About 100 gather at rally in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Kelly Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 21, 2013 - 8:07 AM

About 100 residents, activists and community leaders rallied Saturday outside the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis, praying for Trayvon Martin’s family and condemning the “systematic problem” of racial injustice.

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badcopperJul. 20, 13 2:51 PM

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s nonprofit paid him nearly $242,000 — even as it carried $1.6 million in debt, according to documents obtained by The Post. In all, the controversial activist and his empire, including the National Action Network and two for-profit companies, were $5.3 million in the red, public records show. Most of NAN’s money woes stemmed from more than $880,000 in unpaid federal payroll taxes, interest and penalties. It also paid more than $100,000 to settle two lawsuits, byproducts of the unpaid bills.

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carbonbigfotJul. 20, 13 3:06 PM

If I was anywhere near where Heather Martens was speaking, I'd make sure I had my concealed carry equipment with me.

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bigdukesixJul. 20, 13 3:31 PM

Justice? There was a trial and the jury found Zimmerman not guilty. Case closed. The racial activists (Sharpton, Jackson, et al) want to rule by public opinion and protests. Why don't they start by trying to address the black on black murders in Chicago.

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fullmoon1102Jul. 20, 13 3:44 PM

Really? Were they rallying for the two police officers that Terrance Franklin tried to kill to?

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kenw1952wJul. 20, 13 3:56 PM

"Part of Sharpton's comments echoed those made by President Barack Obama on the case Friday. "Racial profiling is not as bad as segregation, but you don't know the humiliation of being followed in a department store," Sharpton said."..........I'm sorry, if I thought it was more important to me to be dressed like a "gangsta" with my hoodie on and pants around my knees, I would expect to be followed in a department store too. It's time all people started taking responsibility for their actions and quit blaming others. The likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are like leeches, their constant message of racial hatred, all the while bilking the black communities out of their money is criminal in itself. I am all for racial equality but if you want people like Sharpton and Jackson to be your mouthpiece, I'll throw you out of my office so fast it would make your head spin.

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kenw1952wJul. 20, 13 3:59 PM

Another sore point with me is :where are Sharpton and Jackson when blacks are killing blacks on an everyday basis? Nowhere to be found because that doesn't give these leeches the pedestal they need to make themselves relevant to the black community. They do nothing to aid a black community unless they can preach their message of hate and racism.

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LicoriceJul. 20, 13 4:06 PM

carbonbigfoot: "If I was anywhere near where Heather Martens was speaking, I'd make sure I had my concealed carry equipment with me." Really? Why? What about you makes you think she might threaten you so that you need firepower?

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salzyJul. 20, 13 4:20 PM

.00304878% of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro population is not a "rally." A "gathering," perhaps, or a "get together" or a "grievance-airing forum" or a "meet-and-protest." But it's no rally. Anything else going on?

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brokenclockJul. 20, 13 4:38 PM

Where's the justice for the Mexican citizens killed in Mexico by drug cartels with Fast and Furious weapons? Where's the soul searching about the US surveillance state, which would make Stalin blush? Where's the reflection about being groped to get on an airplane? Where's the angst about the IRS targeting political enemies of the administration? Where's the truth about Benghazi? Answer: Nowhere and it never will be. Over and over again, we are told by the federal government and the media to "let it go", "move on", "there's nothing to see here". But now we have the feds interjecting themselves into a local law enforcement problem in Florida. There's been a trial and an acquittal but we don't see Obama letting it go. He's been stirring up the pot since day one. The entire executive branch is one big criminal enterprise. If private sector leaders operated this way, they'd be prosecuted under RICO. But not this bunch. Obama is showing his true colors on this one and they're not red, white and blue.

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lakneeJul. 20, 13 4:50 PM

ARRey asks: Where is the outrage over Ivan Romero? Perhaps those in his community were too busy working full-time jobs to attend a Government Center rally.

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