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Bringing the 'Model Minority Mutiny' home

This fall, in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, and in the face of the mounting Black body count at the hands of law enforcement, ChangeLab put out a call for a Model Minority Mutiny. We called on Asian Americans to stand up against the model minority myth as an act of self-liberation from a humiliating, trivializing, and dehumanizing stereotype that has, for too long, been used as a justification for labeling Black communities as "problem" minorities, and excluding and criminalizing Black people.

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#BlackLivesMatter and #ChargeMeToo

As one grand jury after another refuses to indict police who have killed black men, #BlackLivesMatter protests continue across the United States. I marched on November 25, missed Saturday’s MOA protest, and will probably march again. Like many people, I keep hearing the same questions on Facebook and from friends and family. Before the next family gathering, here’s my short question-and-answer.

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Clergy tell Bloomington to charge them, too, in #BlackLivesMatter protest

Charge us, too.

That’s what a growing list of clergy is telling Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson and Mall of America administrators. Johnson says she expect to charge organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

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Mall of America, free speech, and one gutsy district court judge

(Photo by Christina Cerruti)

I'd seen a lot of references to the disappointing 1999 decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court in upholding the legal right of the Mall of America to exclude demonstrators.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Public dollars, private land and freedom of speech

(Photo by Christina Cerruti)

Two years ago, I attended one of the most amazing acts of public expression I think I’ve ever experienced. It was at the Mall of America- a Round Dance held in the rotunda where I witnessed over a thousand people, mostly Native American, sing and dance in a circle as drums played. Not a protest, exactly, it was really more of a healing prayer and a call to action, precipitated by the Idle No More Movement, which got started in Canada over tribal sovereignty issues.

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#BlackLivesMatter at the Mall of America

12/20/2014 - 2:00pm

Join us at the Mall of America in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. It will surely be a #BlackChristmas.

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