Fight Back! supporter
As of July 5 2020 members included Loretta VanPelt.
Black Friday protest
St. Paul, MN - On November 27 2020, the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar organized a rally and car caravan to protest the mass arrests of November 4. The Black Friday protest started in the parking lot of JJ Hill elementary school, where Philando Castile worked before he was killed by police. During a brief rally, participants decorated their cars, then a caravan of 100 vehicles left for the governor’s mansion, by way of the Grand Avenue.
Governor Tim Walz had mobilized hundreds of police from across the state to "teach a lesson" to protesters on November 4 who were part of a national day of protest called by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Minneapolis police brutalized supporters, observers and bystanders while state patrol and others spent the six hours arresting at least 646 protesters on Interstate 94.
Arrestees from multiple organizations spoke, including Chaz Neal, from Red Wing, Minnesota; Kaia Hirt of Minnetonka; Shannon Nordby of Native Lives Matter, Mohamed Ibrahim of CAIR-MN, and Loretta VanPelt, Jae Yates and DJ Hooker of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar.
June 18 at 6:20 PM ·
Frank Chapman is in Minneapolis/St. Paul today to meet with the movement that launched the nationwide rebellion in the wake of the police murder of #GeorgeFloyd.
Lessons from the movement: Community Control of Police
Lessons from the movement: Community Control of Police National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Speakers included Gabriel Montero Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Michael Sampson National Desk National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and co-JCAC, Loretta VanPelt Twin Cities Coalitionfor Justice for Jamar, Regina Joseph, president of JCAC, Christina Kittle co-founder JCAC, Jennifer Miller Dallas Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Jade Arter Utah Against Police Brutality.
2018 Womens day rally
About 100 people rallied in Minneapolis, March 8 2018, to mark International Women’s Day. Loretta VanPelt, of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, told the crowd, “We in Freedom Road know the enemy is bigger than Trump. And we call out that enemy. It is the capitalist class. We see the oppression and patriarchy that they try to shove down our throats. Their system that says women should work for peanuts, or work for free, and silently accept the abuses that ruin our lives. But we will not be silent! Today, on International Women’s Day, we shout our rage.”
Other speakers included CeCe McDonald, nationally recognized LGBTQ activist; Leila Abdenabi of the Palestinian Youth Movement; Sue Goodstar from Native Lives Matter; Angelique of MIRAc; Natasha Phelps of the MN Women’s March, Olivia Cruz of Students for Democratic Society, and Misty Rowan, of the Anti-War Committee.
Organized by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, the event was endorsed by Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Anti-War Committee, Women Against Military Madness, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, Welfare Rights Committee, Native Lives Matter, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, Students for Democratic Society (SDS) at the University of Minnesota, and Women's March MN.
"Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015"
Sunday 26 April 2015, "Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015" organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!. Location TBA.
Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Katherine Elizabeth, Jessica Schwartz, Steph Ross Taylor, Christina Field, Doug Jadzia Sembla, Mary Padilla Cristobal Aldana, Alisha Olson, Kim DeFranco, Jess Sundin, Cassandra Hendricks, Cherrene Horazuk, Julia Russ, Zandra Dee , Loretta VanPelt, Tracy Molm, Hannan Ayoub, Khin Oo, Tracey Plk, Kim Smith, Hoda Isak, Alexandra Vagac, Laura Hoffman, Meredith Aby-Keirstead, Jessie Gavilanes, Amy Selvius, Penelope Mace, Beatriz Hernandez, Marisol Marquez, Laye Kwamina-Barry, Cory Eggert, Lion Ras, Kuntal Chatterjee, Andy Carhart, Sean Orr, Rahul Choudhury Boro, Andrew McNally, Cleveland Savage, Jesus Estrada-Perez, Julio Alberto Martinez, Fern Figueroa, Ryan A. Smith, Joshua Cromarty, Brad Sigal, Tim Nolan, Edward Hahn, Cody Gilbert, Timmy McDonough, Mick Kelly, Jigme Ugen, Manuel Berduc.
4th Precinct protest
In December 2015 police broke up the occupation around the Fourth Precinct police station in North Minneapolis.
- The Fourth Precinct protest is often presented as a standoff between law enforcement and a small segment of millennial blacks in North Minneapolis. There’s something of an unspoken agreement in the mainstream media that it’s the protesters on trial, not the police. With descriptors like ‘chaotic scene,’ and ‘shouting and taunting bystanders,’ protesters are presented as a frightening horde to readers. This misses the humanity and individuality of the people involved. Even more, it misses the cause, a structural inequality that’s on the mind of many across the country.
Protestors included Miski Noor Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer, Reverend Dewayne Davis Pastor at All God’s Children MCC, Loretta VanPelt, Collin Robinson (age 15), Kandace Montgomery Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer.
In 2016, Marie Dino, Loretta VanPelt, Brad Sigal, Kenneth W. Garnier, Mata Konechne, Mick Kelly, Meredith Allison, and Cherrene Horazuk were Minneapolis supporters of FightBack! News, the newspaper of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!