Never Again 96 Draft Proposal for a San Diego Convention Coalition
Facing increasing attacks on all visions of a future of increased
social justice and an increased fostering of diversity, the need for action
now is urgent. The perhaps overused quote of Pastor Neimoeller seems
particularly apt, "They first came for the communists, and I didn't speak
up- because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't
speak up- because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists
and I didn't speak up- because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came
for the Catholics and I didn't speak up- because I was a Protestant. Then
they came for me- and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Today's version might read "First they came for the mothers on
welfare and the undocumented aliens, then they went after lesbians, gays
and bisexuals, then they went after women's reproductive rights, then they
went after affirmative action and women's and people of color's civil
rights. Next they gutted education and all protections for workers and the
Fortunately there is still time to speak out. One golden opportunity to
speak out is at the Republican National Convention in San Diego from August
10-16th, 1996. The Raza Rights Coalition has already called for a National
Raza March against the RNC. This march and its subsequent conference on the
11th are reason enough to mobilize people to San Diego. Even more action is
called for to respond to and resist the deep turn toward the far right
taken by the Republican Party.
Furthermore, mobilizing people and resources for the convention offers a
good launching pad for a massive campaign stem this regressive tide and
begin a progressive fight back to force the government regardless of party
affiliation to end its attacks on people's rights, protection of the
natural environment and people at work as well as what is left of our
meager safety net.
It also provides an opportunity to unite disparate movements for various
causes into a working coalition that can begin to express a positive vision
of the future that includes a healthy respect for diversity, a protection
of everyone's rights, the natural environment and workplace safety; as well
as a social safety net and support system that allows all people to reach
their true potential regardless of race, gender, class, national/linguistic
background, sexual orientation or religion.
Pat Buchanan says, "We are going to be at that convention in San Diego.''
Progressives and all other people of conscience need to also be in San
Diego to counter the intolerance and bigotry of which Buchanan is the most
What are your feelings about organizing against the Republican Convention?
What events would you or your group like to propose or endorse along these
What resources could you or your group provide to support this effort?
How many people are you or your group planning to mobilize to San Diego in
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