The Washington Times - August 31, 2008, 07:10PM

 

The expected Monday landfall of Hurricane Gustav may have caused officials at the Republican National Convention to scale back activities, but organizers of a massive march planned for the convention’s first day say they’re going ahead as scheduled. Jess Sundin, a spokeswoman for the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War, said her group’s efforts may in fact benefit from the convention’s lighter Monday schedule.

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Convention officials said they will focus on business matters only and kick off the event absent political rhetoric — meaning the rhetoric of a march Ms. Sundin expects to be 50,000 strong may steal the show.

 

“I think our message will be heard loud and clear,” she said.

 

Ms. Sundin noted that planning for the march began two years ago and participants from across the country are expected to attend. Plus, it’s Labor Day — a holiday and seminal moment for working people to voice their opinions.

 

“We have people already coming from across the country,” she said. “I see no need to change our plans.”

Gary Emerling reporter, The Washington Times