Bloomington to File Charges, Seek Reparations From Organizers of Mall of America Protest

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Susan Du
The City of Bloomington is coming after the protest organizers' wallets
Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson told City Pages this morning she will file formal charges against "three or four" of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America Saturday.

Johnson said she will try to force the organizers to pay for all of the overtime Bloomington Police had to issue to keep the protest in check, but "there's no way" she could get restitution for store owners who were forced to close down for several hours.

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Faces of the Black Lives Matter Protest at Mall of America


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Here's Why Mall of America Is Considered Private Property

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Nick Kozel
Minnesota Supreme Court solidified the Mall of America's right to bar protests nearly 20 years ago
The main source of vitriol toward the protesters that disrupted shopping at Mall of America on Saturday stems from their violation of the mall's property rights. Property rights ranks right up there with abortion, gun control, and immigration among the issues most likely to get conservatives fired up.

When the Mall of America was built, taxpayers paid $186 million of its $700 million cost. Now with another $250 million in public money heading its way as part of a planned $1.5 billion expansion, many of those protesters think the mall shouldn't be considered private, forcing it to allow public demonstrations.

What they don't realize is that argument was struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court nearly 20 years ago.

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Mall of America Shut Down by Black Lives Matter Protest

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Mall of America Shut Down by Black Lives Matter Protest

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Nick Kozel
Commerce and activism clashed at the mall Saturday afternoon

A peaceful crowd of Americans fed up with our nation's chronic unwillingness to prosecute police for killing black people crammed into the rotunda of the Mall of America this afternoon. The crowd was allowed to demonstrate its deep-seated displeasure, fists and cell phones raised, for six minutes until an Orwellian voice boomed from the PA system above:

"This demonstration is not authorized and is in clear violation of Mall of America policy..." The rest of the statement was drowned out by a thunderous chorus of incredulous, angry boos.

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Powerful Scenes from the Black Lives Rally at Mall of America

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Watch a Live Stream of the Black Lives Matter Rally at the Mall of America [Video]

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Tony Nelson
A scene from this fall's solidarity rally for Mike Brown in Minneapolis.
On one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the Mall of America is about to get a lot busier. Today, members and supporters of the Facebook group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis will gather in the mall's East Rotunda in solidarity with the national Black Lives Matter movement.

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Critics: Why Are Protesters So Hellbent on Inconveniencing Everyone?

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Katie G. Nelson
What gives them the right to inconvenience everyone else?
As word spread of the planned Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America this Saturday, critics came out of the woodwork to decry the gall of these demonstrators. How dare they disrupt my last-minute Christmas shopping with something that I personally don't care about? What gives them the right to inconvenience the hardworking masses?

The same exasperation sprung up when protesters decided to shut down 35W. Regular citizens deserve to get to work, the logic goes -- to get to the store, to get on with their lives without such intrusive inconvenience.

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Mall of America Braces for Huge Black Lives Matter Protest on Saturday

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Mall of America Braces for Huge Black Lives Matter Protest Saturday

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Tony Nelson
2,000 protesters are expected to pile on one of the most chaotic shopping days of the year

What happens when a national protest movement tries to disrupt a holy temple of consumerism on one of the biggest shopping days of the year?

Shoppers will find out Saturday afternoon, when a horde of protesters organized by Black Lives Matter tries to take over the rotunda at the Mall of America.

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What Do the Minneapolis Protesters Want?

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MN NOC
A standing-room-only meeting held at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change December 6

Protests demanding racial equity and police accountability have showed no signs of stopping lately. What do protesters hope to accomplish locally, and how, besides protesting, do they plan to enact tangible change?

Last Saturday people packed into the headquarters of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in north Minneapolis to figure out how to harness energy from the protests into action.

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Delta Fires Kip Hedges for Speaking Out on Wages, Inflames Labor Movement

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Photo by Susan Du
Kip Hedges addresses his supporters outside the airport on Friday.

When Kip Hedges, a Delta Air Lines baggage handler of 26 years, was fired for demanding a $15 minimum wage, Delta responded that he had made untrue and disparaging comments about the company.

Well, if Hedges's statement that many of his Delta co-workers currently make less than $15 is untrue, Delta has yet to clarify what exactly is untrue about it. As for the comments being disparaging, it's a credit to Delta officials for realizing they ought to feel ashamed.

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Protesters Demand Police Accountability in Rallies Throughout Weekend

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@micamaryjane
Left: A "die-in" at the Hennepin County Government Center Sunday afternoon. Right: A protest that shut down Broadway Street between north and northeast Minneapolis Saturday night.

Anger over a lack of police accountability on a national and local scale manifested itself through a number of protests in Minneapolis this weekend.

A Saturday night rally temporarily shut down Broadway Avenue heading into northeast Minneapolis, and yesterday people protested on the University of Minnesota campus before the Vikings game and later at the Hennepin County Government Center.

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Protesters Shut Down 35W, March on City Hall [Video]

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Protesters Shut Down 35W, March On City Hall [VIDEO]

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Katie G. Nelson
Protesters march onto 35W

This afternoon a crowd protesting a grand jury's decision to not indict a white New York City police officer for choking a black man to death took over northbound 35W.

The protest brought traffic to on 35W to a standstill, and now it has entered downtown on its way to Minneapolis City Hall. [UPDATE] 2:50 p.m. The protest has reached City Hall


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