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July 23, 2004
Planned Parenthood to Demonstrate During Republican Convention 
New York City officials have granted permits to 10 organizations planning demonstrations during the Republican National Convention, which will occur August 30 — September 2, 2004.

Planned Parenthood and People for the American Way were among the groups that were issued permits, along with the Middle East Peace Coalition and the Central Labor Council, a coalition of labor unions.

The anti-war group, United for Peace and Justice, has applied for a permit to conduct a rally and march for 250,000 activists who oppose the Iraq war, although they are in a dispute with New York City officials over the site for their demonstrations.

Other groups that have applied for permits are the anti-war groups Not in Our Name and Code Pink-Women for Peace, the Green Party and the National Council of Arab Americans. (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/30/04)

What Convention Messages Will Viewers Actually See and Hear? 
Republican Convention organizers, acting in an apparent effort to mollify conservative and pro-life/pro-family Members of Congress and activists, angry that speakers representing the views of grassroots Republicans on social and cultural issues had been excluded from the initial lineup of prime-time speakers, announced on 7/20 a second tier of speakers to address the Convention.

The 2004 Republican National Convention web site proudly announced its prime time lineup consisting of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York Governor George Pataki, all of whom are pro-abortion advocates and supporters of homosexual privileges, Senator John McCain whose position on the right to life leaves a lot to be desired, and who voted against the Marriage Amendment, Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Vice President Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney, First Lady Laura Bush and of course, President Bush. The views of those of us who make up the backbone of the Republican Party were to be represented by Senator Zell Miller of Georgia, a Democrat!

That was too much for Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, a staunch defender of the right to life, who spearheaded the signing, by more than half the Republicans in Congress, of a formal complaint to President Bush about the failure to give prominent conservative, pro-life party members even one prime-time speaking role at the Republican National Convention, according to Ralph Hallow's report in the 7/16/04 edition of the Washington Times.

The article points out that, "A letter signed by 127 of the 227 House Republicans, including the chairmen of several powerful committees, urged Mr. Bush to add Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican and longtime abortion foe, to what is a mostly pro-choice cast of speakers at the Aug. 30 — Sept. 2 Convention in New York.

Grassroots Republicans weighed in as well through faxes and e-mails and commentaries demanding that Party officials rectify this problem. The majority of the Colorado delegation to the convention sent a letter to their Delegation Chairman, Gov. Bill Owens, asking him to file a formal complaint with the Republican National Committee (RNC) over the choice of speakers at this year's convention and ask that "changes be made to the speaker lineup to bring it more in line with the convictions and political philosophy of those who make up a large majority of GOP membership"

The Colorado letter also pointed out that the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, took out a full-page ad in a recent edition of Roll Call displaying the pictures of GOP Convention speakers and asking, "Want to get a prime time spot at the Republican National Convention? Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment."

This week, RNC chairman Ed Gillespie and Bill Harris, CEO of the Republican National Convention, announced the following additional prime-time speakers: Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Speaker of the House, Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R-MD), Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM), Rep. Anne Northup (R-KY), and Erika Harold, Miss America 2003. This group represents a wide range of viewpoints on the life issues.

Reports indicate that, unlike cable news channels, the major networks will not provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of either the Republican or Democrat Conventions, but will cover them for only one hour each night. Does anybody want to guess which speakers the ABC, CBS, and NBC will choose to present to the American people?

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