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January 4, 2021

Statement against violent arrests and absurd charges against participants in New Year's Eve noise demonstration

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On New Year's Eve, our community gathered for a noise demonstration in downtown Minneapolis in support of prison abolition and in solidarity with incarcerated folks. Officers swarmed the scene, abruptly making violent arrests without dispersal orders. It is an abuse of power to disperse a protest without issuing such an order. Instead of ticketing or releasing folks - which is the norm - our friends and relatives were held over the holiday weekend under probable cause charges, which historically has been used by police to give extra time to justify otherwise unlawful arrests that violate everyone’s first amendment rights to protest.

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Know Your Rights Copwatch Zine

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Know your rights zine— reminder that this is a zine, meant to be printed out and folded into a small booklet, so some pages will be upside down on your screen!

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Zine
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Copwatching
July 28, 2020

Don't Repeat Police Narratives Trying to Discount and Disrupt Working Class Rebellion

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Please be very suspicious of today’s police strategic leak around the investigation of “Umbrella man” who broke windows at the E. Lake St Autozone during the Minneapolis Uprising.

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1934 Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes

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In 1934, strikes by Minneapolis truckers broke the capitalist's anti-union stronghold— at the cost of worker bloodshed.

July 23, 2020

Abolition of the Police, Part 5: Longtime activist groups shamefully opposing abolitionist movement

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Ever since the Minneapolis Uprising, different police brutality groups have been grappling with how to deal with the mass popularity of the “Abolish the Police” demand - and the shocking maneuver of the City Council to at least pay lip service to this demand.

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How to Copwatch

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Know Your Rights + How to Copwatch by the Workers Defense Alliance.

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Slides
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Copwatching
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July 20, 2020

Minneapolis Police Department violently holding down the working class— 1934 July 20

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On this date in 1934 the Minneapolis Police opened fire on strikers in the warehouse district, shooting 67 picketers and killing two men – a Teamster and an unemployed supporter.

June 9, 2020

A brief assessment at the first lull in the uprising

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Here in Minneapolis, we are in the first "trough" of the wave of the uprising. MAJOR concessions have been granted by institutions cutting ties with the MPD and the City Council (including members who have been consistently obstructionist to the movement against policing) announcing a plan for abolishing the MPD.