a trailer for the upcoming 2008 RNC protests
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More than 15,000 media people are expected to invade St. Paul, Minnesota starting at the end of July to cover the Republican National Convention which is in September. Today media representatives got to look at how the convention will be set up. The UpTake’s Mike McIntee went along to watch the media.
It’s interesting that as local media organizations try to trim expenses, the number of press attending the RNC is increasing. Four years ago there were 5,000 radio people covering the RNC. This year there will be more than 7,000 radio people broadcasting from the Xcel. One RNC spokesperson I talked to said that an increased interest by the foreign press in US politics may be the reason behind the increase.
If you’re blogger and planning to rely on wireless to cover the RNC, better come up with another plan. With so many people using cell phones and wireless, it is very likely any network you use may not work reliably.
One radio engineer I spoke with today was disappointed that the RNC had not yet assigned spaces on “Radio Row”, making planning for radio stations a bit more difficult.
By the numbers:The media will occupy 450,000 square feet during the convention. The convention is using more than 100 hotels in the Twin Cites. Total attendance at the convention (delegates, alternates, volunteers, media and other guests) is expected to be about 45,000.
Aug. 27th 2004
RNC Critical Mass Bike ride. with music from Outernational and arrests by Da Police.
Jordan Kushner of the National Lawyers Guild reading a statement from the Ramsey County Sheriff's office regarding the RNC Welcoming Committee raid of 8/29/08. He read the statement to a gathering of activists in Powderhorn Park on Sat. 8/30/08 after several more raids took place that same morning.
More at *******www.theuptake****. Michelle Gross of Communities Against Police Brutality was the victim of a burglary...and she's hinting strongly that she thinks someone from the government did it.
She and her husband were detained by police in St. Paul on Fri. 8/29/08 while attending an organizing meeting of activists protesting the RNC in the Twin Cities. They were not arrested, and eventually released. However, they returned home to find their garage and car had been burglarized. Nothing was taken, but documents and belongings had been searched. Interviewed at a gathering in Powderhorn Park on 8/30/08.
More at *******www.theuptake****. Delyla Wilson tours the country with her family in the "PermiBus," a mobile permaculture demonstration. The group is in the Twin Cities to teach people about sustainable living practices.
On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 the bus was pulled over in what police eventually described as a routine traffic stop. After detaining the bus occupants, the police decided the bus was a commercial vehicle and impounded it for inspection, leaving the family and their guests stranded and homeless.
The police allowed the Wilsons to remove their dogs and chickens, but were not allowed to retrieve their computers or any other belongings, including their daughter's shoes.
This incident ended a day that saw multiple pre-RNC raids, which some legal observers believe is a coordinated pre-emptive effort by local and national law enforcement agencies to chill RNC protest action. Video by Chuck Olsen of The UpTake: *******theuptake**** Photos by Tony Webster, used with permission: *******www.tonywebster****/
More at *******www.theuptake****. September 1, 2008. The RNC Free Speech Zone is about two blocks from the convention site. A large anti-war march wound through the streets to a triangle of land with about 50-100 counter-protesters. The two sides were up close and personal for about one city block. The path then led the march back through a series of tall, cage-like metal barricades and back out of downtown away from the convention. Police in riot gear were on scene the entire time. This is what roughly 10,000 people experienced in the streets of St. Paul while the police and other smaller groups clashed across downtown. Video by Chuck Tomlinson
Your Daily Politics Video Blog: Hurricane Gustav has thrown at least the first day of the Republican Convention into disarray. We report from St. Paul with the latest.
More at *******www.theuptake****. Independent media have given a lot of coverage to the confrontations between police, demonstrators, and - well - independent media. The UpTake now has proof that creative, peaceful people were in fact spotted in downtown St. Paul on the first day of the RNC; an estimated 10,000 of them in fact. Here's a little taste.
Chris Matthews at 2008 RNC watching Cindy McCain, drinking coffee, and using cup lid as a toothpick.
MEDIA ADVISORY September, 4, 2008
For Immediate Release:
Contingent of Lawyers, Activists, and Media Take Concerns of Police
Brutality at RNC to Mayor Coleman's Office
Contact: Kris Hermes 510-681-6361
- WHAT: Attempt to meet with Mayor Chris Coleman about
escalation of police brutality in St. Paul
- WHO: Lawyers, activists, and members of the media
- WHEN: September 4, 2008 4:00 p.m.
- WHERE: St. Paul Mayor’s Office, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Police violence has not been limited to the streets. The Coldsnap Legal
Collective, providing support to people arrested at the RNC, has
received numerous reports of abuse in the jails. In addition to
widespread denial of medical attention, multiple people have been
brutalized by Sheriff’s Deputies inside their cells. At a press
conference earlier today, recently released activist Elliot Hughes made
statements that while in jail he had a bag placed over his head, a gag
in his mouth, and was beaten to unconsciousness by multiple correctional
The American Civil Liberties Union is representing dozens of protestors arrested at the RNC. Chuck Samuelson, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, says much of the police repression during the RNC was based on law coming out of the Patriot Act.
This video was produced by Geraldine Cahill of The Real News Network: *******therealnews****/
More at *******www.theuptake****. Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman spoke at a recent fundraiser for his reelection campaign. In his speech, he reflects on the RNC, in what he calls a "tough week" and "one of the scariest moments of [his life."
The Talk Radio News Service covers a massive protest in St. Paul, Minnesota during the RNC.
There's bravery, and then there's really hungry bravery. Our own Eugene Mirman risked his life, his liberty, and his pants to journey in to the thick of RNC protest and down some grub. We have nothing but respect for Eugene's service to his appetite. If only a little bit more of America was like Eugene.
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