Elephants in Our Living Room

Ignorance is not an option—here's a guide to get you primed for the convention

Also check RNCWATCH.ORG, RNCNOTWELCOME.ORG, and (specifically for information related to the August 29 rally) UNITEDFORPEACE.ORG for updates and last-minute changes.

GOP convention schedule

It's not all black and white when the ladies of Code Pink protest.
photo: Shiho Fukada
It's not all black and white when the ladies of Code Pink protest.

Your link to what to expect from the GOP is the convention's website at GOPCONVENTION.COM.

So far, speakers are as follows:

AUGUST 30: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Senator John McCain

AUGUST 31: First lady Laura Bush, Secretary of Education Rod Paige, and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

SEPTEMBER 1: Lynne Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Democratic senator Zell Miller of Georgia

SEPTEMBER 2: Governor George Pataki will introduce George W. Bush, who will accept the Republican Party nomination.

A partial list of RNC-related events (including those organized by the RNC) can be found at RNCNOTWELCOME.ORG/CALENDAR.HTML.

Where to check e-mail/edit video

The Internet café closest to MSG is KEELUM BROADBAND INTERNET CAFÉ (273 West 38th Street, 212-921-9791), but you can always log on at one of the many KINKO'S locations in midtown (500 Seventh Ave, 646-366-9166; 60 West 40th Street, 212-921-1060; see fedexkinkos.com for more), albeit without the ambience and coffee.

For those with a Wi-Fi laptop, many New York City parks (like BRYANT PARK, at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, and UNION SQUARE PARK, at 14th Street and Broadway) are Wi-Fi hot spots. Branches of the New York Public Library, including the MID-MANHATTAN LIBRARY (455 Fifth Avenue, 212-340-0833) and the DONNELL LIBRARY CENTER (20 West 53rd Street, 212-621-0618) also provide wireless Internet access, though it's "filtered." For other Wi-Fi locations around the city, check wififreespot.com/ny.html.

THE NYC GRASSROOTS MEDIA COALITION will provide a large workspace (220 Church Street, 13th floor) near MSG for any independent "media makers." Planning on covering the convention but need a place to write and file your stories? Or somewhere to edit your audio or video footage? For $30 in advance or $50 at the door, you will get unlimited, 24-hour-a-day access to the RNC INDEPENDENT MEDIA CONVERGENCE SPACE. Register at secure.mediajumpstart.net/orgs/nycgrassrootsmedia.org/mediaspace/?p=register

Compiled by Rebecca Raber

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