1) the venue wasn't filling up, that's right in McCain's own State Capitol, Phoenix, Republican masterminds couldn't sell enough tickets to fill it upSo they changed the venues. The fundraisers are now just listed as "at private residences" and I would suspect that these residences are in walled against the riff raff gated communities. The Bush schedule for Tuesday shows him arriving at Silverado Cable Company in Mesa, AZ at 3:05 p.m. After King George and Prince John zip off to private residence land everyone will head for Chavez Plaza, downtown Phoenix, to rally together against any continuance of war, war crimes, and governance by war criminals -- there will be music, speeches, skits and general reconnecting and strengthening of the bonds and determination of Arizona activists, Democrats, and veterans groups as they seek to let the country know that Arizona people don't back McCain.
2) they also were worried about the number of protesters coming from around the state and even beyond Arizona's borders -- it would be really embarrassing for the party loyalists and corporate stooges to be outnumbered by protesters.
Here's the info from the flier that was distributed about these protest events:
Downtown Phoenix is a Bush-McCain Free Zone!
Defense Contractor Silverado Cable Company
this Tuesday, May 27th
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. corner of 1st Avenue and Dobson Rd. (south of Main Street and Dobson Road) in Mesa
Parking available in shopping mail on Dobson between Main and 1st Avenue, Mesa
Rally at César Chávez Memorial Plaza
Music, speakers and a celebration!
Watch CodePink Phoenix “pink slip” the prez.
Washington Street at Second Avenue (in front of Phoenix City Hall)
4:00 - 5:30 PM - Tuesday, May 27th
Join us at a rally where we anticipate a disconcerting sight:
McCain in Bed with Bush!
Help us chase embedded McCain & Bush out of Phoenix.
March down Adams Street to the Phoenix Convention Center
(Second Street between Adams and Monroe)
Sponsored by End the War Coalition - Code Pink Phoenix, Progressive
Democrats of America, Phoenix Women in Black, Arizona Alliance for Peace & Justice,
Phoenix Chapter 75 Veterans for Peace, Arizona Vietnam Veterans Against the War,
Arizona Green Party, Grandmothers for Peace, Arizona Christian Peacemakers and Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus
Many of you have heard that President Bush's fundraiser for John McCain had to be relocated due to the promise of massive protests (and poor ticket sales!). They may be able to run, but they can't hide! Here's the most up to date info on where to be and when to get there.
Rally in Mesa
(Mesa) 2:00pm Protesters should begin to arrive at Rally location. (Rally participants wll converge on the SE Corner of Dobson and 1st Ave.)
Parking is available at the Main Street Market Place on Dobson between 1st Ave and Main St.
(Mesa) 2:30pm Rally participants must be in place. (Road closures take effect because of President's arrival)
(Mesa) 3:00 - 3:30pm Rally continues as Pres. Bush prepares to address a private crowd. (Demonsration is expected to be captured by media)
Rally in Phoenix
(Phoenix) 3:00pm Rally Participants may opt to arrive at Democratic Party Headquarters to be shuttled to Cesar Chavez Plaza
(Phoenix) 3:30pm Rally Participants Begin to arrive at Cesar Chavez Plaza (On Washington St and 2nd Ave -in front of Phoenix City Hall)
(Phoenix) 4:00pm Rally Begins (with Speakers and Special Guests)
(Phoenix) 4:30-5pm Downtown Protest March begins (towards the Convention Center)
(Phoenix) 5:30-6:30pm Arizona Democratic Party Shuttles begin shuttling back towards Headquarters (Shuttled participants will meet at Cesar Chavez Plaza to be shuttled back)
For more information on these events or to RSVP to the shuttle, please call 602-298-4200 or email Amanda Jaksich at email@example.com