One of the most important things I did there was listen. I learned an incredible amount in a short period of time, mostly through storytelling. I listened to stories from Native youth about their everyday lives -- growing up on reservations and small towns and big cities across the country. I learned about ancestral histories and the many conflicts that Indigenous Nations set aside to come together to protect the water, and that this is the largest gathering of Indigenous Nations since 1973.
Morales: If you were to walk among the crowds that gather each night outside the fourth police precinct in the late autumn darkness you would know that it's all about hope. Hope is what drives a people to resist.
Levy-Pounds: Now, according to witnesses, they grabbed Jamar, one by each arm. The witnesses say that they placed him in handcuffs, and that one officer grabbed Jamar's head in a chokehold and brought him to the ground. They said the other officer then put his knee in Jamar's chest while he was on the ground. Meanwhile, the other officer stood over Jamar's body, and shot him once in the head at point-blank range.
From the article: So I’m going to pull you over right? And I get these stupid tickets that drastically impact my ability to parent, my ability to work, my ability to be a community member, my ability to be the person that I hope to be in my life.”
From the article: “‘The place for fun in your life’ is the Mall of America’s slogan,” says Webster, “which doesn’t align with the Mall creating a fake Facebook account to stalk activists; it doesn’t align with my memories of a fun place to go as a kid. I’m sympathetic to the Mall’s everyday task of ensuring safety, but this violation of privacy went too far, as did Mall management’s pushing for harsh criminal prosecution of peaceful demonstrators.”
Fang: “Clearly it’s inappropriate to be using the Joint Terrorist Task Force to monitor activists [and] the use of a CHS seems extremely inappropriate,” said Michael German, a fellow at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice and former special agent with the FBI. “The fact that they’re spending resources in this manner reflects poor leadership and is something that they should really take a hard look at."
Community demands end to police brutality and racial inequities affecting Black and brown Minnesotans Police Meet Peaceful Protesters in Full Riot Gear Protesters fill the rotunda of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota Saturday, December 20. (Photo courtesy of Black Lives Matter - Minneapolis) By Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, www.facebook.com December 21st, 2014 Minneapolis, MN More