Thousands took to the streets today in cities across the United States to demand an end to separation of families at the border and beyond, and to abolish ICE in a nationwide day of action.
In Minneapolis over 7,000 people showed up to rally at the Minneapolis Convention Center, followed by a march through the streets of Downtown. The action blocked traffic by car and foot through several bustling areas of the city. Organized by a coalition of organizations and activists from across the city and state, the event focused highly on intentional intersectionality, and accessibility. Themes on posters and in chants ranged widely, including calls to abolish policing, deconstruct capitalism, protection and value of black lives, and safe and accessible living for all.
Hosts included Navigate MN, CTUL, Black Immigrant Collective, Release MN8, Council of American-Islamic Relations - MN. Co-hosts included ACLU of Minnesota, African Career, Education and Resource, Inc. (ACER), AFSCME Council 5, AFSCME 3800, Asian American Organizing Project, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Asamblea De Derechos Civiles, MN AFL-CIO, Black Immigrant Collective, Black Lives Matter Saint Paul, Black Visions Collective, Education Minnesota, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), Indigenous Roots, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, MIRAC - Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota Immigrant Movement, NEA Today, OutFront Minnesota, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, SEIU Local 26, Voices For Racial Justice, Women's March Minnesota, and Labor Camp.