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

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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