Web, are:

• Good jobs. Economic justice. “Make the banks and corporations pay for their crisis!”

• Investment in education, health care, housing and “all human needs, not for war and incarceration!”

• Justice for immigrants and “all oppressed peoples! Stop the raids and deportations!”

Marchers will begin walking about 1 p.m., passing the headquarters for Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy. They’ll also pass by the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the convention takes place on Sept. 4-5, and the Bank of America Stadium, where the convention concludes on Sept. 6 with Barack Obama’s speech.

Organizers secured permits for the march after eight months of work and a petition drive demanding the right to march.

A rally at Frazier Park will follow the march. Speakers include:

• Cindy Foster, president of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council.

• A representative of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

• Jaribu Hill of the Mississippi Workers Center.

• Saladin Muhammad of the Southern Workers Assembly and Black Workers for Justice.

• A representative from the Undocubus.

• John Heuer of Veterans for Peace.

• Monica Embrey of Greenpeace.

• Larry Hales of Peoples Power Assemblies.

• Jared Hamil of the Coalition to March on the RNC.

• The Rev. C.D. Witherspoon of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

• Victor Toro of the May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrants Rights.

• Marilyn Levin of the United National Antiwar Coalition.

The entertainment lineup for the rally includes Jasiri X and Rebel Diaz, the Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble, Cameron Aviles, a step team and drum corps from the Grier Heights community in Charlotte, a samba-infused drum corps from Greensboro called Cakalak Thunder and the National Day Labor Organizing Network’s string band.