Protesters assigned time slots at DNC
Protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.
July 2nd, 2012
06:47 PM ET
10 months ago

Protesters assigned time slots at DNC

(CNN) – Winners of a lottery Monday in North Carolina won't be expecting big checks–but assigned protest times at the Democratic National Convention in September.

The city of Charlotte held a live lottery for those wanting to demonstrate at the convention as a way to organize the more than 40 applications for permits.

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Conventions are known as a prime real estate for protests and rallies. At this year's DNC, held Sept. 4-6, those wishing to demonstrate have two options in terms of location: The designated parade route and site's speakers platform.

According to the city, 16 groups or individuals applied for the parade route, while 25 applied for the speakers platform spot that week.

The city is allowing up to six daily time slots (40 minutes each) for the parade route and up to 20 slots (30 minutes each) for the platform for a total of 78 slots, meaning all of those who applied will be granted at least one slot to demonstrate.

So who's on the list?

Among the smattering, Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics was allotted the 6 p.m. time at the speakers' platform on Tuesday (Sept 4), while Occupy NCSU (North Carolina Statue University) is scheduled to appear one hour earlier.

GreedOutofWeed.org, a pro-Obama group that advocates the legalization of medical marijuana, was granted a 40-minute slot at the parade on Thursday. Another group supportive of the president, Doctors for America, will also demonstrate at the parade that day.

North Carolina Values Coalition, a group that bills itself as a grassroots network that supports and advocates "pro-family positions," was assigned the 5 p.m. spot on Thursday at the speakers platform.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Justin Lear contributed to this report.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    The only thing I hear is crickets chirping.

    July 2, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. John the Historian

    Seems like most of protesters will vote for Obama except that Christian Right group. Wiil any Southern Baptists vote for the mormon cult candidate Romney. It will be interesting to see.

    July 2, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Cathy

    These losers and their silly parades can march around all they want. GOP-pers, always on the wrong side of history; nothing new there.

    July 2, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Cowcharge

    They're also given time CARDS, so they can punch in before they protest Romney.

    July 2, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. enuff

    The republican group won't allow for demonstrations... they will just get a loud speaker and call them stupid.

    July 2, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. mouse

    this is utterly ridiculous ... a lottery to determine who can protest when and where? it is bad enough to have to ask the government for 'permission' to protest but to have a lottery to decide who gets what timeslot? it is almost as idiotic as the 25person limit in the 'freedom cage' at the protest in NYC ...

    July 2, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder if there are any funny sounding groups than the Greedoutofweed.org because they'd be hard pressed to find it. I can understand what they want to do, but I don't think that it is going to get passed anytime soon without further research and acceptance.

    July 2, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Can't wait to see the GOP's Thugs show up and stir the coals.

    It's going to be a hot Summer in the South.

    July 3, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  9. Grady

    When will the Gay Pride Parade be held with all the half naked guys in chaps? A very key Democrat voter group there. And what about the Workers Communist Party? Another key Democrat group. Will George Soros be giving all his progressive socialists a pep talk too? Rumor has it Fidel Castro will be attending to. The new Democrat Party, NOT the party of JFK anymore.

    Just say NO to the radical left wing Democrat Party America. Their like have wrecked Europe. Don't let them wreck America too.

    July 3, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Wow. 40 right wingnuts. Sounds like a Mitt(I have nothing to offer)McCain rally.

    July 3, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  11. Name. John

    We spent years fighting socialism only now having to endorse It. What a shame. Obama must be replaced or the world will laugh at the USA.

    July 3, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  12. Hooper

    Who cares .....

    July 3, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |