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Today's local moment of maniacal fascism comes from the Minneapolis Park Police who arrested a candidate for governor from the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, Chris Holbrook. Minneapolis Park Police & regular city police arrested the candidate for noncommercial political activity. Basic facts are still unknown but emerging right now…
UPDATE 1PM Friday: I heard about another incident of harassment towards ballot signature gathering -- NOT from the Libertarian Party crew. If anyone has more of this, try to get video & tweet @hongpong or email hongpong @ hongpong.com . Remember signatures are due Tuesday 5PM!!
UPDATE 2AM Friday: It seems from the next two videos (they are pretty short) that the Holbrook campaign posted on FB tonight, that it was what looked like an MPD officer who really instigated the situation, after the Park Police had essentially called upon the MPD 'district' officer to figure it out.
I was rather shocked to see a video of the Minneapolis Park Police arresting a candidate for governor, Chris Holbrook of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, on Lake Calhoun, posted a couple hours ago. URL here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=654897927893344
(1) Non-commercial door-to-door advocates. Nothing within this chapter shall be interpreted to prohibit or restrict non-commercial door-to-door advocates. Person engaging in non-commercial door-to-door advocacy shall not be required to register as a solicitor under this chapter.
This is a really major affront to the processes of democracy, specifically the onerous ballot signature access collection process which has to be performed in public places. I would hope that the City Council can make clear to the Park Police that petition signatures do not require permits, and indicate to Minneapolis' members of the Legislature and the Secretary of State's office that a candidate was unlawfully impeded from their Constitutional, statutory & ordinance recognized right to do noncommercial activity in public parks in Minneapolis. The independent candidates only have until next Tuesday to collect signatures and this is really just terrible.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.
..Dan Feidt, .. resident .
Thanks to "Iam B" on the thread for the cite on city ordinances.
I don't support various elements of the LP-MN platform but I strongly support them getting on the November ballot statewide, especially because they are adamantly fighting against drug war policies and cannabis prohibition. I definitely think Minnesota voters need options like Libertarians (and Independence and Greens etc) in order to pressure the prohibitionist corrupt Boomer Democrat level to drop their ever-profitable prohibition schemes. [I've also been working with MN NORML lately because dang it, it's time!]
Totally unacceptable. I have put a pretty good chunk of time in dealing with trying to get people on the ballot and stuff working for change in this system, and right in the home stretch of ballot signature collection the Minneapolis cops thrash Libertarians right here in the area. Not OK in any way.
Also the 2014 All-Star Game and 2018 Super Bowl are coming to Minneapolis as Rich Neumeister notes, could political speech be advertising without a permit? e will certainly see with all the dodgy deals cut (including with secret, undisclosed money flows) whether any freedom of speech will be able to withstand the silencing power of cold hard cash + police weapons. (Also: AP: more tax breaks!?)
Minneapolis residents hit the streets after Zimmerman acquitted in Florida murder trial. On Friday there was another march for late Terrance Franklin, killed by Minneapolis Police Department May 10th with five bullets to back of head according to a family member.
Video has several interviews including with Mel Reeves @17:20who has called for a rally on Monday at Hennepin Co. Government Center (Peoples Plaza). NOTE I heard earlier it was on SUNDAY but there is NOT a rally at Plaza on Sunday according to Mel. http://justiceforterrancefranklin.wor...
I remember seeing Spook years ago on a rough videotape with horrible audio at the Soap Factory - shortly thereafter it was possible to obtain the DVD, based on a negative long-hidden in some film vault under a false name.
Spook is one of those incredible movies - a 1973 narrative of a black CIA agent turned domestic revolutionary. The FBI bullied United Artists into dropping the film -- based on an earlier book by Greenlee, which covers the global guerrilla strategies more deeply -- and the actors got blacklisted. Why would the FBI have a problem with a film where black gangs organize to demand autonomy, attack the police & seize military hardware?
Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door is an award winning independent documentary on the controversial and FBI repressed 1973 black film The Spook Who Sat By the Door. The Spook Who Sat by The Door is widely hailed as a cult classic and one of the most important underground black productions of the era. The film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2012.
Through interviews, with author Sam Greenlee, Berlie Dixon, widow of director Ivan Dixon, Academy Award winning editor Michael Kahn, Melvin Van Peebles several actors from the film, investors, academics, Todd Boyd, Ed Guerrero, and Eric Pierson; archival footage and production documents, Infiltrating Hollywood tells the story of The Spook Who Sat by the Door from its inception as a novel to its release and repression.
San Diego Black Film Festival: Best Film, Sacramento International Film Festival: Best Film, Cine-Soul, Athens International Film Festival: Honorable Mention, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival: Finalist HBO Documentary Competition, Saatchi and Saatchi Producer’s Award, International Black Film Festival of Nashville: Best Documentary, Hollywood Black Film Festival: Honorable Mention.
"The Spook Who Sat By the Door" filmmaker, writer and community activist SAM GREENLEE Answer questions from callers and talks about his LEGENDARY MOVIE. He speaks on the struggle and obstacles when trying to releasing the controversial movie, why they were banned from shooting in Chicago, the reason he and Jesse Jackson dislike each other and more!!!!
// pt 1 of 4 "Project Brotherhood Power Hour" Shot by Lyle Muse
// Pt 2 Spook interview/
Sam Greenlee on black filmmaking today (posted in 2008):
Anyway these items are just excellent. Thanks Mr Greenlee & the actors who got blacklisted as punishment, good careers crushed including lead Lawrence Cook or "Dan Freeman". And screw Hollywood for papering over how they let the government suppress a film without any accountability.
Got a batch of videos here from the last week to check out. Glad to have a little chance to bring these interesting projects, including Idle No More MN & the Enbridge Blockade near Leonard MN (also known as the encampment) going strong since late February. All these videos are basically unedited and you can remix them as Creative Commons at your leisure!
Really fascinating interview, unedited, with Indigenous Environmental Network longtime organizer Tom Goldtooth inside the kitchen tent at the Enbridge Blockade/encampment near Leonard MN. Covers capitalism, colonialism, Indigenous organizing and tar sands resistance. Thanks Tom!
Interview with Tito Ybarra, camped at Enbridge Encampment/blockade at Leonard MN. A popular native comedian has been bottomlining the camp protesting above several pipelines operated by Enbridge without an easement on Red Lake ceded land. Covers humor in politics, organizing the camp & more.
This makes for some amusing Saturday afternoon viewing -- notable independent hiphop artist Immortal Technique joins Alex Jones for about 1hr20min. Getting right at the issues of Latin America, politics, immigration & moar. Format note: I would say that Jones interviews with a pretty wide cross section of subjects in the more mellow Infowars Nightly News setting works fairly well - it's more reflective than a quick newsradio news format. Good discussion of banks laundering drug money as well on HSBC and Wachovia/Wells Fargo.
UPDATE 3PM SUNDAY: Here's the video I livestreamed at the protest today. Bambuser link: http://bambuser.com/v/3363747 Pretty fun and good champs in the snow amirite?
Youtube version may finish processing this year?
A heads-up for lulzcats in the Minnesnowta region: Minnesota Anonymous people have filed a permit to protest at the Church of Scientology "Ideal Org" at Wabasha & Exchange Streets, (the old Science Museum of MN building) starting at 10:30AM roughly, marking five years of Chanology, the large-scale protests which brought the old era of abusive Scientology schemes to a close. I will probably livestream from some part of this at http://bambuser.com/channel/hongpong & keep an eye on http://twitter.com/hongpong for updates otherwise.
Also given the expected snowy weather tomorrow, the exception to "CONCEALING IDENTITY" in Minnesota Statute may clearly apply:
A person whose identity is concealed by the person in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise, unless based on religious beliefs, or incidental to amusement, entertainment, protection from weather, or medical treatment, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The St. Paul City Council voted to allow a planned "dance protest" outside of the Church of Scientology in downtown St. Paul, but limited a requested noise variance to a single hour.
Members of Minnesota Anonymous had applied for a noise variance from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. The group's application listed vuvuzelas, the type of horns used at sporting events, and speakers among their instruments.
"Free speech is one thing, and a total disruption of people's lives is another," said St. Paul City Council Member Dave Thune. "They're free, of course, to picket, carry signs, at various times."
Before the vote, Nancy Schumacher, a public affairs director for the Church of Scientology, told the council that a noisy protest would disrupt Sunday services, church courses and residential neighbors.
"The intent of the group is to actually harass and intimidate church members, and we're hoping you will vote against it," she said.
No one representing Minnesota Anonymous spoke at the hearing.
Here is my commentary on this ugly fake religion on PP:
It was a sad travesty when the once proud, educational and even fun Science Museum of Minnesota building of my youth got taken over by this nasty, greedy little corporate cult which is partially based on the intrinsically selfish & maniacal teachings of Hubbard's personal hero & organizer of Satanic sects, Aleister Crowley. It turns the principles of the Enlightenment on its head to have such 'black disinformation' spammed out into the larger community.
I have met people whose family lives have been ruined, through no choices of their own, because of Scientology's classic cult strategy of dominating and splitting families, requiring years of deprogramming simply to obtain a normal life once more. That type of abuse certainly suffices to justify protesting this corporatist, 'intellectual property' hoarding knockoff cult. Also they kill people through brainwashing at their front organizations such as "Narconon Arrowhead" in Oklahoma. I'm not a "member of Anonymous" but I can agree this travesty of a site offends me as much as anything in the Cities.
Many hundreds, perhaps a thousand or more, Natives and supporters joined up at the Mall of America on Dec. 29 in sympathy with those struggling against the Canadian government. Burned sage wafted out into the crowd as echoes of drums & cheers throbbed off the walls. Reportedly, many were in extra high spirits later Saturday at the Minneapolis American Indian Center New Year's Powwow gathering, as so many indigenous people have mobilized so quickly across international borders in just recent days.
This went off way easier than some expected. I heard secondhand something like that management had offered the rotunda - or at least, more like there was an understanding that there would not be arrests. Earlier someone said that a VP for Operations had called and threatened arrests a little while after the event was first suggested, so in any case MOA management didn't want arrests to happen it appears. The rotunda which was full of Xmas stuff, and instead everyone headed for the large space on the Northeast corner in front of Sears.
(Another likely factor: I heard from one person that MOA owners are still trying to get in on a casino, so they had a fiscal incentive to work something out & not get the MN tribes angry. There have been casino plans near the Mall site previously, years ago Caesar's spent lots of money in Minnesota lobbying for this, & the dream of raking cash from Japanese tourists continues...)
It was really nice to be able to livestream this to GlobalRevolution.tv and a wider audience. A Best Buy ad placard overhead declared "The Next Big Thing" which seemed quite appropriate!
All these videos are licensed Creative Commons - with attribution. So please remix!
If you see this guy taping your events - well watch out for him!
This guy reminded me of earlier work on the weird Mall of America shady intelligence operations & Suspicious Activity Reports, which I and some other colleagues with TC Indymedia discovered a few months before PBS made a big deal out of it. Here is the video that I shot in late 2010 about this:
On Wednesday, Dec 19th, indigenous and allies launched the first protest in the United States in solidarity with their kin further north in what is known today as Canada. Prime Minister Harper basically decreed a bunch of lakes critical to indigenous survival are no longer environmentally protected, which clears the way to their destruction at the hands of the tar sands-oriented petrochemical industry.
According to Robert DesJarlait (talking in the first video) the US/Canadian border is becoming more restricted for natives/shut down right now & border protests have been called as well.
Unedited / Creative Commons with attribution to HongPong or Dan Feidt. Unfortunately was not able to livestream it - either maple syrup-powered EMP cannons or the relatively mild cold interfered with power levels. Technology not cooperating with me lately - not easy to edit FlipCam clips either :-/ I have not videotaped any protests in quite a while & this one was really inspiring, I was lucky to be involved in any way.
Later in the day at the American Indian Center I also saw representatives from Red Lake reservation leaving for the site of the school shooting in Connecticut in solidarity with those victims, since Red Lake had its own disastrous school shooting in 2005.
I wish our indigenous brothers and sisters the best of luck struggling against the power structures in both these nationstates which are determined to strip them of dignity and the means to survive autonomously in harmony with nature.
I like this one - it's 18 minutes totally unedited, the last song and going up in the elevator to the Consulate & most of that time in there. Watch Harper's Canadian consular staff lurk behind their thick walls & bulletproof glass, taking cell pics and dipping!
The first time I heard of FawkesSec (assuming that's the same general thing as FawkesSecurity) I heard it was a contractor setup. And now here we are. I'm not the only one who noticed a flow of BS. & also this.
Anonymous is a non-violent resistance movement consisting of a global collective of autonomous individuals who adhere to these basic principles: 1) Do not attack the media. (This includes main stream, independent, and social media) 2) Do not attack critical infrastructure. (Such as communications networks, power grids - or hospitals) 3) Work for Justice and Freedom. (Especially with regards to freedom of information and the internet) ANYONE anywhere can initiate an Anonymous operation, action, or group - and so long as they adhere to these basic principles they are as much Anonymous as anyone. EVERYONE is Anonymous.
As for this Anon linking Project Mayhem 2012 to harmful and illegal activities ('Fawkes Virus', releasing viruses on 12.21.2012 and physical disruption.) we say, bring on the disinfo, we encourage it. Any disinfo you throw at us will only be fuel to the fire that will burn this world, because EVERYONE knows PM2012 will NEVER do ANYTHING ILLEGAL.
Greetings from.... _ _ ___ _| || |_ / _ \ |_ __ _/ /_\ \_ __ ___ _ __ _ _ _ __ ___ ___ _ _ ___ _| || |_| _ | '_ \ / _ \| '_ \| | | | '_ ` _ \ / _ \| | | / __| |_ __ _| | | | | | | (_) | | | | |_| | | | | | | (_) | |_| \__ \ |_||_| \_| |_|_| |_|\___/|_| |_|\__, |_| |_| |_|\___/ \__,_|___/ __/ | |___/ This message is to the media: Earlier tonight, the Twitter account @FawkesSecurity posted a link to a pastebin and a YouTube video that stated the following: "As of today 200 kilograms of composite Nitroglycerin and commercial explosives have effectively been concealed in a government building" Let us be perfectly clear: Anonymous is not a terrorist organization. Anonymous does not use bombs. Anonymous does not condone violence in any way.Anonymous supports justice and universal equal rights. We support peaceful protest. At this time, we are not sure whether or not @FawkesSecurity is trying to troll, or if he's trying to discredit the name of Anonymous in the eyes of the world. Maybe @FawkesSecurity's twitter and YouTube account was hacked. Perhaps this is the FBI's way of trying to label Anonymous as terrorists so they can begin using the NDAA against us. Either way, fuck whoever posted that threat. We are Anonymous We are legion We do not forget We do not forgive Expect us
Also, who is this guy? He's sent tweets to fawkessecurity in the last few days (& bizarre emails to people) & doesn't seem too balanced. We have had more than a few like this, but something unique going on here :/
...and also check this out: on Subliminal Ridge: Doxing and the Barrett Brown Indictment. Important info about the 'restricted information' BS: In this law, the term “restricted personal information” means, "with respect to an individual, the Social Security number, the home address, home phone number, mobile phone number, personal email, or home fax number of, and identifiable to, that individual." ... yet to cite merely one recent example on Cryptome.org this kind of stuff is already not 'restricted' at all!
///// 1:40PM Sat August 4 update and correction below /////
Many Twin Cities activists working with the Occupy Homes MN group were surprised to hear that a national gathering committee, with two representatives from their group, had decided to restrict open access to most (but not all) of the sessions of that national gathering, scheduled around August 7th-9th so in Minneapolis. (As far as I can tell it's not exactly clear when one of those delegates got delegated - and as seen on the long video, there is disagreement among Occupy Homes MN members about whether the ability to choose to lock the gathering was actually delegated.)
This unusual setup comes in contrast to other decidedly open Occupy related gatherings like the #natgat in Philadelphia, and the Occupy Midwest gathering recently in St. Louis and later in August in Detroit.
While unfortunately these documents lack proper dates, I think: the schedule came first, then the letter of criticism signed by some advocates for openness, then the counter-response and FAQ by the gathering committee.
These are all 'intended as public', not internal emails, and were the main basis for a large & long meeting of the Occupy Minneapolis All Committee Meeting last Wednesday at 4200 Cedar Ave.
AUG 4 CORRECTION: It was not accurate to say that "Everything not marked OPEN is... closed". More correctly, the default state of each session is assumed closed, and one open event, a mixer at Monique White's house, is specified as open. The 'welcome brunch/mixer' is supposed to be open. The 'block/house party' is supposed to be open, and there is another panel over in St Paul at the Wellstone Center on the last day which is supposed to be open.
AUG 4 UPDATE from an open Occupy Minneapolis informal mailing list:
Occupy Homes General Meeting is Sat. 8/4 2-4pm, at the NOC office where the National Convening happens Wed. and Thurs.
Location: New NOC office, 911W Broadway, between Dupont and Bryant. #14 buses stop on Dupont and Broadway, walk east less than a block.
There will be a discussion about whether the National Convening is closed to all but a few from MN. Video of the discussion of this at the All Committees Meeting Wed: http://www.facebook.com/groups/256067647796440/permalink/366724770064060/
A slate of 6 MN participants and some alternates were chosen Fri. night at a meeting of 12 people.
I was able to get a copy of the FAQ (DOC available here) and a digital version of the same letter as below (DOC here), but not able to get a response to this post on the record. I am adding the FAQ text to the article.
Last night I asked the following set of questions to get answer on the record, as on background I was told by one of the people who locked out the gathering that there will be accommodations for five observers per session, and anyone is welcome to request to be one of the five observers. However the process for this culling of observers has not been specified, or at least I do not have that info available.
Sent via my crude cell phone pickings:
if I'm not on the slate you guys end up sending, is there a open process to let everyone in who is not on the slate? what is that process? is it exhaustively the content of that faq?
i agree with you there are open events that are not marked as such, i will correct that. however the default implies restricted access, aka closed sessions. some open sessions are marked, but none of the closed ones are. i'll clarify that's the default, but I was incorrect initially.
do you think closed access and restricted access are different semantically? the definitions we may disagree on i suspect. i think its either open or closed access, are those true binaries in your view? is it open access?
i doing [typo: don't] understand how anyone is supposed to attend, aka open access, where is any info on this? there is a filter besides open access and what is the replacement process?
how is that process deduced for the observer class of restricted participants? thanks. how is the observer class defined and when was that decision reached?
the various forms of logic are not clear in the restriction operations performed at both the occupyhomes mn level, the creation of restriction process within occupy homes mn & the process of the rationalizing of exclusion on the event committee. (in so many words)
i need to know the lineage of decision by which people, like me, those facing charges from occupy homes mn direct actions etc, get excluded from the sessions as well as your new proposed slate of participants and alternates.
are the alternates the same as observers? i assume not, but when was the decision taken? thanks much! sorry for the lack of caps on cell text,
No response yet to these questions.
//// END AUGUST 4 UPDATE ////
FAQ from committee - dang I failed to photograph but can get it later - maybe someone else has it... UPDATE AUG 4, I was provided a copy of FAQ from one of the people who locked out the sessions. It is added in full text below (with doc-via-textedit hyperlink cruft).
FAQ: The Occupy Homes National Network Convening
What is the Occupy Homes National Network Convening?
The Occupy Homes National Network Convening is bringing organizers from across the US for a 2-day meeting in Minneapolis to build a more cohesive movement to confront the housing crisis, and shape a movement for systemic economic change. Occupy Homes has sharpened the movement’s message and broadened its reach, yet national coordination has been ad hoc and under-nourished. We hope to start a process towards build a network that is vastly more than the sum of its parts.
Who is involved in the National Convening?
The convening is being hosted by the Occupy Homes National Network Convening Committee, with local support from Occupy Homes MN. The convening committee is an ad hoc group including individuals from Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Homes MN, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, Organizing for Occupation, Home Defenders League, and OccupyOurHomes.org.
Gathering in Minneapolis will be groups that are engaging in home occupations and eviction defense style tactics from around the country. Many are groups that organize under the Occupy Homes banner, but also include community-based organizations who have been engaged in housing justice work prior to the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
How big is the Convening?
The convening will have approximately 40 participants from around the country.
What was the selection process for participants?
The convening committee reached out to groups who are engaging in home occupations in a similar fashion to what has been done in Minneapolis with people like HYPERLINK "http://occupyourhomes.org/blog/2012/may/3/monique-white-victory/"MoniqueHYPERLINK "http://occupyourhomes.org/blog/2012/may/3/monique-white-victory/" HYPERLINK "http://occupyourhomes.org/blog/2012/may/3/monique-white-victory/"White. We also reached out to groups who have organized on housing justice issues within their local occupy group, or explicitly use occupy-style direct action tactics such as occupying foreclosure auctions. We asked the groups to decide internally who they would like to send; the convening committee had no input on how these groups chose their representatives.
The committee also sought to achieve geographic, economic, racial, and political/philosophical diversity to ensure the meeting reflected a range of opinions and groundings in different experiences. The primary benchmark was participation in multiple home occupations, liberations, or eviction defenses.
Why is the number of attendees limited?
The universe of people who we think are leaders in the Occupy Homes movement—and housing justice movement more broadly—extends far beyond the participants of this convening. We wish we could have more people participate, but are limited by a number of primary concerns.
First, we want to create a space where productive conversations produce concrete ideas to move this work forward to larger scale nationally. Based on the large number of relevant topics and short duration of the meeting itself, the convening committee made the decision that more than 40 people would make this outcome unlikely.
Second, we have limited resources to bring people from around the country. For example, while there are many organizers across California who are doing inspiring work for housing justice, we can only afford to fly a couple of them to Minnesota.
Third, we don't want any one city or organization to have a disproportionate voice in this conversation. We are concerned that privileging the participation of some groups over others due to geographical proximity or greater financial resources could overpower the diversity of perspectives that we hope to illuminate.
How is the Convening funded?
The convening committee applied for and received a grant from the Movement Resource Group (you can see the proposal here: HYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"httpHYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"://HYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"movementresourcegroupHYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320".HYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"orgHYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"/?HYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"pageHYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"_HYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"idHYPERLINK "http://movementresourcegroup.org/?page_id=320"=320). The primary costs of the convening are air travel for participants, as well as food and ground transportation. Occupy Homes MN supporters are lodging most of the participants in private homes and apartments.
Occupy Homes National Network Convening Committee
Question board from Wednesday evening Occupy Minneapolis All Committee Meeting (shorthand, not literal)
Grant proposal re Movement Resource Group:
Many of those in Minneapolis favoring restricting the Minnesota presence to a 'slate' have moved quickly to lock the notion of that slate into reality via a meeting, and a great deal of internal discussion is going on.
At this time, the plan is that no one from Minneapolis except that slate would be able to get in and observe most of the gathering, which will be closed. UPDATE Aug 4: this is disputed by one of the people who locked out the sessions - they say that anyone can apply for 5 limited observer slots but the process is unknown to me at this time.