WBEZ | Minneapolis http://www.wbez.org/tags/minneapolis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Activist: Mall of America Protest 'Decoy' for Airport Block http://www.wbez.org/news/activist-mall-america-protest-decoy-airport-block-114281 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_251558656828.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>MINNEAPOLIS (AP) &mdash; The Mall of America was used as &quot;a decoy&quot; to start a protest that quickly moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and blocked a terminal on a busy holiday travel day, one organizer of the demonstration said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Looks like demonstrators are beginning to roll in. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlackLivesMatter?src=hash">#BlackLivesMatter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MOA?src=hash">#MOA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BlackLivesMpls">@BlackLivesMpls</a> <a href="https://t.co/L2FwRDjy4J">pic.twitter.com/L2FwRDjy4J</a></p>&mdash; Morgan Wolfe (@Morgan_Wolfe_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Morgan_Wolfe_/status/679744835260157952">December 23, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><div><p>Access to one of two terminals was closed after more than 100 protesters gathered inside and blocked roads leading to the airport Wednesday, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said. He said the protest caused some flight delays but no cancelations.</p><p>Protesters hoping to draw attention to the police shooting last month of a black man in Minneapolis had described in advance their plans to target the mall, but not the airport. They started at the shopping mecca in suburban Bloomington, where there was a heavy police presence, then took a light-rail train to the airport.</p><p>&quot;The mall was a decoy,&quot; said Black Lives Matter organizer Miski Noor, who protested at the airport. &quot;I think it was really effective.&quot;</p><p>A revised tally showed a total of 12 arrests at both sites, mostly for trespassing or obstruction of justice. No injuries or property damage were reported. The total was initially reported at 15, but Hogan said there were two fewer arrests than thought at the airport and one arrest at the mall was unrelated to the protest.</p><p>Officials said that traffic at the airport was back to normal by Wednesday evening and that about 80 stores at the mall were closed for about an hour as officers escorted protesters off the property.</p><p>&quot;We accomplished exactly what we came here to accomplish &mdash; we wanted to shut down the highway, shut down the airport and show solidarity with other Black Lives Matter groups,&quot; Michelle Barnes of Minneapolis, one of the protest organizers, told the Star Tribune.</p><p>Gov. Mark Dayton said the moving protest created a &quot;very, very dangerous situation.&quot;</p><p>Dayton questioned the need for such a demonstration, noting that federal and state investigations were ongoing into the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police responding to an assault complaint. The governor said releasing video of officers&#39; altercation with Clark, as demanded by protesters, could jeopardize the investigations.</p><p>Before protesters gathered at the mall, stores temporarily closed their gates, kiosks were covered and even Santa left his sleigh. Numerous signs were posted saying no protests were allowed &mdash; including a long message on a screen in a central rotunda between two Christmas trees.</p><p>That didn&#39;t deter Art Seratoff, a 67-year-old protester from Minneapolis.</p><p>&quot;They talk about this demonstration as being disruptive,&quot; Seratoff said. &quot;If I think about an unemployment rate in the African-American community three times the white unemployment rate, that&#39;s disruptive.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">VIDEO: Protesters supporting Black Lives Matter block Minneapolis airport, Mall of America: <a href="https://t.co/csBOtKQdSJ">https://t.co/csBOtKQdSJ</a></p>&mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/679893025821163520">December 24, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>About 500 protesters briefly gathered at the mall before abruptly walking out while chanting, &quot;What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!&quot; The crowd then headed to the light-rail station and onto the airport.</p><p>A similar demonstration at the Mall of America last December drew hundreds of protesters angry over the absence of charges following the police killings of unarmed black men in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. Stores in the mall had to close, and dozens of people were arrested.</p><p>The massive retail center houses an amusement park and more than 500 shops spread across four floors, attracting shoppers from around the globe.</p><p>Neither mall officials nor Bloomington police said what security measures were put in place to prepare, though special event staff searched bags at every mall entrance before the rally. Security guards cordoned off parts of the central rotunda, and officers from several cities patrolled inside.</p><p>The mall had sought a court order blocking the planned protest. A judge on Tuesday barred three organizers from attending the demonstration, but said she didn&#39;t have the power to block unidentified protesters from showing up.</p><p>Mike Griffin, who joined similar protests last year, said his flight to&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;was among those delayed.</p><p>&quot;While I&#39;m delayed an hour and half to get back to my family for Christmas, I know there are several black families mourning the loss of innocent black men,&quot; said Griffin, a 29-year-old from Minneapolis. &quot;My mom is a little bit annoyed, but she&#39;s going to see me this holiday season.&quot;</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen and Brian Bakst contributed to this report.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/activist-mall-america-protest-decoy-airport-block-114281 5 People Shot At Site Of Black Lives Matter Protest In Minneapolis http://www.wbez.org/news/5-people-shot-site-black-lives-matter-protest-minneapolis-113911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/doualy-minn-shooting_wide-9a8c5559ac15271f490dcf4177c1250e6e44741f-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res457219630" previewtitle="Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/24/doualy-minn-shooting_wide-9a8c5559ac15271f490dcf4177c1250e6e44741f-s800-c85.jpg" title="Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot." /></div><div><div><p>Minneapolis police cordoned off a section of road in north Minneapolis late Monday night after five people were shot.</p></div>Doualy Xaykaothao/MPR News</div></div><p>Five people were injured last night as gunmen opened fire near the site of a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterMinneapolis">According to a statement posted to the group&#39;s Facebook page</a>, the men, whom they call &quot;white supremacists,&quot; opened fire after they were asked to leave and were then escorted away from the encampment.</p><p>Mark Vancleave of the&nbsp;Minnesota Star Tribune&nbsp;tweeted this video of a protester recounting the event:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">What happened: protesters shot at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/4thPrecinctShutDown?src=hash">#4thPrecinctShutDown</a> <a href="https://t.co/KgHoBD0D1I">https://t.co/KgHoBD0D1I</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/StarTribune">@StarTribune</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ip1f7cX1GU">pic.twitter.com/Ip1f7cX1GU</a></p>&mdash; Mark Vancleave (@mvnclv) <a href="https://twitter.com/mvnclv/status/669068218040913920">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Minneapolis police&nbsp;<a href="http://www.insidempd.com/2015/11/24/shots-fired-1400-block-of-morgan-several-persons-injured/">said</a>&nbsp;the five people suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the police are now<a href="https://twitter.com/MinneapolisPD/status/669056985829154816">&nbsp;searching for three white male suspects</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/fourth-precinct">Minnesota Public Radio reports</a>:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;Rumors about the nature of the shootings &mdash; and the shooters &mdash; spread quickly through the encampment. Twitter feeds, using the hashtags #Justice4Jamar and #FourthPrecinctShutdown that they&#39;d been using all week, lit up the Internet with theories of the shooters&#39; identities and police involvement.</p><p>&quot; &#39;I don&#39;t want to perpetuate rumor,&#39; U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who has joined the group throughout the week-plus demonstration, said after the shootings. &#39;I&#39;d rather just try to get the facts out. That&#39;s a better way to go. I know there&#39;s a lot of speculation as to who these people were. And they well could have been, I&#39;m not trying to say they weren&#39;t white supremacists. But I just haven&#39;t been able to piece together enough information to say with any real clarity.&#39; &quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>On Twitter, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis vowed to continue its protests:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">We are gunna need healers up here in the morning. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/4thPrecinctShutDown?src=hash">#4thPrecinctShutDown</a></p>&mdash; Black Lives MPLS (@BlackLivesMpls) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlackLivesMpls/status/669083837918371840">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wear all black tomorrow. 2pm at the precinct. We will not be intimidated. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/4thPrecinctShutDown?src=hash">#4thPrecinctShutDown</a></p>&mdash; Black Lives MPLS (@BlackLivesMpls) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlackLivesMpls/status/669111708296699905">November 24, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/19/456643663/after-night-of-clashes-protests-continue-in-minneapolis">As we&#39;ve reported</a>, demonstrators have set up a camp outside the Minneapolis Police Department&#39;s 4th Precinct to protest the fatal police shooting of a black man. Police say they shot Jamar Clark in the head because he interfered with paramedics who were treating his girlfriend. Demonstrators say this is yet another case of police using excessive force.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457214142/5-people-are-shot-at-site-of-black-lives-matter-protest-in-minneapolis?ft=nprml&amp;f=457214142" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/5-people-shot-site-black-lives-matter-protest-minneapolis-113911 Morning Shift: Are private schools tipping the scales of educational equality? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-05/morning-shift-are-private-schools-tipping-scales <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Private School - Flickr - Chicago Architecture Today.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss whether or not the private school system is impeding the progression of public schools by providing an alternative to fixing them. And we talk about the Chicago Fire and how their management, or lack thereof, may be sinking an already losing team.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-58/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-58.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-58" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Are private schools tipping the scales of educational equality?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-05/morning-shift-are-private-schools-tipping-scales Bank closes Arab-American leader’s accounts, won’t say why http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/Hatem2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An Arab-American leader whose Chicago home the FBI raided last fall now has a problem with his bank — make that his former bank.<br> <br> Hatem Abudayyeh, 40, executive director of a city-funded group called the Arab American Action Network, is among <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify">almost two dozen Midwest activists</a> who have refused orders since September to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago.<br> <br> Abudayyeh’s subpoena came during a raid that month on the Jefferson Park condo he shares with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter. The search warrant named the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a secular group the U.S. government calls a terrorist organization.<br> <br> Abudayyeh, a lifelong Chicagoan, got another jolt last Friday. TCF Bank, part of Minnesota-based TCF Financial Corp., had frozen his family’s checking and savings accounts.<br> <br> TCF spokesman Jason Korstange won’t say why. “There’s privacy issues,” he said Tuesday. “They will be getting their money back, and that’s about all I can tell you.”<br> <br> A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declined to comment about the accounts. A spokesman of the FBI’s Chicago office said he didn’t know anything about them.<br> <br> But Abudayyeh attorney Michael Deutsch said the feds must have subpoenaed TCF for records on the accounts. “The bank is probably saying, ‘Oh, God, we don’t want this person as a customer,’ ” Deutsch said.<br> <br> Officials haven’t charged Abudayyeh or any of the other activists.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 Housing groups salute banking giant for rehab deal http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/housing-groups-salute-banking-giant-rehab-deal <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Hartnack_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>One of the nation&rsquo;s largest banks Friday provided details about an agreement with some nonprofit groups in Chicago-area neighborhoods devastated by foreclosures. <br /><br />The deal, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/us-bancorp-cuts-deal-housing-advocates">revealed Wednesday by WBEZ</a>, stems from the collapse of Oak Park-based banking chain FBOP Corp. The company&rsquo;s flagship, Park National Bank, was known for donations and loans in low-income areas. In 2009, federal authorities took over FBOP and sold it to Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, the parent of U.S. Bank.<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp said it couldn&rsquo;t fill Park National&rsquo;s shoes in the community. After protests, though, the banking giant last fall started negotiating with a coalition of nonprofit housing groups. The two sides reached a deal a few weeks ago and kept it quiet until this week.<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp is promising $600,000 in interest-free loans this year to buy six foreclosed homes in Chicago&rsquo;s Austin neighborhood and Maywood, a suburb nearby. Community groups will then renovate them and sell them at cost. If the effort breaks even, U.S. Bancorp will lend another $800,000 next year and $1 million more in 2013, bringing the total to $2.4 million.<br /><br />To celebrate the deal, U.S. Bancorp officials flew in for a gathering outside an Oak Park branch Friday. They included Richard Hartnack, vice-chairman of the company&rsquo;s consumer and small-business banking.<br /><br />Could this agreement be a model for banks and community groups to soften effects of the nation&rsquo;s housing crisis? Or is the deal just a U.S. Bancorp public-relations ploy? We got a chance to ask Hartnack at the celebration and included his responses in this WBEZ segment:<br /><br /><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-89527" href="/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-march/2011-03-04/bank2way110304cm.mp3">bank2way110304cm.mp3</span></p></p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/housing-groups-salute-banking-giant-rehab-deal U.S. Bancorp cuts deal with housing advocates http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/us-bancorp-cuts-deal-housing-advocates <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Virgil_Crawford.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>One of the nation&rsquo;s largest financial firms will fund some nonprofit groups in Chicago-area neighborhoods devastated by foreclosures. <br /><br />Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, the parent of U.S. Bank, has faced pressure from community groups in West Side neighborhoods and nearby suburbs since 2009, when it purchased an Oak Park-based banking chain, FBOP Corp., as part of a federal rescue.<br /><br />FBOP units included Park National Bank, a Chicago-area lender known for charity and investment in low-income areas. U.S. Bancorp said it couldn&rsquo;t fill those shoes, but last fall started negotiating with a cluster of West Side groups called the Coalition to Save Community Banking.<br /><br />Now they&rsquo;ve inked an agreement. U.S. Bancorp will put up $600,000 for rehabbing six foreclosed homes, according to the coalition&rsquo;s Rev. Catherine Palmer. Three of the homes are in Chicago&rsquo;s Austin neighborhood and three are in Maywood, a suburb nearby.<br /><br />Palmer says U.S. Bancorp will contribute a smaller sum for housing advocacy by the coalition and four other groups: Bethel New Life, Inc.; South Austin Coalition; Westside Health Authority; and Maywood-based Housing Helpers, Inc.<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp spokeswoman Lisa Clark confirmed the two sides have struck a deal, but she declined to provide details.<br /><br />John Taylor, president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington D.C., praises the bank. &ldquo;The fact that it&rsquo;s willing to make some commitments to local organizations to help them do their work is a good sign.&rdquo;<br /><br />But Taylor offers some cautionary advice: &ldquo;The groups need to continue to work together to make sure that the bank is indeed making the loans for mortgages and, for that matter, for small businesses and needs that are in the community.&rdquo;<br /><br />U.S. Bancorp and the coalition are planning to unveil the agreement this Friday.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/austin/us-bancorp-cuts-deal-housing-advocates Activists defy orders to testify http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Maureen_Murphy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Palestine solidarity activists are defying orders to appear before a grand jury in Chicago.<br /><br />The FBI delivered subpoenas last month to at least nine Chicago-area residents. But their spokespersons say none showed up to testify Tuesday.<br /><br />The nine include Maureen Murphy, 28, an Andersonville resident who volunteers with the <a href="http://psgchicago.org/">Palestine Solidarity Group&ndash;Chicago</a> and edits <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/">Electronic Intifada</a>, an online journal about the Israeli occupation.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been no crime committed here,&rdquo; Murphy said Tuesday. &ldquo;This investigation is all about obtaining associational information that infringes on our First Amendment rights to organize.&rdquo;<br /><br />In September the FBI raided homes and an office of several organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis. They were among 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan who refused to appear before a grand jury in Chicago in October. <br /><br />Some of the September subpoenas suggest the government is investigating foreign groups it calls terrorist.<br /><br />Officials haven&rsquo;t charged any of the activists or confirmed that the September and December subpoenas are part of the same investigation. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, said officials could not comment on the proceedings. <br /><br />Attorneys for the Chicago-area activists say they&rsquo;ve written Fitzgerald&rsquo;s office, asserting Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.<br /><br />Prosecutors could offer immunity from charges and issue new subpoenas. The activists could eventually face jail time if found in contempt of court.</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify Bears vs. Vikings could cause major traffic headaches in Minneapolis http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-vs-vikings-football-could-cause-major-traffic-headaches-minneapolis <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP101216026688.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 471px; height: 302px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-20/AP101216026688.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>The Chicago Bears will travel to Minneapolis tonight to play the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The game will be played outdoors, since the Metrodome collapsed last weekend due to snow.</p><p>There have been several stories about the playing surface and the stadium's readiness to host a NFL&nbsp;football game on such short notice. The amenities inside the stadium may pose a problem, but the logistics outside the stadium may cause even more headaches.</p><p>I&nbsp;called up Tim Nelson, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. Tim talked to me about the area surrounding the stadium and some of the other issues Minneapolis media have been talking about all week, leading up to this historic football game.</p><p><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328065918-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/vikings-bears-timnelson.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-vs-vikings-football-could-cause-major-traffic-headaches-minneapolis