Augusta: Obstacles Expected as Plans to Protest Continue
One week after Augusta Richmond county commissioners approved a new ordinance requiring protesters to obtain permits 20 days before demonstrating, Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) told the New York Times she expects to encounter obstacles when she applies this week for a permit to protest at the Masters tournament in April. Already, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength, who is tasked with approving permit applications, has deemed sidewalks near Augusta National off-limits due to safety concerns, according to the Times. However, Burk—who earlier this month surveyed potential protest sites—challenged, “To prohibit a demonstration anywhere on Washington Road, outside the entrance to the club, is unacceptable…Why are protesters a safety hazard any more than pedestrians are a safety hazard?” reported the Times.
Augusta National is the site of the Masters, an event sanctioned by the PGA Tour, though the PGA does not own or run the Masters. The NCWO argues that by sanctioning an event held at a club that practices such blatant discrimination, the PGA violates its own anti-discrimination policies. More over, there is "corporate hypocrisy that surrounds, feeds and creates this event,” said Burk to the Times.
The Feminist Majority is a member of NCWO, along with 152 other groups—making its total membership close to seven million.
10/23/2014 Ferguson October Continues With National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration - Activists organized actions nationwide yesterday to protest police brutality in cities across the country as part of ongoing Ferguson October events, while outrage grows in Missouri over the the grand jury proceeding on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges in the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown.
As part of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration, on-the-ground organizers in Ferguson, Missouri and St. . . .