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Subject: E-News Flash, Please read ASAP!
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2008 23:25:22 +0000
Two important announcements:
1. Meeting to plan post convention party and other agenda items
2. Lawsuit information and request for assistance
1. R-68 will be hosting a short meeting to plan a post cenvention party for radicals in addition to checking in on how the community is doing and what our next steps will be to continue the momentum created during the DNC.
[Swift company in Greeley] fired 10 to 15 Muslim employees on Friday. [Three more] female Muslim workers were also let go...
More than 100 Muslim workers planned to march a couple miles to a Greeley meatpacking plant Monday afternoon in protest of what they called JBS Swift & Co.’s sudden reversal of accommodation for their religious fasting.
The workers, mostly Somalis but also from several other East African nations, said they were told by Swift management on Friday not to report to work Monday until the matter of changed break times to accommodate their fasts was settled.
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The innuendo and slander against protesters have been piled deep as the trash left by the Dems at Invesco. To date, few of the lies have been publicly challenged. There are a few exceptions, however; Denver Post Columnist Susan Greene has attempted to set the record straight concerning one false accusation. She also comments about the police state impression left on a youngster visiting Denver during the DNC.
[excerpt] "[Denver Police spokesman Sonny] Jackson — the man paid to provide accurate information — told me Tuesday that officers were getting 'spit on' by protesters. Three days later he acknowledged he 'couldn't verify' any spit 'for certain.'
"'It may have been just a rumor,' he admits."
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Rolling Thunder, the biannual journal covering anarchist activity and direct action in North America, is seeking submissions for our coverage of the protests at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. If you have access to photos or other documentation, or can write an account of your experiences, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should cities be allowed to insure themselves against claims of police brutality? The City of St. Paul agreed to host the Republican National Convention on the condition that Republican Party arranged "to buy insurance covering up to $10 million in damages and unlimited legal costs for law enforcement officials accused of brutality, violating civil rights and other misconduct." Private donations were used to purchase the insurance.
News coverage by Erin Rosa can be found here:
After DNC/RNC, fight ICE and support immigrant rights struggle: a call to action
please read, forward widely, discuss with others, and ACT!
AFTER DNC/RNC, FIGHT ICE
Recently I was talking with a friend about DNC/RNC and ICE’s (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) assault on undocumented workers. So credit for some of these ideas---and for inspiring this writing---goes to them.
by R. Westlund, and the Portland Street Medics
Street Medics Victimized by Police Brutality and Unjustified Arrests at RNC
R. Westlund - the author of this Press Release - is one of the Portland Street Medics who were arrested in Minneapolis-St. Paul this week during the Republican National Convention; is also a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and eyewitness to some of the abuses and atrocities.
This Press Release includes the names of some of the arrested Street Medics and describes some of the details of the incidents from the battle zones, including Police attitudes and behavior plus the level of violence and injuries sustained by peaceful demonstrators at the DNC who were engaged in activities entirely protected by the US Constitution.
There have been quite a few changes to the site recently that should make it better. Here's what's been going on behind the scenes at Colorado Indymedia.
The budget ... revealed numerous purchases by the police department that previously had been kept secret. Those expenses included $111,000 for turtle suits worn by officers for riot control, 1,800 ballistic helmets at a cost of $652,000 and $22,000 in flex cuffs as well as $22,000 in riot shields and $37,000 on riot control batons.
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When you wake up this morning and read the headlines about McCain's speech, the latest horserace tally, and political predictions, I want you to be aware of events you may not read about, events that illuminate the real state of our democracy, events that brought me to tears (and it wasn't just from the gas). I want to tell you about battle that raged on the streets of St. Paul- A battle waged by the police, backed, funded, and organized by the Department of Homeland Security, a battle against peaceful protesters, war veterans, concerned citizens, and journalists.
I am not sure people really understand just what took place in Congress this summer with regard to the NSA illegal wiretapping program.
In addition to tear gas, pepper spray, smoke grenades, rubber bullets and batons, police at the RNC have used explosive percussion grenades against protesters. [pictures inside]
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Labor Day 08
Summer has been over for the past two weeks both school and weather portend change. The Semi joyless town of Simla celebrates Labor Day. Labor Day Weekend is taken for granted
Placing daisies into rifle barrels represented a peace offering from hippies to young soldiers of the National Guard, or to the Military Police called up for riot duty in the 'sixties. Some believed that as an expression of love, "flower power" could conquer all.
Photographs from the mass detention on Monday, August 25, 2008. More coming, shot on high speed film.
Amy Goodman, popular host of the DemocracyNow! program that airs on satellite, cable and other network feeds, including Channel 12 television in Denver, has been arrested at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. The DemocracyNow! team was filming tear gassing, pepper spraying, and firing of rubber bullets. The DemocracyNow! team was tear gassed and pepper sprayed, then arrested.
Twin Cities Indymedia reports: Amy Goodman has now been released. Many others, including journalists, are still being held.
Nearly live video from the streets at the RNC. Recent footage includes a brief interview with a credentialed journalist as he's being treated, it sounds like he says on the video that he is from Parent Magazine, pepper sprayed by the police for, as he put it, "photographing people exercising their first amendment rights."