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|Conspiracy Tour 2010 in San Francisco|
|Date||Saturday August 14|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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|Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (at Mission), San Francisco, CA|
|Event Type||Panel Discussion|
This summer, the Conspiracy Tour is going on a whirlwind, month-long excursion across the continental United States to raise awareness of and solidarity for political activists from Minneapolis, MN, who are facing severe state repression. Come join us in raising political support and much-needed legal defense funds for the RNC 8 and Scott DeMuth.
It’s been alleged that the tour will include a musical puppet show, a scintillating ...presentation on the charges the activists are facing, and various (some would say nefarious) ways you can join the conspiracy to support targets of state repression. In addition to the usual perks of joining a conspiracy, co-conspirators will be learning ways to strengthen and protect their communities from future incidences of state repression. You know, just in case.
Come find solidarity, strategizing, resistance, and community that the state could only dream of! This will be a road show to remember even before you read about it in your FBI file.
To find out more about the tour, see: http://conspiracytour.wordpress.com/.
About the RNC 8
The RNC 8--Max Specktor (who will be speaking on the West Coast stops of the tour), Erik Oseland, Eryn Trimmer, Garret Fitzgerald, Luce Guillén-Givins, Monica Bicking, Nathanael Secor, and Rob Czernik--were preemptively arrested in a series of raids by heavily armed SWAT teams and other targeted arrests on the weekend before the Republican National Convention in 2008. The criminal complaints are based on the allegations of confidential reliable informants and an undercover Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy, who infiltrated the RNC Welcoming Committee and conducted surveillance on the activists for about a year. Ramsey County attorney Susan Gaertner initially slapped them with "terrorism" enhancements in the first-known use of Minnesota's version of the PATRIOT Act. After a successful pressure campaign against Gaertner's gubernatorial bid, she dismissed the terrorism enhancement charges. The RNC 8 still face felony charges of conspiracy to commit riot in the second degree and conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property in the first degree. Their joint trial will begin on October 25, 2010, and could last up to two months. For more info, see: http://rnc8.org/.
About Scott DeMuth
In November 2009, Scott DeMuth and Carrie Feldman were subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in Iowa investigating a 2004 Animal Liberation Front raid at the University of Iowa. Though they had no information about the incident, they both refused to cooperate with the grand jury on principle and were jailed for civil contempt. Carrie was held for four months before being released, and will be speaking about her experience on this tour. Two days after being jailed, Scott was indicted for conspiracy under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. He has been released with conditions pending trial and has been reindicted twice in response to his attorneys' motions to dismiss. In March 2010, the Utah house of well-known animal rights activist and former political prisoner Peter Young was raided on a federal search warrant from Iowa. The raid happened only days before Carrie's release, and lists Scott and others by name. For more info, see: http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/.