NavyJack – Cleveland, a City in the Crosshairs
The city of Cleveland, Ohio obtained its name on July 22, 1796 when surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company named the area now known as “Cleveland” after their leader, General Moses Cleaveland. Moses Cleaveland oversaw the plan for what would later become the modern downtown area, centered on a Public Square, before returning home to Connecticut, never again to visit Ohio. Moses Cleaveland was a member of the Connecticut convention that ratified the United States Constitution. He was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly several times and in 1796 was commissioned General of the Militia.
In three weeks, the city founded by the General of the Connecticut Militia will be the host of the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC). As I previously reported in the article titled “Protests and Preparations”, thousands of Black Lives Matter, Revolutionary Communist Party, Workers World Party and La Raza protestors intend to Shut Down the Quicken Loans Arena and interdict (and prevent if they can) the nomination of Mr. Donald Trump as the Republican Party Presidential Nominee. Convention activities are scheduled not only at the main Quicken Loans Arena, but also in over 40 separate meeting facilities, restaurants and private clubs in the downtown Cleveland area.
The RNC has been designated as a National Special Security Event (NSSE). Many previous NSSEs have turned the host city into a police state for the duration of the event. Police officers in riot gear will be highly visible in the vicinity of the convention arena, snipers will be stationed on rooftops, helicopters will be assigned to patrol the area, and barriers will line the security perimeter. Police will conduct bag searches on public transportation leading to the downtown area and stop/search anyone approaching the Quicken Loans Arena.
The City of Cleveland had originally planned to field 4,000 uniformed officers with the assistance of Cincinnati, Denver, Greensboro and many other cities. This force has now dwindled to less than 1,000 with most of the major supporting cities pulling out. In their original plan, the city anticipated marches and protests of up to 20,000 people. As of today, the city is anticipating greater than 100,000 anti-Trump protesters with upwards of 10,000 being bused in from Chicago.
Cops refuse to send help to the RNC – RT America
Currently, there have been 23 protest groups approved with 57 total events. There are many other groups who have submitted applications who have not yet been approved or denied. City officials have been posting approvals/denials on a weekly basis
As of June 29th, only two march/rally permit applications had been denied:
- Citizens for Trump (pro-Trump)
- Organize! Ohio
Currently, 23 march/rally permit applications have been approved:
- America First Unity Rally (pro-Trump)
- Black on Black
- Bring Back Ohio
- Cleveland Baptist Church
- Cleveland Peace Action
- Code Pink Women for Peace
- Food Not Bombs (out of state group)
- Food Not Bombs – Lake County/East Side Cleveland
- Gaye Lub
- Greater CLE Immigration Network
- Imperial Women Coalition
- S. Longwell
- LVW Greater Cleveland
- NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee
- PAMI: Curious End to War Against Ourselves
- Peoples Fight Back Center
- Pierre Nappier
- Revolution Books (RevCom.US)
- Salam I Come in Peace
- Scott Roger Hurley
- Stand Together Against Trump
- Stop Trump
- Westboro Baptist Church
It is crystal clear from the lists above, that the vast number of “approved” protestors are severely anti-Trump. In my earlier article, I discussed preparations and a list of restricted items that the city council had passed to improve the safety and security for RNC participants. As of yesterday and at the order of a Judge, Cleveland has issued new rules for the protests and demonstrations during the RNC:
- The restricted/prohibited items zone has been reduced to the area immediately surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena (vice the entire downtown area as originally planned).
- Protest marches will travel a new route that passes much closer to the Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field, the baseball stadium where some convention events will be held.
- On the first day of the convention, marches are limited to beginning between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., ending no later than 5 p.m. On the final three days of the convention marches may begin at 8:30 a.m. and must end by 2:30 p.m.
- Cleveland residents inside the security zone are exempt from possessing items on the restricted items list. Homeless people will now also be considered “residents,” exempting them from the restrictions.
- There will be no segregation of pro/anti-Trump rallies/protests.
- Speaker podium time at the official protest area has been extended.
- The City has purchased a $50M insurance policy to cover damages and claims resulting from protests/riots.
There are now dozens, if not hundreds of Facebook pages and websites offering protest training, legal and transportation assistance to RNC protest participants. Classes are scheduled by Black Lives Matter, The Revolutionary Communist Party, the Workers World Party, Black Bloc and many other organizations on everything from how to get arrested without being hurt, posting bail, to training on how to perform emergency medical procedures.
If you are interested in learning more about the plans, preparations and objectives of the groups interested in shutting down the RNC, please see the following articles:
Black Bloc – It’s Going Down – WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE RNC:
Revolutionary Communist Party – A Call to Take the Revolution to the Political Conventions:
Workers World Party – Shut Down the RNC/DNC:
Dozens of Leftist Groups Plan RNC Protest Coalition:
Unicorn Riot – RNC Preparations from the Protester Perspective:
Update July 4, 2016:
The preparation and organization of the various protest groups is remarkable. Cleveland healthcare organizations, law schools and even self-defense organizations are providing free/low-cost training programs for the marches and protests. One example is the offering of both 8 and 20 hour emergency medical treatment programs for “Street Medics” (notice the fist on their logo) being provided by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. The “Street Medics” organization has even created emergency treatment handouts and flyers:
The SDS has issued the following “call to action” to its members:
National Students for a Democratic Society “calls upon progressive students everywhere to Dump Trump and attend the March on the RNC!”
SDS understands the importance of combating right-wing populism, racism, lgbt-phobia, repression by the government, and the like; which is why SDS chapters from all around the country will be joining with other progressive forces on July 18th, at 12pm, in Cleveland, Ohio.
The SDS is a very large national organization that has chapters in almost every college and university in the United States. The Weather Underground is a political faction elected in 1968 to lead the radical group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Emerging in 1969 as the most militant wing of the SDS’s Revolutionary Youth Movement, the fledgling Weatherman issued a “manifesto” calling armed opposition to U.S. policies; advocating the overthrow of capitalism; exhorting white radicals to trigger a worldwide revolution by fighting in the streets of the “mother country”; and proclaiming that the time had come to launch a race war against the “white” United States on behalf of the non-white Third World. Grounded in identity politics, Weatherman ideology and rhetoric rebelled against what later came to be known as America’s “white skin privilege”. The following links provide more information about the militant history and current activities of the SDS and the Weather Underground: