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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 05:08:19 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.17.08 1. RNC repression 9.17 11am 2. Citizen journalism 9.17 6:30pm 3. Electing judges 9.17 7pm 4. Lebanon 9.17 7pm 5. Nader not Obama 9.17 7pm 6. McKinney meet 9.17 7pm 7. Eagan peace vigil 9.18 4:30pm 8. New Hope demo 9.18 4:45pm 9. Northtown vigil 9.18 5pm 10. Green parenting 9.18 6pm 11. EXCO BBQ/potluck 9.18 6pm 12. World parliament 9.18 7pm 13. AWC new members 9.18 7pm 14. Amnesty Intl 9.18 7:15pm 15. Post-RNC response 9.18-20 7:30pm police raids: 16. Howell/Hoppin (PiPress) 17. Royce 18. Thompson 19. Spaulding 20. Rudolph 21. Morey 22. Martin 23. Stalnaker 24. Swope 25. Gerth 26. Steller (MN Independent) 27. Hilber 28. Driscoll 29. Goldstein --------1 of 29-------- From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: RNC repression 9.17 11am 11AM KFAI TRUTH TO TELL WEDNESDAY, SEPT 17 11AM: RNC RETROSPECTIVE II THE SHAME OF THE STATE TTT continues the discussion and post-mortem (literally) of protests and free speech lodged last week during the Republican National Convention (RNC). We discuss the wider issue of state repression of protected speech, press and assembly, and where media attention was paid. GUESTS: DR. ELIZABETH FROST, Family Practice Physician and volunteer for North Star Health Collective. DAVE THUNE, St. Paul City Councilmember, Ward 2 (where the convention was) SYL JONES, Playwright, Cultural Critic, Columnist GENA BERGLUND National Lawyers Guild and Attorney for several arrested RNC Protestors OTHERS TBD NOW STREAMING AT <http://www.kfai.org/node/682> --------2 of 29-------- From: TCDP editor <editor [at] tcdailyplanet.net> Subject: Citizen journalism 9.17 6:30pm Sign up for the Citizen Journalism Workshop, co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Daily Planet and ExCo. Four sessions -- Wednesdays, September 17-October 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Journalism takes practice, and this introduction offers ways to get started writing and assignments that will put class lessons into practice. Facilitated by Mary Turck, editor of the TC Daily Planet. Register through ExCo's Web site at http://excotc.org/node/3 --------3 of 29-------- From: Kathleen Schimke Subject: Electing judges 9.17 7pm The Minneapolis league of Women Voters is sponsoring two public forums on the judicial election process. These are opportunities to educate ourselves on judicial issues and candidates. JUDICIAL ISSUES FORUM Wednesday, September 17 7 - 9 PM TEMPLE ISRAEL 2324 Emerson South 24th and Hennepin) Free parking A panel of informed dignitaries, including former Governor Al Quie, State Representative Steve Simon, Hennepin County Bar Association President Mary Vasaly, and others will discuss how Minnesota selects judges. Besides the LWV, this forum is sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association and WATCH. --------4 of 29-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Lebanon 9.17 7pm Wednesday, 9/17, 7 pm, Cathy Sultan, on the board of the National Peace Foundation, speaks on her recent book "Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006," Unity Unitarian Church, 732 Holly Ave, St Paul. robyn [at] scarlettapress.com or 612-825-7099. --------5 of 29-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Nader not Obama 9.17 7pm public meeting Will Obama Really Bring Change? The case for breaking with corporate politics and supporting Nader's campaign Wednesday, September 17th 7PM University of Minnesota Coffman Board Room (3rd floor) As the economic crisis becomes ever more ominous, and anger at the corrupt Bush regime and Washington politics reaching record highs, millions of Americans are looking to Barack Obama as a way out of war and recession. But can we really trust Obama and the Democratic Party to change politics as usual? Will supporting an independent alternative like Ralph Nader make any difference? What is an effective strategy to achieve genuine, systemic change in U.S. society? Come to a talk and open discussion on these critical questions, and learn how you can get active in the movement for socialist change. Speaker Ty Moore, a national organizer for Socialist Alternative and member of Justice newspaper's Editorial Committee A Socialist Alternative Forum www.socialistalternative.org 612-226-9129 mn [at] socialistalternative.org --------6 of 29-------- From: mckinney-mn [at] googlegroups.com [mailto:mckinney-mn [at] googlegroups.com] Subject: McKinney meet 9.17 7pm The next Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente meeting will be Wednesday 9/17/08, 7:00 at A Fine Grind. A Fine Grind is at 2038 Marshall Ave. in St. Paul. Their phone number is 651 645-9700. --------7 of 29-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 9.18 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------8 of 29-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: New Hope demo 9.18 4:45pm NWN4P-New Hope demonstration every Thursday 4:45 to 5:45pm at the corner of Winnetka and 42nd. You may park near Walgreens or in the larger lot near McDonalds; we will be on all four corners. Bring your own or use our signs. --------9 of 29-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 9.18 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------10 of 29-------- From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at] mail.vresp.com> Subject: Green parenting 9.18 6pm ECO MOM AND DAD: Parenting goes green Thurs, Sept 18: 6-8pm Do It Green! Resource Center at Twin Cities Green 2405 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls Kids may not want to eat anything green, but they can learn to do it green from their most important teachers: their parents. Join us for a panel discussion as three local eco moms share their tips on how to raise an environmentally friendly family. Mindful Momma Blogger Micaela Preston, Do It Green! Magazine Editor Sara Grochowski and Owner of Twin Cities Green Tina North will share their challenges and successes in green parenting. Following the discussion, stay for craft time as we make toys from recycled materials. --------11 of 29-------- From: excotc <excotc [at] gmail.com> Subject: EXCO BBQ/potluck 9.18 6pm EXCO BBQ/Potluck Party at Powderhorn Park - Thursday Inviting all EXCO facilitators, participants, organizers, friends, anyone and everyone! - Thursday, 9/18, 6-8pm, at Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis. Join us for a BBQ/Potluck - food will be provided, but bring a dish if you wish! We'll have screenprinting (make your own EXCO t-shirts and patches, bring a shirt!) - and an EXCO class expo with Brazilian drumming, a post-RNC presentation, samples from the fermentation class, and more! Come to have fun, eat good food, learn about new EXCO classes (over 50 this semester! see our brochure, attached), and meet new and old members of the growing EXCO community. *And don't forget fall classes, register now at www.excotc.org!* Thanks again and get in touch with questions, ideas, advice, and desire to organize: excotc [at] gmail.com, 651-696-8010. --------12 of 29-------- From: Joe Schwartzberg <schwa004 [at] umn.edu> Subject: World parliament 9.18 7pm THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM Free and open to the public. Where? Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis (at Lyndale & Hennepin) Park in church lot. When? Thursday, September 18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. A WORLD PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY Until recently, the idea of an elected World Parliamentary Assembly would have struck most people as hopelessly utopian; but new diplomatic and non-governmental initiatives have given it credibility. This presentation will discuss how such an assembly might function (initially, as with the European Parliament, only on an advisory basis), what it might be empowered to do, and how it might be brought into being. Presenter: PROFESSOR JOE SCHWARTZBERG. A professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, where he taught from 1964 to 2000, and a past President (11 years) of the Minnesota Chapter of CGS, Dr. Schwartzberg is the author of many publications on reform of the United Nations system. He is presently writing a book, Designs for a Workable World, which will tie together and expand upon many of his ideas on global governance including the one to be addressed in our September forum. --------13 of 29-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: AWC new members 9.18 7pm New members meeting: Join the Anti-War Committee!* THURS, 9/18 @ 7pm @ room 112c @ 1313 5th St. SE, Minneapolis Want to join us and act against the war? Come and be a part of our grassroots organization working for peace and justice. --------14 of 29-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 9.18 7:15pm AIUSA Group 315 (Wayzata area) meets Thursday, September 18th, at 7:15 p.m. St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata (near the intersection of Rt. 101 and Minnetonka Blvd). For further information, contact Richard Bopp at Richard_C_Bopp [at] NatureWorksLLC.com. --------15 of 29-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Post-RNC response 9.18-20 7:30pm Please come to the Bedlam Theater for a reflective evening: 'Because We Still Live Here.' What all happened during the Republican National Convention? What was the Creative Response to the RNC? Testimonies, performances and slideshows will show a far wider breadth of protest and participation than was portrayed in the mainstream media. Voices of the artists and activists, Minnesota Peace Team, Vets for Peace and Youth Against War And Racism will be heard. And your voice too! Discussion to follow the 1 hour performance. 'Because We Still Live Here' Sept 18, 19, 20 ~ 7:30 PM $10 donation ~ No one turned away Bedlam Theatre 1501 S. 6th Street, Mpls. 55454 612-338-9817 --------16 of 29-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: [Discuss] RNC:ST. PAUL MAYOR,POLICE ABUSES--ACCOUNTABILITY??? BOTH TC Mayors and all City Council members who GAVE AWAY THE AUTHORITY OVER LOCAL POLICE TO HOMELEAND SECURITY SHOULD FACE OPPONENTS WHEN THEY STAND FOR RE-ELECTION. Progressives? Greens? Independents? Lydia Howell 30 confront St. Paul mayor over RNC police action Turning up at fundraiser, they say he should have had bigger presence during RNC By Jason Hoppin jhoppin [at] pioneerpress.com Article Last Updated: 09/12/2008 11:36:18 PM CDT About 30 demonstrators showed up outside a fundraiser for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Friday, objecting to what the group saw as an overreaction by police during last week's protests outside the Republican National Convention. Carrying signs that read "I Am Ashamed" and "I Survived 9/1," the group strolled the sidewalk in front of a St. Anthony Park residence where the event was being held, briefly confronting Coleman when he arrived. The crowd objected to everything from the appointment of two former prosecutors to lead a city probe into police tactics during the four-day event to reports that Molotov cocktails were found during police raids related to self-described anarchists who sought to disrupt the convention. "This is the first time that I've really been ashamed of the city and its leadership," said St. Paul resident Nolan Zavoral, who carried a sign linking Coleman and Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, whose agency led some of the pre-convention raids. Asked what Coleman should have done differently during the protests, which included masses of people marching peacefully but also bouts of sporadic violence, Zavoral and others said Coleman should have been a more visible presence as clashes between police and protesters elevated. Coleman did stop to talk with the crowd and has been supportive of police actions during the convention. He said later he thought most people understood the need for the city's probe and disputed the demonstrators'contention that reports of Molotov cocktails and other instruments of mayhem were overblown. "To say that we didn't find Molotov cocktails is not true," Coleman said. "We did, and a lot of other things." But that wasn't enough for the demonstrators, many of whom said they are now former supporters of Coleman. "He stood by while police were used to suppress political dissent," St. Paul resident John Schatz said. Whether there are political repercussions for Coleman remains to be seen. He has sent a letter to supporters explaining and defending the city's actions during the convention, and so far no serious contenders have emerged to challenge him during his expected re-election run in 2009. Schatz said the convention could change that. "He just opened the door for somebody to make a serious run," he said. --------17 of 29-------- Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:38:16 -0500 From: cathleen royce <catyroyce [at] gmail.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] after assessment [Thune] Here's an interesting story on the number of folks that showed up to a training for RNC arrestees. But it brings up a critical question that should be added to this collective "after assessment:" what is the cost of the city's pursuing even initial review of the 487 cases??? and who the hell is footing the bill for that?????? John Choi is brilliant and fair, i speak from personal experience, i only hope he can scan all but say five of them and do some kind of mass dropping of charges. http://www.twincities.com/ci_10464876 --------18 of 29-------- Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 12:17:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Gary Thompson <gkthomp [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] after assessment Neal, what is your reaction to this main stream video, that just won't go away? http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=7364281&version=1&locale=EN-US This is what prompted my letter in today's PPress below. http://www.twincities.com/opinion/ci_10449658 Pioneer Press Sept 15, 2008 "Convention security was overkill" "The letter, "'Under investigation' during the RNC" (Sept. 10), about riot security violence involving a young photographer, was not an unusual incident. Of the 818 citizens arrested, only about a few dozen were actually criminal "anarchists" and should be prosecuted. The rest were nonviolent resisters.... ....How much money was lost in confiscated photo, video and other equipment of innocent recorders and reporters, compared with the relatively small amount of actual damage by vandal protesters? I believe the security forces were led by someone or an organization other than our normally good local police." The main stream media, FOX 9 newswitnessed the excessive violence and the PPress acknowledged this also, as I sent this video to them. I also sent the video to our mayor asking him to explain and that may possibly be a reason contributing to why he acknowledged to Charley Underwood, that in the investigation would include "concerns about police violence and over-reaction during the Republican National Convention." I believe either I read or heard this comment from some other source also. --------19 of 29-------- Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 17:55:57 -0500 From: Bob Spaulding <bob_spaulding [at] mac.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] after assessment [Thune] The only non-residential property I am aware of Mr. Costello owning is the bar which bears his name, just a few short paces from the corner of Selby and Western. This area is represented by one Melvin Carter III. What may cause some additional confusion about this issue of who represents whom is that geography is not the basis for Mr. Costello's particular interest in Mr. Thune. It would seem Mr. Costello may take a particular interest in Mr. Thune because of Mr. Thune's previous regulatory interest in the quality of air in St. Paul bars and restaurants. Perhaps furthering the confusion, Mr. Thune's surname had been for years displayed prominently on the front door of Mr. Costello's establishment, albiet with a large red circle and slash through the center of it. As a frequent pedestrian of Selby Avenue and patron of a nearby coffeehouse, it was nearly impossible not to perceive a certain disaffection was being communicated to the public. --------20 of 29-------- From: Mikael Rudolph <MikaelMN [at] earthlink.net> Sent: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 8:47 pm Subject: 2008 RNC Documentary film needs your help! NEEDED: OUTRAGED CITIZENS WANTING TO DO SOMETHING IN RESPONSE TO THE OUTRAGEOUS, EXTRALEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICE CRACKDOWN IN THE TWIN CITIES DURING THE RECENT RNC. Were you disgusted, frustrated, enraged and/or disheartened by the abusive police crackdown in the Twin Cities during the 2008 Republican National Convention? Are you 'not okay' with preemptive arrests and detention of journalists and law-abiding citizens peacefully expressing their dissent? Do you believe that our First Amendment Right to Freedom of Expression and our Fourth Amendment Right to Peacefully Assemble are worth protecting and restoring? Here is something you can do about it: A group of filmmakers, videographers and citizen journalists are very quickly putting together a documentary film about the manner in which preemptive psychological intimidation and unlawful force were used before, during and still now after the 2008 Republican National Convention to suppress Constitutionally protected dissenting voices in and around the RNC and to intimidate protesters. We intend to get this film finished and distributed widely in time for November's election. Here are ways in which you can get involved to make this happen: 1). Help us find an appropriate, affordable office or home space that can be used to do the bulk work on this project Help us find a centrally located space to set up shop and do the major editing, story-boarding and other work on the film. 2). Go over some of the hours of rough film footage and identify the usable segments Volunteer as a rough film editor to go over raw footage and timecode the important events to supply the film's producer/directors. 3). Write the narrative for this film Volunteer as a writer to help describe the images captured on video to put them in context for the viewer. 4). Use your strong, professional sounding 'voice over talent' voice Volunteer to do some of the narration for the film. Multiple voices are likely to be used. 5). Contribute your money or fundraising skills Donate money and/or help raise money to fund the effort. 6). Design graphics for the film We need graphic designers to work on transitional scenes and titles. This actually takes forever so they will need to start next week to finish in time. 7). Create music for the film A musical score is a critical element to making this all come together. This can be original music and/or existing music with permission from the artists. 8). Write poetry to send out a powerful message in the film We are looking for someone or some people to write an amazing poem or poems about the loss of freedom. Interested poets should see *Watch This!* for some inspiration. *Watch This!* is not a model for this film, but the poetry in this film added a lot to it 4 years ago. (link to watch this!: http://www.glassbeadcollective.org/WatchThis/index.html*<http://www.glassbeadcollective.org/WatchThis/index.html> ) 9). Help us create a list of contacts for future distribution of the finished film either on the web or by mail The wider the audience, the broader the film's effect. 10). Give your free time to whichever tasks need to be done There are always things that need to get done and it is wonderful to have extra helping hands, feet and vehicles to run errands. 11). Share your stories If you or anyone you know was arrested, detained, harassed or otherwise had their rights violated during the the week-long Police State in Saint Paul during the RNC, please share that with us and your story may be a part of this film. Get video footage, still photographs and/or your story in writing or on video to us ASAP for consideration to be used in the film. For Glassbead Collective and IndyMedia Twin Cities, ~ Mikael Rudolph www.ImpeachForPeace.org <http://www.impeachforpeace.org/> "In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." - Mark Twain --------21 of 29-------- Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 21:08:13 EDT Subject: Joden Morey's Story of the RNC For a version of this story with pictures and video, go here: http://impeachforpeace.org/impeach_bush_blog/?p=5687 The following describes my experience as a protester being mistreated by the St. Paul police during the RNC. My name is Jodin Morey, and I'm a Cofounder of Impeach for Peace. The police abuse I'll describe includes the use of concussion grenades, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and batons. I joined the Poor Peopleıs Economic Human Rights Campaign in a march from Mears Park On September 2, 2008 at 4 p.m. Having heard that some peaceful protesters had been arrested the day before, I was concerned about joining this march. I had been the one to reserve a one-hour slot on the protest stage at 1 p.m. on the following day. National speakers had come from around the country (Ray McGovern, John Nichols and Debra Sweet from the World Can't Wait). The St. Paul Park and Rec. had made it clear the stage would only be available if I were physically present with my driverıs license at the time reserved. I therefore had decided to join the march with the idea of being extremely cautious to avoid any interactions with the police that could result in my arrest. I was dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee to protest the denial of habeas corpus as a human right. There were speeches that went on for a very long time. The organizers spoke about human rights and the need for housing, education, and health care. There was a scuffle between the police and some of the protesters during these speeches, but I was not in a location to see what occurred. Before we began the march, the main organizer had each of us raise our right hands and repeat after her that we would behave peacefully and non-violently. She also stressed that this was important because there were children in the march, and some of them were hers. I saw the organizers intercept some people wearing black bandanas over their faces and black clothing and told them they were welcome to join the march but only if they promised to be peaceful and non-violent. They told the leaders of the march that they were going to be peaceful. The march then began, and it was extremely long. It felt as if it were about a five-mile march. All along the march we were shouting slogans like, ³Stop the war on the poor,² ³If they say cut back, we say fight back,² and others. We went by the St. Paul Capitol where we stopped and invited people who were rallying there to join us. (I found out later that these people were gathered to listen to the band Rage against the Machine). We then continued to the Xcel Energy Center. The march came to a halt in free speech zone just outside the Xcel Energy Center. For those of you unaware, the free speech zone consists of a tall fence separating the public from the Xcel Energy Center in front of which is a buffer zone populated by riot police in front of which is another high fence. Next, the lead organizer got on the shoulders of another marcher and through a bullhorn announced to the protesters that she was going to deliver a citizenıs arrest to the doors of the Xcel Energy Center for crimes against humanity. She made us raise our right hands again and promise that we would stay right where we were and to be peaceful. Everyone I could see raised their hands and repeated the promise back to her. Then she went to the free speech gate that separated us from the front doors of the Xcel Energy Center. She spoke through her bullhorn to the nearest police officer, who was dressed in riot gear. She told that officer that she wanted to deliver a message to the people at the RNC. She told the officer she was not violent. She expressed that she did not want him to shoot or taze her. She expressed that she wanted to deliver her message to the delegates and was looking for his help in doing that. She suggested to the officer that he could deliver the citizenıs arrest, or that he could escort her to the RNC, or that he could bring someone from the RNC to receive the arrest warrant from her. But, of course, the police officer on the other side of the gate refused to respond at all, and she settled on just placing her message through the gate and asking the officer to have someone come and get it. She informed the officer that it was only a piece of paper and an American Flag so that the officer wouldnıt confuse her actions as anything but peaceful. Prior to sliding the citizenıs arrest through the gate, she asked the police officer if it was ok that she slide the message through the fence, but he did not respond. She delivered the citizenıs arrest and then she left the gate and the march was apparently over at that point. People started to disperse. As the march had been long, many people were tired. At least 100 people remained in the free speech zone to rest and hang out. Nearly everyone sat down and quietly chatted amongst themselves. I sat down with them, took out my cell phone, and made a couple of calls. I removed my Guantanamo Bay hood at this point and left it off for the rest of the evening. I was sitting with my back against the free speech zone fence along west 5th Street. Then the person next to me borrowed my cell phone and made a call. We were not protesting or being rowdy, nor were we waving any signs or banging on the fence. About 15 minutes after we sat down, we saw police gathering outside one end of the free speech zone (near the corner of west 6th Street and Main). The riot police opened the gates, came in, and started marching towards us in a line. Some protesters who had been closer to the police officers when they entered the free speech zone called back to the rest of us. They informed us of the officersı message that we were engaged in an unlawful assembly. However, I only learned this through word of mouth. The officers did not announce it over a bullhorn. I found their accusation odd because we were in a free speech zone that the city had specifically set up so that we could gather to protest the RNC. I took a picture of the police line-up. As the police came toward us I asked the officers closest to me why they were pushing us out of the free speech zone. While I was asking them this, they were shoving their batons forward in unison and shouting, ³Move, move, move!² I was backing up as they were asking us to do. I told them I was moving but was curious how this could be an unlawful assembly since this cage was set up specifically for protesting the RNC. I also made the point that we had been behaving peacefully. They refused to answer me except to say, ³Itıs an unlawful assembly.² I kept questioning them, ³By what criteria did you determine this to be an unlawful assembly?² They would not answer me. I kept moving. I took a picture of an interaction between the riot police and some people (I believe they were with Code Pink.) They had a bicycle that was chained to a tree, and they were attempting to free it. The police were attempting to stop them by shoving at them with their batons. The bicyclists did eventually free their bikes and rode away. A protester next to me suddenly was pepper sprayed. I did not see them do anything aggressive. They were close to a police officer, but I wasnıt watching at the moment just prior to the spraying. I took a picture of him being helped by the other protesters to decontaminate his eyes. We then heard loud explosions occurring behind us, which drew our attention. Many of us continued backing up down 7th Street towards St. Peter as directed by the police, which was where the explosions were taking place. As we approached St. Peter (near Mickeyıs Diner), we were met by more riot police who had their guns trained on us. That caused me to stop in my tracks and raise my hands above my head. Those around me then saw what appeared to be the concussion grenades detonating at the northwest corner of 7th Street and St. Peter. Upon exploding, the grenades were ear piercing, released a lot of smoke, and produced light flashes. I was not sure why they were setting off the grenades. We were trapped at this point, between two rows of riot police. Protesters in the crowd were expressing concerns over which way we were supposed to go. After a short while, the police officers moved allowing a small space to open at the northwest corner of the intersection (near where the grenades had been detonated). One police officer approached us and pointed towards the opening and indicated that we could either leave in that direction or be arrested. I (and many others) very quickly obliged and walked through the opening, not wishing to get arrested. Given how the police officer directed me, I was under the impression that I was in an appropriate place. I started to slowly wander away in the general direction that the police officer had originally directed me. At this point, the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Michael Cavlan passed by me, also heading north. He asked if I was ok, and we exchanged disbelief at how the police were behaving. I also got out my cell phone to let my friends, who might be worried about me, know that I was ok. I feared that if theyıd heard about this incident in the news, theyıd be worried. I called one of my friends and was talking to them when all of the sudden I heard bullets firing from behind me where the police were lined up. I also heard ricocheting around me, letting me know that they were firing towards me. At this point instinct kicked in, and I started running out of fear. I informed my friend who still on the phone with me that I had to go because I was being shot at. I left the cell phone connected to my friend as I ran so that they could be a witness if necessary. A few seconds after I started running I felt an impact on the left side of my back. It felt like someone had punched me. I did not stop to check how I was because I was still trying to get away. Then I saw in front of me another line of riot police who ordered me to get on the ground. I dove to the ground on the west sidewalk of St. Peter somewhere between West 7th and Exchange Street. Several police barked an order not to move, while pointing their weapons at me. I let go of my cell phone and Guantanamo hood so that they would not mistake them for weapons and placed my hands beside me on the sidewalk. I said, ³I am not moving, I am not moving.² I lay there for a little while and then I heard someone walk up beside me. I then heard what sounded like a camera shutter going off a few times before that person wandered off again. I believe that it must have been a police officer taking my picture, as the reporters were not being treated any differently from the protesters. If there had been a reporter around me when the bullets were fired, I believe they would not have been able to freely move in the area with out the police addressing them. A few moments later, an officer in riot gear approached me and told me I could get up. As I got to my feet, the officer asked me if I was ok. I replied, ³I donıt know.² I obviously had not checked my back yet, as I was not able to move while on the ground. I also was not sure if shock had caused me to underestimate the possible damage to my back. But the officer must not have been terribly concerned about my well-being because he told me to continue north on St. Peter without checking out my back. I believe they must of known they shot me. The reason I say this is because they ordered me to the ground, took a picture of me, and asked me how I was. After asking me how I was, however, he showed in his response a clear lack of concern for my well-being. The only other motive I can ascribe to his having asked me how I was is a possible desire to relieve themselves of liability for having injured me with the hope that I would say I was okay When I did not say I was okay, he did not choose to continue the conversation, perhaps because he did not want to open up the conversation to my having been hurt. I asked if I could pick up my cell phone, not realizing he had already picked it up. He held it out and said he didnıt know if it is was mine. I also asked if I could ³get my hat² (Guantanamo hood) but he said he also did not know if that was mine so I did not pursue it further. The police were extremely intimidating with their guns pointed at me and barking out orders. I felt that if I engaged in any type of conversation with them, I was risking being maced or having them hit me with their batons. So, instead of getting badge numbers or inquiring into how Iıd later obtain my stuff, I abandoned my things and walked north with my hands above my head. Reporters were videotaping my walk and had possibly been recording my interactions with the police. I arrived at an intersection where the protesters and reporters were gathered at the location (around 10th Street) that seemed consistent with where the police wanted us to be. Once there I checked my back by just touching it and seeing if it hurt. From what I could tell, I didnıt seem seriously hurt. I asked a reporter to borrow her cell phone so I could let my friend know that I was safe. I assumed that they were pretty worried about me after my previous phone call. After I got of the phone, within a minute or two, once again I heard a ruckus and everyone started to run away from the spot closest to the police towards the north again. The police apparently again were trying to move us by the use of tear gas or pepper spray without first giving us an audible warning. I did not stick around in an attempt to find out exactly what was happening. Instead I tried to get out of the area once again by heading north. When I reached 11th Street, I turned the corner to the east and removed my Guantanamo Bay jumpsuit. I did this in case the police had any residual negative feelings about me and might associate it with the suit. Then, as I continued eastward, I saw another line of officers and therefore asked someone near me if it was safe to head in that direction. The person indicated that the police were rounding people up and that it as not safe to go that way. I backtracked to St. Peter and attempted to cross the bridge over 94 to the north. Once I was clearly away from all the activity, I checked my back more thoroughly and saw that I had a red spot where the bullet had hit. It was obvious at this point that the bullet had been some non-lethal version (rubber bullet). Luckily, I was then able to get to my car and drive home. Iım still unsure how citizens were supposed to express their free speech during the RNC if not in the free speech zone set up by the city. Iım also not sure how someone in the U.S. is supposed to avoid police brutality if the police arenıt expected to give individuals who they are about to abuse, fair warning of how to avoid that abuse by following whatever directives they feel are necessary. I am in talks with the ACLU, however. They have preliminarily agreed to work with me on a lawsuit. --------22 of 29-------- Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 02:21:03 +1200 (NZST) From: Ren Martin <renmrtn [at] gmail.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] after assessment Neal wrote: "To support your argument, Mr. Martin, produce a copy of the warrant, the complaint, or other legal process. You should also cite any law, ordinance, or rule that may require the closure of a building under the State Fire Code or other building or safety code." Neal, I have tried to upload the warrant and evidence receipts a couple days back but they did not post. You can read them at: http://media.myfoxtwincities.com/pdfs/Scann001.PDF The Sheriff claimed he was seizing the bldg due to a fire code violation, not because of probable cause discovered during his search (unlike the example you give of an automobile seizure). A desperation move since the items they hoped to find at the building were not there, unless you count laptops and personal electronics, in which case we all better move to a Motel 6 and give up our homes. You claim that his authority stems from the fact that, due to Code, the tenants were guilty of a misdemeanor, however the Code also states (below) that no person can be convicted, i.e. guilty in this country, for violating the code without written notice and time to comply. No written notice was ever issued before or after the event, and time to comply was not allowed - which is about 3 seconds to unlock the exit door. You cannot have it both ways - if the Fire Code gave him authority then he must perform according to the requirements of the Code. State Fire Code: "A person who violates a provision of the State Fire Code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. No person shall be convicted for violating the State Fire Code unless the person shall have been given notice of the violation in writing and reasonable time to comply. The notice must contain a statement explaining the right to appeal the orders". --------23 of 29-------- Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:08:15 -0500 Reply-To: erin stalnaker <erinzona.s [at] gmail.com> Subject: SIGN ON:To Rep.McCollum:re;RNC POlice Msconduct CONTACT: please call Kris Hermes at 510-681-6361 or email him: krishermes [at] earthlink.com Dear friends & colleagues, Please take a moment to read the attached letter and brainstorm whether you belong to, work for or are otherwise in a position to present this letter to an organization in order to request that it become a signatory in calling for investigations of the multiple issues facing the Twin Cities as a result of the recent Republican National Convention. It is critical that this oversight be brought to bear in light of recent events and time is of the essence so please act as immediately as you are able. Please exercise your networks and call on the institutions and organizations that can encourage Congresswoman McCollum's desire to call for investigations. If you are able to get a commitment from a group/organization/institution, please call Kris Hermes at 510-681-6361 or email him: krishermes [at] earthlink.com with that information and contact information of the person who will be the actual signatory. Thanks, Erin Stalnaker September 9, 2008 Congresswoman Betty McCollum 400 Selby Avenue, Suite I St. Paul, MN 55102 Dear Representative McCollum, We are writing to express our concern over the events that transpired before and during the recent Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul and Minneapolis. We are very troubled by the pattern of disproportionate, pre-emptive, and even violent law enforcement response to peaceful protests before and during this event, and urge you to call for an independent investigation. In addition to concerns about abuse and First Amendment violations, we are concerned about how the RNC's insurance policy and the federal government's grant to the St. Paul police department might have eroded police restraint and contributed to their use of preemptive and aggressive tactics. Some Convention-related episodes involved systematic harassment. On the Friday night preceding the RNC, a public meeting space meant to coordinate transportation, housing and food for protesters coming to the Twin Cities was subject to a preemptive raid by the police. During this raid, dozens of people were detained, only to be released later with no charges. Perhaps even more disturbing, on Saturday, August 30, law enforcement officers with assault rifles raided several homes; detained and arrested people; and seized computers, household items, and boxes of pamphlets, flyers, signs and banners. Additionally, officers effectively chilled freedom of the press throughout this period by targeting journalists not affiliated with major networks. These actions were undertaken singly, and in coordinated efforts, by the Ramsey County Sheriff, the Hennepin County Sheriff, the St. Paul Police Department, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the FBI. Preemptive harassment should concern both citizens and politicians because it not only discourages and disrupts peaceful processes protected by law, but it undermines community trust in law enforcement. Although the Ramsey County Sheriff's office held a press conference the next day to highlight confiscated weapons material, much of this material was such household items as twine, tape, nails, paint, road maps, and fishing line - none of which provided any credible basis for the subsequent police violence. In the following days of the convention, police used tear gas, pepper spray, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and even tasers on non-violent demonstrators, media personnel, legal observers, medics, and bystanders. These examples were accompanied by police harassment and arrests at several public places where activists were known to gather, including neighborhood bars, fundraisers and concerts. Attorneys visiting the jailed protesters reported that officers had intentionally crashed their bicycles into demonstrators and injured them. These generally unprovoked and aggressive tactics were widespread and indiscriminate, harming hundreds of people in the Twin Cities. We worry that the federal grant of $50 million contributed more to aggressive tactics than to policing operations that conform to international standards. We are concerned that the RNC's $10 million insurance policy for damages and legal costs resulting from police brutality and misconduct claims may have played a significant role in prompting the use of weapons on non-violent protesters in violation of legal protections. Despite police claims of protester violence, it appears that criminal activity was limited to minor amounts of petty vandalism disconnected from the violent police response to demonstrations. What makes the need for a comprehensive investigation particularly urgent, however, are reports from both Ramsey and Hennepin Counties that after being jailed, people were subjected to abuse. Some peaceful protesters, such as Elliot Hughes, were reportedly beaten and required hospitalization. Hughes became the visible face of this brutality, but there were instances of other types of abuse. Numerous detainees claim that critical medical attention and prescription drugs were delayed or denied, as were food and access to attorneys. These claims alone demand investigation. Amnesty International has called publicly for a prompt inquiry into reported police misconduct, and we concur. A comprehensive review of the origins and use of federal funds is necessary for local accountability and effective congressional oversight. A review of police tactics and actions is necessary to make sure future policing actions are disciplined, measured, and reflect the high standards of our community. A review of detention practices is necessary to ensure safe and humane practices. Findings and recommendations should be thorough, impartial, prompt and public. Consequently, we the undersigned would appreciate your full support for public independent investigations. Sincerely, --------24 of 29-------- Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:17:02 -0700 (PDT) From: M Charles Swope <mcswope [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] Reflections on the RNC Mayor Coleman writes: "...the police presence was, as we had planned, in the background blending into the hospitality that people from all over the country came to appreciate." This has to be one of the more blatantly dishonest statements I've seen. It certainly gives no reason to expect that any review of police procedures and conduct will be conducted with a view other than to whitewash what happened and simply reach a preordained conclusion that everything went well. --------25 of 29-------- Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 06:36:02 +1200 (NZST) From: Diane Gerth <gerthkueny [at] aol.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] Reflections on the RNC "Instead of greeting visitors with police dressed in full riot gear, we employed officers dressed in ordinary police uniforms, riding bicycles and on horseback and directed them to remain in small groups so their presence would be less prominent." Mayor Coleman's visitors may have been greeted that way. My visitors - citizen journalists, online journalists and bloggers - were greeted on day one with intersection after intersection of police dressed in full riot gear armed with canisters of pepper spray, tear gas, and concussion grenades, executing military-style moves while shocked visitors looked on. In the days that followed, they saw the natural outcome from such an obvious display of in-your-face force. I am embarrassed that this is the image they have of Saint Paul. --------26 of 29-------- Like Goldilocks, survey says police handled RNC .just about right. By Chris Steller, Minnesota Independent September 16, 2008 Hey, someone.s been eating my constitutional rights! After St. Paul announced last week that a man named Heffelfinger would review law enforcement during the Republican National Convention, a local TV station trumpeted what would seem to be Goldilocks. view on the matter. This weekend's SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV poll reported that - in Three-Bears fashion - 60 percent of Minnesotans surveyed chose "Just About Right" as the best answer to this question: "How do you think law enforcement handled the arrests of hundreds of protesters during the Republican National Convention?" "Just About Right?" Does that mean 60 percent of Minnesotans think that 45 is just about the right number of journalists to be arrested and detained? So 53 would have been too aggressive, 36 not quite aggressive enough? And 27 medics in cuffs is perfect - why, because it's 3 X 3 X 3? The other stances offered were "Too Aggressively" and "Not Aggressively Enough" - adherents of which might find they have more common ground with each other than with the blithe Just About Righties. Never mind that SurveyUSA took the poll just as 9/11 memorials honoring fallen first responders filled the airwaves. Or that KSTP had already told viewers, in an unusual on-air editorial, that police had done a good job protecting the convention of the party the station's owner gives prodigiously to. Or that, remarkably, the corollary question - Were Americans' free speech rights protected too aggressively, not aggressively enough, or just about right? - is rarely posed by pollsters. The question is: Who could look at what happened on the streets of St. Paul and Minneapolis - from the first house preemptively raided to the last faceful of pepperspray - and say law enforcement got it "just about right?" Did Survey USA only poll the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis? "Just About Right" appears with some regularity in public opinion research. SurveyUSA has used it for polls in other states, including in a recent Washington State poll that asked about the level of media scrutiny applied to Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. And it was used as recently as 2005 in an annual Sunshine Week survey regarding the amount of public access to government data and meetings. It's an attractive answer for people taking surveys: in a Washington Post/ABC poll from March, "Just About Right" walloped all comers on the question of whether McCain and Obama were too liberal, too conservative, or just about right. Gallup uses "Just About Right. when asking the same question (and found in July that slightly more people thought McCain too conservative than just about right). In fact, "Just About Right" was one of the provided responses in the first nationwide public opinion poll, conducted by the Gallup organization in September, 1935: "Do you think expenditures by the government for relief and recovery are too little, too great, or just about right?" "Just about Right" is a standard middle-response category in the field of consumer research where it goes by the acronym JAR, as in "JAR-scale surveys". Even there, researchers - call them JARheads - rely on JAR-scales much more as a way to measure sensory responses, such as the taste of a new food than as a method to suss out judgements about concepts such as food product names or marketing campaigns. And maybe that's the problem with the SurveyUSA question on RNC policing: it measures whether the level of police aggressiveness was to your taste, not whether it was wrong in concept or practice. Or maybe future polls of this sort need a fourth option: Just About Wrong. Article Tags: police, police misconduct, protest, Republican National Convention, RNC 2008 --------27 of 29-------- Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 10:45:07 +1200 (NZST) From: Tom Hilber <banjotomh [at] aol.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] Reflections on the RNC St. Paul Oligarchy is out of touch and with two mayors gone Tory and one to go! Those who have power, of privilege (oligarchy) wealth and entrenched interests in public, private corporate sector fear democracy, as they will always do. It is fashionable, today as in the past to marginalize and mock protestors as ignorant, dull-witted, unpatriotic provincial -- and so on. The concentration of media ownership, the corporate sponsorship of the RNC in downtown St. Paul, vast media holdings like CNBC, accused by the way of being lefty Press by hecklers in Rice Park Thursday night in Rice Park, no longer assure the dynamic of a level playing field in regard free speech for most of us. The range of Ideas, presented by protestors, in signage, street theater, number of people willing to do civil disobedience in early September in St. Paul Mn attests to the many sided discontentment present in our current society. I Remember Democracy's singular triumph in the last century was its civic triumph in rejecting American policy in Vietnam with its military and police riots abroad and at home, and burning cities gone crazy with rage at the system (See Mpls Rage Against The Machine Concert 2008) which brought us to now; controlled, embedded reporters (controlled news), hiding of the caskets of our fighters, marginalizing protesters, muffled voices and talking heads (who are those people?). It was a massive defeat for the sponsors of Cold War mythology -- the "domino" theory, the insidious, everlasting threat of "a world of communism," the treachery of "Liberals" and the mass criminality of trade union leaders. The lessons from the Vietnam debacle, not lost in current police circles, that befell private/public power and propaganda machines, of the past, were not lost upon the brooding, sullen and defeated pro-war factions. The trouble with democracy, it has been argued over the centuries, is that it cannot be trusted to accept the reasoned, dispassionate judgments formed by superior minds with larger interests. Betters would always know best. John Locke observed, "The greater part cannot know and therefore must believe.' Case in point is the free speech zone, which was a joke, and actually not accessible and was closed down even more to limit access to an audience in side, it was reservoir tipped condom solution to "containment" of free speech movement prevalent in the 60's well outside the security perimeter of the River center crowd. The CNBC zone, in Rice Park, was like a day at the circus with t-shirts hats, placards promoting but with out the any real biffy (bitch) access for us citizens. As an artist/citizen observer I was down town two days, Wednesday afternoon & evening Thursday evening. I was impressed with the power of being in a area with martial law (first time by the way) in place how anyone with a voice at all was immediately targeted by security even me when I climbed up in a fig tree (park bench) to see the "master" coming. My point if there is one: I feel most free witting this rant (knowing full well and hoping all the security people reading this will at least take pause) but in that downtown cage like atmosphere I was intimidated, in the free speech zone I was marginalized, and that's my story. I do not like bullies, weapons (other then muskets), liars, intimidation, covert actions, interment facilities (See Ramsey County Jail preparations for RNC in St. Paul MN) people that think there better then me when I disagree, and people that think might makes right. (*) Hitler made small town farmers (sic) that lost their farms to Jewish bankers into his greatest unquestioning supporters and history is repeating itself with McCain Palin ticket to date. Bring on the debates of the century. General educational abstractions and References to Democracy Falters as corporate power grows abstracted by Dalton Camp 4/1/01 Toronto Star: (*Reference recent news of Sara Palin quoting Westbrook Pegler) --------28 of 29-------- Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 23:19:47 -0500 From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: Re: [SPIF] Reflections on the RNC Mayor Coleman's letter is more of an embarrassment than a recognition of the truly terrible lockdown this city underwent for five to six days. Police, not demonstrators, save for 20-30 (not 300) nasties, laid siege to St. Paul and for all the capitulation to journalists, the traditional lines that were easily viewed by police - like RNC credentials hanging from our necks and not one move toward participating in confrontations anywhere - made absolutely no difference to those officers who insulted and shoved and arrested mainstream media members right and left. I consider free-lance journalists and representatives of local radio, television, print and online outlets to be mainstream even if Don Shelby and his cohorts are cooped up inside the Xcel. The fact that major news outlets in these cities sought to "embed" journalists inside the police lines (so as not to be arrested? What did they know that we did not?) should scare the hell out of every one of us. Embedded journalists, as one wag noted, means journalists are in bed with the police. Completely contrary to the very notion of of a free and open press looking in on official America to see that it's operating lawfully and above board. Mayor Coleman is living in a fantasy world created by the cops and insulated from the nitty-gritty street stuff that shut down the city and resulted in mean, nasty takedowns of innocent citizens, some of them journalists, others trying to get home, others marching peacefully, if occasionally loudly, against the policies of this nation - and now this city. For their trouble, they were tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, maced, shoved to the sidewalk, their faces smashed into the concrete for the simple act of asserting their rights to move freely into and out streets and buildings, or to refuse to be searched - an adjudicated 4th Amendment right. It will be a long time, if ever, that thousands of this city's voters will forgive this lapse in the Constitutional guarantees as inflicted by police and defended by hizzoner, especially his unwillingness to admit that the chaos that came down in this town was not caused by a few of the wilder elements of protesters assembling, but by the law enforcement community who couldn't have been harmed in any way, given their armored assaults. And we're only beginning to learn about the treatment of jailed arrestees, the assaults and denial of medicine for diabetics, and the refusal of toilet facilities for others. This was martial law, plain and simple, and those who defend this behavior can only pray to their higher power that it never happens to them. Welcome to Banana St. Paul. -- "Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity." - Lord Acton --------29 of 29-------- Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 23:53:43 -0500 From: Tom Goldstein/EFQ <tom_goldstein [at] comcast.net> Subject: Re: [SPIF] after assessment You know, a law enforcement officer exaggerating the truth in order to get a search warrant is not exactly something that hasn't been done many, many times throughout history, as any reading of a basic text on civil liberties, criminal law, etc., will reveal, especially when law enforcement is using agents provocateurs as many have alleged took place with the infiltration of the so-called anarchist groups. So, given the high stakes that having a national convention in St. Paul would have posed for a judge presented with a warrant alleging a security risk, and given Fletcher's status as a sheriff leading these raids, it's rare that a judge would not accept the credibility of a sheriff absent a clear showing that he had abused his authority or proof that the informants who provided the information that became the substance of the warrant may also have been exaggerating the truth. Unfortunately, we'll never get that proof unless the county, state, or feds launch a criminal investigation into such matters, something that will unlikely happen since nobody died and given the general lack of concern in government circles these days about the abuse of civil liberties in this country. The mere fact that a judge issued a warrant may give the appearance that due process was met, but it doesn't mean that Fletcher didn't encourage informants to stretch the truth, exaggerate what happened in the meetings where said violence was supposedly planned, etc. Far worse police abuses have happened up and down the spectrum of law enforcement over the years in the U.S., and given Fletcher's brazen involvement five years ago in the Ward 5 city council race, the idea that he'd exceed his authority this time around is not exactly an idea out of left field. The proof will be whether any sustainable charges related to the warrant ever come out of the raids. Based on the "evidence" produced by the RC Sheriff, the case seems pretty flimsy to me. And the harassment of journalists prior to the convention was an unquestionable abuse of power. Combine this with the recent conviction of Fletcher's close friend and former public information officer, who apparently was allowed to go on police raids and carry a firearm even though he was not a licensed peace officer, and it's obvious that a number of things are amiss within the RC Sheriff's office under Fletcher's leadership. Whether anybody in authority has the guts to conduct an investigation of that office is what remains to be seen. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 vote third party for president for congress now and forever
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