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In the Name of Love, Take Down that Flag!

Posted by Charles II on June 27, 2015

Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone:

On Saturday morning, [Bree Newsome] scaled the flagpole outside the South Carolina State Capitol in Columbia and took down the Confederate flag herself.

As Newsome made her way down the flagpole quoting scripture (“The Lord is my light and my salvation. Who shall I fear?”), authorities gathered and arrested the activist and a male dressed as a construction worker who assisted her. Both were charged with defacing a monument, CNN reports. An hour later, the Confederate flag was once again atop the State Capitol’s flagpole…

Listen to her. She told the police, “You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today!”

The crowd chants, “Let us love and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Bree Newsome interview, which starts about 30 minutes in.

Bree Newsome Twitter feed

Bree Newsome Website

Bree Newsome bail fund.

Links to Daily Kos diaries, from which some links were obtained: NancyK and DEMonRat Ankle Biter

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Abu Ghraib comes home/update

Posted by Charles II on September 8, 2008

The account by this 19-year old who was jailed at the Republican National Convention alleges that the Ramsey County jail used methods that amount to torture, including beatings, hooding, and neglect of medical conditions brought on by the beating. He claims that there was no basis for his arrest.

Other allegations of abuse of power by the police are detailed here. As much as I sympathize with officers, who have to do a difficult job, there’s enough smoke here to believe that there’s also fire.
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Update: Stormcrow notes that FDL has been on this story. Dr. Murphy’s comments are well worth reading.

Update: Mayor Coleman’s brother has stated in an OpEd that the police overreacted. For his pains, he got a couple of dozen mudballs from the kind of lowlifes that think that the LA riots were caused by the police being too mellow.

Posted in abuse of power, Republican National Convention | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Agent provocateurs at Minnie/St. Paul protests?

Posted by Charles II on September 8, 2008

Ray McGovern, Consortium News:

The young protesters had some success in exposing infiltrators in their ranks. During confrontations, members of the Welcoming Committee, in particular, took copious photos of law enforcement officers and then memorized the faces.

This tactic worked like a charm in one of the St. Paul parks, when a man who looked like a protester — dark clothes, backpack, a bit disheveled — walked by.

One of the protesters recognized the man’s face and searched through her camera until she found a photo of the man actually performing the raid on the Welcoming Committee’s headquarters on Friday night.
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Minnesota’d wince

Posted by Charles II on September 5, 2008

One of the amazing people to protest at the RNC convention was Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Program.

She did an interview with Amy Goodman that is worth listening to, or reading. Here’s an excerpt:

CHERI HONKALA: Yeah, I mean, I’ve been involved in large demonstrations for like the last twenty years, and I’m very ashamed of my home state. I’ve never seen so many reporters like yourself being detained. A Channel 5 reporter was trying to cover a story of us; he was thrown into an elevator. A couple other folks that we know that were trying to cover some of our events were also detained and then later released on two different occasions. We were inside the Capitol trying to have a peaceful demonstration during regular open hours of the Capitol, and the reporters were literally locked out of the Capitol and unable to come in, even though they showed their credentials. And so, I don’t quite get what is so horrible about covering a story of women and children and the elderly and people of all colors trying to come together to talk about the day-to-day reality of their lives….

we set up encampments, particularly during the Republican National Convention, for some place for people to sleep, because we can’t afford the W or the Hilton. And so, people were staying at the Bushville, and our first Bushville that we set up on Harriet Island, the first night we were surrounded by 200 police officers in riot gear. They turned on the sprinklers on our children while they were sleeping, turned off all the park lights and drove their police vehicles up onto the lawn with their brights on. And myself and a couple of our other leaders were then arrested, and our Bushville was torn down. Later through the week, they brought dogs to our Bushville, while the kids were sleeping, let the dogs bark and scare the kids, and then periodically would just go by and drive up and run their sirens at 2:00, 3:00 in the morning, just to make people afraid.

You know how few Christians there are in this country when police can use tactics like these against the poor.

Posted in activism, Republican National Convention | Tagged: , | 6 Comments »

Support journalists jailed for covering RNC

Posted by Charles II on September 4, 2008

Amy Goodman has requested that people write to St. Paul Attorney John Choi and Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, with ccs to the indicated DN address to ask them to drop the charges against her and her producers, Nicole Salazar and Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

This is not a venal request. The arrest and roughing up of these three journalists represents an unusual transgression by police across the line drawn by the First Amendment. This ain’t normal, folks, and we cannot let it become so. The cops deserve plenty of leeway in which to make mistakes, but these arrests were very clearly deliberate, political in nature, and intended to silence the last gasps of a free press.

Posted in Good Causes, media, real journalism | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Amy Goodman, DemocracyNow! staff arrested, released (Greenwald, Rowley interview update)

Posted by Charles II on September 2, 2008

Amy Goodman is the 61-year old host of DemocracyNow! She has survived a near-lethal encounter with Indonesian troops on East Timor, during which her colleague Alan Nairn was beaten unconscious.

For the crime of inquiring about the illegal detention of her co-workers, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, she was manhandled and arrested by the Minneapolis police (via Avedon, posting at Atrios). The police inflicted injuries on Kouddous and Salazar. Film of the arrest, available here, makes it clear that the Minneapolis police did all of this with no justification.

Where did Minnesota get the reputation as being a friendly, neighborly, reasonable place?

I hope she sues the city into insolvency.
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Glenn Greenwald, Salon:

Beginning last night, St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city be, even more so than Manhattan in the week of 9/11 — with troops of federal, state and local law enforcement agents marching around with riot gear, machine guns, and tear gas cannisters, shouting military chants and marching in military formations. Humvees and law enforcement officers with rifles were posted on various buildings and balconies. Numerous protesters and observers were tear gassed and injured.

Update (Interview with Coleen Rowley):

AMY GOODMAN: Coleen Rowley, you’re a former FBI agent. As I talked to Elizabeth, our producer, here in St. Paul, one of the people who was arrested or detained at I-Witness, it seems that they were careful not to arrest at least this group but detain them for hours. They’re handcuffed. One of the protesters, his arms were red for hours afterwards. But she said that before the police came in, the FBI was there. What is the role of the FBI in this? Who is doing this? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in abuse of power, Constitutional crisis, WTF? | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Fun And Games In St. Paul

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 1, 2008

Longtime Kossack New Left 2004 has an eyewitness report:

I Was Tear Gassed By The St. Paul Police – Eyewitness Account Hotlist

Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 12:54:22 PM PDT

Now, to be fair, I was probably somewhere I shouldn’t have been.  I didn’t mean to get involved in this.  I live very, very close to the convention site and I took a walk to see what was going on. I saw these protesters and I kind of shadowed them because I was curious and I didn’t have anything better to do.    

First off, these were not peaceful protesters.  I followed them for what felt like about two hours and here’s what I saw.

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