Protester risks death to place "Love Water Not Oil" banner over Target Field video board

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Despite extensive security preparations, during the third inning of last night's All-Star Game -- right before the retiring Derek Jeter's final ever at-bat during the Midsummer Classic -- someone managed to place a banner over Target Field's right field video board that said, "Love Water Not Oil."

The slogan appears to be a reference to Honor the Earth, a Native-led environmental organization established by Winona LaDuke and the Indigo Girls. In May, the organization held a "Love Water Not Oil" benefit concert in Duluth and on Madeline Island, with all proceeds going "to defend our waters, lands and communities from pipelines and practices of dangerous resource extraction."

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Laborers picketing union and nonunion contractors at Ridgedale Shopping Center

Pics provided by the Laborers showing an open escalator shaft and electrical box inside Ridgedale Center
Thursday, the Laborers' International Union of North America wrapped up its second day of picketing outside Ridgedale Shopping Center, calling on workers to swap tools for signs.

Organizers say for months they've been gathering evidence of safety violations on construction sites that are accessible to the public. The Minnetonka mall remains open while it's undergoing a $100 million facelift and individual tenants work on projects of their own.

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Light display on Walker Art Center bridge protests money in politics [PHOTO]

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People driving into Uptown were greeted with this message Saturday night.
A group of activists protested the role money plays in American politics with a light display on the Walker Art Center bridge on Saturday night, after the first day of Rock the Garden concluded.

One of the protest's organizers, Phyllis Roden, tells us the display was in part inspired by the Minnesota Legislature's failure to pass a bill calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United, the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions. (We reported on that bill in April. Read it here.)

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Anti-LRT protest on Green Line's opening day was a bust

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Occupy Wall Street it wasn't...
Steve Ellenwood blames it on the rainy weather. Others would probably identify different scapegoats. But whatever the reason, the anti-LRT protest Ellenwood organized for the Green Line's opening day was a dud. (Read the backstory here.)

When we spoke to Ellenwood last week, he said he hoped up to 200 protesters would turn out Saturday. In reality, dropping a zero from that number would get you in the ballpark of how many showed up, and that's being generous.

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Anti-LRT protest planned for Green Line's opening day

Michael Hicks
$957 million later, the first passenger-carrying Green Line trains will roll past the Weisman tomorrow.
:::: UPDATE :::: Anti-LRT protest on Green Line's opening day was a bust

Steve Ellenwood, a Woodbury resident who describes himself as "very active" in Republican politics, is organizing an anti-LRT protest planned to take place during the Green Line's opening day tomorrow.

"We're just a group of people that are very, very concerned about the financial commitment we've subjected future generations to," Ellenwood tells us. "When you listen to proponents of this, you keep hearing them say [LRT] is going to cut congestion, which is a bunch of BS. That's already proven not to be true."

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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.

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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.

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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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