[Guest post by DRJ]
A Dallas Examiner article claims two academic union members were coordinators for the RNC Welcoming Committee that allegedly planned and attempted to violently disrupt the Republican Convention:
“University of Minnesota staff were key coordinators of the recent violent protests at the Republican National Convention (RNC). The university employees are also members of the local clerical union of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. The AFSCME is part of the AFL-CIO union.
Protests turned violent at the 2008 RNC located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Police have arrested hundreds of demonstrators for violent attacks on police officers and bystanders and other more nuisance crimes. The Saint Paul Police have identified an anarchist group called the RNC Welcoming Committee as being at the center of the violence. It’s goal was to stop the convention.”
The article names two University of Minnesota clerks/union members as coordinators of the RNC Welcoming Committee. One member’s personal page at the University of Minnesota website includes a heading “My anti-war stuff” that recounts her trip to visit a Columbian FARC commander “known for cocaine trafficking and kidnapping Americans” and her praise for the now deceased commander. The Examiner also includes a link at her personal page described as expressing solidarity for “‘Islamic Jihad Army’ in Iraq which was killing US troops at the time.”
The details are at the link above, and here’s a refresher on what the RNC Welcoming Committee planned for the Republican Convention.