11:35 AM, Jan 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
A "die-in" protest greeted Democratic Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar yesterday in St. Paul, Minnesota, at an event marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Other notable politicians present include Governor Mark Dayton and Rep. Keith Ellison.
Local photographer Ben Garvin posted a picture of the protest on Twitter:
The protest was directed not only at politicians but police as well. WCCO reports:
A number of protesters staged a “die-in” at the state’s official event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy to demand changes to police practices.
The protesters also joined hands and held signs bearing messages such as “White Silence = Violence” as politicians such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Keith Ellison, and Sen. Al Franken addressed the crowd at Macalester College Monday morning.
Meanwhile, hundreds of students, community members and lawmakers took the streets to march to remember King and his efforts in the fight for civil rights. People of all ages and races came together to honor leader of the civil rights movement, his legacy and his life.
Snelling Avenue was filled with their singing voices as they recited some of the same words that motivated activists during the movement.
Fox 9 has more details:
Arguably the three best known politicians in Minnesota gave speeches commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today at Macalester College.
But their remarks were upstaged by Black Lives Matter protesters who staged a "die in" during the event.
A short time later, Black Lives Matter published a statement about the "silent protest" on the group's Facebook page. The statement asks "the leadership of the state" to "take immediate action to institute meaningful, systemic policy solutions to address the worst racial disparities in the country."
"These racial disparities exist in every indicator of standards of living in our state including housing, employment, education, health, and policing," it continues.
In particular, Black Lives Matter puts Gov. Dayton on blast.
"Every year Governor Dayton speaks on the legacy of Dr. King, yet has refused to comment on the racial inequities that continue to tear communities of color apart," the statement says. "His silence will leave a black mark on his legacy and only serves to trivialize the legacy of Dr. King."
12:25 AM, Dec 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York Police Department chief Bill Bratton said that "some people get caught up" in the "anti-police" movement:
'What is it we're trying to accomplish beyond disruption?'12:32 PM, Dec 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick explained on CNN that part of the point of protests yesterday in Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. was to be "disruptive."
The CNN host asked, "What is the goal here?"
11:44 AM, Oct 20, 2014 • By ELLEN BORK
Representatives of the student led democracy protests in Hong Kong are due to enter into a dialogue with the Hong Kong government on Tuesday. The prospects for success are not good. The two sides are far apart, with the government saying it will not even discuss the protesters’ chief demand – the democratic election of the chief execut
The people of Hong Kong want a real say.Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By CLAUDIA ROSETT
Should it matter to the rest of us that Hong Kong has erupted this past week with demonstrations for democracy? China’s rulers say this is an internal matter. Western leaders, while expressing concern, seem inclined to agree.
"He stressed that democracy is about more than elections."7:01 AM, Jul 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama called President Morsi of Egypt today to say that " the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group." Obama "stressed that democracy is about more than elections," according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.
10:38 AM, Mar 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Protesters gathered at the American embassy in Amman, Jordan to signal opposition to the U.S. and President Barack Obama, according to the Jordan Times.
"Scores of Jordanians demonstrated on Thursday in front of the US embassy in Amman against US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Kingdom, according to news websites," the report reads.
11:03 AM, Dec 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, encouraged folks to "keep fighting!" after her side lost the labor dispute that will now give union members the right-to-work.
Matt Labash loves him some hatechickenAug 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 44 • By MATT LABASH
Last week, at the beach with my family, I deliberately ignored all newspapers. Not for the reason most people do—because print is dead. But because whenever I’m surrounded by salt -water, steamed crabs, and even mediocre fishing, I tend to hold that true happiness is having no idea what chronically bothered people are talking about.
10:33 AM, Nov 17, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
Opposition forces stormed the parliament yesterday after marching on the house of the prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmed al-Sabah, to demand he resign.
2:33 PM, Aug 29, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The MacIver Insitute in Wisconsin put together this video about a union protest of a school in Wisconsin where Governor Scott Walker recently made an appearence. The building was vandalized, and the head of the exemplary school understandably worries about what example this protest sets for the children that attend the school:
11:02 AM, Jun 6, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
For the last several months, Syrians have been loudly protesting their own government. The regime, led by strongman Bashar al-Assad, has responded by killing its own citizens, including women and children, and shutting off channels of communication that the protesters have been utilizing (such as the Internet). According to the Boston Globe, "the continuing crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, with hundreds more rounded up in mass arrests."