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Jim Walsh, MinnPost: Meet the Mall of America 11

Walsh: ...at the moment the MOA 11 stand together as a brave if somewhat reluctant figurehead, a group of thought leaders who see themselves as torch bearers of their lunch-counter-sitting and back-of-the-bus–sitting forefathers and mothers before them, taking on America’s history of institutional racism itself.

Why Was An FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Tracking A Black Lives Matter Protest?

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."

Mark Osler: Mall of America protest: A large assembly, a prosecutorial error

 Bloomington’s city attorney didn’t have to press charges. She had discretion. The scene at the Mall of America on Dec. 20. Bloomington authorities said last week that 10 members of the group had been formally charged.   Photo: Aaron Lavinsky • Star Tribune  Star Tribune photo galleries By MARK OSLER  StarTribune.com  OpEd  January 16, 2015 Just before More

Nekima Levy-Pounds: Letter from a Bloomington Jail (Metaphorically Speaking)

Much like protesters during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s, participants of #BlackLivesMatter, have stood on the front lines braving arrests, police violence, surveillance, chemical weapons, and hostility from those who are comfortable with the status quo. Yet, even in the face of such adversity, the young people have demonstrated remarkable courage to continue standing, marching, and fighting for our freedom. They are standing on the right side of history.

Daily Kos: Undercover officers infiltrate #BlackLivesMatter protest movement in Minnesota; charge leaders

The Minnesota ACLU, responding to these charges and to demands that the protestors pay for the police who were called to the scene, released the following statement. "There is finally growing concern and dialogue regarding the failure of our criminal justice system to hold police officers accountable for acts of excessive force and other misconduct," the statement says. "These problems are happening in our backyard and should not be ignored."

▶ Popular Resistance: 3,000 Rally at Mall of America, Police Shut Down Mall for Hours

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

Celebrating Spiritual Death On Black Friday> Coleen Rowley

Celebrating Spiritual Death On Black Friday Coleen Rowley     Posted: 11/25/11     Huffington Post How many remember that this “Black Friday” marks the 10th anniversary of George Bush’s famous presidential advisory just after 9/11 for citizens to do their patriotic duty by pushing their worries aside and going shopping? The idea of asking the More

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