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July 28, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is not your average summer camp. Climbing classes here teach skyscraper- and billboard-scaling, essential for dangling banners. Arts and crafts include making puppets and signs to wave in the streets. And supper time around the campfire means settling down with vegetarian food on reused plastic plates to listen to speeches on campaign finance reform and U.S. intervention in Latin America.
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July 28, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is not your average summer camp. Climbing classes here teach skyscraper- and billboard-scaling, essential for dangling banners. Arts and crafts include making puppets and signs to wave in the streets. And supper time around the campfire means settling down with vegetarian food on reused plastic plates to listen to speeches on campaign finance reform and U.S. intervention in Latin America.
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December 7, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a cold morning fog settled Friday on a secluded mountaintop in Malibu, a group of environmentalists-turned-climbing students practiced tying slipknots. Before them stood a six-story scaffolding, a stand-in for the buildings they may one day scale to unfurl enormous banners bearing their political message. "Knots are what keep you alive," instructor John Sellers warned. "Knots are all about friction, and they keep you from hitting the ground."
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August 3, 2000 | From Times Staff Reports
A day after a running battle between police and protesters gridlocked this city's downtown streets, both sides took steps Wednesday to keep the calm during the third day of the Republican National Convention. Protesters staged orderly marches and held a peaceful rally in a park across the street from the city jail, where more than 350 demonstrators arrested Tuesday were being held, mostly on misdemeanor charges. Fifty arrests were reported Wednesday.
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August 4, 2000 | TINA DAUNT and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With bails set as high as $1 million, hundreds of protesters arrested earlier in the week remained behind bars Thursday as the Republican National Convention drew to a close. Police said some of those arrested were deliberately tying up the system by declining to give their names and otherwise refusing to cooperate with authorities. However, protesters, their attorneys and civil libertarians accused police of abusing some of those in jail and setting excessively high bail amounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2000 | MANUEL GAMIZ JR. and GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Four activists unfurling a giant flag were arrested Monday in what they called the prelude to high-profile protests during the Democratic National Convention next week. The protest banner resembled a U.S. flag with corporate logos taking the place of the 50 stars. The protesters tried to drape it off the side of the 15-story Hotel Figueroa, which is across Olympic Boulevard from Staples Center, the convention site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2000 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under pressure from a federal judge and organizers of next month's Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles city officials reluctantly agreed Friday to make sidewalks, streets and a parking lot bordering Staples Center available to thousands of protesters. The demonstrators offered few concessions in return.
NEWS
August 9, 2000 | From Reuters
The Philadelphia district attorney on Tuesday flatly rejected a call for the dismissal of criminal charges against hundreds of protesters arrested during last week's Republican National Convention. A group of defense lawyers held a news conference to demand that the administration of Mayor John Street negotiate with them over the fate of about 360 so-called R2K protesters who have been charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From opposite sides of a busy street, the protester and the police sergeant exchanged pleasantries last week. "Take care," called out anti-biotechnology activist Tom Ato as he waved to Sgt. Rebecca Bigbie. "Are you finished?" inquired Bigbie, who had been observing a bit of street theater that Ato and others were staging outside a Trader Joe's food market in Pacific Beach. "For now," said Ato, taking off his pig's mask and tomato-fish costume.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2003 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
In the political documentary "The Party's Over," actor Philip Seymour Hoffman serves as a guide crisscrossing the country, scrutinizing the political process during the presidential election of 2000. Directed by Donovan Leitch and Rebecca Chaiklin, it's something of a sequel to 1993's "The Last Party," a similar endeavor that chronicled the events leading to the election of Bill Clinton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2001 | TONY PERRY and DANIEL HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seeking redress of a variety of genetic grievances, hundreds of anti-biotechnology protesters staged a loud, colorful and peaceful demonstration Sunday amid a large show of strength by police. "It's time to not allow corporations to control our lives in this way," said Chaia Heller, an organizer with the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont.
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