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1.  Recently Unionized Minneapolis Starbucks Workers Conduct Two-day Strike  

2022-08-13


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Minneapolis, MN – The corner of 47th Street and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis was quiet for the first time after spirited drumming and chants of, “What’s disgusting? Union busting!” filled the air from July 31-August 1. Employees of the Cedar Avenue Starbucks had returned to… The post Recently Unionize...

2.  Clowns Visit Children in Gaza Amidst Rubble of Destroyed Houses  

2022-08-12


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Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine – After suffering through three days of Israeli airstrikes and assassinations, children in the Gaza Strip enjoyed the presence of clowns and puppets. Two days after a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, dozens of neighborhood children participate...

3.  Indigenous Fear Desecration of Burial Sites at Thacker Pass Lithium Mine  

2022-08-11


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Thacker Pass, Nevada – When Ky NoHeartInWar got a call telling them to get over near to a new digging site at Thacker Pass, or Peehee Mu’huh (Rotten Moon), they knew it was a “pretty intense” situation. NoHeartInWar got to the site, put their drone… The post Indigenous Fear Desecration of Burial Site...

4.  Self-Managed Abortion Workshops Build Reproductive Autonomy  

2022-08-11


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Tucson, Arizona – In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision ending federal protection for abortion access, some people across the country are scrambling to find solutions to the crisis of forced pregnancy and the end of nationwide legal reproductive freedom. This crisis… The post Self-Manage...

5.  Operation Breaking Dawn: Israel Kills 44 Palestinians Over Three Days  

2022-08-09


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Gaza City, Gaza, Palestine – Over the course of three days, at least 44 Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes targeting leaders and sites of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement in the Gaza Strip. Starting on August 5, 2022, Israel began what they called… The post Operation Breakin...

6.  Clearing the Way for a Whiter, Wealthier Tax Base in Minneapolis  

2022-08-04


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Minneapolis, MN – As the Twin Cities metro area becomes more diverse, the city of Minneapolis trails behind the regions growth in diversity, with a population trending disproportionately whiter, wealthier, and, consequently more conservative in the past decade. This article demonstrates the intentionalit...

7.  Philando Castile Remembered Six Years After Being Killed by Police  

2022-08-01


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St. Paul, MN – Standing in front of the Minnesota Governor’s Residence Valerie Castile recounted how former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed her son Philando during a traffic stop six years ago on July 6, 2016, “Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Five times… The post Philando Castile Remembere...

8.  Richmond Abortion Rights Rally Highlights Intersections of SCOTUS Ruling  

2022-07-29


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Richmond, VA – On July 8, hundreds gathered in Monroe Park of Richmond, Virginia for an abortion rights protest organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, ACLU Virginia, and Progress Virginia. Lucy Hartman, organizing director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, said that plan...

9.  Occupation Forces Repress Palestinians Fighting Land Grabs in the Northwestern West Bank  

2022-07-30


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Occupied West Bank, Palestine – Palestinian protests against Israeli settlement expansion and land confiscations in the northwestern regions of the occupied West Bank are frequently being met with violence by Israeli forces who are also conducting violent and often deadly raids on a near-daily basis.… Th...

10.  Young Adult Shares Story of Being Racially Profiled and Assaulted by Police  

2022-07-26


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St. Louis Park, MN – “I’ve been afraid to even leave my home,” a young adult speaks out about brutality they say they faced from being racially profiled by officers from the St. Louis Park Police Department. Keeping their name anonymous for their safety, they… The post Young Adult Shares Story of Bein...

11.  Prosecutor Seeks 8 Years in Prison and Terrorism Enhancement for DAPL Saboteur Ruby Montoya  

2022-07-26


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Des Moines, IA – Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 96 months in prison for Ruby Montoya, admitted Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) saboteur, which includes a ‘terrorism enhancement’ that could tack years onto her sentence. In November 2016, on the night of the election… The post Prosecutor Seek...

12.  Movement Spawns From Greek Government Plans to Close Eleonas Refugee Camp  

2022-07-25


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Athens, Greece – Following the final decision of the Athens City Council on July 4 to proceed with the evacuation of the Eleonas refugee camp, communities of migrant residents are left in a very difficult position. The Municipality of Athens and the Ministry of Immigration… The post Movement Spawns Fro...

13.  Israeli Raid on Nablus Kills Two Palestinians and Wounds Many  

2022-07-25


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Nablus, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – Two Palestinians were killed and at least 12 were wounded during a large-scale Israeli military raid on the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus at dawn on July 24. Armed clashes went on for nearly four hours after… The post Israeli Raid on Nablus Kills Tw...

14.  Personal Belongings Trashed as Minneapolis Encampment Evicted  

2022-07-22


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Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis Police evicted nearly 100 residents from the empty lot turned encampment off 29th Street and 14th Avenue on July 20, 2022. Some residents were woken up by police pointing guns at them while yelling that they’re “trespassed” and they must leave… The post Personal Belonging...

15.  South African Water and Electricity Supply Crises Grow After Deadly KZN Riots and Floods  

2022-07-19


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As the global climate change steadily increases, so too have its negative effects on the overall health of the world’s living species and their environments. Global temperatures measured in the first-half of 2022 alone have only confirmed this pattern as this year is yet again… The post South Africa...

16.  Minneapolis Community Resists Encampment Eviction  

2022-07-20


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Minneapolis, MN – After swelling to serve several dozen residents swept from other encampments, the lot on 29th Street and 14th Avenue continues to be controlled by unhoused residents despite the ongoing threat of eviction. On July 8, dozens of community members rallied at the… The post Minneapolis Communit...

17.  Palestinians Speak Out During Biden’s Visit  

2022-07-21


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Bethlehem, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – United States President Joe Biden visited the Palestinian territories in mid-July 2022 and met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. During a televised speech with Abbas, Biden publicly stated support for an independent Palestinian state. To gather the puls...

18.  Two Animal Rights Activists Found Guilty, Face Sentencing of up to 10 Years  

2022-07-12


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Abbotsford, B.C., Canada – Two of the three defendants from the Excelsior Hog Farm trial—Amy Soranno and Nick Schafer—were found guilty on two felonies on July 9, 2022, one for break and enter to commit mischief, and one for mischief. Roy Sasano was acquitted. The… The post Two Animal Rights Activist...

19.  Two Patriot Front Members Charged For Defacing Gay Pride Mural  

2022-07-17


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Olympia, WA – Two members of the neo-nazi group Patriot Front face new misdemeanor charges stemming from the destruction of a gay pride mural last October. Colton Michael Brown, 23, and Spencer Thomas Simpson, 20, both face charges of Aiding & Abetting or ‘Complicity With’… The post Two Patriot Fron...

20.  Jury Deliberations Began Friday in the Excelsior Hog Farm Animal Rights Trial  

2022-07-09


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Abbotsford, B.C., Canada – Over the last couple weeks, three animal rights activists—Amy Soranno, Roy Sasano and Nick Schafer—stood trial over an April 2019 non-violent direct action meant to shed light on the treatment of the pigs and piglets inside the Excelsior Hog Farm. The… The post Jury Deliberation...

21.  Derek Chauvin to be Moved to Federal Prison After Sentenced to 21 Years  

2022-07-08


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Saint Paul, MN – Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison on Thursday, July 7, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson. Chauvin, who had pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations in December 2021, has been incarcerated… The post Derek Chauvi...

22.  Indigenous Official and British Journalist Murdered in Brazilian Amazon  

2022-07-07


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Amazonas, Brazil – On June 5, 2022, the suspicious disappearance of Bruno Araújo Pereira, an Indigenous affairs official and rainforest advocate, and British journalist Dom Phillips, made the main newspapers in Brazil and the world, triggering a national and global alert. The insecurity and backlash… Th...

23.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 10  

2022-07-07


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Kimberly Handy-Jones, affectionately known as “Mama Handy,” is a pillar in the fight for justice among mothers whose children have been killed by police. For five years she has held an annual banquet summoning mothers from all across the country to gather and honor their… The post The Mothers Podcas...

24.  Forest Service Finds ‘No Significant Impact’ in F3 Gold’s Proposed Exploration in Black Hills  

2022-07-08


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Black Hills National Forest, SD – On Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released their draft decision and findings on a new gold exploration project by Minneapolis-based F3 Gold. Jim Gubbels, the Mystic District Ranger in the Black Hills, compiled the 29-page report summarizing the… The post Fores...

25.  Huntington Place Residents Organize and Demand Repairs  

2022-07-05


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Brooklyn Park, MN – For many years, the second largest apartment complex in Minnesota has been plagued by dysfunctional management, leaving hundreds of apartments needing repairs while buildings fall apart. Residents at Huntington Place Apartments have, for years, been complaining about mold, insects...

26.  Highland Park Shooter Decried ‘Commies’ In Discord Chat  

2022-07-05


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Highland Park, IL – At least five people were killed and 19 hospitalized when a rooftop shooter opened fire on a July 4th parade in suburban Illinois on Monday. Police have arrested and named as a person of interest a 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, believed… The post Highland Park Shooter Decried ‘Commies...

27.  July 4th Abortion Protests in Washington, D.C.  

2022-07-04


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings against the right to abortion and the environment, Unicorn Riot is streaming demonstrations in America’s capitol city. Local officials in the District are preparing for a surge in demand for abortions following the… The post July 4t...

28.  “End Gold Mining” Banners Dropped Near Proposed Black Hills Exploration Site  

2022-07-05


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Silver City, SD – Early Monday morning, water protectors dropped banners at the Pactola Reservoir island in opposition to new proposed gold exploration in the Black Hills, or He Sapa. F3 Gold, a Minneapolis-based prospecting company, is waiting on one last permit approval before they… The post “End Gol...

29.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 9  

2022-07-03


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During episode nine of The Mothers Podcast we hear from Lisa Simpson whose 18-year-old son, Richard Risher, was killed in 2016 by Los Angeles Police Officer Francisco Zaragoza in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Development. Police fired over 70 shots at Risher, 35 hitting his body. Simpson… The post Th...

31.  Racism in Minnesota Schools Impacting Students and Educators  

2022-06-25


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As students in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) end out the 2021-22 school year, we take a look at a few anti-Black and pro-police incidents which occurred in the Twin Cities metro area in the last years. These are only a few instances among dozens of… The post Racism in Minnesota Schools Impacting Student...

32.  The End of Federal Abortion Protections Isn’t the End of Abortion Access  

2022-06-25


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Washington, D.C. – For the first time in United States history, the Supreme Court has revoked an individual constitutional right— repealing Roe v. Wade and cutting off federal abortion protections. As Kristin Hady with Abortion Access Front put it, Roe is “just the first domino… The post The End of Federa...

33.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 8  

2022-06-27


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Terrence Coleman, 31, was fatally shot by Boston Police Officer Garrett Boyle at his mother’s apartment in 2016. In episode eight of The Mothers Podcast we hear from his mother, Hope Coleman, who shares the horrific details of her son being killed after calling for… The post The Mothers Podcast Episod...

34.  Families of Victims Killed by Cops Speak Out About Ongoing Harassment Across Agencies: A Chronicle of Police Retaliation in the Twin Cities  

2022-06-28


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Grieving families of loved ones murdered by Twin Cities police share the incessant “psychological terrorism” they’ve experienced at the hands of on and off duty officers in various departments across the metro, and want their stories to be made public.  Findings in the recent report… The post Familie...

35.  Southside Minneapolis Encampment Faces Eviction Threat  

2022-06-28


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Minneapolis, MN – Another encampment of unhoused people living in tents is threatened by the City of Minneapolis for eviction. For almost two months now, an empty lot on 29th Street and 14th Avenue in South Minneapolis has had a growing number of people residing… The post Southside Minneapolis Encampmen...

36.  Israeli Forces Suppress Protests After Court Green Lights Demolitions in Masafer Yatta  

2022-06-30


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Masafer Yatta, Palestine – Ruling on a decades-long case, the Israeli Supreme Court decided in May to authorize the expulsion of an estimated 1,200 Palestinians from the Masafer Yatta area. According to Israeli non-governmental organization Breaking the Silence, the court’s decision amounted to a green… Th...

37.  Denver Justice Project Hosts Community Meeting to Reimagine Policing  

2022-07-01


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Denver, CO – On Thursday evening, the Denver Justice Project is hosting a community meeting geared toward reimagining policing and public safety. “The point of this meeting is to hear from community members who have lived experience and or who currently reside in the most… The post Denver Justice Projec...

38.  Longtime Independent Photojournalist KingDemetrius Pendleton’s Work Celebrated by Community  

2022-06-21


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St. Paul, MN – Longtime independent photojournalist KingDemetrius Pendleton held his first ever public exhibit showcasing his photography. Over the second weekend in May 2022, Pendleton held an open-to-the-public exhibit titled ‘The Movement Never Stops’, which is also the title of his self-release...

39.  Israeli Forces Raid Jenin, Kill Three Palestinians, Wound 10  

2022-06-19


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Jenin, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – A large Israeli military operation of at least 30 vehicles raided Jenin Refugee Camp in the Occupied West Bank, killing three Palestinians and wounding 10 in the early morning of Friday, June 17, 2022. At least 60 Palestinians have… The post Israeli Forces Rai...

40.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 7  

2022-06-19


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George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police was the most high-profile Minnesota law enforcement killing in a long history. In May 2016, St. Paul police, who have killed more people than Minneapolis officers, killed Jaffort Smith in the North End. In this episode… The post The Mothers Podcas...

41.  Israeli Forces Assault Mourners of Young Man Dead After Israeli Attack on Al-Aqsa  

2022-06-17


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Old City, Occupied East Jerusalem, Palestine – A week after attacking the funeral of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Israeli forces attacked the funeral of 21 year old Walid al-Sharif. On May 14, al-Sharif had succumbed from injuries sustained during confrontations at Al-Aqsa Mosqu...

42.  ‘Black Women United’ Marches for Breonna Taylor  

2022-06-15


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Saint Paul, MN – An all-Black-women lineup of speakers and performers gathered outside the Minnesota Governor’s Residence to remember Breonna Taylor on what would’ve been her 29th birthday had she not been killed by Louisville police over two years ago. Organized by radio personality, filmmaker,… Th...

43.  Unscathed: How the Press Helps Hide Target’s Harm [Film]  

2022-06-14


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This 30-minute short film examines the role of the mainstream media in denying the voices of Black youths and adults in Minneapolis. The press serves as an intermediary between the multinational retail giant Target Corp., who funds draconian policing and prosecution, and local government. Experts… Th...

44.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 6  

2022-06-12


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Kimberly Davis is a part of a national organization (P.O.S.T.) that is mobilizing families all across the country who have lost a loved one to police. Her motivation stems from her own loss. In Ohio, Kimberly’s 20-year-old son Kimoni was killed during a high speed… The post The Mothers Podcast Episod...

45.  Three Animal Rights Advocates Face Trial Over 2019 Hog Farm Occupation  

2022-06-10


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Abbotsford, B.C., Canada – It’s been three years since two hundred animal rights advocates descended on the Excelsior Hog Farm on April 28, 2019 “to expose the reality of what is happening to the victims of the ‘meat’ industry and to challenge the current mindset… The post Three Animal Rights Advocate...

46.  Israeli Settlers Celebrate Capturing Jerusalem, Police Arrest Palestinians  

2022-06-11


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Old City, Occupied East Jerusalem, Palestine – Celebrating the Israeli capture of Jerusalem in 1967, thousands of Israeli nationalists marched thru Palestinian corridors of the Old City on May 29, periodically chanting “death to Arabs” while taking provocative tours under the guard of police. At… Th...

47.  Eviction Defense Successful Despite Aggressive Contractors  

2022-06-09


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Minneapolis, MN – On June 1, 2022, authorities unsuccessfully cleared an encampment of tents on an unused strip of land off Interstate 35. Eviction defenders thwarted the sweep by asking for documents, helping residents pack and move, and using their bodies and placing objects in… The post Eviction Defens...

48.  Officer Charged with Murder for Killing Congolese Refugee in Michigan  

2022-06-10


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Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids Police Officer Chris Schurr was charged Thursday with second-degree murder for fatally shooting unarmed Patrick Lyoya in the back of the head on April 4. Schurr turned himself in and has an arraignment scheduled for Friday. Patrick Lyoya was… The post Officer Charge...

49.  Palestinian Investigation Finds Israel Responsible for Killing Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh  

2022-06-07


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Ramallah, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – Two weeks after Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while on assignment covering an Israeli raid in Jenin, a press conference announced the results of a Palestinian investigation finding Israeli forces responsible for the killing. Ab...

50.  One Year Ago, Winston Smith Was Killed By a Federal Task Force  

2022-06-03


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Minneapolis, MN – It’s been one year since sheriffs deputized as federal agents ambushed and fatally shot Winston Smith in his car in Uptown Minneapolis as his friend sat next to him. Initial claims by authorities and corporate media falsely said he was a “murder… The post One Year Ago, Winston Smit...

51.  Israel Kills 4 Palestinians in 48 Hours and Blows Up a Home  

2022-06-04


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Ya’bad, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – In the first two days of June 2022, Israeli forces killed four Palestinians and blew up a two-story home in the northern parts of the Occupied West Bank. The massive Israeli military operations took place in the town of… The post Israel Kills 4 Palestinians i...

52.  Protesters in Colorado Counter Anti-Queer Evangelical ‘Let Us Worship’ Event  

2022-06-04


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Boulder, CO – Only a few days into Pride month, an anti-queer, anti-abortion evangelical event series called Let Us Worship is having its summer tour kickoff outside the Vinelife Church. The far-right Christian group was formed in 2020 by self-identified missionary Sean Feucht because he… The post Protester...

53.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 5  

2022-06-05


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Toni Biegert visits the site of where her son was killed by police in episode 5 of The Mothers Podcast. Joseph Biegert, a 30-year-old white man, was killed by Green Bay Police Officers Matthew Dunn and Brian Krueger in 2015 as they served a wellness… The post The Mothers Podcast Episode 5 appeared firs...

54.  Greek Police Shoot Student Protesting Their Installment on Campus, Demo & Clashes Follow  

2022-05-31


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Thessaloniki, Greece – Greek riot police shot a student protesting their installment on campus at point-blank range in the face with a projectile, breaking his jaw and rupturing his ear drum. After confrontations broke out across campus, traumatized students organized a massive demonstration throug...

55.  Athens Police Acquitted in Death of Queer Activist Zak Kostopoulos/Zackie Oh  

2022-05-28


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Athens, Greece – After seven months and 18 hearings, the trial for the public murder of 33-year-old Zak (Zacharias) Kostopoulos in the center of Athens, was completed in early May 2022. On September 21, 2018, Kostopoulos was killed from an altercation with two shopkeepers, nine… The post Athens Polic...

56.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 4  

2022-05-29


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In episode 4 of The Mothers Podcast, Montye Benjamin recounts the story of her son, Jayvis Benjamin, who was killed by Avondale Estates Police Officer Lynn Thomas in 2013. Benjamin was involved in a car crash that Thomas responded to and was unarmed when Thomas… The post The Mothers Podcast Episode ...

57.  Two Years After George Floyd  

2022-05-26


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Minneapolis, MN – Two years ago today, Minneapolis Police killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old father of five, over a suspected counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. Community-recorded video of his killing went viral and culminated into what was a historic uprising that saw the besiegement of the Minneapolis… Th...

58.  Eyewitness Recounts Moments Israeli Forces Killed Shireen Abu Akleh  

2022-05-24


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Israeli forces killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, and shot journalist Ali al-Samoudi, as they covered an Israeli raid in Jenin on May 11, 2022. A few days later, fellow journalist Shatha Hanaisheh, who was standing next to Abu Akleh when she was killed,… The post Eyewitnes...

59.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 3  

2022-05-22


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Featured in episode 3 of The Mothers Podcast is Yolanda McNair, the mother of Adaisha Miller who was killed in 2012 by off-duty Detroit Police Officer Issac Parrish while at his home during a party. Since 2012, at least 500 women have been reported as… The post The Mothers Podcast Episode 3 appeare...

60.  Israeli Police Attack Funeral Procession of Palestinian-American Journalist They Killed  

2022-05-21


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Occupied Jerusalem – Two days after Israeli forces killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Israeli police attacked her funeral procession, wounding dozens of people. The participants were assaulted by police with batons, stun grenades, and tear gas as they attempted to get Abu Akleh’...

61.  “Cop City” General Contractors’ Offices Attacked  

2022-05-19


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Atlanta, GA – A crowd of about 80 masked protestors descended upon the Atlanta corporate offices of Brasfield & Gorrie on Thursday, May 12. Brasfield & Gorrie are the general contractors hired to build a Public Safety Training Center, or “Cop City,” in the Atlanta… The post “Cop City” General Contractors...

62.  ‘Bolsonaro Never Again’ Protests Come Among New Wave in Government Scandals  

2022-05-19


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After a long period of inertia, on April 9, 2022, Brazilian protesters took to the country’s streets again to protest the country’s embattled president, Jair Messias Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has been heavily criticized for his “coronavirus mismanagement” and numerous scandals involving his government. Acros...

63.  Police Raid Atlanta Forest Occupation  

2022-05-18


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Atlanta, GA – On Tuesday, May 17, law enforcement from several jurisdictions, including SWAT teams armed with rifles, conducted a raid on the burgeoning autonomous zone within the Atlanta Forest, arresting eight people and destroying six treehouses and other protest infrastructure. After the raid, officers… Th...

64.  Demonstrations in West Bank for Palestinian Prisoner’s Day and Jenin Camp  

2022-05-17


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Occupied West Bank, Palestine – Palestinian demonstrations in the Occupied West Bank were violently suppressed throughout April by Israeli forces. Videos from two separate nights in Hebron show Israeli forces shooting metal-coated rubber bullets and tear gas at Palestinian protesters who responded b...

65.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 2  

2022-05-15


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In episode 2 we interview Marion Gray Hopkins, mother of Gary Hopkins, Jr. Gary was killed by police when he was 19-years-old. If you listened to episode one about the police killing Archie Elliott III in 1993, then you are familiar with Prince George’s County… The post The Mothers Podcast Episode ...

66.  Atlanta Fights to Save Its Forest  

2022-05-14


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Atlanta, GA – A harsh chorus of chants and drums erupted in the late afternoon silence of the upscale Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw, Georgia, Monday, punctuated by the pops of fireworks and the barks of dogs. A group of 30-40 protestors chanting “Stop Cop City!”… The post Atlanta Fights to Save Its Forest...

67.  Buffalo Mass Shooter Likely Sought Combat Gear Advice on Online Chats  

2022-05-15


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The man who allegedly killed ten people and injured more in a mass shooting at Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo, New York on May 14, appears to have looked for advice about carrying out violent acts in more than 80 online chat messages collected by… The post Buffalo Mass Shooter Likely Sought Comba...

68.  Patriot Front Meetings Spell Out Racist Network’s Plans & Hateful Operations  

2022-05-13


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22 audio files obtained by Unicorn Riot reveal the inner workings and deeply bigoted shared mindset of members of Patriot Front, the largest fascist organization currently operating in the United States. Roughly 17 hours of regional network chapter meetings, national meetings, and informal hangouts in… Th...

69.  Israeli Army Kills Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh  

2022-05-11


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Jenin City, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – This morning an Israeli sniper shot and killed Shireen Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera journalist, as she covered Israeli raids into Jenin City in the occupied West Bank. Abu Akleh was 51 years old and beloved by Palestinians… The post Israeli Army Kills Journalis...

70.  Families Gather to Demand Justice for Those Killed in Tucson’s Jail  

2022-05-10


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Tucson, AZ – A crowd of about 60 people slowly converged on the empty plaza and parking lots of Pima County Jail Friday night. Bathed in the yellow glow of the streetlights, some gathered in groups and chatted while others hurriedly constructed frames for their… The post Families Gather to Demand Justic...

71.  The Mothers Podcast Episode 1  

2022-05-08


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Dorothy Copp Elliott, a Maryland schoolteacher and the mother of Archie Elliott III reflects back to 1993 when Prince George’s County Police Officers Jason Leavitt and Wayne Cheney fatally shot her 24-year-old son 14 times during a traffic stop. At the time Elliott was killed,… The post The Mothers Podcas...

72.  Docs Show MPD Communicating With Military About Boogaloo Members  

2022-05-08


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Minneapolis, MN – A ‘Boogaloo Bois’ member interview during 2020 unrest in Minneapolis triggered a wave of intra-agency information sharing which ultimately connected to a federal investigation and indictments. Documents obtained by Unicorn Riot, including emails from the Minneapolis Police (MPD) sen...

73.  Israeli Forces Clear Al-Aqsa for Settlers’ Tours  

2022-05-07


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Old City, Occupied East Jerusalem, Palestine – On May, 5, 2022, heavily armed Israeli forces cracked down on Palestinians worshipping inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Dozens were injured, an ancient pulpit was damaged and the prayer area of the mosque was sealed off by Israeli… The post Israeli Force...

74.  Leaked U.S. Supreme Court Abortion Draft Decision Incites Protests  

2022-05-03


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Washington, D.C. – Yesterday evening, Politico published a leaked draft decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case they heard on December 1, 2021 concerning whether all pre-viability prohibitions on abortion are unconstitutional. The leaked draft states: “We hold that Roe and Casey must… The pos...

75.  Last Friday Prayer of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Draws 160K Despite Strict Measures by Israeli Forces  

2022-04-30


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Old City, Occupied East Jerusalem, Palestine – At least 160,000 people gathered at Al-Aqsa Mosque on April 29 to perform the last Jummah Friday prayers of Ramadan 2022. After an early morning storming of Al-Aqsa by Israeli forces left dozens injured, and despite strict security… The post Last Frida...

76.  Palestinians Killed While Resisting Israeli Forces in Silwad Led to More Protests  

2022-05-01


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Silwad, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – On April 14, 2022, Omar Muhammad Alyan, age 20, was killed during confrontations with Israeli occupation forces who stormed Silwad, a town east of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. Alyan was one of three Palestinians killed in the… The post Palestinians Kille...

77.  Man Shot by Israeli Forces During Land Day Demonstration  

2022-04-28


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Bil’in village, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – A young man was shot with live ammunition by Israeli forces during a Land Day march along the wall separating the Palestinian village of Bil’in and Israeli colony settlements. Israeli forces targeted the marchers with live bullets, sound… The post Man Sho...

78.  Reportbacks From the 646+, Detained During Minnesota’s Largest Mass Arrest  

2022-04-26


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Minneapolis, MN – Nearly a year and a half has passed since the largest mass arrest in Minnesota history and many are still facing petty charges. On November 4, 2020, a massive police operation arrested at least 646 people on Interstate 94 during a post-election-day… The post Reportbacks From the 646+...

79.  Musaharati Dressed as Clowns Wake Up Citizens in Gaza Strip for Meal Before Ramadan Fast  

2022-04-25


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Al-Zahra, Gaza Strip, Palestine – During Ramadan 2022, Palestinian Alaa Miqdad and his friends have taken on the traditional role of a “musaharati” or “Ramadan drummer.” The musaharati is a person who beats the drum to awaken fellow Muslims to the traditional pre-dawn meal before… The post Musaharat...

80.  Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza, Iron Dome Explodes Missiles  

2022-04-22


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Israeli airstrikes targeted the Gaza Strip for the second time in three nights in the early hours of April 21, 2022. The bombings followed a missile fired from Gaza that landed near a house in Sderot. Israeli forces bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip… The post Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza, Iron Dom...

81.  “In The River” Performance Commemorates the Toppling of the Columbus Statue  

2022-04-22


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St. Paul, MN – A public performance commemorating the toppling of the Columbus Statue at the Minnesota State Capitol in 2020 is set for Saturday, April 23 at 4 p.m. Unicorn Riot will be covering the event and media from the performance will be posted… The post “In The River” Performance Commemorate...

82.  Israeli Airstrikes Target Gaza  

2022-04-20


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Gaza Strip, Palestine – The Israeli Air Force bombed Gaza early Tuesday morning after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel was intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system on Monday night. Israeli planes targeted a site run by Hamas, the political… The post Israeli Airstrikes Target Gaz...

83.  Interview: First Ukrainian Refugee Arrives in Gaza Strip  

2022-04-14


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Gaza City, Palestine – Unicorn Riot heard from the first Ukrainian refugee to arrive in Gaza with their spouse. Victoria Saidam is a Ukrainian pharmacist, married in her country to a medical student, Ibrahim Saidam. As Russia’s attack on Ukraine began, Victoria fled with Ibrahim… The post Interview...

84.  Palestinian Protesters Fight Occupation on Mount Sabih, Nablus  

2022-04-15


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Nablus, Occupied West Bank, Palestine – Israel Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire on Palestinian civilians during confrontations on March 25, 2022. The clashes happened amid olive tree groves in Beita, a village south of Nablus in the occupied northern West Bank. At least 33 Palestinians… The post Palestinia...

85.  Israeli Raids on Jenin Refugee Camp Leave Many Dead, Dozens Shot  

2022-04-16


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Jenin Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine – Over a dozen Palestinians have been killed, hundreds injured, and 200 detained in Jenin since the beginning of the year. Amidst a spate of attacks by Palestinians and Arab-Israelis inside Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have launched… The post Israel...

86.  Al-Aqsa Mosque Stormed: Israeli Police Detain 400, Injure 153  

2022-04-16


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Old City, Occupied East Jerusalem, Palestine – At least 153 people were hospitalized Friday after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. As tensions are rising, these were the first confrontations at Temple Mount since the start of Ramadan on April 2, 2022. The… The post Al-Aqsa Mosqu...

87.  Roma in Greece Face a History of Exclusion, Exploitation and Racism  

2022-04-12


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As anti-Roma racism and violence spikes in Greece with recent murderous attacks by police and Greek citizens, we take a look at some of the history of how Roma exclusion and exploitation have led to this crescendo. Romani, or Roma people, also known by the… The post Roma in Greece Face a History o...

88.  Palestinians Commemorate Land Day with Demos in Negev & Gaza  

2022-04-12


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Gaza City, Palestine – Marking the 46th anniversary of Land Day, March 30, 2022, thousands of Palestinians rallied at the blockaded Port of Gaza in Gaza City. Days earlier in Negev, olive seedlings were planted. Land Day commemorates the murder of six unarmed Palestinians, killed… The post Palestinian...

89.  Eric King and Supporters Organize Call-in Campaign over Transfer to USP Lee  

2022-04-13


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Political prisoner Eric King, who was found not guilty of attacking a guard in federal court less than a month ago, is expecting to be transferred to a high security U.S. penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia (USP Lee) either Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. King,… The post Eric King and Supporter...

90.  A Fight to Defend Abortion in Brooklyn: Clinic Defense and New York City for Abortion Rights  

2022-04-09


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Brooklyn, NY – When a group of Catholic anti-abortion extremists began protesting outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brooklyn, a local pro-choice organization called New York City for Abortion Rights (NYCFAR) took to the streets and waged a grassroots campaign to defend open access to… The post ...

91.  South Africa Ranks as World’s Most Unequal Nation  

2022-04-08


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Durban, South Africa – South Africa remains the most economically unequal nation on Earth, that is according to a recent report from the Washington D.C. based World Bank, an international financial institution which “provides loans and grants to the governments of low-and middle-income countries.” Both… Th...

92.  Israeli Forces Stifle Religious Freedoms During Ramadan  

2022-04-05


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Amidst rising tensions between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, Israeli police are restricting the movement of Palestinians in Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan. Over 8,000 police are deployed through the city, while Israel’s foreign minister made a “provocative” visit to Damascus Gat...

93.  No Charges for Minneapolis Cop in Amir Locke Killing  

2022-04-07


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Minneapolis, MN – Two months after Minneapolis Police officer Mark Hanneman killed Amir Locke, 22, while executing a no-knock warrant, prosecutors say they won’t be charging Hanneman with a crime. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison released a 44-page joint… Th...

94.  Autonomous March for Amir Locke Marked One Month Since Locke Was Killed by Police  

2022-04-03


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Minneapolis, MN – Two months have now passed since the Minneapolis Police killed 22-year-old Amir Locke while serving a contentious no-knock warrant. To commemorate the one-month anniversary of Locke’s death, dozens participated in an autonomous march in South Minneapolis outside the 5th Precinct o...

95.  Palestinians Prevented from Reaching Confiscated Lands in Qusra, Gassed by Occupation Forces  

2022-03-31


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Qusra, Occupied West Bank – Dozens of residents of Qusra were tear gassed by Israeli occupation forces (also known as Israeli Defense Forces or IDF), on Tuesday, March 29, as they were prevented from reaching their lands that the IDF seized months ago for colony… The post Palestinians Prevented fro...

96.  District Strike Messaging Draws Ire of Parents, Students, Educators  

2022-03-27


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Minneapolis, MN – Messaging by the Minneapolis Public School district (MPS) during the teachers strike has drawn the ire of parents, students, and union members alike. After students occupying the district’s headquarters said they were “tired” of MPS using the media to say negative things… The pos...

97.  Minneapolis Teacher Strike Tentative Contract Voting Results Due Sunday Night  

2022-03-27


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Minneapolis, MN – Despite premature messaging by the Minneapolis Public School district (MPS) that the Minneapolis teacher strike had “ended,” the strike isn’t over until the union takes a vote. The results of this weekend’s vote by the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59 will… The post Minneapoli...

98.  Family Calls for Hate Crimes Charge in Killing of AJ Stewart  

2022-03-30


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St. Paul, MN – A 50-year-old white man fatally stabbed a young Black man in the heart with a homemade shank over a parking dispute in late 2021. The community says it was a racially motivated attack and compared it to the cases of Ahmed… The post Family Calls for Hate Crimes Charge in Killing of AJ Stewar...

99.  Students Occupy Minneapolis Public Schools Admin Building in Solidarity with Teachers Strike  

2022-03-24


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Minneapolis, MN – Last night, high school students occupied the Davis Center, the administration building for the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), calling for striking teachers’ demands to be met. Educators with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Professionals (MFT59) ar...

100.  Resistance and Solidarity in Eastern Europe’s Electronic Music Underground  

2022-03-24


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Eastern Europe – It’s been a very long few weeks since Putin declared war on Ukraine. Both online and in the media there’s been a mix of pleas for help, spreadsheets with resources for refugees, memes and racism. In Eastern Europe, with countries like Poland,… The post Resistance and Solidarity in Easter...

101.  Greek Police Kill Teenager as Racism, Violence Against Roma People Spikes  

2022-03-25


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Xenophobia and violence against people of Roma origin is on the rise in Greece. Recent car chases and shootings by Greek police have killed one unarmed teenager and injured several others as a string of racist acts against Roma people have taken place across the… The post Greek Police Kill Teenager a...

102.  Palestinians Protest Israeli Colony Outposts in Northern West Bank  

2022-03-22


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Nablus, Occupied West Bank – Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked Palestinian demonstrators opposing newly built Israeli colonist outposts on rural land. On Friday, March 18, a group of mostly young men marched against settlements and Israeli attacks. They confronted Israeli forces near the villag...

103.  Sit-in at Denver Recreation Center Leads to Meeting with City  

2022-03-23


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Denver, CO – For months this winter, people who are unhoused and their advocates asked the city of Denver to open 24-hour warming shelters, among other demands they saw as life-saving, but received no response. Determined to be heard, they decided to conduct a sit-in… The post Sit-in at Denver Recreatio...

104.  Anarchist Prisoner Eric King Found Not Guilty in Assault of Prison Guard  

2022-03-19


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Denver, CO – Today a federal jury returned a Not Guilty verdict in the assault case brought against anarchist political prisoner Eric King by the federal government. The assault charge against King stems from an August 2018 incident where he physically defended himself after Lieutenant… The post Anarchis...

105.  BOP Blames Bird for Eric King’s Property Destruction During Federal Trial  

2022-03-18


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Denver, CO – During the federal trial against political prisoner Eric King, there have been multiple disruptive incidents affecting the defendant at the Englewood prison where he is being held. King, his legal team, and supporters are concerned that these seem like consistent retaliatory actions… Th...

106.  Owner of MEnD Correctional Care Loses License Over In-Custody Death of Hardel Sherrell  

2022-03-11


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St. Paul, MN – In an unprecedented move, the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice ruled to suspend the medical license of Dr. Todd Leonard and fine him $30,000 for his role in the 2018 in-custody death of Hardel Sherrell. Dubbed “Dr. Death” by activists, Leonard… The post Owner of MEnD Correctional Car...

107.  Unhoused Community & Advocates Take Over Denver Recreation Center  

2022-03-11


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Denver, CO – On Thursday evening, March 10, community members who are without permanent housing and their advocates arrived at the Carla Madison Recreation Center in an attempt to take over the public facility overnight to be out of the below freezing weather. Unicorn Riot… The post Unhoused Communit...

108.  The End of One Party Rule in South Africa: A Profile of South Africa’s Political Parties  

2022-03-09


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Durban, South Africa – Since the early 1990s South Africa has undergone the process of deconstructing the racist segregationist legacy of Apartheid. It was at this time that the anti-apartheid movement, broadly represented by Nelson Mandela and his political party in the African National Congress… Th...

109.  A Look Inside Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59 as they Gear up for Strike  

2022-03-08


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Minneapolis, MN – Education Support Professionals and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers have rallied over the course of months and have had bargaining information sessions going back till August 2021. Today, March 8, 2022, they go on strike. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day ESP and… The post A Look Insid...

110.  Young Congolese Political Refugee Beaten to Death in Brazil  

2022-03-01


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Brazilians occupied the streets of at least 12 provincial capitals and several cities in the country on Saturday, February 5, to protest against racism, xenophobia and the brutal death of Moïse Kabagambe. Kabagambe, a 24-year-old political refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was beaten… Th...

111.  Jahmari Rice Vigil Sheds Tears, and Light on Community Violence  

2022-02-28


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Richfield, MN – Community and family members of Jahmari Rice gathered for a vigil on February 2, 2022, outside the South Education Center (SEC) in Richfield, Minnesota. 15-year-old Jahmari Rice, son of community activist Cortez Rice, and a student at SEC for only two days… The post Jahmari Rice Vigi...

112.  Minneapolis and NYC Rally in Solidarity With Portland Shooting Victims  

2022-02-25


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Minneapolis, MN – A politically motivated mass shooting of five people during an Amir Locke march in Portland left Brandy “June” Knightly, a 60-year-old advocate for the vulnerable, dead. Two days after the act of domestic terrorism, solidarity rallies were held across the country, including… The pos...

113.  Philadelphia Housing Activist Jennifer Bennetch, Founder of Occupy PHA Movement, Dies At 36  

2022-02-24


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Philadelphia, PA – It was April 24, 2021 at the Mobilization for Mumia rally in Philadelphia, PA, where people came from all over to celebrate Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 67th birthday, and to call for his freedom after 40 years of unjust incarceration. Rapper Immortal Technique had… The post Philadelphia Housin...

114.  Autonomous March for Amir Locke Protests 5th Police Precinct and Uptown Minneapolis  

2022-02-22


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Minneapolis, MN – An autonomous protest for Amir Locke marched to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct and through the Uptown district, barricading the streets and leaving an array of anti-police messages painted in graffiti. The march on Friday night, February 11, featured around 100… Th...

115.  Killed by Police, Amir Locke’s Funeral Draws Hundreds [Photos]  

2022-02-22


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Minneapolis, MN – The funeral for 22-year-old Amir Locke was held two weeks after he was killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Mark Hanneman during the execution of a no-knock warrant. Elected officials and a high-profile reverend joined hundreds at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in North… Th...

116.  Supreme Court Declines Appeal in Dakota Access Pipeline Case  

2022-02-22


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Washington, DC – Today the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal brought by Energy Transfer, the energy giant behind the highly contested Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This means that the existing federal court decision in the case, which found the pipeline was… The post Supreme Cour...

117.  Go Game [Film]  

2022-02-20


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Since the beginning of time people have left their countries in hopes of reaching safety and stability. They flee war, poverty, religious persecution, discrimination, lack of opportunity. In the modern era, an unknown number of individuals and families leave Africa, the Middle East and Asia… The pos...

118.  Kim Potter Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for First-Degree Manslaughter  

2022-02-18


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Minneapolis, MN – On Friday, former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was sentenced to 24 months in prison for the April 11, 2021 fatal shooting of unarmed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Judge Chu cried after sentencing Potter, watch the hearing below.… The post Kim Potter Sentence...

119.  Protest at POST Board Demands Justice for Amir Locke  

2022-02-16


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St. Paul, MN – Upwards of 60 people protested the police killing of Amir Locke outside the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) on February 9, 2022. Speakers demanded accountability, reform to police training and Mexica-Nahua (Aztec) performers provided a ceremonial dance.… Th...

120.  One Year After George Floyd in Europe: Afro-Greeks and African Migrants Speak Out [Videos]  

2022-02-18


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In Athens, Greece, the police killing of George Floyd was greeted with rage. For the first time in modern Greek history, the broader movement for Black lives appeared and a demonstration in front of the American embassy ended up in flames. The impacts of Floyd’s… The post One Year After George Floy...

121.  Hundreds March to Building Where Police Killed Amir Locke  

2022-02-12


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Minneapolis, MN – Nearly a week after a Minneapolis Police pre-dawn raid killed Amir Locke, hundreds marched in protest to the apartment building he was fatally shot in. The Tuesday night march circled from the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis to Bolero Flats… The post Hundred...

122.  Judge Cahill’s No-Knock Warrant Led to MPD Execution of Amir Locke  

2022-02-08


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Minneapolis, MN – Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Derek Chauvin’s George Floyd murder trial, signed an evidentiary search warrant to aid an investigation which amounted to a death sentence for Amir Locke; Minneapolis city leadership previously promised to cease this dangerous practice.… Th...

123.  Amir Locke Killing Draws Thousands Downtown, Presser Disruptions, and Protest Outside Police Chief’s Home  

2022-02-09


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Minneapolis, MN – Despite below freezing temperatures, community disdain over the killing of Amir Locke on February 2 has been widely shown to the authorities in a variety of ways in the days following. Graffiti referencing Locke has been sprayed across the city landscape, including… The post Amir Lock...

124.  SWAT Officers Involved in Locke Killing Have Violent, Checkered Past  

2022-02-06


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Minneapolis, MN – Several of the Minneapolis Police SWAT officers involved in the February 2 early morning killing of Amir Locke have violent and checkered pasts. Officer Mark Hanneman, the shooter who killed Locke, had previously given illicit drugs to protesters in 2012; two officers… The post SWA...

125.  Amir Locke’s Killer Gave Illicit Drugs to Protesters in 2012 Scandal  

2022-02-05


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Minneapolis, MN – Mark Hanneman, the Minneapolis Police officer who killed Amir Locke while executing a pre-dawn no-knock warrant, was heavily involved in giving illicit drugs to unhoused people and Occupy Wall Street protesters in 2012. At the time, Hanneman was an officer in the… The post Amir Locke’...

126.  Body Camera Footage Released in Amir Locke’s Killing  

2022-02-04


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Minneapolis, MN – The City of Minneapolis released body camera footage from the pre-dawn no-knock warrant that ended with Minneapolis Police Officer Mark Hanneman killing Amir Locke. Video shows police entering the apartment unannounced with a key, then yelling “police search warrant” while walking down… Th...

127.  Minnesota Police Kill Man in Minneapolis Apartment, Making Three Victims in 66 Days  

2022-02-03


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Minneapolis, MN – A SWAT officer from the Minneapolis Police Department killed a man after busting into a downtown Minneapolis apartment at 7 a.m. on February 2. The victim has been identified by the community as Amir Locke. He’s become the third Black man killed… The post Minnesota Police Kill Man i...

128.  Museum Holds Event Series, New Exhibit for Black History Month  

2022-02-01


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Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota’s only African American history museum is celebrating Black History Month by holding a series of virtual events available for the public and featuring a new history exhibit on African Americans in Minnesota. Operating for more than three years now at the… The post Museu...

129.  MPD Political Extremism Powerpoint Spotlights Antifa and Boogaloo  

2022-01-28


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Minneapolis, MN – Unicorn Riot has obtained documents used to train Minneapolis Police Department staff on political extremism. The training presentation titled, “Political Extremists / Anarchists, a brief summary of groups that border the line between protest and domestic terrorism.” The documents discus...