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					FRIENDS OF THE RNC 8 | www.RNC8.org
defend the
  RNC 8...

             or you‟re
             next!
         A little
         background…
• RNC Welcoming Committee:
aboveground, logistical organizing
2006-2008

•Four Paid Informants: FBI and
Ramsey County Sheriff‟s Office
   •Other RNC informants: Jason
   Munford (Iowa City), Brandon
   Darby (Texas), probably others
         The
         roundup
•Convergence Center raid: August 29

•House raids: August 30
   •2301 23rd Ave S (FNB House)
   •3240 17th Ave S
   •3500 Harriet Ave S

•Luce snatched from Powderhorn Park,
August 30

•Max and Rob arrested September 1
We’re getting ready…




            …for court
            Legally…
• Originally charged with 2nd degree
conspiracy to riot in furtherance of
terrorism

•First known use of the Minnesota
state PATRIOT Act passed in 2002 –
insanely broad definition of terrorism

•In December, 3 additional charges
were added:
           Legally…
• 2nd degree conspiracy to riot (without
terrorism enhancement)
•1st degree conspiracy to commit criminal
damage to property in furtherance of
terrorism
•1st degree conspiracy to commit criminal
damage to property in furtherance of
terrorism (without terrorism enhancement)

Combined, we believe the total prison
time possible is 12.5 years.
           In Context
• The “St. Paul Standard”: mass arrests,
mass brutality, mass media hype

•800 arrests; 24 total felony charges;
75-80% of charges being challenged
have either been dismissed or won by
the defendants (e.g. Wall Street 7)

•The RNC 8 and other cases go hand-
in-hand in the state‟s strategy
HISTORICALLY
SPEAKING…
            In Context
• Use of informants has a long history
(recently – Eric McDavid case)

•SHAC 7 USA conspiracy conviction

•SHAC UK “conspiracy to blackmail”
conviction January „09

•France: Tarnac 9 “criminal association”
terrorism case ongoing

•Daily repression of organizing and communities
POLITICAL
        PRESSURE



              Photo: RNC08repor
            Pressure
• Ramsey County prosecutor Susan
Gaertner – running for governor as a
Democrat in 2010

• Call-in campaigns, protests to drop the
charges

•Looking for DFL party support

•Plug in with RNC 8 Defense Committee
            Currently
•Friends of the RNC 8: Support
Committee, Defense Committee formed

•Legal team of 9 lawyers (NLG and non)

•Funds needed: $250,000

•Judge Teresa Warner

•Trial not expected until September, at
the earliest
             DON’T
            MOURN


ORGANIZE!
  8 for the 8
1 EDUCATE
  yourself and 8 friends about
  the case. Distribute information,
  and have them sign the petition
  at RNC8.org. Stay up-to-date by
  signing up for our email
  announcements list!
  8 for the 8
2 DONATE
  to the defense fund, and
  ask 8 of your friends to join
  you. Find out about the
  different ways to donate
  and the goodies we can
  send you at
  RNC8.org/donations
  8 for the 8
3 CALL
  or email prosecutor Susan
  Gaertner to say that no good
  Democratic candidate for
  governor would pursue such
  bogus charges, and you won’t be
  silent about it. Office: 651.266.3222,
  RCA@co.ramsey.mn.us; Campaign:
  612.978.8625, info@susangaertner.com
  8 for the 8
4 WRITE
  a letter to the editor, op-ed, or
  blog post about the case, and
  encourage journalists in your
  area to cover the many issues
  the RNC 8 case raises.

  Press can be referred to press@rnc8.org
  or (612)886-4565 for interviews and
  more info.
  8 for the 8
5 HOST
  an event in your community or
  at your school. Screen part 3 of
  Terrorizing Dissent, collect
  donations, and use the materials
  at RNC8.org/propaganda. We’ll
  help promote it and may even be able
  to send one of us to speak (especially if
  there’s an honorarium!)
  8 for the 8
6 SUPPORT
  the RNC 8 directly by being
  in the courtroom at their next
  court date or by writing a letter
  (see RNC8.org/contact)
  8 for the 8
7 ORGANIZE
  or attend an action to build
  political pressure for the RNC 8.
  Whatever your preferred tactics
  or skills, we need all the tools in
  our collective toolkit. The state has
  brute force; we have imagination and
  autonomy. Contact us at info@rnc8.org
  to talk about how we can help each other.
    8 for the 8
8   STAND
    IN SOLIDARITY
    with political prisoners and
    arrestees everywhere. 800
    others are facing legal
    repercussions from the RNC,
    including over a dozen others facing
    felony charges. Visit RNCaftermath.org
    for details. As long as one of us is in
    prison, none of us are free!
  Moving forward
“The best solidarity is
 to keep the struggle
 going – and we hope
that supporting us can
   be a small part of
 broader movements
  for social change.”


       Read the letter from the
       RNC 8 at www.RNC8.org
Rob, Erik, Monica, Eryn, Luce, Garrett, Nathanael, Max
                info@rnc8.org | PO Box 14112, Minneapolis MN 55414
                press: press@rnc8.org, 612.886.4565
                national contacts: rnc8.org/contact
                visit us at our office in south Minneapolis!

				
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