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(en)US, Minneapolis, MN Anti-Genetics Activist needs your support

From Mutual Aid Defense Committee <tcmadc@yahoo.com>
Date Thu, 5 Apr 2001 14:33:35 -0400 (EDT)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

The Twin Cities Mutual Aid Defense Committee has
formed to help in the defense of Robert "Tumbleweed"
Czernik, a Minneapolis, Minnesota man facing a felony
charge following a raid on a home after successful
protests against a meeting of the International
Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) in July, 2000. 
        Heavily armed Minneapolis Police officers, DEA
agents, and other unidentified agencies carried out
the July 24, 2000 raid upon the Sister's Camelot
house, a free mobile organic food shelf. The raid sent
Tumbleweed to the hospital with facial injuries and
resulted in 14 arrests. Not surprisingly, the raid
failed to turn up any evidence of drug dealing or
marijuana growing, the stated reasons for the search.
Instead the police carted off computers, notebooks,
pamphlets, and even anti-ISAG patches. A bag of
Mushrooms was recovered, and Czernik was charged with
them, despite any evidence they were his.
       A December 20, 2000 hearing with the Officers
involved revealed that at least 1 undercover police
officer  (from which agency is unknown at this time)
had been into the Sister's Camelot home prior to ISAG
in order to gather information. This informant passed
on information about alleged marijuana dealing and
growing, even making allegations that a painted school
bus used to deliver food to the neighborhoods was
being used "Cheech and Chong" style to transport the
"pounds" Camelot allegedly sold Because of this new
information, another motion was filed, and on March
12, 2001, Judge William Howard sided with the defense,
ruling for an in camera review of the informants notes
to determine the constitutionality of his surveillance
and if probable cause existed. That ruling will be
made on April 23,2001.
       We are putting pressure on County Attorney Amy
Klobachur to drop the charges. Czernik is the only
person facing a felony from ISAG, and he is cut off
from the solidarity of mass trials the misdemeanor
people face. This case is not the convenient veil of
the " War On Drugs"; it is about government
surveillance and harassment. The brutality witnessed
in the streets that day carried over into the house
that night.  It has been clear since the beginning
that the raid was an attempt to quell further dissent
to the ISAG meetings, and that the continued
prosecution of Czernik, a vocal anti-authoritarian, is
a politically motivated attack upon his organizing. 
      We are organizing a Fax Campaign to the County
Attorney's office on April 6th.
On April 9th, a delegation organized by TCMADC will
visit her office. Encompassing a broad range of his
supporters, including religious leaders and local
politicians, they will ask her to drop the charges and
stop harassing activists. We need your help. The
climate surrounding the ISAG conference and its
aftermath is chilling. The Police tactics were brutal,
and the implications of Czernik's prosecution would
allow major infiltration of activists, and further
erode our freedom.
 What you can do
Send letters of protest Hennepin County District
Attorney Amy Klobachur. Make sure to ask for a
response, and let us know what it is.
1)Send an e-mail Amy Klobachur asking her to drop the
charges. akca@co.hennepin.mn.us
2 Send us the same email as a BCC (Blind Carbon Copy)
so we can gauge how many get sent.
3)Call her office and tell her that her office isn't
for political harassment. 1-612-348-540 or
4) Send a fax to her office on April 6th. 612 348 9712

5)Mail her at: Hennepin County District Attorney Amy
Klobuchar C-2000 Gov't Center 300 6th St. Mpls, MN
 Twin Cities Mutual Aid Defense Committee
C/o Arise! 2441 Lyndale Ave S. Mpls, MN 55405
1800 MYYAHOO-ext 612 TCMADC1(6128262431)
Press Calls to Phillip Resnick or Scott Seiler,
attorneys 612 339 0411 

More on ISAG at http://minneapolis.indymedia.org/index_biotech.php3/#isag

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Defense Committee 
c/o Arise! 2441 Lyndale Ave S. Mpls, MN 55405
Voicemail 1800 MY YAHOO(699-2466) ext 612TCMADC1(826-2321)

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