Website touts plans to disrupt 2008 GOP conclave in the Twin Cities with freeway blockades

June 25th, 2007 – 11:38 AM by D.J. Tice

tice.jpgIt is clear that protesters of various stipes and levels of zeal are planning in earnest to make their presence felt in the Twin Cities next year when the GOP national convention comes to town.

Here is a group that has what sounds like carefully thought out plans to “smash the conventions” both here and in Denver (where the Dems will meet). Among the goals:

“To shut down the cities, delay and disrupt the conventions and media coverage.
“To deter cities from wanting to host the conventions in the future.”

Big talk? Maybe. But give a look to the rather detailed concept for blockading key Twin Cities intersections simultaneously, especially accesses to I-94, the key artery connecting the convention site in the St. Paul with Minneapolis, where hotels and other meeting facilities that will be heavily used by delegates.

Minneapolis is also the home, the group notes several times, of the “capitalst media” in Minnesota

The groups involved are called The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center and Unconventional Action.

I’m not sure what to make of this and would be glad to hear from anyone who knows anything about these groups, and whether they’re to be taken seriously.

24 Responses to "Website touts plans to disrupt 2008 GOP conclave in the Twin Cities with freeway blockades"

FRESCHFISCH says:

June 25th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

I can’t wait for the convention. I know the mainstream media will “under-report” all the left wing loonies that will be here protesting. Thats why there will be plenty of alternative media on the politcal right to get photos and videos out to the world on just how stupid and angry they look and how out of the mainstream they really are. They will shine a poor light on the Democrats.

Dora says:

June 25th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

And Fisch is postively sure that all the protestors will be Democrats. So does that mean that all the protestors at the Democratic Convention will be right wing loonies?

FRESCHFISCH says:

June 25th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

No, they will be left wing loonies at the Democratic one also. They may not be quite as angry and full of bile as they will be in Minnestota knowing that they have more people sympathetic to their cause.

The Republicans have to realize is that you can NEVER satify the loonie left wing, EVER. And the Democrats need to realize that whatever they do to satisfy the far left, it will never be enough.

O.T. says:

June 25th, 2007 at 2:13 pm

I will guarantee you there will be severe shortage of loonie protestors from the right at the dem convention. I also plan to be working quite a bit a the repub convention and will give you firsthand views of the paid pieces of crap that show up in st paul to vandalize and make everyday people’s lives suck for a few days.

Bill Prendergast says:

June 25th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Tice asked about the two groups. Well, here’s from the San Francisco Independent Media Center home page—

“Local IMC collectives are expected to be open and inclusive of individuals from a variety of different local revolutionary, left-wing, anarchist, communist and other anti-capitalist stances, whether or not these have any definite political philosophy, so that even those without internet access can participate both in content creation and in content consumption.”

Our goal is to build a horizontal, inclusive framework for protests that will disrupt the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions. We are currently organizing meetings, propaganda, and consultas in our communities and encourage those in other regions to do the same.

And here’s piece by a guy promoting the other group, the Independent Media Center:
“The upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions present a tremendous opportunity for anarchists and other opponents of war and oppression.”

So it looks like they’re radical leftists, whose main membership consists largely of kids and FBI informants. Despised by Democrats, laughed at by GOP–what kind of idiot political movement *publicly announces* that its propaganda is indeed *propaganda?* Tiny, angry group of people living on political Cloud 9.

So the only story here is if they’re successful at recreating what the cops and yippies did at the ’68 Chicago Dem Convention–and they get their beloved media news footage of cops hauling them away.

FRESCHFISCH says:

June 25th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

Republicans have real jobs and have to go to work. The guy with the unwashed 3 year old dreadlocks with the caveman beard, tattos, piercings, and a F–k Bush t-shirt have nothing to show up to on regular basis so they can show up for these events. The mainstream media will avoid those charactors, that’s why we will be exposing them.

FRESCHFISCH says:

June 25th, 2007 at 2:42 pm

“revelutionary, left wing, anarchist, communist, and anti-capitalist”

Kinda sounds like a DFL caucus!

FRESCHFISCH says:

June 25th, 2007 at 2:44 pm

What also makes me sick is that their intent is getting arrested. So, just like a 3 year old having a tantrum, if you ignore them, they just cry louder and get more unruley.

Bill Prendergast says:

June 25th, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Well, Fisch, it’s actually worse than that. Reporter Daniel Schorr tells a story about an interview with Martin Luther King, where King turned around and started asking *the reporter* questions.

King wanted to know why Schorr’s network was featuring news about Stokely Carmichael on its broadcasts, rather than covering King’s non-violent civil disobedience events. Schorr replied something like, well, it’s news, it’s a new movement. And King said something like: “Yeah, but when you put that on the news instead us, you make it THE movement.”

MLK was a pretty sharp cookie. And so here: the sane anti-war movement at the Dem convention gets replaced in the public eye with the tiny *insane* “let’s overthrow capitalism” anti-war movement–if the media covers the radicals and presents them as “the REAL anti-war movement.”

Which benefits Republicans and conservatives at election time. They should be sending these anarchists and socialists and communists money. Oh, wait–they probably are.

Bill Prendergast says:

June 25th, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Moderation–please take me out.

dare2sayit.com says:

June 25th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

D.J.,

Thanks for exposing these liberal fruitcake wacos. I went to their website and saw that they are even demanding open borders, and anyone with any common sense at all would know that this would destroy the United States.

Maybe that’s their goal?

parthian says:

June 25th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

“that’s why we will be exposing them”…

Anarchist Leftists, say “cheese” for the nice wingnut “exposers”!

But Fisch, how can a hard workin’ guy like you and your laboring buddies on the Right have time for all this exposin’ of the parasite Left, what with your real jobs and all?

Oh well, some true patriots just gotta do it, whatever the sacrifice! The Rightists and their exposing IPhones take on the dirty dreadlocked antiwar hippies, coming to a right wing internet garbage trough near you….

“I’ll give you a firsthand views of all the paid pieces of crap that show up to vandalize…”

When dealing with public demonstrations, that’s the spirit, Officer OT!

Seems like you and the boys are going into this with sort of a closed, biased attitude toward the demonstrators, eh, Officer OT? That should serve the community well….but I’m sure you’ll be able to tell the paid pieces of crap from everybody else.

Excitin’ times in BushAmerica, with the authoritarians and the anarchists both planning on takin’ it to the streets.

O.T. says:

June 25th, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Actually, we can tell the difference between the two- I wouldnt expect you to understand it though. Let me make it real simple so you may understand. the guy with the mask on, throwing the brick through the window probably is a paid participant, whereas the person peacefully holding a sign and following the simple rules set before them is not.

I did not know that public demonstrations = pieces of crap that come to VANDALIZE. this says alot of your mentality though, pathetican.

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June 25th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

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rich says:

June 25th, 2007 at 9:50 pm

I just want to know how they can find the money to clean up the drug dealers in St. Paul for the Republican “guests” coming next year but when the people who actually live there complain, all they get is excuses.

It seems that in the world politicians live in it is better to look good than to actually be good.

Maybe Larry King should ask Paris Hilton that question.

The Grace Kelly says:

June 26th, 2007 at 8:10 am

I predict that if an excuse cannot be found such as this website, then people-in-charge, who want an excuse to use a heavy hand at the RNC will even create an excuse.

Never mind that the peacemakers have been protesting around the Twin Cities for years, in mass, peacefully and frequently. Nevermind that the peacemakers are vowed to peaceful action.

If one and only one person in the Twin Cities does anything wrong, then the blame game will start.

Since the Dorothy Day center serves the homeless, I predict the mass media will use pictures of the homeless as protesters.

Why do I think this? Because of fear, the Patriot Act was used to take away our privacy. Because of fear, mass media stopped reporting the important stories like the Downing Street Memo. Because of fear, our boarding of airplanes have turned into personal searches while cargo comes in all the time, unsearched. And what is the color of our fear today? Orange?

So all the time in the US, people break the law. Yet only at rallies, does the enforcement go crazy and arrest everyone. It already happened many times, that is why there have been huge financial settlements after mass arrest of protesters.

The arrest of the innocent is probably called “collateral damage”, just like when the innocent are killed during our police/war actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The same party, the same thinking is involved.

As for me, I am a vowed peacemaker who follows the law, especially the constitution. I expect freedom of speech to be respected. I expect that police will only arrest individuals after a law has been broken, after a significant every day enforced law is broken, not just something like jaywalking or loitering. I expect that we still have freedom in this country.

For if we do not have freedom, then we have lost all that this country, our forefathers, our foremothers and every soldier has fought for.

The big question is: do we still have freedom?

O.T. says:

June 26th, 2007 at 8:55 am

grace, do the masked men/ women throwing molotovs, tossing paint on public and goverment buildings, and breaking windows qualify as “peaceful protesters”? Just wondering, because that is a contingent of what is coming here. I did not say all, but we are aware of groups such as these and are preparing for them.

swschrad says:

June 26th, 2007 at 10:56 am

hey, wonderful idea, block all the freeways in protest!

wear orange cones, and nobody will suspect a thing :-D

Lassie says:

June 26th, 2007 at 11:16 am

Grace asked, “The big question is: do we still have freedom?”

Good question. As far as I know, the right to assembly is a freedom. Below is riseup.net’s itinerary for 2008. Take special note of Sept. 3 at 3:30.
—————

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD

10:00am starting location TBA

Intelligence/info gathering march through St. Paul. NO CHANTS ALLOWED. March through St. Paul and gather information, take measurements, check drain covers etc.

2ish location TBA
Free Lunch.

3:30pm
“RNC ‘Welcoming’ Committee” members begin the hunt for the ultimate prey: any dirtball punk who isn’t out of our town.

RNC Welcoming Committee
Come visit in September 2008!
———–

What defines a “dirtball punk who isn’t out of our town?” These “anarkids” clearly do not respect freedom of assembly.

But, they will be fun to watch, especially as they create another “Wellstone Memorial” moment — driving disgusted voters to pull the GOP lever in November.

dare2sayit.com says:

June 26th, 2007 at 8:43 pm

It’s amusing how Minnesota democrats will come to the defense of these leftist lunatics.

Elyman says:

June 26th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

Started out as a bunch of right wing half wits, then some local anti-war people got on. Numbers do tell.

The anti-war movement in Minneapolis is able to mobilize up to 10,000 people and they are not all anarchists. Just regular folks. Of course, if you can paint the ordinary protesters instead as 100 anarchists you’ve got a a media field day! Mr. Dice, you are a genius!

The Republicans and their paid pieces of … are getting millions of dollars in “homeland” security money and are they using it for stopping “al Quaeda?” No. It will be used to turn St. Paul into a mini-police state, which is what they all want anyway. Then they can ‘imprison’ thousands of local people in a ‘pen’ a mile from the convention, and call that a ‘free speech’ area, just like they did in NY and Boston. Welcome to America.

And Mayor Coleman is getting down on all fours to benefit the hotel and restaurant industry, while St. Paul and Minneapolis tax payers foot the bill for overtime, etc.

We shut down the freeways in the Vietnam war movement days. Not the best tactic, but it is funny to see it return. And I do have a job, as do most of the people I know who have not been laid off. Republicans have jobs? I thought they just told others what to do. Of course, some call that work.

O.T. says:

June 27th, 2007 at 9:34 am

ely, you are extremely naive if you think the protesters are all going to be from mn. get a clue.

jonerik says:

June 27th, 2007 at 8:43 pm

There are a couple ways a reasonable person can look at this without coming to the conclusion that the only alternative is to vote Republican. One is that there is a growing number of people in this country who believe that the last three elections were farces and the one in 2008 will also be. From their standpoint, it is not unreasonable to disrupt all election activity because it is all a meaningless farce. These people think that a large number of the electorate have been asleep for the last eight years, in which the Republicans actually have overthrown constitutional government. They also know that these people will blame this activity on “leftists” trying to overthrow the government and so vote for the party whch has already overthrown the government. So from the standpoint of those who are trying todisrupt the elections and electoral activity, there is nothing to disrupt, see, because to them, it’s all a meaningless face anyway. I’m not saying I agree with this thinking. I’m just saying that’s how these people might think and from their perspective and based upon the available facts, it’s not unreasonable.

Another school of thought might conclude that all of these “protests” are really being organized by the RNC, or, the same thing, the government, to discredit the “left” and Democrats because they know people will automatically leap to the conclusion, as the above thread of comments proves, that it is they who are trying to overthrow the government. Hard as it is to believe, there are some people who believe that a Republican party that organized the “Brooks Brothers riots” in 2000 to intimidate Florida election officials and which now controls a government which started a war through lies, committed war crimes, torture, and murder, and engaged in warrantless eavesdropping of its citizens and other crimes we will never know about is not above creating agents provocateurs to discredit and smear any opposition. Personally, I don’t ascribe to that view. But it is another possible and not unreasonable way to interpret the phenomena.

John E Iacono says:

July 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Under banner of “The End Justifies the Means” we seem to believe that disrupting the lives of non-participants in any debate is just fine.

While I have no problem with people coming together to express their views in public, I am disgusted by those who think angry mobs blocking traffic, doing damage, and in general disrupting public life is an acceptable way to do it.

It reminds me of the mobs in the French Revolution more than the history of our republic.

In my thinking, the end NEVER justifies bad means. I think those who use them should be ashamed.

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