Monthly Archives: August 2008

RNC Eve: Police Make Arrests, Confiscate Urine, Feces, Paint, Old Tires

Urine, Feces, Paint, and old tires.  Those are some of the things police confiscated on Saturday August 30th when they raided the Minneapolis Monica lived in.  She had told her father, Dave Bicking that the evening before police vehicles with blacked out windows had been driving by slowly and taking pictures.  She had considered this police intimidation since she is an organizer for the RNC Welcoming Committee, but did not think she was in danger of arrest.  
Monica was arrested and may be held through Wednesday at noon because of the Labor Day holiday. 
 
Interview took place on 8/30/08 in Powderhorn Park during a gathering of activists. Questions asked by G.R. Anderson, Jr of MinnPost.com. Video by Chuck Tomlinson
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RNC Eve: Police Make Arrests, Confiscate Urine, Feces, Paint, Old Tires

Urine, Feces, Paint, and old tires.  Those are some of the things police confiscated on Saturday August 30th when they raided the Minneapolis Monica lived in.  She had told her father, Dave Bicking that the evening before police vehicles with blacked out windows had been driving by slowly and taking pictures.  She had considered this police intimidation since she is an organizer for the RNC Welcoming Committee, but did not think she was in danger of arrest.  
Monica was arrested and may be held through Wednesday at noon because of the Labor Day holiday. 
 
Interview took place on 8/30/08 in Powderhorn Park during a gathering of activists. Questions asked by G.R. Anderson, Jr of MinnPost.com. Video by Chuck Tomlinson Continue Reading →

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RNC Eve: Police Seize Sustainable Living Bus

Delyla Wilson tours the country with her family in the “PermiBus,” a mobile permaculture demonstration. The group is in the Twin Cities to teach people about sustainable living practices.  
On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 the bus was pulled over in what police eventually described as a routine traffic stop. After detaining the bus occupants, the police decided the bus was a commercial vehicle and impounded it for inspection, leaving the family and their guests stranded and homeless. Continue Reading →

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RNC Eve: Police Seize Sustainable Living Bus

Delyla Wilson tours the country with her family in the “PermiBus,” a mobile permaculture demonstration. The group is in the Twin Cities to teach people about sustainable living practices. On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 the bus was pulled over in what police eventually described as a routine traffic stop. After detaining the bus occupants, the police decided the bus was a commercial vehicle and impounded it for inspection, leaving the family and their guests stranded and homeless. Continue Reading →

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RNC Eve: The Police Raids Begin

Video by Mike McIntee
This is video from the first of a series of raids Ramsey County Sherrifs deputies carried out on groups, people and locations related to plans to protest the Republican National Convention. This raid happened at 10pm on Friday night and Wyoming and Smith in St. Paul.  
The pattern of detaining, searching and then releasing large numbers of people would be followed in the several raids that followed on Saturday. Continue Reading →

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RNC Eve: The Police Raids Begin

Video by Mike McIntee
This is video from the first of a series of raids Ramsey County Sherrifs deputies carried out on groups, people and locations related to plans to protest the Republican National Convention. This raid happened at 10pm on Friday night and Wyoming and Smith in St. Paul.  
The pattern of detaining, searching and then releasing large numbers of people would be followed in the several raids that followed on Saturday. Continue Reading →

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“No Knock” Raid Of House Supplying Food To RNC Protesters

Story By Grace Kelly
UPDATE: The people have been allowed to return to this house. At about 8:30 Saturday morning, the police executed a raid on 2301 23rd Av. About 10 people were staying here for the RNC. The people living here were planning to provide food to people at the RNC parades. The police did a “no knock” entry, had everyone in plastic bindings on the floor. Continue Reading →

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“No Knock” Raid Of House Supplying Food To RNC Protesters

Story By Grace Kelly
UPDATE: The people have been allowed to return to this house. At about 8:30 Saturday morning, the police executed a raid on 2301 23rd Av. About 10 people were staying here for the RNC. The people living here were planning to provide food to people at the RNC parades. The police did a “no knock” entry, had everyone in plastic bindings on the floor. Continue Reading →

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Inside the Raided “RNC Welcoming Committee” Center

Why did the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office raid a quiet musical performance at a rented theater and then search everyone? It’s the eve of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, and that has everything to do with it. Noah Kunin takes us inside the building that the police raided Friday night and shows us what they did, or didn’t find. This was streamed live from a cell phone camera, hence the video quality. Continue Reading →

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Inside the Raided “RNC Welcoming Committee” Center

Why did the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office raid a quiet musical performance at a rented theater and then search everyone? It’s the eve of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, and that has everything to do with it. Noah Kunin takes us inside the building that the police raided Friday night and shows us what they did, or didn’t find. This was streamed live from a cell phone camera, hence the video quality. Continue Reading →

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RNC Eve: “Police Are Acting Like Nazis”

Michelle Gross of Communities Against Police Brutality was the victim of a burglary…and she’s hinting strongly that she thinks someone from the government did it. She and her husband were detained by police in St. Paul on Fri. 8/29/08 while attending an organizing meeting of activists protesting the RNC in the Twin Cities. They were not arrested, and eventually released. Continue Reading →

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RNC Eve: “Police Are Acting Like Nazis”

Michelle Gross of Communities Against Police Brutality was the victim of a burglary…and she’s hinting strongly that she thinks someone from the government did it. She and her husband were detained by police in St. Paul on Fri. 8/29/08 while attending an organizing meeting of activists protesting the RNC in the Twin Cities. They were not arrested, and eventually released. Continue Reading →

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Activists Laugh At Sheriff’s “Criminal Enterprise” Accusation

Jordan Kushner of the National Lawyers Guild reading a statement from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office regarding the RNC Welcoming Committee raid of 8/29/08. He read the statement to a gathering of activists in Powderhorn Park on Sat. 8/30/08 after several more raids took place that same morning. **http://the-uptake.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/650/ Continue Reading →

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Police Detain Journalists-Amy Goodman Jumps Fence To Question Cops

Sat. Aug 30, 2008. Saint Paul, MN Police Department raids a home at 951 Iglehart Avenue at gunpoint. The journalists include a contributing photojournalist with “Democracy Now”, whose host Amy Goodman appears in this clip jumping a fence to question police officers.  
This is part of a series of police actions on the eve of the Republican National Convention in St. Continue Reading →

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Police Detain Journalists-Amy Goodman Jumps Fence To Question Cops

Sat. Aug 30, 2008. Saint Paul, MN Police Department raids a home at 591 Iglehart Avenue at gunpoint. The journalists include a contributing photojournalist with “Democracy Now”, whose host Amy Goodman appears in this clip jumping a fence to question police officers. This is part of a series of police actions on the eve of the Republican National Convention in St. Continue Reading →

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Police Swarm & Seize Earth Justice Bus in St. Paul

The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen pulls up to the scene on the Cretin/Vandalia Ramp on I-94. This appears to be part of a series of police actions proceeding the Republican Nation Convention in St. Paul.  
Surrounding a green painted former school bus are a half dozen highway patrol squad cars and several Ramsey County Sheriff’s office cars. The sign on the bus says “Earth Activist Training Permaculture Demonstration Bus.” Continue Reading →

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Police Swarm Earth Justice Bus in St. Paul

The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen pulls up to the scene on the Cretin/Vandalia Ramp on I-94. This appears to be part of a series of police actions proceeding the Republican Nation Convention in St. Paul. Surrounding a green painted former school bus are a half dozen highway patrol squad cars and several Ramsey County Sheriff’s office cars. The sign on the bus says ” Earth Activist Training Permaculture Demonstration Bus” Continue Reading →

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Police Bust Thru Attic to Detain “Democracy Now” Producer

Note: this is a recording of a live video stream.Elizabeth Press is a producer with “Democracy Now” and is in St. Paul to help the group “iwitness Video” document any police abuses during the Republican National Convention. She was staying in a house on Iglehart in St. Paul (949 Iglehart) She says a Federal agent came to the door this morning and asked for someone named Fred who was involved with a bike ride a few months ago and they wanted to question him. He said it wasn’t related to the Republican National Convention. Continue Reading →

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Police bust thru attic to detain “Democracy Now” Producer

Note: this is a recording of a live video stream.Elizabeth Press is a producer with “Democracy Now” and is in St. Paul to help the group “iwitness Video” document any police abuses during the Republican National Convention. She was staying in a house on Iglehart in St. Paul (949 Iglehart) She says a Federal agent came to the door this morning and asked for someone named Fred who was involved with a bike ride a few months ago and they wanted to question him. He said it wasn’t related to the Republican National Convention. Continue Reading →

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Obama Moment 75% of Dr. King’s Dream

Emma Flemming, who marched with Martin Luther King, is joyous on the day of Barack Obama’s DNC acceptance speech. But, in this interview with Salimah Ebrahim, she says we’ll only realize Dr. King’s dream when we can see beyond party lines. **http://the-uptake.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/631/
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National Lawyers Guild: Police Raid “Preventive Detention”

Raid- 3240 17th Ave. SouthKen Avidor ReportingWhen I arrived at the home at 3240 17th Avve. South in Minneapolis, the police and city inspectors were boarding up the house. The city said they had to board up the house because the owner wasn’t available, but the owner was in jail. Bruce Nestor of the National Lawyers Guild was on hand to explain what happened.“I got a phone call from our legal hotline that a raid was happening , that the occupants called the hotline . Continue Reading →

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National Lawyers Guild: Police Raid “Preventive Detention”

Raid- 3240 17th Ave. SouthKen Avidor ReportingWhen I arrived at the home at 3240 17th Avve. South in Minneapolis, the police and city inspectors were boarding up the house. The city said they had to board up the house because the owner wasn’t available, but the owner was in jail. Bruce Nestor of the National Lawyers Guild was on hand to explain what happened.“I got a phone call from our legal hotline that a raid was happening , that the occupants called the hotline . Continue Reading →

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