St. Paul's yanked our Permit (RNC)

On March 5th, dailykos denizen norahc (Ben Plunkett) obtained permits in the name of "Swift Students for Truthiness" from the St. Paul Parks Department for use of Hamm's Plaza for non-partisan issue oriented expressive activity on Sept. 3d and 4th, 8AM to 8PM. Planned, a "Shutdown Guantanamo Stop Torture" event the 3d, "Stop Government Spying" on the 4th, both starting at 4:00. I'm co-ordinating the "spying" event.

Hamm's is tiny, not much more than a traffic island, so the limit of 91 in attendance at any time was acceptable.

Yesterday, Ben received a Certified Mail from the Parks Department, dated August 5th, indicating that the permits had been revoked, offering alternative space at Ecolab Plasa or Mears Park, both much less visible. Hamm's is 2 blocks from the Convention site at the Excel Center, and faces the St. Paul Hotel, a major delegate hub. I've just lined up an attorney, we'll be seeking a Temporary Restraining Order directing that the Parks Dept. honor the original permit.

Other  events for the week...

Saturday is the Minnesota Tea Party (the annual Hempfest) noon to 4:20 at the State Capitol, leading into a Drug Peace March to downtown.

Monday, Code Pink and allies plan a March against the Iraq War.

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    Tips? Tapes? Torture? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ben Masel on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 01:52:11 PM EST

    Hmmm (none / 0) (#2)
    by ran scot on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 12:51:25 PM EST
    I know of certain libertarian leaning former candidate for Republican Party who might be able to lend a helping hand with this. Since, of course, he will be town as well.

    See if I can't get you a little ball help.