Indymedia Roundup for the Week of March 7, 2011
Activists Seek to Subpoena Informant Karen Sullivan -- Antiwar activists are now going on the offensive in court. Mick Kelly and his attorneys announced at a press conference in Minneapolis on Friday that they will make a motion to subpoena "Karen Sullivan," the recently unveiled FBI informant who infiltrated the Anti-War Committee prior to the 2008 RNC. Kelly was shot at close range on the final day of the protests. "By law, we should have been given all information about this ‘Sullivan’ character," said Kelly's attorney Ted Dooley, but so far, information on Sullivan has been absent from the discovery process.
Kelly was also a target of last September 24's raids against Palestine solidarity activists; Sullivan pretended to be part of a 2009 Anti-War Committee delegation to Palestine which was turned back. Read more on the TCIMC newswire.
Read on for: Wisconsin protests continue; Minnesota BDS campaign underway; Holocaust denier to speak in MPLS; Occupation on Pine Ridge Reservation; New film about "Texas Two"
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Wisconsin Labor Battle Continues -- The occupation of the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison came to an end last week, with protesters forced out by a strategy of tightening rules and regulations in which police didn't have to arrest anyone. Also last week, however, a building at the UW-Milwaukee campus was occupied in solidarity, and since Democratic State Senators have yet to show up for a vote on the bill, the stalemate surrounding Governor Scott Walker's attack on organized labor and cuts to human services continues. On Saturday, hundreds of people protested Walker in Hudson, WI, less than an hour from the Twin Cities (see video at HongPong's youtube channel). Protests in Madison numbered around 12,000 on Saturday and 6,000 on Sunday, including many workers from the Twin Cities Industrial Workers of the World who have joined the push for a general strike.
Campaign to Divest from Israel Bonds Underway -- Members and supporters of the Minnesota Break the Bonds campaign packed a meeting of the State Board of Investment (SBI) at the Capitol in St. Paul last Thursday, urging the board to stop footing the bill for Israeli occupation. The state of Minnesota holds three Israel bonds worth a combined $18 million, putting Minnesota out of compliance with the international call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions--the same call made during the years of apartheid in South Africa.
A little known body, the SBI consists of the the state's constitutional officers, chaired by Governor Mark Dayton, and usually meets with little to no fanfare. On Thursday, the small meeting room at the Capitol became standing room only, surprising the board members, and nearly a dozen campaign members from across Minnesota used their public comment period to speak to the legal and moral reasons for divestment. The group won a follow-up meeting with the Board's staff and a pledge from the Attorney General's office to investigate the legality of the bonds--what organizers consider a successful first step. Read more with photos and video on the MN Break the Bonds website.
Holocaust Denier David Irving to Speak in Minneapolis -- Anti-Racist Action reports that holocaust denier and Nazi sympathizer David Irving is slated to speak in Minneapolis May 10 on his 2011 tour. Previous tour events have been disrupted and shut down by activists across the country. Irving organizes his events in secret, requiring some undercover investigation to discover the venue--sometimes a venue unsuspecting of the true nature of the event.
The advertised tour also includes stops in Fargo on May 9 and Madison on May 11. Read more on the newswire.
Pine Ridge Reservation: Occupation Underway -- Activists began an occupation this weekend of the Porcupine Elderly Meals Building on the Pine Ridge Reservtion in South Dakota, in response to systematic in response to systematic discrimination and retaliatory measures against the community's elders. "The tribal court system, along with the tribal government, doesn’t really administer the change in procedures that would create a healthy system," said organizer Duane Martin Sr. "They are all unhealthy – the police department is unhealthy, the tribal government is unhealthy, the BIA is unhealthy, and now the Meals for the Elderly is unhealthy!”
New RNC Film to Premiere at South by Southwest -- "Better This World," a documentary chronicling the case of David McKay and Bradley Crowder, is set to debut at the SXSW film festival in Austin later this week. "This film can be important in opening narratives that haven't been told around the RNC/informant cases," wrote Austin activist Scott Crow. "Brad and David's voices have been left out as they have been vilified by the right wing and corporate media. This film presents a chance to hear their stories in all of this," at a time when anarchists in Texas are being scapegoated by law enforcement and commercial media after an unsolved arson at the Governor's mansion there.
If you're wondering, Crowder was released from prison last year; McKay's projected release date is April 8, 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He can be written at the address listed here.