Last week, the Republican National Convention’s (RNC) “Host Committee” announced hotel assignments for Republican delegates and party members attending the RNC this fall in the Twin Cities.
According to the press release, Michigan’s delegation will be staying at the Northland Inn at 7025 Northland Dr N in Minneapolis. The hotel–located about 21 miles from the Xcel Center where the RNC is being held–features “an environment free from the distractions and interruptions of daily business life, to facilitate idea exchange, problem-solving and learning retention.” The Northland Inn’s website details a number of amenities ranging from “whirlpool bathes” to Nintendos on 27-inch screens. Pricing for the week of the RNC was not available, but typically a five-night stay runs between $151-$239 per night. Michigan is sending 60 delegates to the RNC.
Protestors also quickly acted on the information release, distributing a map of the hotel assignments and the following call for protestors to target the delegates:
“CALL TO ACTION!
Unconventional Action Midwest invites all autonomous groups and individuals to “adopt a delegate” in preparation for the Republican National Convention taking place in St. Paul September 1-4.
How does it work? Easy! Simply choose a hotel and do what you can to the delegate experience in the Twin Cities an unforgettable one!
In congruence with the RNC Welcoming Committee’s Points of Unity and the historic St. Paul Principles, UA-Midwest respects and encourages a wide diversity of tactics.
May passion and rage be your guide.”
At the Republican National Convention in 2004, a similar call was made to disrupt delegates attending Broadway plays. While the RNC protests in 2004 were disappointing on many levels, the “Chaos on Broadway” events disrupting the delegates’ experience were some of the most inspiring actions Mediamouse.org observed at the 2004 RNC.