Black Lives Matter

  • Bringing Poor People Back to the Forefront on MLK Day

    January 20, 2020
    Denver, CO – On January 20, 1986, the first nationwide celebrations took place in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, nearly 20 years after his assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. This year on the 35th annual celebration of Dr. King, the…...
  • Killed by Police: Minnesota Man Remembered Five Years Later

    January 14, 2020
    St. Paul, MN – Five years ago, St. Paul police officers shot and killed 24-year-old Marcus Golden in a parking lot. Though Marcus’ mother was a Reserve officer with the St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) for over two decades, the Golden family has received neither…...
  • Mall of America Prohibits Families of Police Killings Over Planned Black Friday Protest

    November 29, 2019
    Bloomington, MN – Police used Thanksgiving Day to deliver trespass notices to family members of two recent police killings. In lieu of a previously planned Black Friday protest at the Mall of America (MOA), the wife of Brian Quinones (killed by police on Sept. 7)…...
  • Direct Actions Disrupt DC to Demand Climate Action

    September 23, 2019
    Washington, DC – Decentralized climate protest actions plan to “block key infrastructure to stop business-as-usual” in the US capitol today to demand politicians take action to address climate change. Groups that announced plans to carry out disruptions and protests across DC include Black Lives Matter…...
  • Isak Aden: Another Black Life Stolen by Police

    July 22, 2019
    Eagan, MN – Two weeks after 23-year-old Isak Aden was killed by police, over 100 community members took over Eagan’s City Council Chambers in search of justice for Isak. After marching around Eagan’s police station, 18 people spoke passionately to the City Council and Eagan…...
  • Emails Show St. Paul Police Targeted Protest Organizers Seeking Justice for Philando

    December 10, 2018
    St. Paul, MN – Hundreds of emails and messages from St. Paul law enforcement, obtained and now released by Unicorn Riot, show that police were constantly using Facebook surveillance of protesters and interagency cooperation to target specific protest organizers involved with the 2016 ‘Justice Occupation…...
  • Record Numbers of Complaints Against Minneapolis Police Amidst Ketamine and Killings

    July 28, 2018
    Minneapolis, MN – The public has filed staggering numbers of complaints against the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) in 2018, and high-profile incidents of police misconduct, brutality, and killings have embroiled the department. A year after an MPD officer killed an unarmed Australian, Justine Damond, and…...
  • Questions Remain in Blevins Killing as Mayor Promises Footage Release by End of July

    July 23, 2018
    Minneapolis, MN – After continued pressure, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday, July 21 that the body camera footage from the officers who killed Thurman Blevins last month will likely be released to the public by the end of July. Official reports have shown inconsistencies…...
  • Body Cam Videos of Police Killing Blevins to be Released Post-BCA Interviews

    June 27, 2018
    Minneapolis, MN – Mayor Jacob Frey announced the City of Minneapolis will release police body camera footage of Thurman ‘Junior’ Blevins’ death as soon as the Blevins family is consulted and all of the witnesses have been interviewed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).…...
  • Witnesses Claim Thurman ‘Jun’ Blevins was Unarmed when Killed by Minneapolis PD

    June 24, 2018
    Minneapolis, MN – On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Minneapolis Police officers shot and killed 31-year-old father, Thurman ‘Jun’ Blevins, in the Camden neighborhood of north Minneapolis. The police and the mayor’s version of events place Blevins with a gun, yet all witness statements contradict that…...