The following breaking story is from Fight Back! News:
Rosemary Williams Evicted from her home
Peoples’ occupation to resist the eviction taking place
By Steff Yorek
Rosemary Williams and Steff Yorek
Minneapolis, MN – Fight Back! News is reporting from the home of Rosemary Williams on the 3100 block of Clinton Ave S. in Minneapolis, MN. Early this afternoon, Hennepin County Sheriff Deputies came to Rosemary’s home and evicted Rosemary, her daughter in law and two of her grandchildren. The deputies carried out the wishes of GMAC mortgage with calculated precision. They allowed the Williams family to collect a few personal items, then changed the locks on the home and padlocked the garage. A family locked away from their life so the GMAC can be the proud owners of another vacant home on a block with 7 other vacant homes.
This eviction is not like the others though. Rosemary Williams has been fighting this eviction from the very beginning and that struggle is continuing. Within one hour of the eviction supporters from the Minnesota Campaign for a People’s Bailout, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, neighbors and many others from the South Minneapolis Community gathered at Rosemary’s home. The house was reopened in the name of the Williams family. It is currently being occupied by more than 50 people. Many have vowed to remain in the home for as long as it takes for Rosemary to get her home back from the bank.
The following is from Fight Back! Newspaper, published by Freedom Road Socialist Organization:
Minnesota People’s Bailout Act introduced in legislature
St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota People’s Bailout legislation was introduced in the Minnesota State Senate and House, Feb. 9. Authored by Senator David J. Tomassoni (D-Chisholm), and Representative David Bly (D-Northfield) the Minnesota People’s Bailout Act is a legislative attempt to protect the interests of low-income and working Minnesotans from the worst effects of the deepening economic crisis in Minnesota and the nation.
Posted in Electoral Politics, FRSO, Political Economy
Tagged AFSCME, David Bly, David J. Tomassani, Deb Konechne, Fight Back!, FRSO, Mick Kelly, Minneapolis, Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout, Phyllis Walker, St. Paul, Welfare Rights Committee
Anti-war march challenges McCain on last day of RNC
Crowd repeatedly tear gassed, 396 arrested as police pull out all stops to prevent anti-war march from reaching Xcel Center
Jess Sundin of the Anti-War Committee on Day 4 of RNC, Sep 4, 2008
by Brad Sigal
St. Paul, MN – On the final day of the Republican National Convention, Sept. 4, over 1000 protesters took to the streets to deliver a strong anti-war message while John McCain was speaking. The march was initiated by the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee, with the theme, “No peace for the war-makers.”
Thousands of riot police repeatedly blocked the anti-war march from getting anywhere near the Xcel Center, even though there was supposed to be a ‘public viewing area’ that was to be open to any protesters until 11:00 pm each day of the RNC.
By the end of the march, hundreds of people were tear gassed and subjected to concussion grenades. 396 people were indiscriminately rounded up and arrested, including fifteen journalists. More people were arrested at this march than the rest of the Saint Paul RNC protests combined. Continue reading
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, FRSO, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged ANSWER, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Antiwar Committee, Brad Sigal, Colombia Action Network, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Fight Back!, IAC, Jess Sundin, John McCain, Meredith Aby, police repression, Protest RNC, Troops Out Now Coalition, Welfare Rights Committee
This article is from Fight Back! News
Standing up at the RNC
Voices from the protest
These are statements from some of the many people who will protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN on September 1-4, 2008.
Carlos Montes, Latinos Against War
I am marching on the RNC to unite with thousands of people who will be there to expose the Bush-McCain politics of war, racism and anti-immigrant attacks. I am marching to represent the Chicano-Mexicano people’s struggle for self-determination and equality. Our struggle has a long history of resistance to U.S. oppression of our land, culture and economic and political power. We as Chicanos stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq in their fight against U.S. occupation. The RNC agenda represents a pro-corporate anti-people politic. It is also an agenda that promotes the increased attacks and oppression against Chicanos and Mexicanos in our own homeland in the Southwest U.S. and other major cities.
Anh Pham, Anti War Committee, MN
When I first started protesting, it was amazing to me how much it mattered to other anti-war protesters; especially those who protested the U.S. war in Viet Nam War, to have me – a Vietnamese American woman join them. When I had the chance to go to Palestine after the start of the second intifada, I was deeply moved and inspired by the Palestinian people’s struggle for the right of return and an end to the occupation. They saw their struggle as part of a whole movement against injustice worldwide. Drawing inspiration from them and others that I know are in the struggle with me, I march on the RNC to say no to the Republican agenda, no to racism and to any agenda that seeks to oppress the many to serve the needs of the few.
Steff Yorek, Freedom Road Socialist Organization
I am marching on the RNC to stop the war in Iraq and to defeat the Republican agenda. U.S imperialism is devastating the Iraqi people. John McCain is an advocate of war and occupation. A movement in this country to oppose the war and defeat McCain will help the Iraqi people free themselves. I am also marching to stop the devastation that capitalism is causing here at home. Homelessness and hunger are rising and New Orleans is still a disaster three years later. The rich care nothing about the people of this country and the Republicans are a big
part of that. Continue reading
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Chicano Liberation, Electoral Politics, FRSO, Immigrants Rights, Labor Movement, Student Movements, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged Anh Pham, Antiwar Committee, Carlos Montes, Chapin Gray, Colombia Action Network, Fight Back!, Guillermo Cohen, Hatem Abudayyeh, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Jacob Flom, Juzel Sanders, Larry Davis, Latinos Against War, Protest RNC, Steff Yorek, Teamsters, Welfare Rights Committee