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Anti-war organizers say

“We will march on the Republican National Convention…”

by Mick Kelly |
March 27, 2007
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Speakers at March 26 press conference demand right to protest war on Iraq at Republican National Convention. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

St. Paul, MN - Since the announcement that the 2008 Republican Convention would take place in Saint Paul, Twin Cities anti-war organizations and others have been making plans to hold protests against the U.S. war on Iraq. Progressive activists from around the country are coming to the convention to speak out against the war. Permit applications and payments were submitted in October 2006. After holding the applications for five months, St. Paul officials are now saying they don’t want do deal with the issue until next year. This does not work.

At a March 26 press conference held outside Saint Paul City Hall, protest organizers blasted the city made it clear that they would proceed no matter what.

“Bush is waging a war on the people of Iraq. Saint Paul city government should not stand in the way of those of us who will demonstrate against that war. Permits or not, we will make this clear in the streets of Saint Paul Sept. 1-4, 2008," said Jess Sundin of the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee and one of the organizers of the huge demonstrations that will confront the Republican National Convention.

Local organizations that have signed on to the protest include the Anti-War Committee, Iraq Peace Action Coalition, Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq, Women Against Military Madness, Anti-War Organizing League, the Welfare Rights Committee and AFSCME Local 3800.

Meredith Aby, a leader of the Colombia Action Network stated, “Republicans across the country have begun planning for the convention - and the anti-war movement is doing the same.”

Sundin also stated, “Tens of thousands of people from across the country are preparing to bring a powerful statement against the war on Iraq to the RNC. Our permit applications should not be delayed or denied, while the city is devoting enormous resources to hosting the convention. By failing to approve our permits in a timely manner, city officials are attempting to suppress our organizing efforts against the unjust war in Iraq. We want permits to demonstrate at the RNC in 2008, and we will not tolerate ‘protest pens’ or being kept at away. We have a right to speak out and we are telling every group that contacts us that we are going to do exactly that.”