Protestors demand spots near DNC in Charlotte

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE (AP) — A coalition of dozens of protest groups is trying to pressure Charlotte into allowing them to protest within earshot of September’s Democratic National Convention.
The protesters plan to air their complaints about the preparations for the DNC on Friday outside of Bank of America Stadium.
The protesters complain that they’re being sidelined from the big convention of Democrats where President Barack Obama will be nominated to represent the party for re-election. The demonstrators say they’ve tried to get permits for parks and a parade during the convention and been turned away by Charlotte officials.
The coalition says its groups want to be heard on their demands to make banks and corporations pay for their roles in the financial crisis, for good jobs, and money for education, healthcare, and housing.