Twin Cities business representatives testified during a July 1 hearing about their experience in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder.
Minneapolis Ward 6 city council candidate Suud Olat received alt-right attacks against his campaign early on and decided to combat them by partnering with a local musician.
In November, Minneapolis voters may get to decide whether to dismantle the city’s police department, setting up a dramatic battle for public opinion in the epicenter of the national uprising. This presents a huge opportunity for the movement to substantially weaken the repressive powers of the police, and to win new investments addressing the deep structural inequalities in our communities. But if the movement simply echoes the vague radical rhetoric of our city council, rather than uniting around clear policy demands, right-wing and establishment forces could win the popular vote. Despite invoking Angela Davis, city council is not proposing major defunding much less abolishing the police. Like Angela Davis, our movement should link calls to defund the police with broader demands aimed at ending the deep structural inequalities embedded into capitalism. At the same time, to win the popular vote for the referendum in November, we need to distinguish between immediate campaigning demands and building support over time for our broader vision of fundamental social change and a police-free-future.
Marjaan’s personal experiences has led him to the conclusion that the police are not reformable. However, he says, “if we’re not challenging the economic arrangement that requires police in the first place, they become an easy scapegoat. If we’re serious about abolishing the police we must also be serious about abolishing racial capitalism.”