1. March 11, 2014 OccupyMN Announcements

    OccupyMN - The People’s Movement __________ In This Issue: *CUAPB - Campaign Announcement *CUAPB - In Our Thoughts *March Against Monsanto - May 24th *PolyMet - Bad For Minnesota - Final Comment Period *Tell Governor Mark Dayton To Stand On The Side Of Physicians *Occupy Minneapolis Meetings Continue *Occupy Duluth GA’s Continue ========== CUAPB - CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT Concerned About Minneapolis Police Brutality? Help Us! __________ As many people in the community are aware, Minneapolis police officers harass, beat, and even kill community members on a regular basis with impunity. The Star Tribune recently reported that out of 437 complaints against police officers in a year-long period, not one of the officers implicated had been punished. It is egregious enough that Minneapolitans, especially people of color, the homeless, and the poor, are being routinely harassed and beaten; but to make matters worse, when an officer is successfully sued for police brutality, it’s the taxpayers that pay for it. That’s right. When an officer is sued – sometimes in excess of $1 million in one case – the city automatically pays for these lawsuits out of the city’s general fund. This has amounted to $20 million of wasted taxpayer money in the past 7 years, in Minneapolis alone. In response to these myriad injustices, members of the Minneapolis group Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) banded together to form the Committee for Professional Policing (CfPP). CfPP’s first big undertaking is a charter amendment campaign to require police officers in Minneapolis to carry professional liability (malpractice) insurance. As previously mentioned, Minneapolis is currently self-indemnified, meaning that when an officer is successfully sued for brutality, the city automatically pays for the lawsuit and all court fees from the general fund. By requiring officers to carry professional liability insurance, the city will benefit from a risk management mechanism against brutality. In other words, an officer will face increased premiums on his/her insurance after each lawsuit. This will act as a deterrent to brutality, since the police will finally be held directly responsible. Moreover, after several repeat offenses, an officer will find him/herself uninsurable and no longer able to serve in Minneapolis. Under this model, the survivors and family members of victims of police brutality will still receive the compensation they deserve, while officers are being directly punished. READ MORE AND TAKE ACTION: http://www.occupymn.org/concerned-about-minneapolis-police-brutality-help-us/ ========== CUAPB - IN OUR THOUGHTS __________ It is with very deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of longtime friend and Communities United Against Police Brutality,  Vice-President Darryl...

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What is the Occupy Movement?

The Occupy Movement is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

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