Hofstra Debate Protest and Civil Disobedience


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The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided to exclude Jill Stein and Gary Johnson from the debates. We expected this decision and are escalating our actions to get Jill and Ajamu Baraka into the debates.

The first debate is coming up fast.

We're writing to ask you to join us at the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island (25 miles east of New York City).  Please RSVP below to come to Hofstra and participate in the protest. 

Schedule and How to Get to Hofstra From NYC

2:30pm: Buses depart NYC, one from Bryant Park in Manhattan and two from Brooklyn near the Barclay's Center (Atlantic Avenue). Please RSVP below to make sure we have enough seats on the bus.

4:30pm: Meet at the corner of Uniondale and Hempstead Turnpike near Hofstra and proceed to the debate location from there.

8:30pm: Buses arrive back in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Important: If you have not yet RSVPd for this action, please fill out the below form and you will receive a link to reserve a seat on one of our buses through Eventbrite. If you have already filled out the below form and just need to reserve a bus seat, click here.

The details of the plan will be provided at the event. Some people are signing up to risk arrest, others are coming for a no-arrest protest. Let us know if you want to participate in civil disobedience.

Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka will both be with us.

We may decide to have supporters attempt to escort our candidates into the debates. This situation may lead to arrest—it is possible but not definite. There will be actions you can take with us at Hofstra that do not risk arrest.

We will conduct a nonviolent civil resistance training at 99 Madison Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, September 25 at 3pm for this action. Please indicate below if you can attend!


Animals other than service/guide dogs
Back Packs
Bags and signs exceeding size restrictions
Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
Glass, thermal, or metal containers
Laser pointers
Mace/Pepper spray
Selfie sticks
Supports for signs and placards
Toy guns
Weapons of any kind
Any other item determined to be a potential hazard



Kevin Zeese
Senior Campaign Advisor

  • September 26, 2016 at 2:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Hofstra University

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  • Robert Blackmon
    published this page in Events 2016-09-19 15:25:48 -0400