Alternative Convention Coverage

Tired of the feel-good mainstream coverage of politics-as-usual this convention season? Here’s our guide to alternative and independent sources of news and views of this year’s Democratic National Convention.

Alternative News

A one-stop shop for unconventional convention news, with links to stories from the best alternative news sources, including The Nation, Corporate Watch, the Philadelphia Weekly, Grist, and the Independent Media Center.

The Nation
Special breaking reports and analyses, as well as interactive features.

LA Weekly
THE alternative weekly of note in LA. They’ve been on this story longer than just about anyone. You want context? You got it.

LA Independent Media Center
The bad boys and girls of indy media are on the ground with the protesters, getting the stories behind the glam. Also a bulletin board of stories from eyewitnesses, updated throughout the day.

Democracy Now
Democracy Now has a great calendar of scheduled events outside the Staples Pavillion.

Free Speech TV
Video netcasts from the LA Independent Media Center.

National Radio Project
“UnConventional” analysis from voices you trust, including Andrei Codrescu, Norm Solomon, and Elizabeth Robinson.

News for Change
Working Assets’ newish alternative news channel offers audio feeds from the convention and assorted columns from the usual lefty suspects.

Tom Paine
Made in Alternet’s image but with more original content, Tom Paine dedicated its news muscle to the Shadow Conventions during the GOP gathering.

Activist Groups/Guides/Events

The Direct Action Network
Major organizers of the Los Angeles protests.

The D2K Network
A subset of the Direct Action Network, D2K is a loosely organized umbrella group of organizers and activists (known two weeks ago as R2K) who are taking to the streets of LA for the convention. The best spot to get updates on scheduled protests and organizing meetings.

Ruckus Society
Uber-organizers of the WTO and IMF protests in recent months, Ruckus is focusing on organizing protests for the Democratic Convention.

Shadow Conventions
Arianna Huffington’s brainchild is staging daily alt-convention speakers focussing on three main issues: the failed drug war, the broadening wealth gap, and campaign finance reform.

People’s Convention
The Left’s own progressive alternative to the Big Party shindig. Without the Huffington/Franken glamor factor.

LA Protestors’ Resource Guide
A somewhat comprehensive guide to planned events, marches, organizing meetings, and rallies scheduled for the Democratic Convention.

Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)
Parody site and group calls attention to the problem of campaign finance. The “Candidate Price/Performance Analysis” is priceless. They’re scheduled to hold another Million Billionaires March in LA.

Stop Bush 2000
No Bush fans, these. Good-looking site with anti-Bush art and downloadable fliers.


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