Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the US Campaign
to End the Israeli Occupation not only had a strong presence at
the Democratic National Convention in Denver but at the Republican National
Convention (RNC) in St. Paul as well. National Organizer Katherine Fuchs filed this photo essay from St. Paul after the
conclusion of the RNC. Please help us continue our important
non-partisan educational work during this campaign season by clicking
you’re able to donate, the more we’ll be able to get the word out about our
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Iraq Veterans against the War (IVAW) march on Labor Day.
RNC protest activities kicked off with an Iraq Veterans against the War (IVAW) march
from the Minnesota State Capitol to the Excel Energy Center, home of the 2008
Republican National Convention. Katherine worked as a legal observer during this march and continued to
work with IVAW members throughout the week on strengthening the “Dual Occupations:
Wrong in Palestine, Wrong in Iraq” framework. Most of IVAW’s members and supporters see the
important links between the U.S.
occupation of Iraq and U.S. support
for the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and want to act to end both.
Palestine contingent of the Labor Day anti-war march on the RNC.
IVAW’s march, there was a general anti-war march attended by thousands. The Palestine
contingent included about 100 activists from around Minnesota and the rest of the country. The call to action for this contingent was
sent out by the Coalition for Palestinian Rights, a member organization of the
US Campaign based in the Twin Cities, and included representation from several
US Campaign member groups in the region.
Front page of Tuesday's Star Tribune with US Campaign placards in the picture.
The US Campaign supplied the Palestine contingent with banners and
placards. The lead banner of the
contingent, pictured above, read “The World Says NO to Israeli
Occupation”. Last Tuesday’s edition of
the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune featured a great photo of the anti-war
march on its front page and in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture are
two US Campaign placards reading “End U.S. Support for Israeli
Occupation”. To view a bigger picture of
the newspaper photograph, please click here.
US Campaign anti-apartheid posters adorn our table at the Peace Island Conference. To order your set of anti- apartheid posters, please click here.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the US Campaign had a
presence at the Peace Island Conference. We shared a table with member group Middle East Peace Now. From this table we distributed postcards
challenging military aid to Israel
and promoting our Motorola boycott and corporate accountability campaign
against Caterpillar, as well as fact sheets and other materials about our work.
the RNC, Katherine worked in the Coldsnap Legal Collective’s office, answering
calls from arrested activists, working to bail them out, and taking police
misconduct reports. This legal support
work helps build civil liberties lawsuits against police agencies involved in
brutality and false arrests. Katherine’s
legal support helped our volunteers and others arrested during the protests to
keep their spirits up as they sat in jail on trumped-up felony riot charges
without medical care or access to their lawyers for up to two days after their
An armed Coast Guard skiff patrolling the Peace Island picnic.
police presence in the Twin Cities was over-the-top. This armed Coast Guard skiff
was patrolling around the Peace Island picnic on
Thursday. Other intense police presences
and overreactions led to over 400 arrests of activists, including two US
Campaign volunteers who were standing on a sidewalk taking pictures of
protesters when they were swept up in a mass arrest of over 100 people (they
were arrested about five feet away from Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman).
Peace Island picnic.
Thursday, Katherine gathered signatures on postcards for our military aid
campaign at the Peace Island picnic.This gathering was open to all and offered
free food and music in a progressive atmosphere.
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation maintain a strong presence throughout
the next two months as we continue to inject our issues and concerns into the
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