TC Indymedia Roundup #8: Minnesota's sprawling security state highlighted in documentary, Mall of America intelligence reports

As the 'Great Recession' deepens in Minnesota, the bankers' friends in our growing security state keep intensifying their reach and ambition. Public media outlets reflecting on the paranoid decade since 9/11 have distributed several narratives showing the system's strange operations: "Better This World," a documentary covering the 'Texas Two' 2008 Republican National Convention aired on tpt Tuesday night (TCIMC is hosting a screening on Sept. 14th as well - optional RSVP for The Nicollet).

Interview with Ted Dewberry, Writer and Director or the Silent Room

[From the Open Publishing Newswire]

The Silent Room: A Workers' Musical is a play about the working class struggle against oppressive bosses, greedy CEOs, and workplace injustice, all set to music. It is part of this year's Fringe Festival, and the closing show is today at 2:30pm at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul.

State government shutdown possible on Friday; July 1st and beyond: Shut Down, Rise Up!

[From the Open Publishing Newswire]

We're converging under the banner of “Shut down, rise up!” to respond tothe Minnesota's expected government shutdown, and we'd like you to join us.

Starting on July 1st, we'll be coming together in Powderhorn Park (3400 15th Ave S, Mpls) every evening to share resources, organize political action, and build community. A free meal will be provided starting at 5pm every day, followed by a general assembly. We'll also have music and fun! Bring what you can and take what you need!

For more info, see: http://ShutDownRiseUp.org

What is shocking versus what is invisible: Chrishaun McDonald, racism and transphobia

In the early morning of June 5th,  a young trans woman of color named Chrishaun McDonald and  her friends walked by the Schooner Tavern at the busy intersection of 27th and Lake in Minneapolis.  A white, older bar patron named Dean Schmitz stood at the door of the Schooner.  According to McDonald's roommate, Schmitz started harassing McDonald, shouting, " Did you think you were going to rape somebody in those girl clothes?" and adding racial slurs. What happened next is unclear.  Minutes later, Schmitz was dead and McDonald was in custody.   The Star Tribune writes that according to McDonald, Schmitz attacked her and ran into a pair of scissors that she held in self-defense.

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