Thursday, September 04, 2008

Police infiltration tactics at the RNC

Listen to this interview with the sheriff in St. Paul, Minnesota, from Free Speech Radio News... no wonder activists are paranoid!

4 comments:

Tony said...

I will listen to this piece right away. I have been closely monitoring the situation at the RNC.

These cases against activists and organizers could set precedents that would be terrible under any president - but especially under McCain's presidency.

As a union organizer and queer activist, I am concerned about the ability to mobilize large masses of dissenting people.

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) seems to be doing some good report and CODEPINK sent me this action today:

"All of us in St. Paul felt the threat of brutality on the streets as we faced row upon row of police in full riot gear and watched police raid non-violent peace gatherings. Four CODEPINKers were arrested at the RNC, as were hundreds of other protestors, many of whom are still in custody (or whose belongings have not been returned upon release.)

You can provide solidarity and support for those arrested by contacting the Mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak, by phone (612-673-2100) or email (c/o helen.simrill@ci.minneoplis.mnuf) and the Mayor of St. Paul, Chris Coleman (651-266-8510) to demand the release of detained protestors and their belongings, and the dismissal of all charges against peaceful protesters. Your calls and emails will help keep the voice of protest alive."

Lots of Love-

Tony

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thanks for all the information, Tony!

Love --
mattilda

Lisa Harney said...

I'm disturbed a lot by various reports of possible Blackwater presence.

In addition to being disturbed by violation of constitutional rights and charging people with terrorism for peaceful protests.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Lisa, oh no -- not Blackwater! Just when you think everything is horrible, it gets worse...

Thanks for the link!

Love --
mattilda