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Minnesota: Lawsuit filed in MN Court to Open up more space for Anti-war, Economic Justice Protests at RNC

By staff

St. Paul, MN – Anti-war, low-income, labor and student activists have mounted a new legal challenge to Saint Paul’s policy of curtailing protests at the Republican National Convention. The lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court by attorney Bruce Nestor of the National Lawyers Guild, seeks to open up additional areas for protest at the Republican National Convention.

“While we are marching against the war on Sept. 1, we also want to open up more space to protest the Republican war on the poor at home and abroad throughout the four days of the RNC. More than 95% of the space around the Xcel center has been set aside for Republicans and the corporate media. We can not accept that,” states Angel Buechner of the Welfare Rights Committee. Buechner is an organizer of the Poor People’s Contingent that will march in the Sept. 1 anti-war protest.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit are:

Bruce Nestor of the National Lawyers Guild states, “The plaintiffs have the constitutional right to use the streets and sidewalks of the city of Saint Paul to speak out against the war and economic injustice at the RNC. This lawsuit seeks to protect those rights and allow for an anti-war, social justice message to be heard by the Republican delegates and the people of this country.”

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