Minneapolis: Water Protectors Shut Down Wells Fargo Bank to Demand Divestment from Dakota Access Pipeline

December 1: Right now, a group of Native and non-Native water protectors who have been living at the encampments at Standing Rock are using their bodies to shut down the Wells Fargo branch at 2600 Franklin Avenue South. We will not allow Wells Fargo to continue with business as usual in our communities while profiting off their investment in the Dakota Access pipeline project.

This action is one of over a dozen in the Twin Cities today, and hundreds across the globe, to kick off the international month of action called for by a coalition of grassroots Native groups working on the ground at Standing Rock. As the Obama Administration allows human rights violations by North Dakota’s local and state law enforcement to escalate, it is up to the people to cut off the project’s funding to protect our sacred waters, our Mother Earth, and future generations. Mni Wiconi, Water is Life.


Macy’s Tells City It Intends To Close Nicollet Mall Store

Macy’s flagship here was once the headquarters of Dayton Hudson Corp., which, in addition to Dayton’s, Hudson’s and Marshall Field department stores—owned Target Stores, Mervyn’s and B. Dalton Bookseller. The store’s upper floors, once filled with buyers and management, are now mostly empty. Retail operations at the store have also been scaled back; Dayton’s once offered furniture, carpeting, appliances, books, electronics and high-fashion women’s couture.

Dayton Hudson changed its name to Target Corp. in 2000. A year later, it rebranded all its department stores as Marshall Field’s, after the Chicago department store group it purchased in 1990. Target Corp. sold its department store holdings to St. Louis-based May Department Stores in 2004. May flipped its portfolio to Macy’s a year later in a massive consolidation of American department stores under the Macy’s brand.

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That night I go to Glam Slam, the club opened last year by Prince and Gilbert. Downstairs, where the normal people mingle, Prince’s Purple Rain bike sits behind a chain fence, and there’s a shop selling Prince-style designer clothes, from cheap T-shirts to customized leather jackets with fractured Minnesota license plates on the back (a snip at $1,500). If you go up the back stairs—and you can only if you’re a member or a special guest—then you can see lots of graffiti on the stairwell: “Music will guide us and love is inside us,” “It’s almost 1999” (in mirror writing), “New Power Soul,” and “For a good time phone 777-9911” (don’t bother—it’s been disconnected). Upstairs is the members’ balcony, from which you can lean down and watch the action below.

Prince likes to watch. He’s famous for it. One night in Minneapolis, eating dinner, I’m served by a waitress who’s wearing a Glam Slam badge. “I like the club,” she tells me, “but not the owner.” She should. Everyone in Minneapolis should. Prince deserves to be a hometown hero. He has stayed here, built a studio and film complex that has attracted performers as diverse as R.E.M. and Barry Manilow. He regularly plays local club concerts and supports local charities. He loves this town. But he’s not a hero here. At best, he’s ignored. Minneapolis radio is white FM rock at its most pure. You hear “Gett Off” only on KMOJ-FM, an urban radio station supported by donations, and even they are far more likely to be playing D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. At worst—and one fears Prince doesn’t even realize this—a lot of people here despise him. They think he’s a snooty weirdo, cruising around in his limousine with his bodyguards. Sitting in clubs and summoning girls to do his bidding. Creepy. The waitress thinks so: “I introduced him to my friend and told him she was a big fan. He didn’t say anything.” So the waitress gave Prince a piece of her mind. “I said, ‘You’re always in clubs and you don’t drink, you don’t dance, you don’t do anything, you just sit in the corner…’ ”

What did he say?

“Nothing. His bodyguard said, ‘He likes to people watch.’ I said, ‘Why doesn’t he go people watch on a park bench?’ ” - excerpt from “Details”,​ November 1991
Bell Museum throws final Bell Social with Har Mar Superstar
Join the Bell Museum of Natural History for one last after-hours bash in their Minneapolis location on December 9.

Join the Bell Museum of Natural History for one last after-hours bash in their Minneapolis location on December 9. The Bell Social highlights the museum’s dedication to showcasing the intersection of art and science through their Resident Artist Research Project (RARP). “The museum’s residency proposes that art and science are two dialects of the same language. While both are used to describe a variety of phenomena going on around us, art has the power to translate the jargon of science in different, more accessible ways,” said Leah Peterson, Bell Museum Adult Programs and RARP Coordinator.

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“My name is James Everett and I’m a downtown youth outreach worker for the City of Minneapolis through the YCB. Our job is to try to find problems before they arise and deal with them in a humane way. So that’s why we’ve never had an incident while we were on shift. Ever. There’s never been a shooting or anything downtown Minneapolis while we’ve been on shift.  

A lot of these folks come out here because it is safe downtown. It’s safe for them. Everybody passes through. Let’s say you want to get help from a relative. You have to be on Hennepin to see them. You run into people that you know.

People need to be seen. Every human being, it’s almost ancestral. Just like we have the natural need for relationships. We need to know that we’re relevant to somebody, even if it’s in a negative way.

Some people just want to know how they can make these people go away. But like I said, people need to be seen. They’re not going anywhere. What they need to do is recognize that these people have a right to exist. There’s a subculture here and it doesn’t have to go away.

There’s a squeeze-out in Minnesota right now. The have-nots are being squeezed out. The fact that there’s no place to go to the bathroom tells you everything. Everybody’s welcome, but not everybody’s welcome. We’re steadily building apartment buildings, but we’re not building any shelters. So everybody’s kind of being pushed to this space.

We’re, like, five steps away from being the most awesome city. But the Minnesota Nice won’t allow us to have the tough conversations.”


1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible by Greg Gjerdingen
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I was near Minneapolis and it was such a nice day, I decided to take some digital pictures of this area I have been going to for decades. I have taken a lot of pictures in the past, but they were on film. I was just going to take a couple shots, but I just kept going. I roamed around: St. Anthony Main, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park and Nicollet Island. Saint Anthony Main: Mill Ruins Park: Nicollet Island: Stone Arch Bridge:…


Watch: This documentary covers the incredible journal of a woman who is about to become the first Somali-American elected to an American legislature

The series about the true stories of American immigrants is being produced by America Ferrera. A survivor of Somalia’s civil war, Ilhan spent four trying years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the United States with her family at age 12. Her story only gets more inspiring from there.

Gifs: Refinery29/America Ferrera


Black Lives Matter is held to such a ridiculously high standard. If anyone who is REMOTELY associated with BLM commits an act of violence, white people use it as an excuse to smear the name of the entire movement.

Cops can murder unarmed Black people and many white folks still jump to defend the police force.

This is racism. This is white supremacy culture.
Indigenous Peoples' Day Gains Momentum As A Replacement For Columbus Day
Denver, where Columbus Day was first celebrated about 100 years ago, now permanently recognizes Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The state of Vermont and the city of Phoenix have joined the list of places that now call the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in a show of momentum for honoring indigenous people on the federal holiday that’s named for Christopher Columbus.

Phoenix is now the largest U.S. city to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, according to member station KJZZ, which says the move came on a unanimous vote. Other cities have adopted similar laws in recent years, from Seattle to Minneapolis.

The city council of Denver, which observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day last year under a temporary proclamation, embraced a permanent observance this week — a development that’s particularly striking because Denver is where the idea for a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus first took root.