Peace and justice movement applying for permits to march on the Democratic National Convention

March route to be announced at Monday press conference

12 noon, Monday, August 9, in front of the Minneapolis City Hall.

Leaders of the Twin Cities peace and justice movement will announce the route of a massive anti-war march that will take place if the Democratic National Convention is held in Minneapolis. The announcement will take place at a press conference at 12:00 noon, Monday, August 9, in front of the Minneapolis City Hall.

Immediately after the press conference, activists will file for a permit for the march.

Meredith Aby of the Anti-War Committee states, “We want city government to grant us permits for an anti-war march on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. We are against the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and we are going to put out that message in a big way at the DNC.”

Many of the organizations that organized the anti-war protests at the Republican National Convention in 2008 are joining this effort, including the Anti-War Committee, Women Against Military Madness, the Welfare Rights Committee and others.

“We are not going to put up with the city of Minneapolis dragging their feet on granting us permits for a march at the DNC. We went through that with the 2008 RNC march permits in Saint Paul, and we will not accept something like that a second time. Under the slogan ‘Money for human needs, not for war,’ we will take thousands of protesters to the Metrodome if the DNC is held here,” said Deb Konechne of the Welfare Rights Committee.