According to their Call to Action, the WC is a project for "those of you who abhor the rapid growth of racist militarized borders across stolen lands, the raids and deportations, destruction and commodification of our shared and living earth, police brutality and prison industry, fear propaganda and subjugation, exploitation and robbery of peoples worldwide, and all forms of injustice and oppression". They had worked openly for more than a year to disrupt the Republican's celebration of their "latest conquests in global domination and exploitation" and to "build a radical infrastructure" for and with anti-authoritarians and others who came to protest at the convention....[I]t started with the raiding of the WC's Convergence Center-a rented church event center being used for meetings, free dinners, film screenings, etc.-after which police began a series of house raids, where the eight members of the WC were arrested as being organizers of the "violence" and "mayhem" that police insisted would occur in the coming days. Warrants had been issued and served for Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, now known as the RNC 8, who are facing the terrorism charge."These charges are an effort to equate publicly stated plans to blockade traffic and disrupt the RNC as being the same as acts of terrorism. This both trivializes real violence and attempts to place the stated political views of the defendants on trial," said Bruce Nestor, president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. "The charges represent an abuse of the criminal justice system and seek to intimidate any person organizing large scale public demonstrations potentially involving civil disobedience."