Tuesday, hundreds and hundreds of people gathered at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis to commemorate the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of city police. Today, another 100 people gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul to continue demands to stop the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline, a project that creates the most harm for the Anishinaabe peoples of northern Minnesota.
The two events are linked by the legacy and ongoing reality of white supremacy culture.
This country has not valued Black or Indigenous lives. It has stolen Black labor and Indigenous lands. It has not honored treaties with Indigenous peoples. Decades of police reforms have fallen short of their promises.
This country has made small efforts at equity and repair, though momentum is growing. Until we get serious about this work, we will keep seeing the vigils and protests that are all to common around the country.
Here’s a brief photo essay from two Twin Cities events this week.