Tag Archives: George Floyd

Protesters in St. Paul, MN march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

Democracy Now! Police Killed John Thompson’s Friend Philando Castile. Now He Is a Lawmaker Fighting Racist Policing

Rep. John Thompson from the Minnesota Legislature discusses bills re police accountability and barriers in the Republican state senate

Calling Chauvin a “Bad Apple” Denies Systemic Nature of Racist Police Violence

“Even the best training in the world cannot teach police, who are licensed to kill and deployed to enforce a racist system, not to be racist.”

DN!: “A Step Forward”: Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed

“And so, we’ll be fighting to make sure that when we talk about — when the Movement for Black Lives talks about defunding police, that we’re talking about all police, including ICE and Customs and Border Patrol; when we talk about abolishing prisons, that we’re talking about all of them, including detention centers; and when we’re talking about Black Lives Matter, we’re talking about all Black lives, including those of our people that are in this country without papers.”

A Very Intentional First Day of the Year, by Michael Bayly

“Following are images from my time at the George Floyd Memorial Site and the Prayer Tree on the afternoon of Friday, January 1, 2021. I experienced my time at both of these places as holy, grounding, and renewing.”

New Years Minneapolis Style

Editor’s Note: Everyday as I drive down Lake Street and other parts of the city I see the signs of reconstruction…I also see the still boarded-up windows with artwork. Some of it is taken down, but new artwork has appeared on the sides of buildings, some clearly painted to stay. Boards created by community artists […]

On Contact: Hedges and Street on the Strength of Right-Wing Populism

“Despite losing, Donald Trump has solidified support from an angry, disposed working class that cuts across racial lines.”

Why racism was declared a public health crisis, by Andrew Hazzard

COVID-19 “really highlights the intersection of social determinants and historical health issues that make people more vulnerable,” Allen said.

Barb Tilsen Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Mother, Grandmother, Organizer

I’m a singer, songwriter, poet, mother, grandmother, auntie, activist and organizer. I have been involved in many organizations. Through them, networks developed and the relationships underlying them endured and grew. It’s those connections that support our ability to sustain activism over time and make change. — Barb Tilsen By Anne Winkler Morey  Minneapolis Interview Project  […]

Democracy Now! How Fascism Works: Trump’s “Law and Order” Is Lawlessness, Fueling Racist Violence and Chaos

“…to connect these dots, from the Republican National Convention to white supremacists in the streets of U.S. cities to the president’s embrace of fringe conspiracy theories…”

A Conversation with Noam Chomsky on Trump, Capitalism, and the U.S. Role in the New Cold War

Every major problem we have is global in its scope and requires global cooperation: climate crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, and nuclear war and all require international cooperation. Negotiation and diplomacy are required.

Reneging on George Floyd Promises: The Minneapolis Police Name-Change Con

“Community control is not a reformist demand, because it calls for real transfers of power from the oligarchs and their politicians, to the people.”

The Role of Palestine in the US Elections, WAMM webinar in two parts

“Enormous amounts of money pour into various political campaigns around the U.S. with the apparent goal of influencing elections and manipulating governance throughout the nation.” How is that affecting the 5th District in Minnesota, an epi center for recent activism arount the murder of George Floyd.

We Reject War on Foreign Soil As We Reject Police Violence Here!

Just as we oppose the use of the U.S. military in other countries, we also reject the violence enacted by militarized personnel responding to protest in the Twin Cities and the nation. WAMM Newsletter  Summer 2020  Vol. 38  Num. 3 “Effective war propaganda has caused Americans to either forget or apparently have a hard time […]

America’s Problem With Policing Doesn’t Stop at the U.S. Border

“Trump has also made this war even more secretive, issuing an executive order to no longer require the release of annual summaries of U.S. drone strikes and casualties, even as the Navy has expanded its mysterious drone technology.”

A View from the Ground: Twin Cities Activism, Before and After

“Mobolaji Olambiwonnu is correct when he says that most white people do not understand what it is like to be black in America. We do not have to live it. Intellectually we might understand. Emotionally it is still not exactly real to us.”

Chris Hedges: Don’t be Fooled by the Cancel Culture Wars

“We must be wary of allowing those wielding the toxic charge of racism, no matter how well intentioned their motives, to decide who has a voice and who does not.”

Mobalaji Olambiwonnu: The Price of Ignoring the Ferguson Uprising

“According to Scheer, who has watched a rough cut of the film, one of the most remarkable elements in ‘Ferguson Rises’ is the portrayal of white liberals who remained ignorant of the plight of the Black members of their own communities. “

10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War

“Just as the U.S. was created by taking over the lands of Indigenous peoples by force, so America as an empire uses war to expand access to markets and resources”

Before George Floyd—Dred Scott in Minnesota

“In 1857, on March 6th, Dred Scott was found to be “not a person.” This finding by the Supreme Court of the United States was ridiculed inside the country and abroad.”

Andrew J. Bacevich, The All-American Way: MLK’s Giant Triplets

“What I am suggesting is that those calling for fundamental change will go badly astray if they ignore Dr. King’s insistence that each of the giant triplets [racism, extreme materialism, militarism] is intimately tied to the other two.”