Making Occupy Minnesota More Diverse

Last Friday the New York Times ran a story titled “Occupy Wall Street Struggles to Make ‘the 99%’ Look Like Everybody” which described the movement as “white and middle-class”. Occupy MN appears to be in the same boat.

“Not only is it an injustice to us, but this neighborhood.”

North Minneapolis resident Leonard and his family live in a house with broken windows near the corner of Knox and Lowry. For a month after the May 22 tornado that devastated the neighborhood, their gas was still turned off. Nevertheless, their landlord continues to force Leonard’s mother to pay rent, under threat of court action.

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North Minneapolis: What’s working?

The tornado that swept through North Minneapolis unmasked longstanding problems such as poverty and lack of jobs. The disaster has been a catalyst to solving some of those systemic problems.

“They’re Trying to Make us Homeless!”

North Minneapolis resident DeWayne refuses to leave his home on Logan Avenue, which was damaged during the May 22 tornado, but which is still structurally sound and safe. The City of Minneapolis condemned the house and urged DeWayne and his children to go to a shelter.

Minneapolis Seeks Tornado Damage Help

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) met with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson in Washington, D.C. to discuss the aftermath of the tornado that hit North Minneapolis on May 22 and caused millions of dollars in damage and resulted in the death of two Minnesotans.