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As of July 5 2020 members included Rhea Smykalski.
Protests on 1-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration
Several hundred protesters marched through the streets of Minneapolis chanting “Refugees are welcome here,” on Jan. 20th 2018, the one-year anniversary of Trump taking office. The protest was organized by the Minnesota Anti-War Committee.
Meredith Aby-Keirstead, a member of the Anti-War Committee, kicked off the rally stating, “It is important to not let the fact that these countries [north Korea and Venezuela] are not predominantly Muslim to confuse us. North Korea and Venezuela are on the ban as window dressing in order to attempt to make Trump’s policy appear as less racist than before. This is very much indeed a Muslim ban and these countries were targeted because they are in the cross hairs of the U.S. military like Syria, Somalia and Iran. Iran, north Korea and Venezuela are all on the travel ban list in an effort to punish them for resisting U.S. imperialism.”
Leilah Abdennabi, a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement, spoke next about the role Trump has had in increasing tension in Palestine, saying “One thing we can do here in the U.S. is show solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners, such as Ahed Tamimi.
Rhea Smykalski, also of the Anti-War Committee, spoke about U.S. war threats against Korea, stating, “In the last few months, Trump has been ramping up the attacks on Korea. very turn the U.S. has increased hostility and tension on the peninsula.”
With US Bank Stadium looming in the background, Sam Martinez, from the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar and the Super Bowl Anti-racist and Anti-corporate Coalition, was the last rally speaker. He encouraged everyone to turn out to protest racism and police brutality on Feb. 4 at the Super Bowl.