Posts Tagged ‘RNC’

Virginia RNC Delegates Offended by teh Gay

The Rake publishes a Secrets of the City guide for RNC visitors. Folks from Virginia order copies for their delegation. Someone reviews it and, upon discovering the section on gay stuff to do, cancels their order.

Original cancellation request e-mail from Melissa Busse, Bolling’s political director sent to Tom Bartel, of The Rake:

I am so terribly sorry to do this, especially when the both of you have been so “out of your way” helpful, generous and easy to work with. But, we need to cancel the order for 150 of the “Secrets of the City” guidebooks.

Thanks for sending a copy to me so expediently, Tom. Upon looking at it, though, having a section dedicated solely to GLBT will be a BIG problem for many of our folks. We simply can’t hand them out.

Please still bill us for the copy sent along with shipping, though.

Again, I’m so sorry.

Yeah, I’m sorry, too.

(Wait, Tom Bartel was “easy to work with”?!)

RNC Roundup: The Coverage of the Coverage

Jason DeRusha asks if this weekend’s citizen journalist effort is adding any value. He specifically mentions MnIndy and The Uptake. Good — and civil! — discussion in the comments.

Related to Jason’s question, MnIndy and The Uptake both have longer-form pieces up today addressing yesterday’s events. (Note that most of yesterday’s coverage was live, on-the-spot type stuff.) David Brauer’s got them all in today’s RNC-themed Daily Glean. Follow all of his links.

Glenn Greenwald has a long and oft-updated piece at Salon, focusing largely, but not entirely, on the arrest of Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!. And he has this to say on the Saint Paul PD’s press conference:

Interestingly, all of the standard journalists asked very police-sympathetic questions (“how much property damage was done? were all the criminals part of this same RNC Welcoming Group? How many police officers were injured (answer: none)), while all of the independent journalists — such as those from the superb, intrepid site, The Uptake — asked challenging and skeptical (i.e., real) questions.

The case of the missing bike racks

I contacted Damian Goebel at Smart Trips to find out why, not only all the Dero temporary bike racks (which were being touted for providing over 200 more bike parking spaces) have been removed, but some pre-existing bike racks were removed, like the one I generally use at the corner of 5th and Jackson. Damian, the RNC-coordinator for Smart Trips, wasn’t aware that the Galtier Plaza bike rack had been removed, and told me that he’d look into it and get back to me. He also theorized that the rest of the unsecured bike racks were removed because of a fear that they would be used as weapons in any continued demonstrating. He suggested using the racks in the Lowertown ramps. When I hear back from him, I’ll ask about the police removed bikes legally locked to signposts. Did St. Paul temporarily ban bikes from being locked to signposts? I know that in Minneapolis, it’s illegal to lock them to parking meters (although I’ve never seen that enforced), but signposts are fair game.

Day 1 at work in the Forbidden City

Actually, coming into work today in downtown St. Paul wasn’t really any different than any of the other times I had to come in. I did opt to take the 94 bus, rather than ride the scooter from Minneapolis, and it sounds like a made the correct choice. One of my co-workers rode her bicycle and discovered that all the bike racks around here have been removed. The police are also removing any bikes chained to signposts. She had to lock her bike up in a ramp near Union Depot. The 94 bus ended up being routed around the capitol before coming back over to Cedar, which only added another 10 minutes to the commute. Granted, I don’t have to cross any checkpoints, so it makes things a bit easier for me. I did overhear a woman on the bus say she was a delegate, but I thought it was a bit odd that she was on the bus, and not taking a shuttle from her hotel, or have some other form of transportation.

Overall, nothing really to report so far today. I’ll stroll around a bit during lunch, and see what’s going on in the skyways. After work, I plan on heading to either Innuendo or Camp, and see how the convention is affecting the two downtown St. Paul gay bars.

RNC Roundup: Labor Day

Today’s protest activity almost makes the weekend’s raids look tame.

Before the info, my opinions.

Somewhere approaching 10,000 people showed up in Saint Paul today to say with their signs, their voices, and their presence that they disagreed with something our government is doing. They got their message out with causing any harm to anyone or anything.

A few hundred dillweeds showed up, threw bricks through windows and dumped garbage bins into the street, and generally caused a ruckus for the sake of causing a ruckus, essentially fucking it up for everyone. I’m not against protesting or demonstrating. I am against being a jackass.

And, you know, if you really mean it, show your face instead of hiding behind a bandana. If you have a message that you stand by, attaching your real identity to it gives it more meaning.

At the same time, the presence of various local and federal law enforcement agencies in full riot gear somewhat escalates the situation. If you’re gonna go full out like that, you’re going to spur people on. If you’re ensconced inside your protective bubble, it encourages people to try to break it.

On to the roundup.

Chuck Olsen doing his thing.


Originally uploaded by diversey.

(Okay, I know that’s not actually news, or at least it’s the most meta take on the story, but look at him! Work it, Chuck.)

My #2 favorite: Corinne McDermid is one of The Uptake’s CJs who has been broadcasting from downtown Saint Paul all day. This is video she took while detained by police in a massive roundup of protestors.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCST-5IXzDA[/youtube]

@MnIndyLIVE brings you the Quote of the Day:

Overheard from excited Mpls policeman, “So I shot him with impact round a he just fucking dropped!”

Brian Moen has a great photoset of the peaceful protest action.

Terrific photos of the RNC Mania also from wRen, including the following.


Originally uploaded by waiting line.


Originally uploaded by waiting line.

Photos and commentary from Messiah Complex from his vantage point at the Ordway.

And finally many RNC-related dispatches from MnIndy throughout the day and a pretty good roundup of the action and the major conflicts at the Pioneer Press (where bugmenot.com is your friend).

As the PiPress tweets, “Protest tally: 256 total; 119 felonies; 48 gross misdemeanors; 89 misdemeanors. Per Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department.”

Oh yeah, and the RNC did actually start and Hurricane Gustav did actually hit the ground. Most of the country was watching hurricane coverage or the US Open.

Ok, maybe just a little RNC

There’s a caption contest

Sorry, “WELCOME TO MINNESOTA” is taken.

What’s your caption?

Who has time for the RNC?

Well, not Georgie or Cheney or Cainey; so certainly not I. 

Besides, I know the real reason no one has time for the RNC. 

 Before I left for vacation I posted a challenge at MnSpeak about out-K.K.-in’  K.K. “You love her, You need her, but . . .” and all too few few took up the challenge.

Now look!

 K.K. took it up and out done herself with Heteroflexible: Girls kissing girls is the latest trend.

I can attest to this, today as I was driving home from Duluth, the wife popped the latest Islands release Arm’s Way in the C.D. player and commented “This C.D. has chick on chick action.”

It’s true.

Though, that C.D. was released  May 20’th 2008 which in Internets time is like 8000 years, so I have question “the latest”.

In the mean time I do have some great Northern Mn stories, video, and news and we’ll see about this “RNC” thing.

RNC08 Roundup

Coverage of this weekends raids and various protests, parades, marches, etc. continues.

The Uptake has a nifty google map of the raid locations. Click on the markers to see video from each location. MnIndy has the deets as well. The Pioneer Press had a pretty good story, I think, but when I tried to hit it again they redirected me to the registration page (GRRRRR!).

Coldsnap Legal Collective is an autonomous legal collective based in the Twin Cities whose purpose is to work in solidarity with other groups or individuals in order to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and SUPPORT the radical community by sharing knowledge, raising awareness, and developing a network of legal support and solidarity.” They’re tweeting updates on police activity, organizer activity, and calling for legal observers to show up/help out at locations where there could be conflict. And LOLcats. [web] [twitter]

Minnesota Public Radio on street medics. If you’ve ever gone through first responder training at your place of employment, you can be a street medic. Featured: The Northstar Health Collective, which also provides training.

You already know your local independent media joints are all over the action. Independent citizens are out gathering stories, photos, and video themselves. Tony Webster [twitter] and Matt Albiniak [twitter] are just two who are frequently tweeting their observations. Tony’s got a great photoset of the Earth Justice bus that was pulled over and impounded, leaving the occupants on an I-94 exit ramp.

While I ordinarily am not a fan of media reporting, I do enjoy MinnPost’s David Brauer, who is tweeting copiously and insightfully on the coverage of the police activity and the RNC. [twitter]

And, oh yeah, the Republican National Convention is going on, too. They have decided to delay the start of the RNC for a couple days, on account of the big-ass hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast. Originally scheduled for September 1-4, the RNC will now delay its start until Wednesday, September 3. I don’t know what’s the best way to handle it, but I’d like to see the convention go ahead and just get the damn thing over with already. Delay the start, fine, but finish it early, please, and go on home.

Ramsey County Sheriff Raids in Saint Paul and Minneapolis Ahead of RNC

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted four raids late last night and early this morning, three of which were in Minneapolis. Remember: St Paul, home of the 2008 Republican National Convention, is in Ramsey County. Minneapolis is in Hennepin County. Jason Barnett of The Uptake notes: “Why the Ramsey Co Sheriff is important – he’s the only GOP elected official in Saint Paul, and wanted to set up holding camps.”

On 2320 23rd Ave S in Minneapolis, aka Food not Bombs:
MnIndy: “Crackdown begins: Food Not Bombs house among Saturday raids”

On 827 Smith Ave in St Paul, aka the Convergence Center:
TC Daily Planet: “Police break down doors in night-time raid on anarchist meeting”

On 3500 Harriet Ave S and 3240 17th Ave S in Minneapolis:
MnIndy: “The crack-down on demonstrators continues”

A mass public meeting to discuss the raids will be held at 11:30 am today in Powderhorn Park.

The Uptake has video forthcoming. Twin Cities Indymedia is continually updating as well with submitted reports from citizens. Keep your eye on The Uptake, Indymedia, and MnIndy for continuing updates on further developments.

Overheard at the RNC

In the great tradition of Overheard in Minneapolis and the rest of the Overheards

Overheard at the RNC, which now has one post:

Woman #1: So, I was watching the Democratic National Convention last night…
Woman #2: Oh, is that here?

Saint Paul, Women’s restroom just a few block from where the RNC will be next week…
Overheard by Amazed and saddened.

Definitely add it to your RSS feeds for the next couple weeks.

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