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(en) US, Tempe, Arizona, O13: Debate Update 10/07

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Date Mon, 11 Oct 2004 16:25:01 +0200 (CEST)

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The final debate held before the November presidential elections will be
in Tempe, Arizona on Wednesday October 13, 2004. The Monsoon
Anarchist Collective is active in organizing against the debates and has
issued a call to action inviting anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and radicals
to join us in Phoenix to bring the real debate into the streets.

The debate will be held in Gammage Auditorium, located at the
southwest corner of the Arizona State University campus. Nearly a
quarter mile of the streets (Apache and Forest) in two directions will be
closed from October 12th until the 14th. Gammage will be protected by
chain link fence topped with barbwire along with an 8-foot high security
wall that will also be used at the two previous debates.

Convergence Space: A convergence space has been set up (not by MAC)
at Gentle Strength Co-op (234 W. University, one block west of Mill
Ave.) in Tempe. It will be open from the evening of Friday Oct 8 thru
Thursday Oct 14. This space will include an indymedia center.

Debate Events (not planned by MAC):
Update: Some new events have been added to the October 13 Alliance
Calendar. Check those out here.

Sunday October 10th
Unlearning Oppression Workshop
1PM- 4pm, Convergence Space. This experiential workshop will examine
systems of oppression including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism,
ableism, xenophobia, linguicism, and other “isms.” Be prepared
to stay for the entire workshop.

Out of Occupied Palestine: Voices of Hope and Resistance
2pm-5pm, Convergence Space. Documentary film from Gaza and panel
discussion with organizers and activists presenting firsthand accounts
from their personal experience in the Gaza, West Bank, Israel and the

Monday October 11th
Free (For All) Market: What is that? The major parties’ presidential
candidates agree on the "benefits" of a "free" trade economy. Yet, more
and more of us can’t get what we need and others of us are bogged
down in excess. Join us for a joyful display of what a truly "free" market
would look like while expanding our vision of the possibilities for creating
a fair economy.
WHEN: NOON - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Birchett Park in Tempe (at the corner of Mill and Apache)
WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Bring your spare phone or tomato seeds.
Bring your ability to juggle or knit. Read some poetry, feed a neighbor.
Share what you can and take what you need at the Free (for all) Market,
where everyone benefits and creativity blossoms!

Tuesday October 12th
Stop Recruitment and the Military Draft Rally & March
Meet at the Memorial Union, 11:30 am. to hear Dennis Kyne speak about
Sponsored by Arizona Counter Recruitment Coalition, Dennis Kyne will
speak and play, following rally we will march to the Military Recruitment
Cluster located on Dorsey and Broadway, between McClintock and Rural.
Aim of this march and rally is to raise awareness of recruitment practices
targeting poor and minorities, the military draft bills currently before
Congress, and likelihood of recruits being exposed to depleted uranium.

Know Your Rights Forum with Eleanor Eisenberg from the AZCLU
hosted by Phoenix Copwatch. This forum is specifically for people who
will be demonstrating at or around the debate. 5pm, location TBA.

"Support The Truth" Forum & Music: Gulf War I veteran and activist
Dennis Kyne shares his experiences with the miltary, including his and
other soldiers’ exposure to Depleted Uranium, and speaks out against
the two Draft bills currently before congress. This event will also include
music by Dennis.
Location: Neeb Hall (ASU)
Time: 5:30 -- 6:30 pm

Wednesday October 13th
"Unemployment" aka "Pink Slip" Line
Time: 10:00 am
The line will form across the street from the Twin Palms Hotel at 225 E.
Apache--just east of Mill. As the nation focuses on the final presidential
debate in Tempe, you can join The Unemployment Line: a unique protest
spotlighting the disastrous effects of current economic policies leaving
over 8 million Americans unemployed, with a net loss of over a million
jobs since 2001. Imagine Arizona activists waving pink slips and forming
a symbolic unemployment line at the debate site, with the nation’s
media watching! To sign up for The Unemployment Line in Tempe or for
more information, send an email to mlombardi@pfaw.org

Demonstrations, March, Street & Puppet Theatre
The debate is focused on domestic issues, so expect the theme of the
march to reflect the topic.
Update: March route will start at Daley Park. The March leaves at 4pm.
Hey you! There was a call put outfor "all Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgendered, Queers of color, Drag Queens, Sex Radicals, Political
Militants, and ALL OTHERS being excluded from "traditional" culture to
meet for a peaceful march and demonstration of protest outside of the
Presidential Debate." Meet with everyone else at Daley Park at 3pm.
After the debate ends, Gov. Janet Napolitano and Sen. John McCain will
host a postdebate party for the rich and their friends in government.
Tickets for the event are not available to the public, as the event is
invitation only. The party will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel
right off Mill Avenue and Fifth St. The Palms is half a mile north of the
Gammage auditorium.

Update: The East Valley Tribue reported that the FBI has contacted local
Muslims and other valley residents. See here for more information
including information on your rights if you’re questioned by law

So far there is no known "free speech zone" or rather, free speech is not
known to be limited to one specific area. The Gammage Auditorium,
where the debate is to be held, will of course be fenced in and protected.
There is an area on the ASU campus (SRC field) where protesters will be
encouraged to hang out (out of sight of public view). No doubt the
neighborhoods surrounding the area will have a larger than usual police
presence, virtually militarizing the area. Tempe residents can count on
their movement being restricted and expect their civil and human rights
to be violated. Phoenix Copwatch is putting on a know-your-rights forum
on October 6th at 7pm that will specifically touch on the rights of the
residents in the area during the debate.

All Tempe Police officers will be on duty and the city is hiring off duty
officers from surrounding departments (Maricopa County Sheriff’s
Office, Phoenix PD, Gilbert PD, Scottsdale PD, ASU PD, and the Secret
Service) for the week of the debates. Tempe PD’s 20 horse mounted
unit was to begin conducting practice drills at ASU last week in
preparation for the debate protests, but the training was moved to a
"secret location" after word of the training leaked out to the press. The
Tempe PD has told inquiring parties that officers did not want to be
photographed during the training and that is why it was moved.

Let us know you’re coming, email us at pac@phoenixanarchist.org

Monsoon Anarchist Collective’s Call to Action

October 13th Alliance:http://www.spidel.net/octoberdebate/

Phoenix Anarchist Coalition:http://www.phoenixanarchist.org

Arizona Indymedia Center:http://arizona.indymedia.org/

ASU resource page and logistics for the

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