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Veterans for Peace Lead Funeral March in St. Paul
On August 31st, the day before the Republican National Convention (RNC), Veterans for Peace held a rally in front of the state capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota followed by a solemn march. Families of US soldiers and other marchers carried tombstones with the names of dead US soldiers. Meanwhile, the names of murdered Iraqis were read out loud and people responded, "We Remember."
Towards the end of the march, organizers gave people the option of continuing along the police approved route or to engage in civil disobedience by towards a caged off area. A handful of people, including two women in their 70s, either rolled under or walked around the police fence and were eventually arrested.
There are a lot of websites with more information on the protests against the Republican National Convention in Twin Cities. Here are some good links to check out:
Across Twin Cities Police Move Aggressively Against Activists
Twin Cities Indymedia
An Exhibition on the Human Cost of the Iraq War
"The Revolution Will Not Be Malnourished!"
Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members.
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Prisoners of New Orleans need your help now (Hurricane Gustav)!!!
A veteran speaks through a bullhorn to explain that marching to the left is an action of civil disobedience and marching forward is permitted by the police. He clarified that marchers in both routes are in solidarity with one another.
RNC Welcoming Committee Organizers Seek Sanctuary From Illegal Arrests
On August 30th, two members of the RNC Welcoming Committee sought sanctuary from illegal disappearances carried out by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.