Trains with flammable crude oil and hazardous materials rumble next to people's homes across Minnesota on a daily basis. The state has new regulations and training to reduce the hazard, but is still needs more cooperation from the railroads.
A measure aimed at stopping a form of financial protest against Israel for human rights abuses passed the Minnesota House Thursday night. The “Israel Boycott Ban” bill — HF400 — would ban the state of Minnesota, including Minnesota colleges and universities, from contracting with vendors boycotting Israel.
The bill is a reaction to a national movement of “boycott-divest-sactions” (BDS) actions against Israel, which are meant to hold the State of Israel accountable for its human rights abuses of Palestine and Palestinians.
It’s also part of a larger trend in the legislature to outlaw or silence dissent.
Critics of the anti-boycott bill say it not only infringes on the first amendment, but it also forces Minnesota to take a foreign policy position on the conflicts between Israel and Palestine.
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There were no pitchforks. No unruly mobs. And no paid protesters. There was also no Congressman Erik Paulsen. But there was an orderly discussion of the issues that the crowd of 600 wanted to ask their congressman about.
Community anger in north Minneapolis over the police shooting of Jamar Clark is a force in the 2017 Minneapolis City Council races. That was apparent this past Thursday as activists and residents an opportunity to directly question City Council candidates about stopping police violence.