Saturday, August 30, 2008

Crash the Convention/He Completes Us

[Note: Krista at Thinkery posts links on 8/30 and 8/31 to more coverage of the raid and pre-convention "preventive" policing. Very spooky, kids.]

My activist friend Stef told me that Friday night police raided the Convergence space being used as a gathering space by the RNC Welcoming Committee (an anarchist/anti-authoritarian organizing body preparing for the Republican National Convention) in Saint Paul, MN.
The police detained over 50 people.

The Welcoming Committee is planning protests on Sept. 1 through Sept. 4.
Their website is Crash the Convention.

Then she sent me this funny Lion King/Obama biography remix, "Barack Obama: He Completes Us," from Thursday's Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

"We've gotta laugh," she said. "It's a healthy survival response of marginalized people."

* * * * And this from a woman who still suffers pangs of "leftist guilt" over the fact that the grater she bought in 1989 to make potato latkes for Channukah was made in Chile.

"Every time Barack Obama speaks, an angel has an orgasm."

"One man seems ready enoughish to lead."


momo said...

They had so much fun making this!

fresca said...

Yeah, I thought that too--from my little bit of vidding experience, I can so imagine how fun this was to put together.

I have barely touched my DV camera since I bought it a couple weeks ago---but I will because I want to be having this much fun with my OWN images too.

I hope the police didn't have so much fun raiding the anarchists...
But I imagine it must be a rush bursting into a meeting space of political protestors, guns drawn, when you know the chances of getting hurt yourself are very low, just like on TV.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, tho', Frescadita, I'm sure the officers really were at a high level of risk of being scared shitless by youth with multiple body piercing, tattoos, women with unshaven arm pits, vegan farts, cute babies, preschoolers, and school-agers, silver-haired lefty elders, et al. Oh, and I suppose MN's "finest" must've been even more terrified that an anarchist might throw their computers, cell phones, veggie burgers, organic fresh fruit, or other obligatory paraphernalia at them. These are the types of things confiscated by the folks "responsible for protecting us from terrorism". By the way, the number of raids on the T C immigrant community has increased in the past few days.

Love and Solidarity!


fresca said...

Hey! I wouldn't want to get hit with vegan food: it's like rocks!
Submachine guns are definitely in order against the likes of those who would seek to force Amerikans to eat such stuff.
Underarm hair?
The death penalty!
(Oh wait, that would be me. Well, I regret I have but one life to give...)
As I always say, heaven help us.
Hang in there, girl.

momo said...

Don't forget the urine and feces they listed in their search warrants!