The MOA protest was a decoy according to Black Lives Matter MLPS, and the real plan was to shut down the light rail and the airport.
At least six different cities held #BlackXmas actions today, including the planned decoy Mall of America protest in Minneapolis, MN. In Minneapolis, the biggest mall in the country, the light rail, and both terminals of the airport were shut down after activists used the suppression of the Mall of America protest to achieve multiple goals. Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said in a statement:
Today we shut down the Mall of America, Minneapolis Airport, and light rail as part of a nationally coordinated protest. Actions happened in six U.S. cities, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, the SF Bay Area, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Chattanooga. After a planned diversion at the mall, we moved to the airport 5 minutes before the action was scheduled to begin.
We protest the continued unmitigated state sanctioned violence against Black people and communities of color. We protest the continued denial of justice for Black people and Black communities. We want a complete overhaul of the justice system both locally and nationally. Just days after the non-indictment decision in Sandra Bland’s murder in Texas and two months after the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark in Minnesota, we continue to demand justice, including the release of the tapes in the Jamar Clark case.
Grand juries do not get justice for Black people when they are murdered by police, this is just one way the system is setup and works against Black people. We also continue to make the following demands: -Prosecute the police involved without a grand jury and by a special prosecutor -Federal domestic terrorism charges against white supremacists who shot 5 protestors -Institute a safety plan to protect our communities from Police violence -Disinvest from police and reinvest in Black futures
Clearing platform pic.twitter.com/duymtzlTlx— bengarvin (@bengarvin) December 23, 2015
MSP airport is shut down #BlackXmas pic.twitter.com/iKAkjevBxJ — Black Lives MPLS (@BlackLivesMpls) December 23, 2015
Although the actions were a success, multiple violent and un necessary arrests happened, such as this one:
Activists shut down the San Francisco 101 highway for #MarioWoods who was killed firing-squad style by SFPD cops:
In Los Angeles, Black Lives Matter activists shut down the 405 freeway for #EzellFord and others, which is the most major interstate in California, and they shut it down right by LAX.
Looks like LA activists spray painted #BlackLivesMatter on the 405. Appears highway patrol is on scene. #BlackXmas pic.twitter.com/VLrA64FXHn — Jamilah King (@jamilahking) December 23, 2015
Chicago BLM stood with Dorthy Holmes at City Hall, mother of Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson, to demand the city withdraw a motion for sanctions that have been filed against her. The sanctions come from Chicago cop George Hernandez who says her taking a photo of him and putting it on social media threatened him and his family.