Four members of the Winona Catholic Worker community were arrested Wednesday morning in a Twin Cities suburb while protesting a frac sand mining conference.
Rachel Stoll, James Johnson, Matthew Byrnes and Dan Wilson, along with three members of a Catholic Worker Organization from Des Moines, Iowa, climbed on the roof of a bus about to depart to tour frac sand mines in western Wisconsin. They were arrested by Brooklyn Center police and cited for unlawful assembly, a misdemeanor, according to the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
Wilson said the group believed the conference had a strong pro-industry bias, and said group members were disappointed that protesters were not offered a chance to participate or present opinions at a conference booth.
“Part of the message was just to say, ‘Hey, stop, this is an issue that is affecting people in these rural communities and there’s no other way for us to voice our concern,’” Wilson said.