Cops Try to Corral Group of 200 Protesters for Arrests on Marion St. Bridge

September 5, 2008

from FOX “News”:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — At least 55 people have been arrested on the fourth consecutive day of protests during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Thursday night, police were trying to corral about 200 more protesters for arrests on the Marion Street bridge in St. Paul.

Police expect the official number of arrests to climb through the evening as more people are processed.

Protesters Get Tear Gased Near the State Capitol


Marching to the Convention Center to protest the RNC

September 5, 2008

Marching to the Convention Center to protest the RNC

September 5, 2008

9/4/08 – Protest Welcoming Committee for John McCain

September 5, 2008

“No Peace for the War-Makers” demonstration at the Xcel Center on September 4

September 4, 2008

Anti-War Committee

1313 5th St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 w 612.379.3899 w

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2008

Contact: Katrina Plotz 651.769.4474

Misty Rowan 651.494.8240

Anti-War Committee press conference to announce “No Peace for the War-Makers” demonstration at the Xcel Center on September 4

On Wednesday September 3, the Anti-War Committee will hold a press conference at 1:30 at the Merriam Park Library in St. Paul to announce plans for a massive demonstration on Thursday, the final day of the Republican National Convention. Plans for September 4 include a rally at the State Capitol at 4 pm followed by a march to the Xcel Center. Individuals and groups will demonstrate their opposition to the war in Iraq and the wars at home on immigrants, workers, low income families, people of color, and the queer community. Demonstrators will utilize creative and diverse tactics to resist war and injustice under a banner of “No Peace for the War-Makers.”

The September 4th demonstration has been endorsed locally by the Welfare Rights Committee, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and Students for a Democratic Society, and nationally by the Troops Out Now Coalition, the International Action Center, and Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.

Anti-War Committee member Misty Rowan explains, “On September 4, the Republicans will nominate John McCain for president, a candidate who supports endless occupation in Iraq and has threatened war against Iran. He has vowed to continue the war at home by extending Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy and by expanding free trade agreements that exploit workers and the environment. We must counter this agenda with demands of our own. We want U.S. troops out of Iraq now and an end to injustice and exploitation at home.

Katrina Plotz of the Anti-War Committee continues, “Throughout the RNC, the Xcel Center has been closed to the thousands of people whose lives are most affected by the plans and decisions of the politicians. The police presence in St. Paul this week has been designed to scare and silence those who are speaking and acting against the Republican agenda. We will not be intimidated. It’s up to us to gather in the streets and converge on the Xcel Center to reject 5 years of unjust war in Iraq and demand justice at home and abroad.”

The Anti-War Committee has been organizing rallies, protests, and educational events in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. We stand in solidarity with communities at home and abroad who are oppressed by U.S. policy and are committed to building a broad movement for social justice and peace.

Press Conference: “No Peace for the War-Makers”

Wednesday, September 3 @ 1:30 pm, at Merriam Park Library (1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul – corner of Marshall and Fairview.

End the Occupation of St. Paul! McCain/RNC/Police OUT now!

September 3, 2008

Sign the petition: Tell John McCain, the RNC, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Police

  • STOP the Illegal Raids!
  • Release All Arrestees and Drop the Charges!

Election Unspun: RNC scales back, police ramp up crackdown

September 1, 2008

from Free Speech Radio News:

The Republican National Convention, expected to begin today in St. Paul Minnesota, has been scaled back due to Hurricane Gustav. President Bush and Vice President Cheney have cancelled their Monday appearances. The Republicans have cancelled all parties and speeches are instructed to be a-political and solemn. Republicans have minimized all convention proceedings except those required by law – such as calling a quorum.

Meanwhile, protestors are still planning their actions despite police intimidation. Over the weekend, police cracked down, attempting to disrupt any protest activity planned for the coming week around the Republican convention. Friday night, police detained a dozen people and raided a protest convergence center in St. Paul, and on Saturday, police raided three houses with drawn guns.