Concerned About Minneapolis Police Brutality? Help Us!

As many people in the community are aware, Minneapolis police officers harass, beat, and even kill community members on a regular basis with impunity. The Star Tribune recently reported that out of 437 complaints against police officers in a year-long period, not one of the officers implicated had been punished. It is egregious enough that Minneapolitans, especially people of color, the homeless, and the poor, are being routinely harassed and beaten; but to make matters worse, when an officer is successfully sued for police brutality, it’s the taxpayers that pay for it. That’s right. When an officer is sued – sometimes in excess of $1 million in one case – the city automatically pays for these lawsuits out of the city’s general fund. This has amounted to $20 million of wasted taxpayer money in the past 7 years, in Minneapolis alone. In response to these myriad injustices, members of the Minneapolis group Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) banded together to form the Committee for Professional Policing (CfPP). CfPP’s first big undertaking is a charter amendment campaign to require police officers in Minneapolis to carry professional liability (malpractice) insurance. As previously mentioned, Minneapolis is currently self-indemnified, meaning that when an officer is successfully sued for brutality, the city automatically pays for the lawsuit and all court fees from the general fund. By requiring officers to carry professional liability insurance, the city will benefit from a risk management mechanism against brutality. In other words, an officer will face increased premiums on […]

Why We Occupy

By: Sam Wagner [Sam Wagner - Radical News Media and Photography] It makes me happy to see you are here reading this. If you made it to this website it demonstrates to me the many threads we all have in common. You’ll have to please excuse my tone throughout this article. I’ll be honest with you all, I’ve lost two friends to suicide within the last week and I am in a period of reflection. I am a human being, a son, and a brother. I am also an OccupyMN media activist, but I’ve done work with many different organizations; including the Minneapolis Chapter of the Zeitgeist Movement. I’ve taken pictures of actions put together by WAMM, Vets for Peace, Idle No More and others. I am , what I would consider, a revolutionary. An amalgam of profoundly new ideas, just waiting to be shared. It matters not what each of our ideal social systems are, so long as we recognize that there is a problem that requires drastic action. I am going to write today about “Why We Occupy”. This is a difficult question, as we all know we come from different backgrounds, situations, and places, the answer would be different to every one of us. So before we can begin to answer that question, I should first start by asking “What do YOU think, when you hear the word Occupy?” Again, mixed answers. So let’s start with the  political movement, Occupy Wall Street. In 2011, after many months, […]

Film Screening: Occupy Love

When: Thursday October 10 — 6pm-8pm Where: Ryerson University, LIB 072- 350 Victoria Street Light Dinner. Solidarity Video Award Ceremony, Film Screening: Occupy Love, followed by discussions with director Velcrow Ripper. The film connects the dots in this era of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain, Occupy Wall Street in New York, Indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement, and beyond. Woven throughout the action oriented backbone of the film is a deep exploration of public love, and compelling stories of an emerging new paradigm. 8.30 pm. Discussion with Director, Velcrow Ripper and Judy Rebick, the Inaugural Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy afterwards. https://www.facebook.com/events/1413050778923206/

Occupy Anniversary Special: Highlights, Pitfalls and the Shifting of Public Consciousness

Abby Martin remarks on the tragic mass shooting that took place in Washington, DC, posing the question of how many more it will take to finally have a debate fueled by reality, not politics. Then second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, highlighting a recent Reuters poll showing that only 15 percent of Americans are satisfied with the government’s effort to prosecute Wall Street bankers. Former Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis speaks about why he chose to protest in-uniform at Occupy. Then a look at the successes and shortcomings of the Occupy movement, featuring a panel discussion between RT’s Anastasia Churkina, Ramon Galindo and Manuel Rapalo. Finally, a personal tribute to Occupy and how the movement isn’t dead, because shifting the public consciousness is not something that ever goes away. Source: RT America

Supressing OWS: How the Police Use Arrests to Disrupt Peaceful Assemblies

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Occupy movement, two video activists, have released a 10 minute short film providing perhaps the most detailed civilian account to date of the NYPD’s process of crowd dispersion during mass mobilizations. The video, shot on September 17th, 2012, during Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary celebration action, details 10 arrests that took place over the span of 87 minutes. While at first glance many of the individual arrests appear to be arbitrary, careful analysis from the videographers illustrates a larger picture wherein the NYPD’s actions are calculated and designed to derail the protestors ability to effectively assemble. This video is a powerful resource for activists of all stripes in New York City. Please watch it, share it, carefully examine the NYPD’s process in it, and use it to inoculate yourself from their coordinated attempts to stifle your first amendment protections. “On the eve of the second anniversary of OWS it bears remembering that the occupations didn’t simply fizzle and dissipate,” says Paul Sullivan, who videotaped the police response, “this video, shot last year on the morning of the first anniversary, not only reminds us of how difficult it is to protest when the NYPD is determined to shut you down, but also how the NYPD continues to suppress civil liberties in order to stamp out the movement.” Read More: http://www.sparrowmedia.net/2013/09/nypd-s17-occupy-wall-street-10-arrests/