#Justice4Justine

Earlier today, we joined Justice for Justine Damond Ruszczyk, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Black Lives Matter MN, CAIR-MN, and Take a Knee Nation at a press conference in a unified front to demand answers as to why County Attorney Mike Freeman is taking so long to come to a decision to charge MPD officer Mohamed Noor.

The BCA completed it’s investigation on September 12, 2017 and handed it over to Mike Freeman’s office. When Justine was killed, we heard calls from the Mayor and the Chief to expedite the process. Nearly half a year later, that urgency has vanished into thin air like the smokescreen that it was.

Mike Freeman took about half as much time to decide what to do in the #JamarClark case. And in Ramsey County, his counterpart, John Choi took 49 days to decide he would bring charges against Jeronimo Yanez, who discharged his firearm 7 times at point blank range during a traffic stop; killing #PhilandoCastile and nearly striking the 4 year old girl in the back seat.

For nearly half a year, we have requested that the decision come well before the holiday season. That request seems to have been ignored. And Freeman continues to say he will make the announcement at the end of the year.

We expect manslaughter charges, and systemic reformation of the justice system that allows cops to murder citizens with zero consequences. Anything less is outright disrespectful and indicative that the whole damn system is truly guilty. We hope you make the right choice, Mr. Freeman.

#WhatsTakingSoLong
#Justice4Justine

Help w/ Phumee Lee’s Funeral Expenses

25313022_1510502674.8182The SPPD killed a man allegedly involved in a domestic dispute when they found him walking away from them. 28 year old Phumee Lee was shot multiple times and then had a dog sicced on him; where his neck was ripped viciously.

Police claimed they provided medical attention as soon as possible but we have heard otherwise.

Minnesota is not a death penalty state; therefore cops should not be allowed to play “judge, jury, and executioner” in the streets. Phumee Lee will never get his day in court or see due process play out because police killed him.

His family needs help covering funeral expenses. Please help if you are able.
http://bit.ly/2jr8Pq2

Nekima Levy-Pounds for MPLS

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We will generally stay away from endorsing political candidates, as it is our job to hold their feet to the fire and keep them accountable.

With that being said, every so often, a once-in-a-lifetime type of candidate will emerge as a ray of hope, and that candidate is Nekima Levy-Pounds.

For as long as we have known her, her integrity, her exceptionalism, her professionalism, and the quality of her work have been in a class of their own. She isn’t just book smart, she isn’t just street smart; SHE GETS “IT”. And that cannot be said of any of the other candidates.

The New North proudly endorses Rev. Nekima Levy-Pounds for Mayor of Minneapolis.

We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift in the Twin Cities. Enough is enough and the time is NOW. #Nekima4Mayor

Update on Khaleel Thompson’s Case

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As we suspected would be the case, the county attorney declined to charge any of the officers who shot Khaleel Thompson; he had an airsoft gun and was going through an episode by himself in a park early in the morning, posing no threat (to anyone but himself). Police knew he was struggling. Yet when they arrived; they unleashed a hail of bullets at the young man, striking him more than 12 times.

They should’ve handled it so differently. But these are already things we know and knew. It’s miraculous that Khaleel lived to be honest. And it’s beyond miraculous that last we had heard, he was making a strong recovery.

We knew there would be no charges, but it still hurts. It still shows what a disproportionate amount of power the police have. If you didn’t realize it yet, we live in Police State USA.

Here is the dashcam footage:
TW: Over the top, Police Violence

It’s time to implement safety net solutions for those of us who are afflicted so that when 911 is called, they don’t arrive and get upset that we can’t comply, because sometimes, we literally cannot comply. But they don’t get that. They will try to get the job done in any way they can. That is why this needs to be fixed. Trained professionals MUST arrive in tandem to mental health emergencies such as this. We have a long way to go in MN.

#Justice4Khaleel #MentalHealthMatters #BlackLivesMatter

Lauren Southern at West Bank Auditorium (U of MN) #ShutItDown

lauren_southern.jpgThe New North stands in solidarity with the University of Minnesota’s students, Anti-Fascists, Communities of Color, All Refugee communities of MN, and all who denounce racism and oppose Eric Kahler’s decision to give Canadian White Nationalist, Lauren Southern a platform to spew her shortsighted, racist, and xenophobic bigotry.

By allowing her to have a platform on the University of Minnesota’s campus, he has openly invited White Supremacist groups into Minneapolis. The utter disregard for the safety of students and people of color is downright despicable. It appears that White Supremacist hate group “Identity Evropa” dropped a banner in Eden Prairie earlier this week in preparation for her arrival.

We condemn the decision to allow her a platform to preach hate under the guise of “Free Speech” as it is reckless and foolish. We stand 100% in solidarity with those protesting her and her pseudo-values tonight. The Alt-Right wants to create an “alternative world” where facts do not matter. They aim for a world where in the not so distant future, Adolf Hitler is on the European bank notes as a “hero and a great European leader, not some weirdo that is in his own category.” They have said war is inevitable and millions of people will be expelled from their homes and millions of lives will absolutely be lost. Is that the kind of movement you want to prop up, Mr. Kahler? We certainly hope not.

We also encourage protesters to take the proper precautions to keep themselves safe tonight. We have been told that local White Supremacists will be in attendance or in close proximity and they are likely to attempt to doxx protesters. Stand up to bigotry and be safe.

#LongLiveTheKing

Pulled via the Dusty Rebel of street art in the Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn, NYC.

This popped up in the middle of the summer in the Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn, NY. #PhilandoForever #LongLiveTheKingInTheNewNorth #TheNewNorthRemembers

Shout to Dusty Rebel for putting this up.

March for Racial Justice (Washington DC – National Mall)

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Check out Valerie Castile’s speech at the March for Racial Justice in Washington DC on September 30th, 2017. She begins speaking about 25 minutes in.

I don’t think the video has CC for those who need them so here is a rough transcript of her speech. I did not create this but I did edit it.

“WELL — WOW, IS THIS SOLIDARITY. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU COMING OUT. NOW THIS IS WHAT SOLIDARITY LOOKS LIKE. WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER. EACH AND EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU. WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AS WE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.
I’M VALERIE. MY SON WAS PHILANDO CASTILE. IT’S BEEN 452 DAYS SINCE I LAST SAW MY SON, WHEN I LAST HUG MY SON, WHEN I LAST KISSED MY SON, WHEN I LAST TOLD MY SON THAT I LOVE HIM. MY SON WAS TAKEN AT A VERY EARLY AGE UNDER SUCH HORRIFIC ACTIONS. MY SON DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. I DID EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO PROTECT MY KIDS. I SAID IF YOU WANT TO CARRY A WEAPON, GO GET YOUR LICENSE.
MY SON STARTED WORKING WITH YOU WAS 13 YEARS OLD, AND HE WAS GAINFULLY EMPLOYED UNTIL HE WAS RUTHLESSLY MURDERED BY THE FALCON HEIGHTS POLICE. AFTER ALL THAT, WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD. ALL THE EVIDENCE THEY HAD… THEY HAD VIDEO FROM THE DASHCAM IN THE CAR. THEY HAD AUDIO. AND THEN THEY HAD THE AFTERMATH, WHICH I’M SURE A LOT OF YOU SAW MY SON TAKE HIS LAST BREATH, AND IN HIS LAST BREATH, HE DID A DYING DECLARATION WHERE HE SAID, “I WASN’T REACHING.” HE TOLD THE OFFICER — HE SAID, “SIR, I HAVE A WEAPON IN THE CAR.”
INSTEAD OF GIVING MY SON DIRECT COMMANDS TO STOP MOVING, DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE LICENSE, HE SHOT IN THAT CAR WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE. HE SHOT MY SON FIVE TIMES. FIVE TIMES, AND HE WAS STILL STRAPPED IN HIS SEATBELT. MY SON KNEW WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO WHEN HE GOT STOPPED BY THE POLICE.
HE STARTED DRIVING WHEN HE WAS 17. AND THOSE SPARSE AMOUNT OF YEARS, MY SON HAD BEEN STOPPED 50 TIMES. 50 TIMES MY SON HAD BEEN STOPPED BY THE POLICE, AND HE WAS ONLY 32 YEARS OLD. YOU TO THE MATH. THAT DON’T MAKE NO SENSE. AND THEY SAY THERE’S “NO RACIAL PROFILING”. THEY’RE “NOT STEREOTYPING.” YOU TELL ME WHAT IT IS. THESE ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE. MY SON DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. HE TRIED TO PROTECT THE WOMAN AND A CHILD BY INFORMING THE OFFICER THAT HE HAD A WEAPON. THE WEAPON WAS NOT SHOOT READY. THERE WAS NO BULLET IN THE CHAMBER. I MEAN, COME ON, I GOT A WEAPON IN THE CAR, LET ME GET THE GUN OUT MY PANS, LET ME COCK IT, AND THEN I’M GOING TO SHOOT IT. THAT DON’T MAKE NO SENSE, BUT MY SON LOST HIS LIFE AND BODY.
THEY CUT MY SON OPEN TRYING TO SAVE HIS LIFE BECAUSE HE WAS HONEST AND HE TOLD THE TRUTH. I’M STILL WONDERING WHERE ON THIS PLANET DO YOU TELL THE TRUTH AND BE HONEST AND STILL BE MURDERED BY THE POLICE. COME ON, SOMEBODY, HELP ME OUT RIGHT NOW. MY SON DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. HE HAD AN HONEST JOB. THE ONLY THING WRONG IN HIS LIFE — HE WAS HARASSED BY THE POLICE UNTIL THEY ULTIMATELY KILLED HIM .
YOU’VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND, THE AREA MY SON WAS TRAVELING IN, EVERYBODY IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA KNEW. DON’T GOT DOWN LARPENTEUR. YOU GO ALL THE WAY OUT OF YOUR WAY JUST NOT TO PASS THROUGH THAT LITTLE AREA BECAUSE OF THE PREJUDICE. WE GOING TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE. QUIT PLAYING. YOU KNOW IT.
RACISM IS ALIVE.
IT’S ALIVE ALL OVER. YOUR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR — YOU KNOW, RIGHT ABOUT NOW, IN THE CULTURE WE ARE LIVING IN, I ALWAYS KNEW THERE WAS A SILENT WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE, AND PEOPLE OF COLOR, BUT NOW IT’S NOT SILENT NO MORE. THEY DOING IT OUT IN THE OPEN. AND THEN FOR A PERSON TO TELL YOU YOUR VIDEO DON’T MEAN SHIT. YOU GOT VIDEO, AUDIO, AND IT DON’T MEAN SHIT — THAT CAME OUT THE POLICE MOUTH. I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT.
I’M SAYING WHAT THE POLICE SAID. THEN THE POLICE PULL OVER A WHITE WOMAN AND SAID, “WHAT YOU ARE AFRAID OF? WE JUST KILL BLACK PEOPLE.” Y’ALL SAW IT ON FACEBOOK, ON TV. THAT’S WHAT HE BELIEVES. BECAUSE RACISM IS ALIVE. THEY HAVE INFILTRATED THE GOVERNMENT, THE JAILS, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WHITE SUPREMACISTS IS ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND THEY ARE OUT THERE SHOWING AN EVEN MORE. NOWADAYS, YOU CANNOT EVEN WALK DOWN THE STREET, SOME WHITE PERSON JUST, “AW, NIGGER.” / THEY DOING IT ALL THE TIME.
I MEAN, I CAME HERE TO SPEAK FROM MY HEART AND LET YOU KNOW HOW DISSATISFIED I WAS WITH THE VERDICT BECAUSE THEY HAD EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEEDED. THEY HAD EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED FOR CONVICTION, AND THEY DIDN’T. I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THAT HAPPENED. YOU HAD EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED. HERE YOU GOT YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED. MY SON THE CAR, SEAT BELTED IN HIS CAR, THE DASHCAM GOING AND HIM TALKING, HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH MY SON, AND THEN HE JUST KILLED HIM.
YOU HAD EVERYTHING, AND NOTHING WAS STILL DONE. THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN IT COMES TO THE POLICE.
ABSOLUTELY. FUCK THE POLICE. ABSOLUTELY. MY SON WAS CRUCIFIED IN THAT CAR. HIS HAIR WAS HIS THORNED CROWN, HIS SEATBELT WAS THE CROSS, AND THE BULLETS WERE THE NAILS, AND THAT CAR WAS THE CROSS. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SON. WHEN THEY DID THAT, LET THAT MAN GET OFF WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY, I SAID, YOU JUST GOT A FREE REIN TO KILL. AND IT WASN’T THREE WEEKS LATER THEY SHOTTING KILLED JUSTINE DAMOND SHOT AND KILLED JUSTINE DAMOND. YES, THEY DID, THEY KILLED HER TWO. IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THAT PLAYS OUT. BUT I’M COMING TO YOU FROM MY HEART, AND I JUST WANT EVERYBODY TO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE BECAUSE YOU JUST DON’T KNOW.
I LOVE MY SON. I MISS HIM EVERY DAY. IT COULD BE YOU, YOU, YOU, YOUR FATHER, YOUR BROTHER, YOUR SISTER, YOUR COUSIN, IT BE ANY ONE OF YOU GUYS. BECAUSE OF NO ACCOUNTABILITY. WHAT I WANT TO SEE IS THEM TAKING AWAY THAT GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. I WAS IN FEAR FOR MY LIFE. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THAT GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. ONCE YOU DO THAT, THAT WILL GIVE THE NEXT OFFICERS PAUSE BEFORE HE PULLS THE TRIGGER AND USES THAT THEY FORCE. I AM WORKING WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA, THEY ARE WRITING DIFFERENT LAWS TRYING TO HOLD THESE OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. WE HAVE TO STAND TALL, WE HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER. WE HAVE TO STAY UNIFIED. WE HAVE TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY AND WE HAVE TO MARCH UNTIL WE CAN’T MARCH ANYMORE. I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR COMING OUT. I LOVE YOU GUYS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.”
-Valerie Castile

#Justice4Philando
#LongLiveTheKing

National #DepressionScreeningDay

Mental illness is often stigmatized negatively due to lack of knowledge on the matter. Check out this post from the National Institute of Mental Health to educate yourself on the differences. And if you’ve been meaning to get into the doctor’s office; make that call today!!

For those who can’t bring themselves to a doctor or even talk to someone about it, you can always text to 741741 and a Crisis Counselor will respond.

http://bit.ly/2fQmhPj

Asian father of 5, killed by SPPD

Last night around 6 PM in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, officers from the SPPD were called to a “domestic dispute”. Upon arrival, Phumee Lee tried to flee but police chased him down and fired 5-9 shots. Lee was struck and died at the scene. No officers were injured or hurt.

Last night, Sgt. Mike Ernster spoke at the press conference and said a “gun was recovered on scene” but it is our understanding that the gun was not on the individual but in the house.

Our hearts break for his children and all who are affected by this. We need an alternative option than 911. Because cops in MN are continuously playing Judge, Jury, and Executioner in a No-Death Penalty State.

We fully expect the body cam footage be released to the public in the spirit of transparency and building community relations. This officer involved shooting reminds many of us of what MPD did when they planted a gun on Fong Lee.

We need answers.

#Justice4PhumeeLee