Friday, July 26, 1996

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  • Upcoming Protests at the Republican National Convention

    A victory yesterday for groups planning to protest outside the Republican National Convention next month in San Diego. The Republican National Committee had moved the area reserved for political demonstrators away from the convention site in attempt to marginalize protesters and limit media coverage of them. But a judge in California has ruled the R.N.C. had no right to do that and now, demonstrations will take place in a lot directly across the street from the convention center.

  • Republicans on Abortions

    In Washington yesterday a group of pro-choice Republicans urged GOP Presidential candidate Bob Dole to drop his support for a constitutional amendment banning abortion from the party’s platform. Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine said that Dole should instead insist on language that urges continued debate on the issue but takes no position on legalized abortion. The GOP’s position on abortion is a major issue in the campaign, an issue some are sure will widen the gender gap in this election. Tanya Melich is a life long Republican activist and party official. She’s the author of The Republican War Against Women: an Insider’s Report from Behind the Lines. She spoke yesterday at a conference on Women, the economy and the elections in Washington D.C.

  • Zapatista Conference

    This weekend in Chiapas, the Southernmost state of Mexico, thousands of progressive activists from around the world are gathering for a conference sponsored by the EZLN, the Zapatista National Liberation Front. The Zapatistas burst into the headlines on January 1, 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada went into effect. Through brief armed struggle and mostly grassroots organizing, they have drawn international attention to the plight of indigenous people of Mexico. This week’s conference is called, "an international meeting in favor of humanity and against neoliberalism." Neoliberalism is the doctrine of free market, transnational corporate control that the U.S and World Bank are imposing on developing nations, a doctrine many say is hurting the poor all over the planet. About 250 people from the states are expected to attend the week-long meeting in Chiapas, many of them young people who have been inspired by the Zapatista movement and have organized support groups for them in this country.

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