U of M Arrests 13 Protesters Who Camped Out in President Kaler's Office

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@WhoseDiv
Protesters camp out in President Kaler's office
Yesterday a group of protesters arrived at University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's office around noon and refused to leave until they were eventually arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail.

They were from Whose Diversity?, an organization unsatisfied with the U of M's commitment to supporting diverse and historically marginalized populations. They came with a hefty list of demands.

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Voices from the Black Lives Matter March in St. Paul [Video]

Voices of the Black Lives Matter March on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Thousands took to the streets in St. Paul on Martin Luther King Day as part of the Black Lives Matter #ReclaimMLK march.

We talked to a handful of the marchers about the importance of marching on the holiday, youth involvement, and bringing people together.

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Watch Live: #ReclaimMLK March Through Streets of St. Paul

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Jessie Johnson
Watch the #ReclaimMLK march live
Today thousands gathered at the intersection of Snelling and University Avenue in St. Paul for another march organized by Black Lives Matter.

The four-mile march will begin shortly after 1 p.m., winding on an unreleased route throughout St. Paul. Watch live here and follow on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #ReclaimMLKMN.

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Black Lives Matter Planning MLK Day March in St. Paul Monday

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Katie G. Nelson
The route for the four-mile march is not being released
On Monday, nearly 2,000 people are expected to march through the streets of St. Paul for four miles in a demonstration honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Organizers are not releasing the route, so nobody really knows what roads will get shut down, but they did say they are working with the St. Paul police department to ensure everyone's safety.

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10 Organizers Charged for Roles in Mall of America Protest

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Jessie Johnson
The organizers face between three and seven misdemeanor charges for setting up the protest
Today the City of Bloomington released criminal complaints charging 10 organizers of the Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America December 20.

The organizers were charged with between three and seven misdemeanors, depending on their role in the demonstration. Each misdemeanor carries a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Bloomington Hears From the Protesters It's Threatening to Charge

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Ben Johnson
Supporters of Black Lives Matter meet for a debriefing session following the hour-long public comment period
Organizers of the December 20 protest at Mall of America and their supporters lined up at Bloomington's City Council meeting Monday to ask City Attorney Sandra Johnson not to file charges for illegally demonstrating at the mall.

They gave speeches -- sermons really, many who spoke were members of the clergy -- for more than an hour that were at times funny, sad, and packed with incredulity.


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Black Lives Matter Protesters: "We Should Have Attention Brought to the Issues of Inequality in Minnesota" [Video]

Powerful Statements from Black Lives Matter Protesters at the Mall of America from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Over the weekend, thousands of protesters showed up at the Mall of America to gather in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Bloomington to File Charges, Seek Reparations From Organizers of Mall of America Protest

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Susan Du
The City of Bloomington is coming after the protest organizers' wallets
Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson told City Pages this morning she will file formal charges against "three or four" of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America Saturday.

Johnson said she will try to force the organizers to pay for all of the overtime Bloomington Police had to issue to keep the protest in check, but "there's no way" she could get restitution for store owners who were forced to close down for several hours.

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Here's Why Mall of America Is Considered Private Property

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Nick Kozel
Minnesota Supreme Court solidified the Mall of America's right to bar protests nearly 20 years ago
The main source of vitriol toward the protesters that disrupted shopping at Mall of America on Saturday stems from their violation of the mall's property rights. Property rights ranks right up there with abortion, gun control, and immigration among the issues most likely to get conservatives fired up.

When the Mall of America was built, taxpayers paid $186 million of its $700 million cost. Now with another $250 million in public money heading its way as part of a planned $1.5 billion expansion, many of those protesters think the mall shouldn't be considered private, forcing it to allow public demonstrations.

What they don't realize is that argument was struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court nearly 20 years ago.

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Mall of America Shut Down by Black Lives Matter Protest

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Nick Kozel
Commerce and activism clashed at the mall Saturday afternoon

A peaceful crowd of Americans fed up with our nation's chronic unwillingness to prosecute police for killing black people crammed into the rotunda of the Mall of America this afternoon. The crowd was allowed to demonstrate its deep-seated displeasure, fists and cell phones raised, for six minutes until an Orwellian voice boomed from the PA system above:

"This demonstration is not authorized and is in clear violation of Mall of America policy..." The rest of the statement was drowned out by a thunderous chorus of incredulous, angry boos.

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