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Brief examples from Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood of the upswell of organized people

September 1, 2020
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Conversations during and after the Uprising led to people forming up a Whittier copwatch. In that copwatch, connections were made which helped workers get in touch with union organizers and create a union that's now public and winning shop floor victories. More conversations in the copwatch led to people meeting to revive the tenant organizing committees that had been struggling before the Uprising. An event planned by a handful of people drew dozens– and one group of neighbors formed a whole new tenant organizing committee right then and there. Sanctuary camps supported by volunteers after the Uprising have drawn from organizing projects to create eviction defense networks that in turn strengthen tenant organizing and cross pollinate copwatches. That's just a bit of what's happening in one neighborhood in Minneapolis.

While the federal government rains down repression, while the state and city normalize curfews and troops in the streets, while the city pulls back every promised reform they offered right after the Uprising, a new upswell is growing from below. It does not ask for change from those in power; it creates change and dares power to stop it.