September 9, 2008
from the Minnesota Independent:
The RNC is over, and it’s not just Sarah Palin exhaling relief. The mayors of each twin city have issued their unanimous judgment of law enforcement actions during the daily protest rallies and marches of the RNC.
Their one-word summary: Convention police showed “restraint.”
Advocates for the hundreds, perhaps thousands of protesters (and a few journalists) who were pepper sprayed, maced, smoke-bombed, shoved, shot at (with non-lethal “impact rounds”), dispersed, cited, and detained have issued their own consensus message: See you in court.
The City of St. Paul had $50 million in federal money to spend on security for the RNC. Anybody on the streets of downtown St. Paul during the convention could have a close-up look at how some of that taxpayer money was spent, as police in riot gear showed off their tactical training and weaponry daily.
Members of the Minneapolis City Council have already called for an independent investigation with public hearings.
full article here
September 4, 2008
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
September 4, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. – As John McCain accepts his party’s presidential nomination Thursday night, protesters calling for an end to the Iraq war plan to march outside the Xcel Energy Center.
The Anti-War Committee, which is organizing Thursday’s march, urged others to join in and denounced the increased presence of police in riot gear and acts of “intimidation” in the streets of St. Paul.
Tracy Molm, a member of Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota, urged students to get involved.
“Students in this country are angry. We’re angry because it’s us that are asked to fight and die in this immoral and unjust war,” Molm said Wednesday. “Bring that anger to the streets, because that is how social change in this country happens.”
Police arrested 102 protesters in downtown Minneapolis early Thursday following a concert by the political rock group Rage Against the Machine, according to the Joint Information Center. Of those arrests, 100 were for misdemeanors and two were for gross misdemeanors. Eighty-seven of those arrested were tagged and released; 15 were booked.
September 4, 2008
from the Star Tribune:
As the city of St. Paul heads into one last day of convention hoopla — and one final day of protests — state civil liberties leaders have accused St. Paul police of making many improper arrests and in some cases, provoking more problems.
“I think some of the police on the street have been very aggressive physically,” said Charles Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota. “The phrase is ‘spoiling for a fight.'”
full story here