Hey hey, we’re having another great beginning to a month in April. Join us at our open meeting on Thursday and our Know Your Rights training on Saturday! And bring your friends!

Open meeting!

Thursday, April 2
Blue Nile Restaurant
2027 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls

Come learn about what we do and how to get involved. We have big plans for the rest of this year, and we need your help!

Know Your Rights training!

Saturday, April 4
Bedlam Theatre rehearsal space
1501 S. 6th St., Mpls

Do you know your rights? Know what to say when the cops stop you? We hope you just thought, “Nothing!” If so, way to go! If not, come to our training and learn about your rights. (Come even if you thought “Nothing!” It’ll be a good time.)

See y’all later on this week!

Hello! Due to low turn out, we’re changing up our plans for the March and April workshops through EXCO (the Experimental College). The workshops on the 14th and 21st of this month have been canceled, and we’ll only be doing a Know Your Rights workshop on Saturday, April 4th rather than a full series of workshops in April.

Don’t miss out on our next Know Your Rights workshop! Role plays, cheap plastic cop badges, batons made out of duct tape, rad legal activist folks, knowledge everyone needs to know… What more could you ask for!?!?

Saturday, April 4th
Bedlam Theatre, Mpls (in the living room upstairs)
Time TBD

You can sign up for the workshop at http://www.excotc.org.

See ya there!

We’re kicking off March with some cool events. First up is our next open meeting. Come on out to learn more about us and how to get involved!

Thursday, March 5th
Blue Nile Restaurant
2027 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls

And don’t forget about our EXCO workshops in March!

Saturday, March 7, 12-3pm: Know Your Rights training

Saturday, March 14, 12-3pm: Learn how to spread the legal knowledge from the KYR training

Saturday, March 21, 12-3pm: Learn about creating legal support structures for activist organizations

All workshops are in the Nokomis Library meeting room, 5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis MN 55417.

For more information and to sign up online, go to

Spread the word. Come on out. Bring your friends. We’ll all have a great time!

Our next open meeting is coming up on Thursday, March 5th. We’re having open meetings on the first Thursday of each month, so come join us and learn more about who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved. We’re an open collective, and we want to work with you!

Thursday, March 5th, 7pm
Blue Nile Restaurant
2027 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls

Come on out and bring some friends!

Our first Know Your Rights training through our series of EXCO workshops was a success. If you’ve already been to one of our trainings, come out to our next workshop to learn how to help us conduct them and otherwise spread this basic legal information around!

Got to www.excotc.org for more information and to register for a series of workshops. And don’t forget that we’re offering the series of workshops in March and April as well!

You’re all invited to a fantastic series of FREE workshops on…

Knowing your rights and protecting your communities from police violence and state repression!

Have you heard about the beating of a community activist who was documenting police abuse of homeless people? The preemptive house raids before the RNC last September? The mass arrests during the RNC? The person tasered to death during a traffic stop?

All of these happened in our communities last year. And many more incidents of police violence that we never hear about!

We must fight back! Coldsnap is dedicated to spreading basic legal knowledge to help people protect their rights and fight against repression in all forms, in all locations.

Join us at one of our series of workshops in February, March or April, which we’re excited about hosting in conjunction with the Experimental College (EXCO). The first is an interactive Know Your Rights training, the second focuses on teaching you to spread this knowledge within your
community, and the third covers advanced topics to help you protect yourself and your allies as you exercise your right to dissent. More detailed info is at the end of this post.

Register for the workshops online at http://www.excotc.org (the link to each series is provided below).

Workshop Schedule


Macalester University, Carnegie Hall, room 06A
1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Saturday, February 14, 1-4pm: Know Your Rights Training
Saturday, February 21, 1-4pm: Trainers’ Training
Saturday, February 28, 1-4pm: Advanced Legal Support Training



Nokomis Library meeting room
5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis MN 55417

Saturday, March 7, 12-3pm: Know Your Rights Training
Saturday, March 14, 12-3pm: Trainers’ Training
Saturday, March 21, 12-3pm: Advanced Legal Support Training



Place & time TBD

Saturday, April 4: Know Your Rights Training
Saturday, April 11: Trainers’ Training
Saturday, April 18: Advanced Legal Support Training


About the Workshops

This is a series of three workshops that build off each other to give you the knowledge you need to protect your rights, help others learn how to do the same, and create the legal support structures for your activist group that you need to do your work as safely as possible. The first workshop is a Know Your Rights training, in which you’ll learn about your constitutional rights from experienced trainers. This workshop is highly interactive since it uses role play scenarios that require audience members to join us in the front of the room with our awesome props and prompt cards. After the training, you’ll have a chance to talk through how it went so you can start mastering the knowledge and prepare yourself to teach it to others.

In the second workshop, the trainers’ training, you’ll learn how to conduct the Know Your Rights workshops on your own or with Coldsnap at future events.

In the final workshop, you’ll learn all about building off the basic Know Your Rights information to create legal support structures within your activist organizations. Some of these structures include designating a legal support coordinator, planning for jail and court solidarity strategies in advance of actions, using good Security Culture practices to protect the members of your group, and using copwatching and legal observing techniques to help prevent police abuse and brutality and to provide evidence for criminal and civil suits that arise from any violations of your rights.

Because the topics we cover in these workshops can create intense, emotional situations, we use consensus-based facilitation in an attempt to create a safer space where we challenge oppression and hierarchy and that is conducive to learning and growing as a community. We operate through informed consent, so we will always explain what is entailed in the various activities in the workshops so you can decide your comfort level in participating. In turn, we ask that all participants agree to interact with each other in ways that empower everyone present to engage in the activities without fear of condemnation and to respect others’ experiences and choices of activist tactics and strategies, even when someone doesn’t understand or agree with someone else.

Class size: Minimum – 5ish; Maximum – 25ish

Hello lovelies! Coldsnap collective members have been busy with RNC support work since the RNC, but the new year is bringing wonderful new adventures for us. One of the first things you’ll see is our newsletter from 2008. The print version will be out soon!

Until that happens, we wanted to give you all a sneak preview of the awesomeness that is about to ensue. Here goes…

We Turned One!

January 2009 marks the one-year anniversary of the founding of the Coldsnap Legal Collective. Our mission statement, to “educate, empower and support the radical community by sharing knowledge, raising awareness, and developing a network of legal support and solidarity” remains the guiding focus of our work in the Twin Cities.

Our first year in existence provided us with ample opportunity to enact our vision of solidarity and empowerment. The arrival and subsequent fall-out from the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities has kept our small collective working in high gear to respond to the intense police violence and state repression that accompanied the Republican delegates to Minnesota. Both prior to and following the convention, Coldsnap has endeavored to remain proactive in our efforts towards community education and alliance-building through our Know Your Rights trainings, legal primer, jail support work, and close working relationships with a variety of local community justice organizations. We are particularly proud of our coalition efforts with the Community RNC Arrestee Support Network (CRASS), which is an arrestee-lead organization that provides legal, logistical, and political support to the 800+ RNC arrestees.

As we move into our second year, we are looking to expand our collective and enhance the work we accomplish. New collective members, input, donations, and volunteers are always welcome. More information about our efforts and future plans can be found in our first ever Coldsnap newsletter (coming soon!).