More than 2,500 people are expected to protest inside the Mall of America’s main rotunda Saturday afternoon. However, mall officials and the city of Bloomington are asking them not to–for safety reasons–and because it’s considered trespassing.
A protest is in the works that could potentially disrupt a busy final holiday shopping weekend at Mall of America. It’s part of the national “Black Lives Matter” movement in response to recent police shootings of unarmed black men, including Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Students with the Million Artist Movement were among the hundreds of people with marched in Minneapolis Saturday in conjunction with the “Day of Resistance” movements around the country. Participants marched from the Federal Reserve Bank to the Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, where they held a demonstration.
Protesters briefly blocked access to the main terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Friday afternoon. Around 100 people representing labor organizations blocked the road leading to the terminal for around 20 minutes to call for higher wages for airport workers.
A protest against the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases spilled onto Interstate 35 W just south of downtown Minneapolis Thursday afternoon. The protesters blocked all of the northbound lanes causing traffic backup for miles. The crowd eventually ended up at Minneapolis City Hall.
Fast food workers in more than 190 cities around the country, including here in the Twin Cities, are expected to walk off their jobs. It’s the latest in a series of protests, calling for a higher minimum wage.
A number of Minnesota high school and college students expressed their disappointment with the Ferguson, Missouri outcome by walking out of school. They joined students who staged walkouts in more than 50 cities across the country on Monday.
Minneapolis police say they have talked with the driver who allegedly drove through a crowd of protesters in south Minneapolis and have now listed him a suspect in the incident, not a victim.
For three months, you’ve seen the pictures and the crowds through many a lens. But University of Minnesota sophomore Eric Bauer saw it with his own eyes. “It tugged on my emotions in ways that I didn’t expect at all,” Bauer said. Along with about a dozen others, he made the trek south to Ferguson, Missouri, to stand for Michael Brown, a teenager he never knew.
Two Minneapolis rallies to demonstrate against the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, drew several hundred people on Tuesday, with a scary moment when a car struck one protester and then burst through a pack of other protesters when they quickly surrounded it. Police said a woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
A rally at the University of Minnesota over events in Ferguson, Missouri, is unfolding peacefully. Several hundred people have gathered on the steps of Coffman Union to show solidarity with Michael Brown, the young man black man shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in August. Violence erupted Monday night in Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.
A group protesting the Washington Redskins team name says 5,000 people will rally outside TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday for the Vikings game.
Fast food workers and union supporters briefly took over a Minneapolis McDonald’s restaurant Thursday. It was part of a nationwide protest in 150 cities by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Demonstrators gathered at the Governor’s mansion Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the DNR to allow the expansion of a certain type of trap to public walk-in-access hunting areas. The conibear, or “body grip,” traps are used to catch bobcats and other wild animals.
Minneapolis Police are looking for a suspect after a protester allegedly gained access to a video board and put up a large banner during the All-Star Game Tuesday night at Target Field. Officials with the Minnesota Twins said the incident happened sometime during the early innings of the game.
Several protests are happening right now across the country outside Target stores. A group of moms is calling for the retail giant to ban open carry of guns in its nearly 1,800 stores nationwide.
Union postal workers are protesting outside Staples in the Twin Cities because of an agreement reached between the U.S Postal Service and Staples, which would put outlets in the stores. Jerry Sirois, president of the local union, says they have a number of concerns about protecting the sanctity of the mail.
A group of gardeners and beekeepers are asking Home Depot stores to “show bees some love” during Valentine season. “All we are saying is give bees a chance,” demonstrators sang Wednesday outside a Home Depot store.
The same week thousands of workers protested across the nation to raise the federal minimum wage, one Minnesota company decided to do something about it. John Puckett, co-owner of Punch Neapolitan Pizza, says all eight of their Twin Cities’ locations now have minimum wage set at $10 an hour. “My business partner and I decided to invest in our people because we are growing our company in the Twin Cities,” Puckett said. “We really believe to have the best quality product and service, it’s the right thing to do.” Minnesota’s minimum wage is $7.25. Puckett hopes the pay will keep good workers and attract valuable employees to their company.
Black Friday is the busiest day of the holiday shopping season, with an estimated 97 million Americans expected to search for the best deals. However, not everyone was celebrating the nation’s hunt for great deals. A number of cleaning workers for retail outlets walked off the job on Friday to protest unfair labor practices.
American Indian activists and others plan to demonstrate against the Washington Redskins’ nickname ahead of the team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night. The groups plan to march to the Metrodome for a rally.
Minnesota veterans also rallied Sunday morning in support of the march in D.C. The protest on the National Mall in Washington D.C. was led by hundreds of veterans and demonstrators, against the shutdown.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison joined six other members of Congress on Tuesday amidst a massive rally for immigration reform, and ended up getting arrested over the act of civil disobedience.
Chanting “no justice, no peace” a group of a couple of dozen protesters gathered outside the Minneapolis Police Department headquarters on Saturday afternoon. Organizers demand justice for 22-year-old Terrence Franklin who was killed by Minneapolis police in a basement shootout in Uptown back on May 10. Police said Franklin shot and injured two Minneapolis officers.
Thousands packed the People’s Square outside the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Monday evening. People from across Minnesota came to the rally to support the civil rights prosecution of Zimmerman in a scene similar to rallies being held around the country. For 22-year-old Kyle Mason, the circumstances surrounding the Zimmerman verdict were nothing out of the ordinary. “The recent events of Trayvon Martin really bothered me but they don’t surprise me, which makes it even more bothersome,” Mason said.