There’s just a little more than a week left until the March on Wall Street South mobilization kicks off! There are lots of exciting updates and important information in this email.
In this email:
Schedule of Events
Parking and Local Bus Info
Bus drop offs
Building Peoples Power POSTER!
Why We March videos
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 1: Festivaliberación begins the mobilization! There are many great workshops being planned, and an amazing concert at night featuring local artists, Jasiri X, and Rebel Diaz. Check out this great video Jasiri X just recorded to help get the word out!
And we’ve got some exciting news: the Undocubus will also be arriving at the festival in the evening and joining us for the march the next day! You won’t want to miss this!
Sunday, September 2: Thousands will flood the streets of Charlotte for the March on Wall Street South, beginning at 11am in Frazier Park. We’ll march together at 1pm to the big banks and past the sites where the Democratic National Convention will meet during the week. We say: YES to jobs, housing, healthcare, education, the environment, workers rights and justice, NO to wars, cutbacks, racism and bigotry, and deportations.
Monday, September 3, 1pm: We’ll join the Labor Day Parade in the morning, and gather in the afternoon for the historic Southern Workers Assembly, starting at 1pm at Wedgewood Baptist Church.
Monday, September 3, 6-11pm: Sin Papeles y Sin Miedo: Festival de canto, poesía y arte with the Undocubus at Mexican Restauran Fiesta Jalisco (5317 E. Independence Blvd)
Wednesday, September 5, 6-10pm: UndocuNation in North Carolina, an artist showcase organized by CultureStrike and the Center for New Community at the Neighborhood Theatre (511 E. 36th Street)
The new convergence space is now open at Area 15 (514 E. 15th St, at the corner of North Davidson and 15th Sts)! We’ve been hard at work getting it all set up and ready for all the folks that will be traveling to Charlotte for the March on Wall Street South and the other actions around the DNC.
Our new zine is here, packed full of useful information for everyone coming into town and a people’s history of Charlotte. We’ll be holding trainings, organizing meetings, banner painting and art making, and much more out of this new space.
Keep checking our website for a full list of upcoming events, trainings, and other activities at the space, including:
Mon 8/27 @ 7:30pm: Charlotte Local Organizing Committee (pack the City Council meeting beginning at 5pm at the Government Center on 8/27 to support Charlotte city workers)
For those coming into town looking to get involved, the convergence space is the place to go to get plugged in and get active.
As we move into the final week before the demonstrations, there are many expenses that we need to cover to make the mobilization a success — from printing costs, securing sound, staging equipment, and much more.
Help us lift up the voices of those most impacted by economic crises, war, cut-backs, deportations, and foreclosures so that the Democrats & the world hear our stories the Sunday before the DNC — make a much-needed contribution to the March on Wall Street South today!
Many groups and organizations have been collaborating to pull together dynamic, struggle-based contingents during the March on Wall Street South. At the march, each contingent will have an identifying banner and signs to find them and march together.
Here are the contingents that will be marching with us:
- Unemployed workers
- Organize the South! Workers Rights are Human Rights!
- No Papers No Fear/Sin Papeles y Sin Miedo (Undocumented/Immigrants Rights organized by the Undocubus)
- Housing is a Right! Stop Home Foreclosures!
- Youth and Students
- Including Stop the School to Prison Pipeline section
- Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad
- Including No War/No Warming, anti-drone, and Free All Political Prisoners sections
We have a very exciting program of speakers and cultural performers from across NC, the South, and the U.S. working on a range of struggles. Here’s a few of the freedom fighters who will be joining us at the March:
- Yen Alcala, Occupy Charlotte
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee
- Cindy Foster, President of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council
- Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers Center
- the Undocubus
- Efia Nwangaza, Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination
- John Heuer, Veterans for Peace
- Monica Embrey, Greenpeace
- Larry Hales, Peoples Power Assembly
- Fernando Figueroa, Coalition to March on the RNC
- Larry Holmes, Peoples Power Assembly
- Clarence Thomas, ILWU 100
- Rev. CD Witherspoon, Southern Christina Leadership Conference
- Victor Toro, May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrants Rights
- Sarah Shanks, Charlotte Clinic Defense
- Marilyn Levin, United National Antiwar Coalition
- and more!
- Rebel Diaz
- Jasiri X
- Jaribu Hill
- Cameron Aviles, spoken word artist
Can you volunteer to help make the March on Wall Street South mobilization a success? We are currently seeking volunteers to help fill these and many other roles:
- The Wellness Brigade (both healthcare workers and street medics are needed)
- ASL interpretation
- De-escalation teams
- Outreach team
- Bus greeters
- Site and stage set-up crews
- and seeking donations of generators, 10×10 pop-up tents, tables, etc.
Parking and Local Bus Information
If you are driving to the March on Wall Street South on Sunday, September 2, please plan ahead! Traffic will be difficult, so leave early so that you can arrive safely and on time.
There is no street parking near Frazier Park. However, there are several bus lines and a light rail system that will be running on Sunday. Below is more information about where to park and which lines to ride to get to the park.
Light Rail (LYNX)
There are many park and ride lots located along the light rail line (known as LYNX).
Closest LYNX park and ride to downtown is Scaleybridge (3750 South Blvd.). From there, Woodlawn Station (4756 Old Pineville Rd.), Tyvola Station (5703 Old Pineville Rd.), Archdale Station (6230 South Blvd.), Arrowood Station (7717 England St.), Sharon Rd Station (8815 Crump Rd.), and I-485 Station (9508 South Blvd.), all of which have free parking.
LYNX is $4 round trip.
Exit at the 3rd Street stop. Walk up 3rd St, follow 3rd as it merges into 4th St, and continue up 4th until you reach Frazier Park. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk.
Bus Lines (CATS)
There are also several park and ride lots along two bus lines (known as CATS) that will bring you into Uptown Charlotte. Bus fare is $2 for adults, and children 5 and under ride free.
Park and ride lots:
- Northlake Mall (exit 18 off of I-77 / 6801 Northlake Mall Drive), bus stops are located near the Panera Bread
- Departs at 6:52am, 8:08am, 8:48am, 9:26am, 10:06am
- Rosa Parks Place Community Transit Center (exit 37 off of I-85)
- Departs at 8:50am and every 20-30 thereafter
Park and ride lot:
- Eastland Mall (5471 Central Avenue)
- Departs at 6:10am and every 30 minutes thereafter
Other Parking Options
Bus Drop Offs
For groups chartering buses to the March on Wall Street South, the bus drop off location will be on the West 4th St Ext along Frazier Park.
Tabling info for March on Wall Street South
Click HERE to reserve a table for your organization at the March on Wall Street South opening and closing rally in Frazier Park. Table prices are $25 for literature and $50 for tables that have items for sale. *Please note that without a vendor permit you cannot sell things at the rally site but you can ask for donations.
$25/$50 includes 6 foot table and 2 chairs. You may bring your own 10 x 10 pop-up tent if you like.
30 tables available — Reserve yours now, space is limited.
Tables must be set up by 10:30 AM.
See the Parking section of our website for info about drop off and pick up sites and satellite parking.
TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE, GO TO WALLSTSOUTH.ORG/TABLING
Building People’s Power Poster!
The work our coalition is engaged in to build the March on Wall Street South, as well as all the struggles we are building in our communities before and long after the demonstration, are building on a long and rich history of people’s struggle in the South and the U.S. We know that our work today would not be possible without the bold determination, sacrifice, and commitment to the fight to build people’s power of so many freedom fighters who have come before us.
The Coalition has launched a new video project featuring an organizer from our Coalition who lives, works, and calls Charlotte, NC or a nearby city home. The video project is meant to elevate the voices of the folks who are building this struggle and why they are participating in this mobilization. Every day the next 2 weeks leading up to the march, a new video will be posted, so be sure to check them all out here!