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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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com | PO Box 14112, Minneapolis MN 55414 press: firstname.lastname@example.org, 612.886.4565 national contacts: rnc8.org/contact visit us at our office in south Minneapolis!
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