Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Call-in for the RNC 8 Starting Today - Respond to Additional Felony Charges


Call-in for the RNC 8 Starting Today - Respond to Additional Felony Charges

Call: (651)266-3222 or e-mail
RCA@co.ramsey.mn.us (cc: info@rnc8.org) and demand ALL CHARGES DROPPED!

Lawyers for the RNC 8 were informed over the weekend that the Ramsey County Attorney's office has added three additional felony charges to the case. This recent and shameful development is intended to instill fear, scaring the defense out of exercising our right to a jury trial and into the trappings of an unjust and inaccurate plea deal, while simultaneously casting the illusion of guilt around the case in hopes of undermining our popular support.

We're not going to fall into that trap. With these new charges, it is even more important to ramp up the pressure on Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, who has the power to drop the charges for all the RNC felonies. Please call-in to the numbers below over the next two days and organize your friends and comrades nationwide to do the same!

RNC 8 National Call-In Days of Action:
Tuesday, Dec 16 (9-5) and Wednesday, Dec 17 (8-1) - all Central Time

As part of our pressure campaign against Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner we are calling attention to her 2010 run for governor of Minnesota on the Democratic ticket. She's already starting to fundraise in the hopes of being another in a long line of politicians with rhetoric of change but with policies of repressing dissent. If she continues with the charges against the RNC 8 and the other 10 felonies in Ramsey County Court, let's not let her campaign run in peace!

Friends of the RNC 8 are asking you to again take five minutes of your time to demand that all charges be dropped against the eight alleged "leaders" of the RNC Welcoming Committee. In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County prosecutors like Gaertner have set a dangerous precedent for the future of political organizing.

The RNC 8 cases have now been consolidated under Judge Salvador Rosas. This Saturday, Ramsey County amended their complaint against the 8 to include 4 felony counts of conspiracy:

Count 1 - conspiracy to riot in the second degree in furtherance of terrorism (the original charge)
Count 2 - conspiracy to riot in the second degree (without terrorism enhancement)

Count 3 - conspiracy to damage property in furtherance of terrorism

Count 4 - conspiracy to damage property (without terrorism enhancement)

If convicted, they are facing over 2 decades in prison. The RNC 8 have their next court date all together on Wednesday, December 17th at 1:00 pm. During this time, the 8 will sit down with their lawyers, the prosecution and the judge to begin scheduling the future dates of their trial. In solidarity with the 8 and the other RNC arrestees facing felony cases, please take time to call or e-mail Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner's office Tuesday and Wednesday December 16th and 17th. We are demanding that ALL CHARGES BE DROPPED.

Call (651)266-3222 or e-mail
RCA@co.ramsey.mn.us (cc: info@rnc8.org) and demand that Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner drop the Felony charges against RNC arrestees. Tell her that you are watching the "RNC 8" case very closely and that no good DFL gubernatorial candidate would prosecute anyone for political organizing of this kind. Here are a couple of ways you could address this to the Ramsey County Attorney's office:

"Hi, I'm calling because I have been watching the case of the RNC 8 very closely, and I'm joining the thousands of people who demand that the charges against them be dropped. As part of the progressive community, these charges appear politically motivated and only serve to stifle dissent, not put actual criminals behind bars. The RNC 8 are respected members of my community and I will work as hard as I can for their defense; if your office wants to retain any legitimacy and not waste taxpayer money, you should drop the charges immediately."

"I'm also aware that Susan Gaertner is running for governor of Minnesota in 2010, and I would like her to know that I will never support her campaign so long as she continues with charges resulting from the Republican National Convention."

You can also reach Susan Gaertner's campaign specifically by e-mail or phone at:

Susan Gaertner for Governor:
info@susangaertner.com (cc: info@rnc8.org)
(612) 978-8625
(612) 804-6156

Susan Gaertner for Governor on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17089497057
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15561103028

Please be polite, and firm. Remember that what you say will have an impact on everybody facing charges, and it could very easily have a negative impact if you are not careful. Thanks for your support!

From the Friends of the RNC 8
Defend the RNC8! Dissent is not a crime!
http://rnc8.org

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