IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2022 NEWS STATEMENT TakeAction Minnesota Statement on Minnesota Human Rights Investigation into MPD (MINNEAPOLIS, MN)–Days after the police murder of George Floyd, the Minnesota Department of
“The after-action report confirmed it was Jacob Frey’s complete incompetence and lack of preparedness that cost Minneapolis so dearly following George Floyd’s murder – not the peaceful demonstrators and mourners he has repeatedly sought to blame and surveil. Jacob and his political allies deliberately lied about and covered up this report until their re-election campaigns had passed to avoid accountability. It is an egregious abuse of power that further stains a historically dirty election and is yet another example of corruption in the Frey administration.”
Dear Friends, I’m writing today heartbroken for Amir Locke’s loved ones, and for our city. Amir was 22-year-old Black man, an entrepreneur, and Door Dash driver, getting ready to move
In Minnesota, we don’t need any more traumatic reminders that our public safety systems don’t work. Like Jamar Clark, Thurman Blevins, Philando Castille, George Floyd, Dolal Idd, Daunte Wright, and Winston Smith, Amir Locke and Jahmari Rice should be alive today – but we know that our systems of policing and public safety were never designed to protect them or keep them safe. When a system is designed to maintain white supremacy through violent oppression, it can’t be fixed by propaganda or performative reforms.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 20, 2021 ICYMI: New York Times Highlights TakeAction Minnesota’s Deep Canvassing Approach, Opening Minneapolis Residents’ Minds to Expanding Public Safety TakeAction Minnesota adopts new strategy to more
Today, we are remembering George Floyd – a beloved father, son, brother, and partner and sending love and support to his family. A year since his murder by ex-MPD police
A guilty verdict is not justice. The movement for Black lives—for just, caring communities where we can all be free—exists far and wide beyond the walls of a courtroom. It is in all of us. It is in our communities, our streets, and in our acts of care. It is in our multiracial commitment to defend Black lives and build a brighter future for all of us, because we know our liberation is tied.
Kenza Hadj-Moussa, the public affairs director for TakeAction Minnesota, a statewide progressive organization, said she believes the tension is made “1,000 times worse” by the heavy military and law enforcement presence on Twin Cities streets in preparation for any violence.
“It’s just compounding the trauma, especially with what Black Minnesotans are going through right now,” she said. “A guilty verdict won’t bring justice, won’t bring a life back,” she continued. “But it’s what do we do after this? We do have agency, we do have power.”
“Derek Chauvin and the officers who stood by Derek Chauvin while he killed George Floyd are part of an infrastructure that perpetuates a culture of violence and is operating totally unaccountable to the public. It is our moral obligation as citizens, as neighbors to hold that system and infrastructure accountable and transform that system into one that doesn’t do harm and damage but actually keeps us safe.”
Yes 4 Minneapolis, a political committee, began collecting petition signatures to ask voters this November whether to replace the department with a new entity that would take a “comprehensive public health approach to safety.” A coalition of progressive groups, such as Reclaim the Block and TakeAction Minnesota, are part of the effort.