In choosing Charlotte, North Carolina to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, President Obama selected a city with no unionized hotels, a non-union convention center, and the least union membership of the four options. AND Charlotte is not a friendly place for LGBT people.
From: Obama’s Choice of Charlotte a Slap in Face to Organized Labor
by Randy Shaw‚ Feb. 04‚ 2011 http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=8870#more
In choosing Charlotte, North Carolina to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, President Obama selected a city with no unionized hotels, a non-union convention center, and the least union membership of the four options.
Candidate Obama pledged to join UNITE HERE’s picket line at Chicago’s Congress Hotel if elected President – a promise he made no attempt to fulfill – but as President has increasingly courted corporate interests while ignoring labor’s needs. While some attribute Obama’s decision to the importance of North Carolina and neighboring Virginia in the 2012 presidential race, another factor could also be at play. UNITE HERE has been waging the most aggressive union campaign ever against the Hyatt Hotel chain, owned by the Chicago-based Pritzker family. Penny Pritzker was the national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. If Obama wanted to ensure ongoing Pritzker and corporate loyalty in 2012, choosing a city opposed by UNITE HERE and that only has non-union hotels sends a powerful message.
[Obama's equally parasitical millionaire wife goes running with Penny Pritzker. People are known by the company they keep.]
Not even Bill Clinton was so focused on re-election as Barack Obama, whose selection of Bill Daley as chief of staff, former GE leader CEO Jeffrey Immelt to chair the new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and public apologies to corporate America reek of re-election politics. If Obama were really putting principles over a second term, he would not have chosen non-union Charlotte.
[You will note that Obama is putting his election-frauding Chicago team in place as only election fraud can re-elect Obama, who only had 52% of the vote in 2008, and lost the November 2010 congressional elections as he has nothing to offer the workingclass in this economic crisis.]
From: The State of LGBTs in Charlotte
by Matt Conner, Feb 2, 2011 at http://advocate.com/Politics/Commentary/Dems_in_Charlotte_No_LGBTs_Please/
Oh, and one last thing: Charlotte is not a friendly place for LGBT people.
Though Charlotte is progressive and accepting in many social and business circles, its political and religious landscapes offer little comfort to LGBT citizens. Democratic candidates and elected officials have never considered LGBT equality anything more than an election year talking point delivered to carefully selected audiences. Locals have only two substantial pieces of pro-LGBT law on which to rely, both of those passed by the county as Democratic city leaders, despite their majority on city council, have continued their decades-old stalling techniques.
Charlotte fails with regard to LGBT inclusion: City employees lack basic protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, employees lack domestic-partner benefits that would enable them to care for their loved ones and children, LGBT people have no significant representation on council or any of its boards, and city agencies like the police department have little to no experience dealing with LGBT people.
Mecklenburg County commissioner Bill James, a dinosaur held over from the days when county officials ended all public arts funding after a local staging of Angels in America, serves as a prime example of the anti-LGBT hostility present here. In December and January he made national news for his comments comparing LGBT people to sexual predators and pedophiles. Though extreme, James’s comments are more than familiar to locals, yet he remains in office year after year, and his commission colleagues did not have the courage to officially address his behavior head-on.
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