On Monday, March 3rd, at 6:30pm, an open meeting will be held at the Peace and Justice Center (467 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa CA.) with local and national activists, to discuss plans for protesting and disrupting the upcoming Republican National Convention. The event is sponsored by Petaluma CopWatch and the RNC Welcoming Committee. Organizers are calling on all groups around the nation to converge on Minneapolis/St.Paul from September 1st to the 4th to shut down the Convention, which will be held at the Xcel Energy Center in the Twin Cities. In Sonoma County, we will be discussing different strategies and tactics for the protest, there will be a workshop on direct action, and we will be putting together a delegation of organizers from Sonoma County to represent our local social movements at the national protests this fall.
This event is part of a national tour by the RNC Welcoming Committee to network with local groups, and to gather information, ideas, and resources for the mobilizations in Minnesota.
Petaluma CopWatch is a local organization comprised of students and workers who monitor police activity, mobilize the community against police brutality, and conduct Know Your Rights trainings to spread awareness of how to assert civil rights. The organization was founded in May 2006.
The RNC Welcoming Committee is an anarchist/anti-authoritarian organizing body formed to prepare for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The RNC-WC, composed primarily of Twin Cities-based anarchists and anti-authoritarians, will function as an informational clearinghouse and organize a spokescouncil for RNC resistance. We will coordinate logistics (food, housing, transportation), and engage in education and outreach.
For more information on the protests, or on the RNC-WC, go to http://www.nornc.org
, or e-mail rnc08 [at] riseup.net