Jail Vigil and Arrestee Support

September 5, 2008

from Indymedia:

Start: 08/29/2008 – 11:53
End: 09/05/2008 – 11:53

Hey folks! Coldsnap needs your help! We are coordinating a 24 hour-a-day jail vigil to provide support and services to our friends and community members as they are released from jail. In order to have a round the clock presence, we need lots of people to come hang out and help out at the jails. If you are interested in getting on the outtake schedule, please email Lindsey at lindshives@gmail.com. Otherwise, just show up and bring your friends! We’ll be there 24 hours throughout the RNC, starting Friday night after critical mass. Sign up for the RNC legal twitter account to get jail updates (check www.tincancollective.org for instructions). If you get released from jail, come visit us for legal info, food, medical care, and chocolate! We’ve got your back!

Ramsey County Jail- 425 Grove St., St Paul (24 hour vigil)
Hennepin County Jail- 350 S. 5th St., Minneapolis (vigil as needed- check twitter)
Coldsnap Legal Hotline- 651.356.8635


Update from Marion Street Bridge

September 5, 2008

3 empty police busses heading towards detainments on marion 94 bridge – mass arrest appears likely.

source: Twin Cities Indymedia

Standoff on John Ireland Bridge ends (we’ll be back…)

September 4, 2008

from the Star Tribune:

Eric Thayer, Getty Images

A woman is taken into custody by police as activists take part in a rally at the State Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

Last update: September 4, 2008 – 6:29 PM

Dozens of police officers in riot gear and on horseback blocked about 500 people who had gathered for an anti-war protest on the final day of the Republican National Convention from crossing the John Ireland Boulevard bridge over I-94.

Leaders of the protest ended the standoff at 6 p.m., telling their group that they would take a different route to the Xcel Energy Center. The standoff lasted about an hour.

The group earlier rallied at the State Capitol, and started marching after their permit expired at 5 p.m. They attempted to make their way toward the Xcel, where delegates were arriving to hear John McCain’s acceptance speech.

more here

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for updates

Cops are targeting journalists for arrest

September 4, 2008

from Free Press:


Date: September 2, 2008
Contact: Craig Aaron, Free Press, (202) 265-1490, x25

WASHINGTON — Today Free Press, the national, nonpartisan media reform group, called on St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and local law enforcement officials to drop all charges against all journalists arrested while covering protests outside the Republican National Convention. Those arrested Monday include Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and two producers from her show, as well as a photographer from the Associated Press. Other independent journalists have been pepper-sprayed and even held at gunpoint during “pre-emptive” raids aimed at disrupting protesters. This follows the arrest of an ABC News producer at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, made the following statement:

“We condemn the arrest and harassment of journalists before and during the Republican National Convention. We call on the mayor, district attorney and police chief to rein in the overly aggressive — and even violent — tactics of law enforcement. Arresting and detaining journalists for doing their jobs is a gross violation of free speech and freedom of the press. We call for the immediate release of any journalists being held in the Twin Cities and for all charges to be dropped immediately. Reporting by independent journalists is the only way for the American public to learn the full story, and they must be free to do their jobs without intimidation.”

more here

Code Pink says: “Women say no to war. Palin is not a woman’s choice. Women need a peace vice president.”

September 4, 2008

from Feministing:

Yesterday afternoon, a Republican friend of CODEPINK bequeathed upon Jodie Evans one ticket to Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention. This small act of generosity and support for the group’s message — come on, if you invite CODEPINK somewhere they will eventually be escorted out — has inserted some sanity into the discussion of the McCain Palin ticket. “Sarah Palin is not a woman’s choice,” the phrase, is still echoing around the Xcel Center, the CNN Newsroom, the streets of St. Paul, and the breakfast tables of America.

Evans “dressed up” last night — temporarily covered up her pink outfit with black, put her trademark red hair in a bun on the top of her head, and went off to the event accompanied by another cofounder of the group, Medea Benjamin. (The day before, Benjamin had interrupted Phyllis Schafly appearance at a pro-life event hilariously called Life of the Party, and the mid-50s albeit not terribly tall blonde woman was referred to as “young,” by the press.) The two entered the hall shortly before Palin’s speech began, stripped off their outer layers, and revealed their message:

Women say no to war. Palin is not a woman’s choice. Women need a peace vice president.

Palin — beautiful, composed, mother of five — was momentarily distracted from her speech, which veiled her promise to turn the blind support of women voters into continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, heightened aggression with Pakistan and Iran, general support for the NRA, and a continued stripping away of our ever-dwindling reproductive rights. She presents a violent vision for our future, that will affect our lives on an international, national, and very individual, scope. Delivered in a pretty, palatable package.

full article here

St. Paul Students Ditch Class… But For Political Purposes This Time

September 4, 2008

Military Resistance at the RNC

September 4, 2008

from the Atlantic.com:

“The war is being supported by the people who consent to it continuing,” declared Adrienne Kinne, a former Army Arabic linguist, to her Iraq Veterans Against the War colleagues. The group had gathered for their own convention in the Ramada Mall of America hotel ahead of the Republican National Committee events, taking stock of their past year’s work and plotting future operations. Many of them had slept little the night before, having driven in from the Democratic National Convention. In Denver they had walked for several hours on mock combat patrols, dressed in camouflage, with imaginary rifles at the ready. They took fire from “snipers” and treated their flailing, screaming wounded. They held off mobs of angry Iraqi protestors, played by volunteers, and shoved suspected “insurgents” to the ground. Sufficiently shocked, they hoped, the lunchtime crowd might reconsider America’s role in Iraq.

full article