Why Did Minneapolis Explode?
June 4, 2020
Last Tuesday, a protest over the murder of George Floyd began in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was quickly met with police repression, and broke out into a riot; property was damaged, the city burned, and a police station was occupied. Within a week, the murder of George Floyd has become a rallying cry, with protests and riots breaking out across the country from LA to Atlanta, Louisville to Portland. These events have led to curfews and mobilizations of the National Guard, all in an attempt to maintain "order." And still, people are showing up in droves to raise the cry that enough is enough. A popular demand of the protestors—shouted out, carried on signs, and spray painted onto windows—is to abolish and defund the police.
Where does this demand come from? Is it enough? And how should socialists be responding to these events? To answer these questions, we first need to understand: why did Minneapolis explode?
Join us for a talk and Q&A with Gerald Smith on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm on Zoom. Gerald has been an active communist and member of the black liberation movement for decades, working with groups like the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Black Panther Party, to name just a few. He is a co-founder of Berkeley Cop Watch, and is a current member of the Oscar Grant Committee and the DSA.
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