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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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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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.

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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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