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(en) US, Minneapolis, RNC Welcoming Committee rnc08@riseup.net www.nornc.org

Date Tue, 03 Jul 2007 13:55:45 +0300

MN — Local anarchists and anti-authoritarians are getting ready to spring from Internet promises to real-world action; the Twin Cities based “RNC Welcoming Committee” is making early plans for the 2008 Republican National Convention to be held in St. Paul. --- A year in advance of the planned Republican dog-and-pony show, the radically minded RNC resistance group is announcing a 2007 Labor Day weekend gathering in the Twin Cities. Wittily dubbed “the pReNC,” the event is to feature educational workshops and a prospective strategizing session. --- Contrary to rumors, local anarchists, who do actually exist, are planning the event. Unlike local authorities and law enforcement, Twin Cities anarchists are organizing from the grassroots will not be relying on national bodies to oversee their plans.

“Web chatter vows GOP convention protests”- an article in the so-called Star Tribune, a newspaper- quoted federal authorities and local law enforcement, and gives a glimpse of their plans. Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford has stated that anything being perceived as a threat will be thoroughly investigated, and St. Paul police spokesman Tom Walsh said authorities are not relying solely on internet postings for these investigations. Already, Dave Titus, self-proclaimed president of the St. Paul police union, has used the controversy of internet promises to make sure that police have “all the resources [they] need” (Read: shiny, new, less-lethal weaponry).

The RNC Welcoming Committee is seeking the opening of negotiations with federal agents and local law enforcement. The group proposes an Arms Reduction Treaty with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, in which the group will not bring armaments of a greater destructive capacity than the ones brought by law enforcement. Spokesperson for the clearinghouse group, Robyn B. is quoted as saying, “We will agree to not bring our UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with a single rotor Sikorsky S-70 and twin-General Electric T700-GE-701 free-turbine turboshaft engines, if law enforcement agree not to bring theirs.”

Lastly, in light of the Host Committee’s goal of raising $59 million for the Republican National Convention, the RNC Welcoming Committee has extended an offer. For a mere $5.9 million, anarchists are willing to call off all plans to protest the GOP convention from September 1st through September 4th of 2008.

Robyn B. noted that the so-called Host Committee is struggling to meet their fundraising goals, and that “the Welcoming Committee’s offer may well be one that they cannot afford to refuse.”

At this time, the RNC Welcoming Committee is not releasing any other details of their plans. Robyn B. said, “We aren’t saying anything,”... possibly a reference to Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the Minnesota American Civil Liberties Union, who had earlier stated, “Frankly, the ones to worry about are the ones that aren’t saying anything."

RNC Welcoming Committee rnc08@riseup.net www.nornc.org
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