Protesters demand justice for Terrance Franklin, police prosecution

Loud chants of “No justice no peace!” and “Prosecute the police!” reverberated across Nicollet Mall as hundreds marched through downtown Minneapolis last Friday evening. About 250 protesters gathered in a rally organized by family and friends of 22-year-old Terrance “Mookie” Franklin, who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police in the basement of a home on May 10.“We gonna fight, we gonna stand for Terrance. They’re gonna see our faces until we get justice, because we want to know what happened to Terrance,” said Walter Franklin, Terrance’s father, in front of a cheering crowd.The family is demanding an independent investigation into the shooting, and for the police to be prosecuted. Members of the family said they doubt the Minneapolis Police Department’s version of the incident. MPD has not released many details about the shooting, but police have said Franklin fled and resisted arrest after he was identified as a burglary suspect. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Brother Ali visits student protesters at Macalester College

Minnesota-based hip hop artist, Brother Ali, made an impromptu visit to a group of student activists protesting the administration’s relationship with Wells Fargo bank on Wednesday. Brother Ali, who continues to be active in the Occupy Homes MN movement, spoke to the students on the steps of Weyerhaeuser, Macalester College’s administrative building.The contingent of student protesters is associated with Occupy Homes MN and opposes the college’s partnership with Wells Fargo due to the bank’s foreclosure practices. The students launched a sit-in earlier this week, occupying the administrative building since 10 a.m., Tuesday.“What we’re really supposed to be doing is educating leaders for the future,” said Ali of higher education, “so what you’re doing is exactly what you’re supposed to be doing.”He added, “Students were the bulk of energy in the civil rights movement; students ended the war in Vietnam effectively; students have done a whole lot throughout time, and so this is a part of a legacy that you’re adding onto.”The student group brought their grievances to the attention of the administration months ago, beginning a yearlong dialogue about potential divestment from Wells Fargo and a reallocation of funds to a community bank. Dissatisfied with the pace of reform, the students issued a deadline to the administration for a final decision to be announced on Thursday, April 18.In response to the demands Macalester CFO, David Wheaton and Assistant Vice President for Finance, Kate Walker released a memo on behalf of the administration describing in detail their reasons for maintaining their business with Wells Fargo. While accurate data is difficult to access, they acknowledged that Wells Fargo may be the biggest forecloser in the state of Minnesota, but added that this may be a factor of Wells Fargo’s large market share, as opposed to a matter of aggressive policies particular to the bank.The memo noted that 70% of Wells Fargo’s mortgages are owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and that those institutions are responsible for setting policy regarding foreclosure. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | SIX DAYS PROTEST AT WALL STREET- MEDIA BLACKOUT COMPLETE

There have been protests outside of Wall Street. They have been continual and have been there since Saturday September 17. The protesters have occupied a park close to the now famous Ground Zero of September 11. The protests are there because of the perceived greed and complicity of those on Wall Street and their part in the economic crisis we all face today. Including the foreclosure crisis affecting millions of Americans and threatening the future of all of us.Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Singing “This Land is Your Land” at the Minnesota State Capitol

It was cold, but my heart was warm after the the rally on Saturday, February 26 in support of our Union friends in Wisconsin. Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Distilling the cause of current world protests

A teacher pickets the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin…a student protests in Cairo…a shopkeeper joins militant crowds in Bahrain…and those who oppose the government in Iran bravely take to the streets. All seemingly different stories. All seemingly different reasons. All apparently different goals. But, all have one common denominator. Continue Reading

“Bring back the draft!”

Some time ago, I was working in an office one night, and someone barged into the room. He had on a cut-off sweatshirt, I think cut-off jeans, and I know he had loafers on with no socks. I didn’t know who he was. He said, “Move and you’re dead.” And he had a gun pointed right at me. I didn’t move, so I am not dead. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Dakota Activists Drop Banners to Challenge Proposed Funding for Fort Snelling

February 15th, 2010St. Paul, Minnesota — About 20 Dakota activists and supporters interrupted the Minnesota Historical Society’s “Rally for History” this afternoon at the state capitol. Protesters are challenging the proposed funding for the renovation of Historic Fort Snelling, the site of a 19th century concentration camp where several hundred imprisoned Dakota people died of starvation and disease while 1,600 were held by US troops during the winter of 1862-1863. Protesters say that by choosing to preserve the fort, Minnesotans are choosing to celebrate a symbol of violence against native people.Activists with the Take Down The Fort Campaign unfurled several banners above and in front of the podium, and denounced Fort Snelling as a symbol of genocide while the speakers pressed on with their rally. Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. Continue Reading