Bulletin N° 366


4 September 2008
Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

Below is an important announcement from the socially engaged journalists at Democracy Now!, as well as a copy of my letter to St.  Paul officials and Minnesota State officials, an article by Amy Goodman describing "Why We Were Falsely Arrested", and more....

UPDATE: Action Alert: DN! Journalists Facing Charges for Reporting on the Republican National Convention

- Charges against Amy Goodman still hold; Nicole Salazar and Sharif Abdel Kouddous could still be charged with FELONY RIOT

- Please take immediate action to have the charges dropped

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
janet.hafner@co.ramsey.mn.us and
(cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
Susan Gaertner for Governor
info at susangaertner.com (cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)
(612) 978-8625
St. Paul Mayor Christopher B. Coleman
(cc: dropthecharges at democracynow.org)

Make your voice heard in the Ramsey County Attorney and St. Paul Mayors
offices. Demand that they drop all pending and current charges against
journalists arrested while reporting on protests outside the Republican
National Conventions.

The Ramsey County Attorneys office is in the process of deciding
whether or not to press felony P.C. (probable cause) riot charges
against Democracy Now! Producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole
Salazar. Please contact Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner by all
means possible to demand that her office not press charges against
Kouddous and Salazar.

The St. Paul City Attorneys office has already charged Amy Goodman with
misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a peace
officer. Contact St. Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman by all means
possible to demand that the charges against Goodman be dropped immediately.

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful
detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried
out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the
Republican National Convention.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested,
law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion
grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several
dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, as was a
photographer for the Associated Press.

Be sure to cc: dropthecharges@democracynow.org on all emails so that our
team can deliver print outs of your messages to the St. Paul City
Attorney, the Mayor and Ramsey County Attorney offices.

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies
Director of Research
Université Stendhal Grenoble 3

Copy of my letter sent to the Mayor of St. Paul and various Minneapolis officials:

Professor Francis McCollum Feeley
The University of Grenoble
Grenoble, France

September 4, 2008

Mayor Christopher B. Coleman
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dear Mayor Coleman,
As a Professor of American Civilization in Southern France, as a former Fulbright Scholar in Belorussia, and as a registered voter in Oakland, California, I must express my serious concern over the widely publicized events these past few days out of St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Republican National Convention.

The systematic arrest of journalists in your city has caused great alarm in academic circles in Europe and beyond. I urge you to publicly condemn these wanton acts of police violence in your city as early as possible, and to intervene to assure that all charges and potential charges against the arrested journalists are dropped immediately so that they can continue their professional activities unimpeded by the St. Paul constabulary and their colleagues from across the United States --both public and private security employees-- who from all appearances have been brutalizing peaceful demonstrators while attempting to intimidate journalists who are only performing their professional duties.

I thank you, Mayor Coleman, for your prompt and professional attention to this important matter.



Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Universit de Grenoble-3
Grenoble, France


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Article by Amy Goodam on her arrest at the Repubical National Convention:

"Why We Were Falsely Arrested"
by Amy Goodman

Consider writing your local newspaper and asking for them to carry the column, distributed by King Features.  Many papers across the US have done so already.

If you see the column in your paper, please mail us a copy of the full page, to:

Democracy Now!
100 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013

Thank you!

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* Eight Members of RNC Activist Group Lodged with Terrorism Charges *

Ramsey County prosecutors have formally charged eight members of a prominent activist group with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. The eight members of the RNC Welcoming Committee are believed to be the first persons ever charged under the 2002 Minnesota version of the federal PATRIOT Act. The activists face up to seven-and-a-half years in prison. We speak with the father of one of those charged and the president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.


* I-Witness Video Collective Forced Out of Living Space After Second Raid by St. Paul Police in Five Days *

Police in St. Paul are being accused of continuing to intimidate a group of video makers that traveled to the Twin Cities to document police misconduct during the Republican National Convention. On Saturday, police raided a home where members of the I-Witness Video collective were staying. Members of the group were detained for over two hours. The buildings landlord forced the group to move out yesterday after police armed with batons and a battering ram entered their living space for a second time.


* Voices of the Delegates: Jeremy Scahill Goes Inside the RNC *

Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill goes inside the RNC to take the pulse of what delegates think and how Sarah Palin has spiced up an otherwise sedated affair.


* Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Accepts GOP Nomination *

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accepted the Republican vice-presidential nomination last night in front of a roaring crowd at the Xcel Center. Many view McCain's selection of Palin as a nod to the evangelical right. We speak to Shannyn Moore, an Anchorage-based radio talk show host who closely follows Alaska politics.


* Amy Goodman Questions Ramsey County Prosecutors on Jailing, Charges of Journalists *

Two days after several journalists were arrested covering the RNC protests, including three staffers at Democracy Now!, county and city prosecutors held a press conference in St. Paul. Amy Goodman was there to question them about the crackdown on journalists.


* Hundreds of Jailed Protesters Held for 2+ Days Following Mass RNC Arrests *

The Ramsey County Court has begun to slowly process and release some of the nearly 300 people detained over the past few days. Democracy Now! producer Anjali Kamat reports.


* Libertarian Presidential Candidate and Ex-Republican Rep. Bob Barr on Impeachment, Opening Up the Debates, and Why He Left the GOP *

A decade ago, Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr was serving as a Republican congressman from Georgia and led the Republican drive to impeach President Bill Clinton. Since then he has become a vocal critic of the Republican Party, the war in Iraq and the erosion of civil liberties. Barr joins us in St. Paul.


* Headlines for September 4, 2008 *

Pakistan Chides US on Deadly Ground Raid
US Mistakenly Kills 7 Iraqi Troops
Iraqi Journalist Detained by US
Giuliani Mocks Obama's Background as Community Organizer
Biden Won't Rule Out Prosecuting Bush Officials
8 RNC Protesters Get Terror Charges Under PATRIOT Act
2 Journalists Swept Up in RNC Protests Released
US to Aid Georgia, Cheney Meets Oil Companies on Caspian Pipeline
Bush Cites Improved Government Response in Gustav Aftermath
Judge Orders Admin Response on Waterboarding Docs


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