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No War, No Warming – No Mas, No More – Stop the RNC!

No War, No Warming – No Mas, No More – Stop the RNC!

Come to the Twin Cities, Minnesota To Take Action at the Republican National Convention

Sept. 1-4, 2008. Come Early!

With the occupation of and war in Iraq continuing and escalating-with more Iraqis and US soldiers dying-with the suicide rate of vets hitting record numbers-and with the costs of war spiraling out of control with hundreds of millions being spent in Iraq every day that is badly needed here at home for housing, jobs, schools, health care and clean energy–we must resist!

We are also experiencing climate disruption on a major scale as carbon emissions keep going up and up. People all over the world, especially low-income people and people of color, are feeling the global warming impacts in the form of super-destructive tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and drought. Our  climate is spiraling out of control because of the power of the oil, coal and automobile companies who have put their profits before human lives and our threatened ecosystem.

The US drive toward empire and global domination of all people in order to control and exploit the earth’s resources is being led by the violent neoconservatives who dominate the Republican Party.

This drive toward death must stop! We must let the country know that large numbers of us reject their plans to keep wrecking our ecosystem, wage wars for oil and make a mockery of democracy. We must rise up and put our bodies in their way.

No War, No Warming is calling for people to join in nonviolent direct action to disrupt the opening proceedings of the RNC.

We will be working in coordination with Twin Cities activists and progressive groups who are organizing RNC actions to successfully implement a diverse action strategy.

No War, No Warming’s plan is to establish public assembly sites to help facilitate mass participation in marches to the Xcel convention center where the RNC is meeting in order to reclaim strategic areas around it. Our intention is to occupy that space-to swarm, sieze and stay–using creative acts of direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience.

This is an open cluster and we encourage people to start organizing affinity groups now.  We will be participating in spokescouncil meetings in the days before the convention and hold cluster meetings and trainings as well!

There are many action camps this summer and NWNW will be hosting one in Washington DC July 20-25.  The camp–an Urban Action Training–will focus on mobile tactics including marches, blockades, swarms and more!

We urge support of the actions at the RNC. We must stop the RNC’s drive for permanent war and deeper and deeper climate disruption!

For information contact: info@nowarnowarming.org, or go to
http://www.nowarnowarming.org.

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Childcare for the RNC Protests

Twin Cities residents are now organizing childcare for radical parents coming to Minneapolis in September, and we’re happy to say we have a space secured for this purpose.  The location is large and includes lots of child-friendly outdoor space, and is accessible from downtown St. Paul but distant enough for safety and comfort.

Volunteers with significant childcare experience will provide safe and respectful supervision between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the four days of the convention. Vegetarian or vegan food, organic milk and snacks will be available.  Parents should provide diapers if needed, and any special food or medicine.

We’re asking parents to pre-register by sending us an email with the # of children you plan to bring and their ages.  A registration form available for download at http://www.NoRNC.org/childcare is designed to bring with your children when you arrive, and asks for emergency information, etc.   We hope to provide for all those who need childcare, but in order to know how many volunteers are necessary, early head counts will help us help you.

For more details, to volunteer, or to send in preregistration contact us at:
childcarerncprotest@riseup.net

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A Call for Radical ‘Green’ Space Organizing

Over the course of two pReNCs and many conversations surrounding plans to crash the RNC, members of the Welcoming Committee have heard a lot of interest in the possibility of creating “green space.” It is clear that there will be people arriving to protest the convention who, for a variety of reasons, need to minimize their risk of arrest as much as possible. The WC is committed to a world-altering process that allows everyone to have a voice in envisioning that which we are collectively trying to create. It is important that individuals who cannot risk imprisonment have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in anti-convention activities.

We recognize that on the one hand it is impossible to create a space completely outside of police threat: the very nature of the police state and the lack of respect by State authorities for ‘safe spaces’ means that no space will be completely safe. Moreover, we recognize that oppression comes from within as well as from outside and that all of us participate to some degree in systems of oppression. So no space is completely ‘green.’ However, we also recognize that it is possible to create spaces that minimize the threat of arrest and that such spaces are essential in maximizing opportunities to participate in crashing the convention.

Unfortunately, while the WC acknowledges the importance of such a space, it is beyond our current logistical capacity to organize it ourselves. We are writing to encourage individuals who are interested in the development of radical ‘green’ or ‘safe’ spaces to speak out about their visions and begin taking steps to establish them. The WC is willing to assist in networking individuals and groups working to create such spaces, in publicizing their work, and in any other way possible. Further, we have set up a discussion board, http://www.quicktopic.com/42/H/pd6sKrbUvwd, for folks interesting in this organizing to engage with each other.  Anyone looking to get started is encouraged to check it out, to check out our site, http://www.NoRNC.org, and to contact us, rnc08@riseup.net.

Lastly, we want to encourage folks coming to the Twin Cities to be involved in various lower-risk public demonstrations and marches already in the works, including the anti-war march on Day One and the Poor People’s March on Day Two. These activities provide a way for all types of folks to be involved, with plenty of room for creative radical presence. Participating in or supporting any one activity–including the blockading strategy–does not rule out the possibility of participating in any other.

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Blockade the RNC: Sector 1 “How To Guide” Released – An invitation to help blockade Sector 1 at the RNC

On September 1 thousands of activists will set out in a coordinated effort to shutdown the Republican National Convention. The RNC Welcoming Committee (RNC-WC) has divided downtown St. Paul into seven sectors in which the swarm, seize, stay strategy of blockades will be actualized. Groups are being asked to adopt a sector and/or to adopt a specific intersection in one of the sectors. Pittsburgh Organizing Group has adopted Sector 1 under the theme of “direct action for direct democracy.” This means we’re taking responsibility to serve as a contact point for information and coordination for the Sector. As a group we will also blockade the intersection at 7th and Wall Streets that day.

We are asking you to participate in blockading Sector 1, as the success of the actions will depend on the active and involved participation and coordination of a multitude of groups. This “how to guide” aims to provide information on how individuals and groups (of varying sizes and tactical inclinations) can plug into the organizing and participate. We believe transparency and accountability engenders trust and so we hope, through regular updates and an inclusive organizing process, to maximize turnout and effectiveness.

We are hoping the sector will include both publicly and non-publicly announced blockades, all of which will be coordinated and communicating for maximum effectiveness and in a spirit of mutual respect and solidarity.

How individuals, affinity groups, and organizations can participate within Sector 1

Adopt an intersection: This means your group is assuming responsibility for blockading the intersection and coordinating with others in the sector. Your group could have a particular theme and a public call, it could just publicly state its intention, or it could be a non-publicly announced plan. Note: Small groups that feel they have the interest but not the current capacity to take on an entire intersection are highly encouraged to start dialoguing with us about possibilities. We can link up small groups with similar and/or complimentary visions to be in touch with one another. Whether you have an intersection in mind, want to discuss possibilities, or just have general questions of how this would look and what it might entail, we encourage you to get in touch.

Join us at 7th and Wall: Small affinity groups that don’t feel they have the capacity to blockade an entire intersection are also invited to participate in POG’s blockade of 7th and Wall. While POG is organizing the framework for this particular intersection we are aiming for an inclusive organizing process that incorporates other affinity groups. For out of town groups this will likely mean a representative of your group would serve as an information conduit and be more closely integrated into the planning process.

Action support and individual participation: If you’re an individual who wants to help make sure an intersection holds, taking part in an action’s support role would be a great way to plug in. A small blockade with well-organized support is likely to last a lot longer, a lot more comfortably, than a much larger blockade with no support. Sector 1 is looking for medics, scouts, legal observers/people to document events, people willing to ferry around larger amounts of food and water, and people willing to go to blockades under threat or attack to help hold the line. Any individual interested in these types of roles should contact us as we can arrange for you to be paired with the most suitable group/intersection.

What the blockades will look and other issues

Tactics: It is not our role to determine for you what will work best. As a general principle, however, actions should a) be consistent with the announced strategy b) be pragmatic in prioritizing holding the space over other considerations as intersections will depend on other intersections’ integrity c) not needlessly endanger or take away the decision-making agency of other intersections that have announced plans.

Dress: Don’t forget to dress for success. Check the weather and consider what will mesh well with your tactical choices. Multiple layers, light and breathable, protective, etc.

Protection from police violence: Is there a risk of police violence? Yes. The steps you take to protect yourself are of course up to you and will likely vary depending on what your plan is. We do strongly recommend that at the least participants come prepared with eye protection (shatter-proof, non-fogging, non foam, swim goggles would do the trick) and something to cover your mouth.

Inter-sector communication: A mobilization-wide communication system is in the works. We see this as critical to the success of the actions but also feel we’re going to need a way for intersections in Sector 1 to communicate, which is something TBD.

Messaging: Your actions on Sept. 1 will speak loudly! Of that there is no doubt. Blockades are notoriously hard to ignore, but who will determine what your actions say? We’re not talking here about the perennial question of the efficacy of working with the corporate media so much as we are about urging people to see that an event in which we are looking to seize space opens up possibilities for talking about ourselves and our long term aspirations in ways we’re not accustomed to. Untold numbers of people will likely be seeing pictures, videos, interviews, etc, from the ground that show militant actions in progress, so how can seize this moment to reach the disenfranchised? The cynical? The workers scrapping by? The union members looking for more freedom over their lives? How can we show the commonality of our actions with other struggles in our home towns and around the world? Sector 1 was adopted as “direct action for direct democracy” and it is our hope that groups will find a way to incorporate this broad theme somewhere into their messaging.

Intra-sector coordination, before the convergence and in the Twin Cities

As more groups sign on to Sector 1 we will work to quickly broaden communication between participants. On Sept. 1, Sector 1 must be able to actualize and succeed with or without any one group. We see our role therefore as serving as an initial contact to plug groups into the framework, linking groups up, and helping to set up other sector logistics.

As more participants arrive in the Twin Cities coordination and discussion will shift to that locale. We are currently looking at facilitating, in conjunction with the RNC-WC, a Sector 1 spokes-council of participating groups on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31.

What’s next:

In the next fews updates we will release more information on an initial meeting point for the sector on September 1, an assessment of where planning for the sector is at, and any additional sector calls.

In short we believe in the movement and we believe in you. In these historic times we must rise to the occasion and create something amazing. We encourage you to talk it over with those you work with and get back to us at rnc@organizepittsburgh.org with any questions, concerns, comments, thoughts, plans, schemes that make sense to be discussed over Email or endorsements you might have.

For our full call to action see http://www.organizepittsburgh.org/rnc
For more info on the overall RNC organizing see http://www.nornc.org

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Bay Area Anti-Capitalist Cluster Claims Sector 4-only 3 sectors to go!

On July 20th at the “DNC/RNC Bay Area Consulta” in San Francisco, the first open meeting of local activists interested in participating in direct actions against the Democratic and Republican national conventions, plans and logistical concerns from both DNC and RNC organizers were presented.

In discussions that followed at the consulta, the clear majority of Bay Area and Santa Cruz participants favored directing their efforts toward the RNC actions.

The RNC Welcoming Committee has come up with a “Swarm, Seize, Stay” strategy of dividing St. Paul, Minnesota into sectors to facilitate coordination of blockades and other creative resistance on September 1st, 2008, the first day of the Republican National Convention.

A Bay Area Anti-Capitalist Cluster was formed to claim Sector 4 for the RNC actions. At the next UA-in-the-Bay Organizing Meeting individuals and affinity groups are encouraged to get involved in planning for the taking of Sector 4 in St. Paul. Proposals/ideas for actions are welcome. Transportation and housing will be discussed, as will a proposed skillshare and benefit scheduled for August 10th.

Time and/or space will also be made available for those interested in participating in the disruptions at the DNC Convention in Denver August 25th -28th.

Organizing Meeting
Sunday, July 27th, 11am – 7pm

Long Haul Infoshop
3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA

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Unconventional Action Video on the Convention Protests

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Statewide RNC Protest Planning Meeting

Statewide RNC Protest Planning Meeting

August 2
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Planning to attend the upcoming protests against the Republican National Convention (RNC) in the Twin Cities? Wondering how you will fit into the plans for shutting down the convention? Wondering about logistics?

Unconventional Michigan is hosting a planning meeting for folks who are going to be attending the protests. It will be an opportunity to meet radicals across Michigan to discuss how we can work together to shut down the RNC and articulate a radical vision for the future.

TO ATTEND, RSVP TO UAMICHIGAN@RISEUP.NET

MORE ON THE PROTESTS: HTTP://UAMICHIGAN.WORDPRESS.COM

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