The Week in Review


It seems like everyone and his or her dog (literally—there’s a group called Dogs Against Bush) is working on an RNC protest event. All sorts of groups are getting involved, from immigrant workers and grandmothers to poets and jugglers. Here’s a sampling of the rich variety of organizations and their events, ranging from impassioned marches and rallies to colorful art installations and poetry readings.

War Resisters League
Tuesday, August 31

Action: Procession from the World Trade Center site, north toward the RNC, 3 p.m.

School of the Americas Watch, War Resisters League

Action: March from WTC site to Madison Square Garden, mass die-in at MSG, 3 p.m.


Action: Direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience, 4 p.m.

CODEPINK, Houston Global Awareness, Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane, Texas Bloc

Action: Fox News “Shut-Up-a-Thon” at Fox News corporate headquarters, 1211 Sixth Avenue, 4 p.m.

Man in Black Bloc

Action: Protest in front of Sotheby’s in honor of Johnny Cash, 4 p.m.

Gays Against Bush!

Action: Picket outside of Westin Hotel on 270 West 43rd Street to protest RNC Missouri delegation’s support of the gay marriage amendment, 5 p.m.

Mouths Wide Open

Action: Performance collage of spoken word and music at Washington Square Church, 7 p.m.

Interfaith Voices, Mobilization 2004, Riverside Church

Action: Sermon and Ring of Hope Around Manhattan, 8.30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 1

Imagine Festival, People for the American Way, AFL-CIO

Action: Symbolic unemployment line from Wall Street up Broadway to 34th Street, 8:13 a.m.

New York City Labor Leaders

Action: Central Labor Council March and Labor Day Unity Rally against anti-labor and anti-worker policies, at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue, 4 to 7 p.m.

People for the American Way

Action: Public reading of the Constitution featuring Alec Baldwin, Walter Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, and more, at Cooper Union, 5 p.m.

Axis of Eve

Action: “Mass flash” panty performance protest in Battery Park City, 6 p.m.

The 95 Voices

Action: Temporary art installation inspired by Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, in front of the New York Public Library, 6 p.m., Lick Bush Ltd., and Bands Against Bush

Action: Party for the Protesters featuring Shoplifting, Kid Casanova, and other bands, at Siberia, 40th Street and Ninth Avenue, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Action: March on the media with rallies at CBS, CNN, and Fox studios, 7 p.m.

National Organization for Women (NOW), NYC Chapter

Action: Code Red: Stop the Bush Agenda! March for women’s rights at East Meadow, Central Park, 7 p.m.

Rattapallax, St Mark’s Church

Action: Leading poets speak out against Bush in Demo: A Demonstration in Words at St. Mark’s Church, 8 p.m.

Billionaires for Bush

Action: Coronation Ball for George Bush on the Frying Pan, Pier 63, 9 p.m.

Thursday, September 2

Dogs Against Bush

Action: Dogs and their owners gather in Central Park (85th and Central Park West entrance) to protest Bush, 7:30 a.m.

NY 9/11 Truth

Action: Vigil for truth at ground zero PATH station, 1 p.m.

Greene Dragon

Action: Greene Dragon patriots dethrone George II, 2 p.m.

Screeners Club

Action: Open-Mic Short-Film Fest at Remote Lounge, 322 Bowery, 8 p.m.

The Action Up Until Now:

Saturday, August 28

National Youth and Student Coalition

Action: Books Not Bombs youth convergence.

Planned Parenthood NYC

Action: March across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Starbucks Workers Union

Action: Protest march in midtown.

Sunday, August 29

NYC Atheists

Action: Demonstration against Bush faith-based initiatives, Eighth Avenue between 30th and 31st streets.

One Thousand Coffins

Action: “Pallbearers” carry a quarter-mile of coffins symbolizing fallen soldiers in the war in Iraq, at the UFPJ protest.

Time’s Up/Bike National Convention

Action: Bike bloc in support of the United for Peace and Justice march.

Billionaires for Bush

Action: Million Billionaire March beginning at Plaza Hotel

United for Peace and Justice
Clandestine Insurgent Revolutionary Clown Army (C.I.R.C.A.)

Action: Carnival feeder march into the UFPJ march; see for details.

Action: Massive protest at the RNC, starting at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Reverend Billy

Action: Marriage Mob on the Great Lawn in Central Park.

Bush Bash in Brooklyn

Action: A day of music, comedy, and spoken word dedicated to protesting the Bush administration at Café 111, 111 Court Street, Brooklyn.

Monday, August 30

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Action: Zen sitting meditation in Bryant Park.

New York Blueout

Action: New Yorkers put blue in their windows (8/30 to 9/2).

NYC People’s Law Collective, National Lawyers Guild 
Billionaires for Bush

Action: Vigil for Corporate Welfare in Union Square

Action: Legal training for demonstrators, at St. Mark’s Church.

Still We Rise

Action: Protest march beginning at Union Square, 14th and Broadway.

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

Action: Poor people’s march, “March for Our Lives!,” starting at the U.N., at 45th and First Avenue.

National Immigration Solidarity Network

Action: Immigrant workers assemble for the “March for Our Lives!” campaign at 47th and First Avenue.

Grandmothers Against the War

Action: Vigil in front of Rockefeller Center.

New Democracy Project

Action: Panelists Paul Krugman, Molly Ivins, Ambassador Joe Wilson, Craig Unger, Joe Conason, and moderator Mark Green discuss George Bush’s record, at NYU’s Skirball Center.

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