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Green Party of Minnesota

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2008

Contacts:  Rhoda Gilman:  (651) 224-6383; Dave Bicking:  (612) 276-1213, Spokespersons, Green Party of Minnesota


Greens have been among those targeted for harassment and intimidation by police in a wave of pre-emptive actions taken before the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

On Saturday police surrounded the home of Michael Whelan, a long-time Green Party supporter, whose Arise Bookstore at one time housed the party's office.  He was host to a group of independent journalists.  The police broke down doors and subjected occupants to house arrest.  "You figure this would be going on in South Africa, or Russia, not in St. Paul," Whelan said.  "St. Paul is nice."

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The previous night, police had invaded a meeting space in St. Paul rented by the anarchist RNC Welcoming Committee.  They seized equipment and subjected some fifty people to handcuffing and search.  Next day Monica Bicking, a leading member of the organization, was jailed along with three friends, and her home in Minneapolis was boarded up for alleged violation of city codes.

Meanwhile, the group's nonviolence consultant and trainer, Betsy Raasch-Gilman, expecting arrest, took "sanctuary" at the meetinghouse of Twin Cities Friends (Quakers).  As of this morning Bicking had been released, but those arrested with her and several others remain in custody.  Both Bicking and Raasch-Gilman are daughters of former Green Party candidates and present spokespeople.

According to Minnesota poet and writer Richard Broderick, who is a  member of the Green Party and has also been one of its candidates, "The erosion of civil liberties and constitutionally guaranteed rights in this country makes all the eloquent calls we heard from Denver for unity and restoring the American Dream little more than hollow rhetoric."

Despite the efforts at intimidation orchestrated by federal authorities and carried out by DFL administrations in both Hennepin and Ramsey counties, Minnesota Greens have united to bring their VP candidate, Rosa Clemente, to the Twin Cities.  She addressed the antiwar marchers in St. Paul today and tonight appeared with the National Truth Commission on Poverty.  She will be participating in the Poor People's march from Mears Park tomorrow.

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Michael Cavlan , RN, was an Official Green Party Observer for the 2004 Ohio Re-Count. He was the Green Party Candidate for US Senate 2006. A long time dissident peace, justice and media activist, he is committed to creating a truly open and (more...)

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