FRI.Sept.21 on CATALYST:Political Dissidents in the USA

NEW DAY, NEW TIME--and EXPANDED to ONE HOUR!!! KFAI FALL PLEDGE DRIVE:Pleasecall & pledge to KFAI Fri.Sept.28,9am on CATALYST::(612)375-9030 Pledge Line).host Lydia Howell

SAVE THE DATE: SAT. SEPT.29: TC author Atina Diffley of GARDENS OF EAGEN has 3 events for her new book TURN HERE SWEET CORN. Scroll down after OCCUPY story. HEAR MORE OF HER INTERVIEW FRI.SEPT.28  CATALYST

FRI.SEPT. 21:OWS is one year old: OccupyMN update & The Cuban 5---OccupyMN ischallenging fraudlent home foreclosures and facing police repression in Minneapolis with longtime anti-poverty activist DEB KONECHNE and others.(info below) Why have 5 men spent 14 years in U.S. prisons for trying to PREVENT terrorism? Frank Forestal of the MINNESOTA CUBA COMMITTEE  talks about the Cuan 5---who are heroes in  Cuba band 112 other countries---as they endure long prison terms in high-security American prisons.  More info: www.minnesotacubacommittee.org

Plus: ALTINA DIFFLEY of GARDENS OF EAGEN has written a memoir, TURN HERE SWEET CORN,  about being an organic farmer. She's doing three Twin Cities author events on Sat. Sept. 29th.(event info below AFTER OccupyMN story)

 KFAI FALL PLEDGE DRIVESept.28-Oct 4.:Please call & pledge to KFAI Fri.Sept.28,9am on CATALYST::(612)375-9030 Pledge Line

stay connected to OccupyMN on FACEBOOK:update  on charges for OccupyHomes in Minneapolis

 

MON. SEPT.24, 4:40 STOP REPRESSION OF ACTIVISTS! FEDERAL BLDG,  4St/4Ave. downtown Minneapolis

WED. SEPT. 26, 5pmFREE THE CUBAN 5! Central Library, downtown Minneapolis

2 of the 15 defendants being targeted with trumped up riot charges facing up to 2 years in jail won a plea deal for a petty misdemeanor that only carried a $78 fine today! Keep up the pressure everyone!
9/19 UPDATE: Great news: This morning Nick Espinosa and Matthew Van Grinsven were set to go to trial for gross misdemeanor riot charges, and four other misdemeanors that carried up to 2 years in jail and a $7,000 fine. These charges were th...
e result of us sitting down and defending the Cruz family's home from a fraudulent foreclosure. The two defendants walked out of the courtroom with a plea for a petty misdemeanor. No conditions. No community service. Just a $78 fine.

This comes after the prosecution swore that none of us would get anything less than a misdemeanor, and tried to intimidate us to take a bad deal that would limit our ability to protest in the future by escalating our charges to ridiculous proportions.

Because we stood together, and because so many of you stood with us mobilizing hundreds of calls to Mayor Rybak and City attorney Susan Segal on our behalf, we were able to get an amazing deal that doesn't limit our ability to continue organizing and fighting for other families.

Thank you for standing with us. Today we set a great precedent for the other cases, but we have to keep the pressure on to make sure the other arrestees get the same deal as we did!

Onward to victory for the Cruz family, and for the courageous arrestees who defended their home!

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Photo: 9/19 UPDATE: Great news: This morning Nick Espinosa and Matthew Van Grinsven were set to go to trial for gross misdemeanor riot charges, and four other misdemeanors that carried up to 2 years in jail and a $7,000 fine. These charges were the result of us sitting down and defending the Cruz family's home from a fraudulent foreclosure. The two defendants walked out of the courtroom with a plea for a petty misdemeanor. No conditions. No community service. Just a $78 fine.

This comes after the prosecution swore that none of us would get anything less than a misdemeanor, and tried to intimidate us to take a bad deal that would limit our ability to protest in the future by escalating our charges to ridiculous proportions. 

Because we stood together, and because so many of you stood with us mobilizing hundreds of calls to Mayor Rybak and City attorney Susan Segal on our behalf, we were able to get an amazing deal that doesn't limit our ability to continue organizing and fighting for other families.

Thank you for standing with us. Today we set a great precedent for the other cases, but we have to keep the pressure on to make sure the other arrestees get the same deal as we did!

Onward to victory for the Cruz family, and for the courageous arrestees who defended their home!