Hispanic Renters Protest Condition of Uptown Apartments Run by QT Properties

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Ben Johnson
Protesters tried to goad management into coming outside to hear about problems with their properties

Maria Collaco has rented an apartment at 3023 Pleasant Ave. in Uptown for 19 years without having any major problems.

Then QT Properties took over the the building.

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Fast Food Workers Plan Another Protest at Uptown McDonald's This Afternoon

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Jesse Marx
Organizers say recent concessions by McDonald's aren't nearly enough

Local labor organizer Merle Payne calls McDonald's announcement yesterday that it will begin paying employees at corporate-owned stores at least $1 above the local minimum wage "almost like an April Fool's joke."

"The raise is only going to affect about ten percent of their entire workforce and it's not anywhere near enough of an increase to pull people out of poverty wages," he says.

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Broken Elevators and Parking Woes Spark Protest at Riverside Plaza

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Ben Johnson
"There's been a communication breakdown and a lack of engagement by management. Everybody is complaining."

Layla Mohamed lives on the 15th floor of the 25-story "C Building" in Riverside Plaza. She says the apartment tower, populated primarily by East African immigrants, only has one working elevator right now, which means it can take as long as a half hour to catch a ride up to her apartment.

Making matters worse, she's had her car towed three times in the last two weeks due to a management crackdown on the temporary parking in front of the buildings.

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Emails Show City Attorney Colluded With Mall of America to Prosecute Protesters

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Susan Du
Who is the Bloomington city attorney working for?

Yesterday protesters being prosecuted by Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson released a batch of emails showing her close collaboration with the Mall of America in pursuing charges against the organizers of the huge Dec. 23 protest at the mall.

Before the giant Black Lives Matter protest in the mall's rotunda, Johnson wrote the mall's lawyers, telling them to take screenshots of social media and video of the protest to help make future charges stick.

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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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