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Minneapolis Had This Coming

Photographs by Wing Young HuieBack in the late 1990s, the photographer and Minnesota native Wing Young Huie started an ambitious project to love malls.) Instead, only Kmart showed up. And Kmart had a list of demands, the biggest being closing off Nicollet Avenue. They severed south Minneapolis from downtown just to maintain big-box-store standards.This was the neighborhood I grew up in, and in my mind, that Kmart has looked worn down since the day it opened.

Amid Protests & Pandemic, 200+ Unhoused People Sheltering in Minneapolis Hotel Now Face Eviction

We go to Minneapolis, where the community has taken over a Sheraton hotel to provide shelter to more than 200 unhoused people amid protests and the pandemic. Now they face eviction. “Using hotels for emergency housing is an obvious answer,” says Rosemary Fister, community organizer. “They are largely vacant as we enter an economic depression in the midst of a global pandemic.

“Essential Labor, Expendable Lives”: Mass Transit Workers Worry About Safety as NYC Begins to Reopen

As New York City begins to partially reopen, we look at what it means for the nation’s largest public transportation system. “It’s a very stressful and dangerous situation,” says Seth Rosenberg, a subway operator, shop steward with the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and a member of a small coalition of transit workers called Local 100 Fightback. “The safety measures are not in place to protect transit workers or riders.

DACA Recipients “Want to Be in the Streets Building Solidarity” But ICE Arrests 3 at Phoenix Protest

Immigration agents are facing accusations of targeting protesters who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Police in Phoenix, Arizona, arrested community activist Máxima Guerrero as she was leaving a protest on May 30 with a group of legal observers. She was one of three DACA recipients arrested over that weekend in Phoenix.

Immigration Agents Target People at Police Brutality Protests, Including a U.S. Citizen Military Vet

As protests against police brutality continue nationwide, immigrant rights advocates are sounding the alarm over the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at some of the demonstrations. A viral video showed a group of ICE agents working with the New York City Police Department to detain a protester at a George Floyd rally in New York City last week, and advocates say agents held the man on the ground as they pointed three guns at him and handcuffed and searched him.

Yet Another Week of Trump Failing to Be an Actual Authoritarian

Last week began with one of the ugliest—and potentially most dangerous—spectacles of Donald Trump’s presidency: the nation’s leader, having declared himself “your president of law and order,” striding across a park violently cleared of peaceful protesters by police firing chemical irritants.Within a week, however, the Trump administration’s response to the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd had devolved into a bleak farce.

Monday Night Owls: Lawmakers call on Trump to forget about new nuclear weapons tests

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week

Andrea Germanos writes—80 Lawmakers Demand Trump Ditch Any Thought of Resuming ‘Dangerously Provocative’ Nuclear Tests:

A group of 80 Democratic federal lawmakers on Monday called on President Donald Trump to drop his reported consideration of atomic bomb nuclear testing, calling it an “awful” and “dangerously provocative” proposal that could give rise to “a n

Entrenched New York Dem calls Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of his challenger a ‘dictatorship’

Over the past few weeks, Elliot Engel, the long-entrenched Democratic representative from District 16 in New York, has been gaffing his way back into the public eye. Engel’s complacency as a politician has come into question since Bronx, New York principal Jamaal Bowman entered the primary against the 16-year rep this past summer. Bowman represents a progressive challenger—not unlike Rep.

Leader in Iowa City George Floyd protests arrested, held without bond

On Sunday, police arrested 20-year-old Mazin Mohamedali on simple misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, as well as a violation of probation. On Monday, Judge Deborah Minot ordered him to be jailed without bond, as reported by the Associated Press. How did all of this come about? Mohamedali has reportedly been a lead figure in the protests against police brutality and justice for George Floyd in Iowa City, Iowa.

Mom detained at migrant family jail details ICE’s deceptive attempt to separate her from daughter

One of the detained parents that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently tried to separate from their children as part of a horrific “binary choice” effort said that officials shoved a document in her face without any explanation about what the form was about, or even a translated version she could read for herself. They demanded she just sign next to the red “X,” San Antonio Express-News reports.

The Atlantic Daily: The Protests Meet the Pandemic

Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox.MEL D. COLE / GETTY / THE ATLANTICThe town square has come roaring back to life.The anti-racism movement, set off by the death of George Floyd, is enormous in scale. This past Saturday, more than 400 protests took place in America alone, with dozens more overseas.