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NYC's Reaction to the 2004 Republican National Convention

Updated on April 30, 2013

For several days leading up to and including the four days of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, I gathered all the paper materials I could get my hands on which had anything to do with it (fliers of various sizes, brochures, booklets, cards, stickers and certain publications). Most are anti-Bush and anti-RNC materials.

Learning that the nomination of George W. Bush for president at the convention was going to draw the most protests since those of the Vietnam War in the 1960s and ‘70s, I felt it would be both a fun and important way to show how hundreds of groups were going to engage in a couple of basic constitutional rights of the American people in this country - to assemble and to protest.

Through the news media and by searching dozens of social justice organization websites I learned about and then sought out marches, rallies, demonstrations, meetings, theatrical and other performances and more. I also participated in the main march on Sunday, August 29, 2004, where over a half a million people of all ages strolled past Madison Square Garden, the site of the convention. Today it is considered one of the largest protests in U.S. history.

The archive numbers a little over 500 pieces, made up of the 130 or so pieces I have included in this capsule for your viewing pleasure. I collected a lot of duplicates.

With two cheap Instamatic Kodak cameras I also took a some photos of the activity around the Garden, and the big protest march on August 29, 2004.

I hope you enjoy it.

Do tell others about it... especially any activists you may know.

WELCOME DELEGATES... AND PRESS!

The NYCLU was present nearby

The protest materials

A lot of the annual Fringe Festival turned into an anti-Bush and -RNC action.
A lot of the annual Fringe Festival turned into an anti-Bush and -RNC action.

More materials

The August 29, 2004 March

Leslie Cagan engaged in last minute details.
Leslie Cagan engaged in last minute details.
Michael Moore drew a lot os pre-march attention.
Michael Moore drew a lot os pre-march attention.
NYPD in motion as the march approached Madison Square Garden.
NYPD in motion as the march approached Madison Square Garden.
The Missle Dick Chicks, with George W. Bush, were on hand.
The Missle Dick Chicks, with George W. Bush, were on hand.

Still more materials

I hope you enjoyed looking at the materials I collected.

Do tell others about it.

MR

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    • TeaPartyCrasher profile image

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I was AT the protests. I passed out 'bust cards' to the folks on my bus from Harrisburg to NYC.

      I also remember nearly collapsing during the march and having a group of "Freeps" block our path.

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