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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 10:44 PM
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KTNF 950AM Matt McNeil informs listeners of Provocateur at Occupy MN on his show today,
Edited on Tue Oct-25-11 10:45 PM by annm4peace
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Matt McNeil just mentioned the provocator on his show 950am, he talked of a Republican provacator bringing the box of bricks and what it said on the box and how the protesters told the cops and pointed him out.

hopefully this link will be available for awhile You do have to listen to some advertisement in the 1st 5 minutes.

http://www.am950ktnf.com/files/archive/The%20Matt%20McN...

What is great is he exposes the Hennepin County Sheriff's Dept, Police and local news.

Here is what was in the email sent out to the MN Occupiers and their supporters:

The Occupy movement which has focused the eyes of the world on corporate greed and economic inequality is free speech in action. OccupyMN is part of that worldwide movement, which as you know started on September 17th with OccupyWallStreet.

The Hennepin County Sheriffs Office has started a PR campaign against OccupyMN. Attached is a defamatory (and inflammatory) press release sent out yesterday (Oct. 24) at 4:30 pm by the Sheriffs office. It emphasized the cost of the police and detailed a list of incidents at the camp over the past two weeks.

1) Call the Hennepin County Commissioners, Mayor Rybak, and Minneapolis City Council members to reinforce the First Amendment rights of OccupyMN protesters to peaceably assemble.
From Naomi Wolff: the First Amendment means that it actually is not up to the mayor or the police of any municipality, or to the Parks Department, or to any local municipality to prohibit public assembly if the assembly is peaceful but disruptive in many ways. Peaceful, lawful protest if it is effective IS innately disruptive of business as usual. That is WHY it is effective.

2) Call the Hennepin County Commissioners, Mayor Rybak, and Minneapolis City Council members to tell them to let the protesters have tents for sleeping in the cold. Many other Occupy cities have tents, including Boston, Seattle, and Philadelphia and our nations capitol, Washington, DC.
Chair of Hennepin County Commissioners is Mike Opat, 612-348-7881. Mark Stenglein, 348-7882;
Gail Dorfman, 348-7883; Peter McLaughlin, 348-7884; Randy Johnson, 348-7885; Jan Callison, 348-7886;
Jeff Johnson, 348-7887. General information: 612-348-3000.
Mayor Rybaks office: Phone: (612) 673-2100 Fax: (612) 673-2305

Minneapolis City Council: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/council / to find the phone of your City Council member.

Finally, as news unfolds and you hear false or specious claims via the media, please call that media to account by phone, email, comments on articles, etc.

It is true that Mayor Rybak joined us the first day. And technically it is the Hennepin County Sheriffs Department that has jurisdiction over the Peoples Plaza. But they have worked hand in hand with Minneapolis police officers. The Peoples Plaza is in the heart of Minneapolis and the mayor and City Council have a vested interest. In calling them, alert them to the duplicity of the Sheriffs Department in attempting to make the protesters look violent:

Tonight the TV news reported on a box of bricks labeled riot equipment left at the Plaza without saying that the person who left it was a provocateur that the protesters had been watching. The protesters told the police who left the box and even pointed him out on the light rail platform. They watched in despair as the police briefly questioned him and then released him. In the attached picture you can see the box of bricks with the very childish and provocative note: Riot Equipment: NEEDS: bricks, large but throwable stones, and gasoline. For the media to imply that the box might have been left by a protester was a travesty.

Provocateurs are expected in this movement, but such biased media reporting needs to be exposed.

That they did not hold the man who placed the box and message, but then used the incident as PR to attempt to discredit the peaceful protesters, smacks of complicity. He was perhaps a plant in an attempt to make the protestors look violent, as they are not. Or perhaps the law officers just seized the incident and created PR to make the people of Peoples Plaza look violent. Whatever the case, the mainstream media has sent a false message and needs to tell the whole truth of the incident from not only the police perspective, but from the protesters perspective.

Also, earlier in the day (2pm) county police had told the organizers that they had to remove tarps, which are essential to keeping materials dry. After the organizers contacted County Commissioner within half an hour they were told it was a miscommunication.

The press release states cost as a reason to close down the Peoples Plaza as well. Yet privately the police admit that they had way too many police on duty the first two weeks of the camp; they should own up to this publicly when stating the cost.

We also need to write up/publicize our experiences at the Plaza to let the public know how exciting it is. Every day I am amazed by events in the Plaza. Last night, they began showing documentaries on a screen using a laptop as projector. The protesters warmth, energy and creativity are as thrilling as the mission.


The protesters rights are stated in the First Amendment.
Here is more from Naomi Wolff (link to full article): "Please, citizens of America please, OWS do not buy into this rhetorical framework: an absolute right to be free of disruption from First Amendment activity does not exist in a free republic. But the right to engage in peaceable disruption does exist.
Citizens who live or work near protest sites or marches have every right to be free of violence from protesters and they should never be subjected to destruction of property. This is why I am always saying to OWS and to anyone who wants to assemble: be PEACEFUL PEACEFUL PEACEFUL. Be respectful to police, do not yell at them; sing, dont chant; be civil to pedestrians and shop owners; dont escalate tensions; try to sit when there is tension rather than confront physically; be dignified and be nonviolent.
But the First Amendment means that it actually is not up to the mayor or the police of any municipality, or to the Parks Department, or to any local municipality to prohibit public assembly if the assembly is peaceful but disruptive in many ways. Peaceful, lawful protest if it is effective IS innately disruptive of business as usual. That is WHY it is effective.


and if you don't know the link for Occupy MN. You can check the link for what they need, live video at times, what is scheduled for today, what happened at the last General Assembly, etc.

http://www.occupymn.org/
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:42 AM
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1. You didn't post press statement from the sheriff's office.
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