Occupy Homes plans protest after more homeless people are arrested by MPD

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Days after three homeless people were arrested at a foreclosed home in south Minneapolis, Occupy Homes says four more arrests occurred this week for the same thing.

A mother and son were arrested for squatting in a foreclosed home near Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road, and two more were arrested at a home near Park Avenue South and 31st Street, Occupy Homes representatives say.

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Occupy Homes protesting arrest of homeless men who were fixing up foreclosed Mpls home

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Activists blocked an intersection in downtown Minneapolis last night to protest the arrests.
:::: UPDATE, 4:35 p.m. :::: Occupy sources tell City Pages no felony charges will be filed against Martinneau and Willis. They have been charged with misdemeanor trespassing, however.

Just after noon yesterday, Antoine Martinneau and Damion Willis were arrested while doing some work on a foreclosed home near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in south Minneapolis.

SEE ALSO: Occupy MN cuts ties with Occupy Homes MN, calls the group "commercial" and "classist"

According to Occupy Homes, both Martinneau and Willis and currently "experiencing homelessness" and found the home unlocked. But Hennepin County officials say both men are being held on suspicion of a felony count of "possession of burglary tools," a charge that carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $3,000 fine.

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Facing city condemnation, Powderhorn's political art yard enters last days

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Olivia LaVecchia
Andrew Moore says that his sculptures have offered him "therapy."
On Tuesday morning, Andrew Moore gestured to his lawn, pointing at the latest addition to his ever-evolving sculpture yard.

Past the toilet warning against "Shitty Hall," behind the baby doll painted in homage to Trayvon Martin, were fresh orange letters: "Minneapolis City Council and City Inspection pushing blacks out of their home."

On Monday, after years of scuffles with the city of Minneapolis, Moore got the official notice: an orange flyer taped to his front door, announcing that his house was condemned.

"I still feel blessed, because it took them 18 years to get me out of here," Moore says as he sips a Mountain Dew. "But all this has to come down."

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Occupy Homes protest blocks traffic in downtown Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

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An Occupy Homes protest over the evictions of two south Minneapolis residents by Chase Bank has blocked traffic along some streets in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon.

SEE ALSO: Occupy MN cuts ties with Occupy Homes MN, calls the group "commercial" and "classist"

The protest is part of Occupy Homes' "Beat Back the Bank Attack," an event that began at noon outside the Hennepin County Government Center.

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Several thousand march peacefully to protest Trayvon Martin verdict

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Protestors march through downtown.
On a day too hot for hoodies, the protestors packed into Government Plaza on Monday night instead showed their solidarity with Trayvon Martin through black armbands, loud chants, and homemade posters. "No justice, no peace," was a recurring chorus, and attendees walked through the throng wearing t-shirts that read, "Guilty: Young. Black. Male," and buttons stamped with, "Minnesotans Against Being Shot."

The crowd, several thousand strong, had gathered not only to protest the Saturday acquittal of Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, but also a closer-to-home sign of what many deemed racial injustice: The death of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin in a shooting with Minneapolis Police this May, about which details are still emerging. Throughout the two-hour rally and march, the names Trayvon and Terrance were intertwined.

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Police chief urges community to be "vocal not violent" at tonight's rally for Trayvon Martin

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The bill for tonight's protest.
In the wake of Saturday's "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, cities across the country erupted in protest.

In New York, thousands staged a sit-in in Times Square; some were pepper sprayed and arrested. In L.A., protestors spilled over onto a major interstate, and police prodded them off with rubber bullets, reports the L.A. Times.

Tonight, the rallies will reach Minneapolis. Starting at 6 p.m., protestors are expected to meet at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza and then march through downtown. The rally will not only be to express solidarity with Martin's side, but also with Terrance Franklin, the local 22-year-old who died in a police shoot-out in May amid circumstances that are still emerging.

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- Slideshow: March 2012: One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin in Minneapolis
- Brother Ali: My fans are kicking the sh*t out of me over Trayvon Martin
- License to Kill: National "Stand Your Ground" debate hits home


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Target contract janitors go on strike, picket in downtown Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

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Janitors picket outside the Nicollet Mall Target store this morning.
Yesterday, janitors who clean Target stores announced a two-day strike motivated by what they regard as inadequate pay and benefits, especially in comparison with what janitors who clean Target's corporate headquarters receive.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday strike at St. Paul Walmart: "If I lose my job it doesn't really bother me that much"

Some janitors who work for the contractors tasked with keeping Target stores clean reportedly make $8.50 an hour with no health coverage and no paid leave.

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Alums upset about Macalester's harsh punishment for Wells Fargo-protesting students

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Image by Tatiana Craine; building at right is Weyerhaeuser Hal
At least one student-protester says she won't be able to try out for a sports team next year because of her punishment.
Macalester has sternly punished students involved in last month's week-long anti-Wells Fargo protest, drawing the ire of some alums who think administrators went too far.

SEE ALSO: Macalester students end sit-in; administration refuses to dump Wells Fargo

More than a dozen students involved in the protest have been put on probation for next semester and will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities, including internships, athletics, studying abroad, and student government, the Star Tribune reports.

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Macalester students end sit-in; administration refuses to dump Wells Fargo

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The lengthy sit-in at Weyerhaeuser Hall (right) didn't pay immediate dividends for student protesters.
During a Friday afternoon meeting, Macalester administrators reaffirmed to Wells Fargo-protesting students that the school has no plans to end its business relationship with the bank.

SEE ALSO: Macalester protesters heeding nature's call in kitty-litter box during sit-in

Student protestors ended their nearly week-long sit-in at Weyerhaeuser Hall before the meeting and won't be resuming it this week despite not having their demands met.

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Macalester protesters heeding nature's call in kitty-litter box during sit-in

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Well, it's either kitty litter or diapers, we suppose.
:::: UPDATE :::: Macalester students end sit-in; administration refuses to dump Wells Fargo

A report from Macalester's student newspaper indicates that it's not all fun and games for protesters taking part in an anti-Wells Fargo sit-in at Weyerhaeuser Hall.

SEE ALSO: Protesting Macalester students respond to admins, escalate anti-Wells Fargo sit-in

According to the Mac Weekly, students were originally sitting-in in a particular wing of Weyerhaeuser, and some walked to another part of the building to use the bathroom. But after security guards barred those students from rejoining the sit-in, protesters resorted to relieving themselves in a kitty-litter box.

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