Recently it was announced that the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. This means that both the DNC and the Republican National Convention (RNC) will both be held in the Southern United States (with the RNC being held in Tampa, Florida). The importance of the region is clearly highlighted with both major political parties holding their conventions in North Carolina and Florida respectively.
The interesting thing about this, for the “radical Left,” however will be to see how grassroots organizing against these conventions will take shape. Over the past decade or so, Leftists have organized large demonstrations at both conventions, and while many who attend come from out of town, the majority of organizing is done by grassroots organizations. What could be demonstrated by that kind of organizing is a show of progressive Southern politics that runs counter to the idea of Southern passivity or conservatism. This is what could make these conventions important, not the plans of the two parties of capital.