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.

See Also:
- Slideshow: Trayvon Martin Rally with #HoodiesUpMN, 7/15/13
- Police chief urges community to be "vocal not violent" at tonight's rally for Trayvon Martin
- Brother Ali: My fans are kicking the sh*t out of me over Trayvon Martin



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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.

See Also:
- 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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Protesting Macalester students respond to admins, escalate anti-Wells Fargo sit-in

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Mac protesters to administration: "Cutting our Wells Fargo contract aligns us with our community and with Macalester's values" 
:::: UPDATE :::: Macalester students end sit-in; administration refuses to dump Wells Fargo

As the Wells Fargo-protesting sit-in at Macalester's Weyerhaeuser Hall enters its third day, student protesters have issued a response to the memos written by administrators that we shared with you yesterday.

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

Those memos explained the school's rationale for continuing its banking relationship with Wells Fargo, which basically amounted to this: Hate the game, not the player. But in their response, students argue that "hating the player" -- that is, dumping Wells Fargo -- can go a long way toward making the game easier to play for working-class homeowners.

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Macalester admin to Wells Fargo-protesting students: Hate the game, not the player

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About 30 Mac students are participating in the second day of a Wells Fargo-protesting sit-in.
:::: UPDATE :::: Macalester students end sit-in; administration refuses to dump Wells Fargo

This morning, about 30 Macalester students continue to hold a sit-in in Weyerhaeuser Hall. They're demanding the school sever its banking relationship with Wells Fargo, a bank they accuse of foreclosing on more Minnesota homes than anyone.

THE BACKSTORY: Macalester students occupying president's office, demanding college dump Wells Fargo [PHOTOS]

Administrators have remained mum about the sit-in, but in two memos obtained by City Pages, Mac officials explain why they've resolved to continue their relationship with the bank.

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Macalester students occupying president's office, demanding college dump Wells Fargo [PHOTOS]

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Students occupying Weyerhaeuser Hall say they won't leave willingly until Mac shifts its business to a community bank.
This afternoon, a group of roughly a dozen Macalester students are occupying college president Brian Rosenberg's office and demanding the college cut ties with Wells Fargo.

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

Other students are rallying outside, and this afternoon some faculty members and community members are set to speak at an event in front of the college's administrative building, Weyerhaeuser Hall.

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Dorothy Dunning rallies national advocates to protest adoption law

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Dunning, at center, flanked by supporters on Monday.
On Monday afternoon, about 25 of Dorothy Dunning's supporters gathered in the atrium of the Hennepin County Government Center. At one point, the crowd launched into a modified version of the spiritual, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around."

"I'm not going to let foster care turn me around," they sang. "I'm not going to let child protection turn me around... Keep marching up to freedom land."

On March 27, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that two young girls should be adopted by the foster parents they have lived with all their life, and not by Dunning, their biological grandmother. But despite the verdict against her -- and her dwindling options -- Dunning continues to fight for full custody of the girls, now ages two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half.

See Also:
- Cover: Split the baby: The fight over two baby girls could change how Minnesota considers relatives and race in adoption cases
- MN Supreme Court issues close decision in Dunning-Grosser adoption case


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