The Dirt on the RNC Crack Down
- From: Kate <sorensen@c...>
The Dirt on the RNC Crack Down
ACT UP and The Brown Collective had a town meeting last week. People
weren't directly involved in the demonstrations during the
National Convention came to find out what really happened and what the
plan is for the future.
I've been calling friends and relatives across the country,
them on my case. I've found that most folks have little
the demos and most of the information that came from the corporate
has painted the demonstrators as terrorists. I would like to propose a
"Virtual Town Meeting". I don't know how to set it up.
But it could be
connected to thepartysover.org web page. We would not be able to
specific cases but we could talk about what occurred broadly and what
we'd like to see happen in the future.
In the mean time here is what I know:
There are approximately 400 activists facing charges connected to the
RNC demonstrations. Misdemeanor charges range from one charge to
multiple charges that could add up to years in prison.
36 activist face felony charges. Many have multiple charges that
lead to decades in prison.
There are several folks who have particularly high felony charges, so
high, that it's clear that these cases will be singled out as
trials for the DA (I am one of these cases). One demonstrator's
includes two felony #1 charges, one charge being assault on the police
commissioner. These combined charges equal what amounts to a homicide
charge. That could mean 50 years to life in prison.
I'd like to talk about this particular activist's case in our
Town Meeting. He is an incredibly sweet and loving human rights
activist. He could have been any one of us.
He is from out of town, in Philly for a demonstration that he believed
in, unclear of the landscape of the city. He found himself in the
of a crushing police clampdown on activism. He didn't even know
police commissioner looks like. He now faces a trial where it's
against the police commissioner who's practically getting the
prize for beating the shit out of activists. The media is using this
case and his life to urge us to separate ourselves from the
activists. Please keep in mind that you could be picked out of a crowd
at any given demonstration and given what ever charges the police
The demonstrators showed amazing strength and solidarity while in
We were faced with constant brutality and psychological abuse. We
chanted, sang, and flushed the toilets enmass to hold together inside
the jail while folks on the outside worked their butts off to get us
and to get our message out to corporate media.
Now we are switching to a new form of solidarity, court solidarity.
defendant/activists and supporters are meeting and stratigizing ways
work as a group in order to:
?start negotiations with the city to cut the charges and the
?hold the corporate media accountable for the insidious media
that occurred during the demonstrations.
?make best use of the legal team that we are creating
?launch a civil case against the city.
SOLIDARITY AND YOU
To those of you who work for non-profits. Here are some of the long
consequences that will effect us all.
The minimum budget to defend the activists targeted by the city is two
hundred thousand dollars. Local funding is already tapped out. Funding
for liberal causes has been effectively crushed. When non-profits go
their local funders for projects, the cupboard will be bare. They will
turn to blame those "terrorist protesters". The Republicans
terrorists. The city DA and the police and the Mayor are the
for imposing insane charges, bails and fines and squashing
right to protest*.
You can help in solidarity by searching out new sources of funding to
pay for the tremendous legal fees and court costs that we are facing.
Here are some things that you can do:
SEND CHECKS - DO LITTLE CHEASEY BENEFITS - HAVE A HOUSE PARTY
get two of your friends to send checks to:
PDAG (Philadelphia Direct Action Group)
PO Box 40663
Philadelphia, PA 19107-0063
Make Checks Payable to:
?W rite to Mayor Street and tell him that he is being perceived
hypocrite for announcing that the police in LA were unjust for
his assistant while he sent thousands of police out to detain
for two weeks in prison. Drop the charges or no vote for anyone that
�Write to Lynne Abraham and tell her that pushing to stifle free
will not get her votes. Drop the charges.
?Tell both them that you or your organization supports the court
solidarity (That'll scare `um)
?Write editorial letters. Let them know that you would like all
information, not just what the republicans pay them to print.
?Call the Legal Office 215-704-0911 and ask how you can help
to day tasks like a few hours of filing or calls or making food and
bringing it to the volunteers who have been there every day.
?There are several court dates already set. We need folks to
court rooms, have pickets outside, do reenactments with puppets, set
phone zaps, work on media, build local support.
I'm going to set up a hotmail account: eversolid@h... for folks
who have questions about the RNC demos and the impact on the
(You might ask, "What was the point Kate?" or There was one,
lost in the media black out) or you might say, "Send me a loose
Kate, so I can go russell up more money" don't hold back from
little money now. I'll work on getting you what you need. You
"How are you Kate? I'll try and funnel questions to activists
The majority of the folks who were arrested are big hearted activists
with high ideals and values.
The majority of these folks are in their twenties. The point of the
police crack down was to break folks' hearts and stop them from
up for what is right.
I will continue to be an activist
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