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Minnesota: RNC protest organizers hold 'Rock Against War' benefit concert

By staff

Kim Defranco

Minneapolis, MN – The Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War hosted a Rock Against the War benefit concert here, July 24. More than 100 people packed the Triple Rock Social Club, listening to the bands The Usual Suspects, Truthmaze, Bad Accident, and Death Ray Scientific. The show was co-sponsored by Substance, a non-profit bookings and promotion group devoted to merging independent art, music and social justice activism.

Event organizer Kim Defranco states, “On Sept. 1 we are marching on the RNC. Each and every person needs to decide where they will be. It is already clear that tens of thousands from the Twin Cites, greater Minnesota and around the country have decided to take an anti-war message to the Xcel Center that day.”

Defranco also noted that demonstration organizers need more funds for the sound system, stage, staff, office, advertising and flyers leading up to the rally and march.

“The vast majority of people in this country oppose the war in Iraq. We’re organizing a national demonstration so people can express their outrage and send an anti-war message to Republican delegates and the world,” said Katrina Plotz, a member of the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War. “We want U.S. troops to come home from Iraq now and we want our tax dollars spent on human needs, not war and occupation. Anyone who shares those views should march on the RNC with us on Sept. 1.”

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