On the afternoon of Saturday, June 30, Minneapolis was one of 600 cities and towns across the country to come alive with thousands of people vigorously and collectively denouncing the U.S. government’s federal immigration policies as part of the Families Belong Together nationwide march. Photographer Nancy Musinguzi’s recent photos captured the over 7,000 people who marched to build solidarity among different cultural groups, organizations and socially progressive movements.
A new report indicates that the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has encouraged Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to use ketamine to sedate suspects, even in cases when the individual was already restrained and in cases when there was no evidence of any crime committed. The report states that the use of ketamine on those arrested has increased from three usages in 2012 to 67 in 2017. Ketamine is a powerful sedative drug that creates a trance-like state as well as inducing hallucinations and memory loss. “I would say fairly comfortably based on conversations I’ve had with folks [that] it is Black folks who are ‘noncompliant,’ that are being affected the most,” said Ward 4 Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham. “That’s frustrating.”
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At South High in Minneapolis, student voice is an important part of learning to be civically engaged. Learn more in this video titled “Outspoken,” created by students Jo Alterini, De’vion Wagner, Jonathan Magati and Tre’von James. Continue Reading
This week: Minnesota high school athletes protest the national anthem, get to know the state’s first Native Supreme Court justice Anne McKreig and Dayton’s ultimatum on a potential special session. Continue Reading
This week: Over thousand protesters rally against President-elect Trump, new NAACP president Jason Sole speaks about his plans and MSP airport workers win union recognition after years of organizing. Continue Reading
This week: Young Women’s Initiative aims for closing racial-gender gaps, over 200 protest against Hennepin County involvement in Dakota Access Pipeline arrests and Vice-President of The Minneapolis Foundation advocates for intercultural communication. Continue Reading
“If Scott Seekins had taken photos of Auschwitz and inserted himself into those photos, I can’t even imagine the moral outrage,” said Anishinaabe artist and activist Ashley Fairbanks. “This is art about genocide.”
Inside the crowded Douglas Flanders & Associates gallery on May 14, one of Minneapolis’ most recognizable artists, Scott Seekins, opened his exhibit “The New Eden,” a collection of paintings and drawings depicting the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. Many of the pieces seem to mimic Plains Indian art forms, including work created on ledger paper.
Images of Seekins himself appear throughout the collection, which is typical of his work. But when Seekins, a white man, paints himself next to Britney Spears — which he did throughout the 2000s — it’s different than inserting himself into cultural work dealing with genocide and oppression. Continue Reading
A panel discussion was scheduled on Feb. 11 by the equally lofty institutions of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and Minnesota Public Radio with the title, “Is there a right way to protest?” Continue Reading