May 1 marchers demanding immigration reform block Minneapolis intersection

Photos and video by Paige Elliott

Members of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (“Assembly for Civil Rights”), faith and labor groups, civil rights activists, including American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt, and a host of others, gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis May 1 to call for comprehensive immigration reform and the end of deportations. 

The event kicked off in the morning with a bus tour of congressional offices aimed at pressuring key U.S. Representatives to sign the discharge petition for immigration reform legislation in order to allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. The demonstrators came together at the Hennepin County Government Center in the afternoon. 

Native American drumming and dance, and singing and chants in Spanish and English, helped warm up the crowd, as banners and flags blew in the biting wind. The size of the rally, roughly 100 people or so, didn’t match the groundswell at the St. Paul rally the same day. But what the marchers lacked in numbers they made up for in determination and grit, evidenced by the event’s dramatic close, an act of civil disobedience.

Protesters took to the streets, shutting down the intersection of Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue during rush-hour, to the chagrin of police and commuters. Police eventually directed traffic around the protestors, and the event ended without incident or arrests.







Above: In an act of civil disobedience, protesters took to the streets at the intersection of 4th Street & 4th Ave., Mpls.

Below: Clyde Bellecourt and protesters gathered for a rally at the Hennepin County Government Center before the civil disobedience. 


FULL DISCLOSURE: Cirien Saadeh, interviewed in the video, serves on the Twin Cities Media Alliance board of directors. 

Coverage of issues and events that affect Central Corridor neighborhoods and communities is funded in part by a grant from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

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  • The police were too scared to arrest these illegal aliens...the cowardly police chief and mayor should be fired! - by Brian Williams on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:46am
  • Trying to link civil rights to the criminal illegal alien amnesty is shameful. Having criminal illegal aliens block streets so Americans cant get to work really doesnt help their cause. - by Brian Williams on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:42am
  • Police should be there dragging their worthless a$$e$ to jail. - by Vickie Arnold on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:44am
  • nobody is worthless every human being on this earth is equal.... shame on you - by Lela Obrian on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:42pm
  • The Senate's S.744 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Doubles The Size Of The US Border Patrol and AUO Overtime Abuse Last year the Senate passed S. 744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Grab a stiff cup of coffee and scroll down to Section 6 "Comprehensive Reform Funding" (a)(2)(A) to see the initial $46.3 billion dollar gouging of US tax payers. Comprehensive is right! 1,200 pages of confusing, complicated, convoluted, convulsing comprehension. Sorry. Back to the doubling in size of the US Border Patrol. That you can find under Section 1102(a) U.S. Border Patrol- "Not later than September 30, 2021, the Secretary shall increase the number of trained full-time active duty U.S. Border Patrol agents deployed to the Southern border to 38,405." Do you know that DHS and the US Border Patrol are currently being investigated for overtime abuse (officially known as AUO or administratively uncontrollable overtime)? Here is a link to a Senate hearing conducted on January 28, 2014. Have you see this ABC News San Diego investigation into US Border Patrol AUO overtime abuse that was reported thirty years ago with no follow up investigation? Here is a scathing article suggesting that this Senate hearing merely slapped the hands of DHS agencies involved in this abuse: For your information the lead Senators of this Sub-Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, Senator Jon Tester of Montana and Senator Ron Portman have been notified of this ABC San Diego news report on US Border Patrol overtime abuse. I am skeptical if they will pursue this corruption further. So government agencies are just too big to be held accountable. - by John A Randolph on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:20am
  • Great article on the May 1 rally in Minneapolis (and civil disobedience!) Keep up the good work! Also it looks like the paid professional right-wing media commenters got in on this. I love the guy who lost the chance for his one true love because of the traffic. Who knew that people in LA were that interested in our immigration discussions! - by John Slade on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:35pm
  • The poison pill to immigration reform is that it DOUBLES IMMIGRATION. These protesters should encourage their "representatives" to pass a clean bill. But this isn't likely. The illegals need the money from cheap labor lobbyists and the lobbyists need the distraction from the real poison pill. - by John DiPaolo on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:50pm
  • i hate protesters. this nonsense made me a 1/2 hour late for a lunch date with a girl i have been crushing on for over a year now. she left because she got bored. i didn't really care about immigration one way or another before, but now i'm voting against it because immigrants are ruining my life. - by on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:42pm

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(paigeelliott [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) Paige Elliott was born and raised in south Minneapolis. She currently works as an Editoral Assistant with the Daily Planet, with emphasis on visual storytelling.