Simmering rage fueled by racism exploded when the Minneapolis Police Department murdered George Floyd on May 26, 2020. Since then, protests have taken place in more than 2000 U.S. cities and towns and 60 countries. More than 22 people are dead and more than 11,000 have been arrested as demonstrations have escalated to violence.
To explore this situation, we go to Minneapolis, where it all started, to speak with Jess Sundin. Jess is a community organizer in Minneapolis. She has done solidarity work in El Salvador and Iraq, and organized with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local 3800. She was involved in the Anti-War Committee that organized against the RNC in St. Paul in 2008, and her home was raided by the FBI in September 2010 as part of a coordinated attack on the movement. Afterwards, she helped create the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. She has been a member of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar (tcc4j.net), which works for justice and police reform, since the 2015 murder of 24 year old Jamar Clark by the Minneapolis Police Department.
National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression: https://naarpr.org
Music: MeriKKKa by Brian J. Quinones (aka Blessed the MC). He was murdered by Minnesota police on September 7, 2019. Brian was a 30-year old Puerto Rican man, father, husband, son, brother, barber, and musician.