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Philly Commemorates 36th Anniversary of MOVE Bombing

Philadelphia, PA – Thirty-six years ago today, the Philadelphia Police dropped a bomb on a home in West Philadelphia that served as the headquarters of the Black liberation organization, MOVE. The bombing killed 6 adults and 5 children, burned down 61 homes, and displaced 250 residents. Members of…

Marcus Kar’s ‘Strange Things’ – Exclusive Music Video Release

“I really just want to engage people in the conversation around how we feel.” Musician, activist, and urban farmer Marcus Kar is hoping his new ‘Strange Things’ music video will help spark dialogue that can lead to healing and change. Searching for ways to cope after the police killing of Ge…

Denver Students Organize Sit-in for Black Lives Lost to Police Violence

Denver, CO – On the evening of April 23, 2021, three high school seniors organized an overnight sit-in outside the Colorado State Capitol to raise awareness of the Black lives lost to police violence—most specifically 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. One of the students, Ashira Campbell, shared wit…

Aerial Surveillance in Twin Cities Frustrates, Alarms Residents

When protests broke out several weeks ago in a Minneapolis, Minnesota suburb over the police killing of Daunte Wright, tensions were already high thanks to the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd. State and local authorities were ready for the unrest —…

Activists Serve Denver Wells Fargo Eviction Notice

Denver, CO – On the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, a local group of Indigenous activists organized a march from the Colorado State Capitol to the Wells Fargo Center in downtown to take action and speak out against the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline currently being constructed in northern Minnesota…

Thousands March in Celebration of Mayday 2021

International Workers Day or ‘Mayday’ is a annual holiday held on the first of May to celebrate the achievements and sacrifices of the international labor movement. The holiday started in the United States over a century ago to commemorate the workers who campaigned to achieve the 8-hour work da…

The Invisible “THEY”

Brazil leads the world in the number of deaths of transgender people. This reality is reflected in the quality of life, lack of representation, and the unmasked transphobia present in the lives of the great majority of trans people in Brazil. The country has been leading the rank for over a decade a…

DC Settles Trump Inauguration Protest Lawsuits For $1.6 Million

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, D.C. officials agreed to pay to resolve lawsuits filed over police brutality and mass arrests during Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. Two separate lawsuits brought against D.C. Metropolitan Police (MPD)—one filed by the D.C. ACLU in Ju…

The State’s Conviction of Chauvin Upholds the System’s ‘Innocence’

Minneapolis, MN – In just ten hours, the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial delivered guilty verdicts on all three counts for the killing of George Floyd. In the context of the state’s arguments, the verdict serves to show that Chauvin’s actions were an outlier, implying that the larger sy…

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty in Murder of George Floyd

Minneapolis, MN – On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin returned a verdict finding the defendant guilty on all counts. Former Minneapolis Police (MPD) Officer Chauvin had been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter – an…

Denver Earth Day Celebration Centers Line 3 Pipeline

Denver, CO – On the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, water protectors and activists will gather at the Colorado State Capitol to shine light on the Line 3 pipeline currently being built by Enbridge in northern Minnesota. Since 2014, Canadian energy giant Enbridge has pushed to build this new pipelin…

Police Break Equipment, Shoot, Beat, and Detain Press

Brooklyn Center, MN – Minnesota authorities were court-ordered to stop brutalizing the press in Brooklyn Center after an aggressive and violent week following the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Hours after Wright was killed, a swift and vast community responded to the killing. Shortl…

Water Protector Steve Martinez Released From #NoDAPL Grand Jury Detention

Bismarck, ND – On March 3, Steve Martinez was jailed at the Burleigh County Detention Center after refusing to testify before a secret federal grand jury investigating 2016 protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Martinez is now finally free as of April 12, according to a statement posed to s…

Black and Yellow at George Floyd Square: Asian Solidarity Rally

MINNEAPOLIS – On Sunday afternoon at George Floyd Square, people gathered for a community gathering of healing between Black and Asian community and against white supremacy. From their event page: “The community believed that unity was important as both groups are going through a traumatic heali…

Daunte Wright Protests Continue into Day Seven

BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – Saturday evening saw a seventh round of protests at the police department on Humboldt Ave. N. after more than 100 mass arrests during a large kettle in the northwestern Twin Cities suburb on Friday. Earlier hundreds rallied in the eastern suburb of Stillwater in Washington Co…

The Daunte Wright Shooting: What We Know So Far

Brooklyn Center, MN – On Sunday, April 11, 2021, in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, former police officer Kim Potter shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright. After pulling him over for expired tags, Brooklyn Center Police (BCPD) officers on the scene learned that Wright had an active…

Protests Erupt in Brooklyn Center After Police Kill Daunte Wright

BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – After the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a vehicle stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center on Sunday afternoon, hundreds gathered near 63rd Avenue North and Lee Avenue North calling for justice. Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis with abo…

“Brazil is Asking for Help” – Artists and Activists Speak Out

COVID-19 continues to ravage Brazil, leading to record numbers of daily deaths. For a deeper understanding of some of the impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on several areas and aspects of life, Unicorn Riot recently heard from four Brazilians across different states. Brazilian Pandemonium…

Brazilian Pandemonium: COVID-19 Kills Over 300K

A little after a year since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Brazil and its population is suffering under a steady increase in the daily number of cases. Over 300,000 deaths have occurred since the first reported contamination on February 26, 2020, when a 61-year-old resident of São Paulo to…

Appealing Line 3 Pipeline: Supply and Demand at Root of Hearing

Minneapolis, MN – Attorneys for multiple Indigenous tribes, environmental and Indigenous rights groups, and the Minnesota Department of Commerce made oral arguments on Tuesday, March 23, against the Line 3 pipeline approvals by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The Commission approved the…

Uptown Streets Blocked During Protest Against Police Attack on Houseless

Minneapolis, MN – Nearly 75 people blocked Friday evening rush hour traffic at two busy Uptown Minneapolis intersections a day after a violent police attack during an attempted eviction of a houseless encampment. Large banners reading “No evictions on stolen land,” “free all political prison…

Five Arrested as Minneapolis Police Attempt Raid on Near North Houseless Encampment

Minneapolis, MN – Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, police attempted an eviction of the Near North houseless encampment. Scuffles erupted between Minneapolis Police and people defending the camp which led to numerous injuries and at least five arrests. This incident came after the city’s Depa…

Black Panthers and Yellow Panthers Speak Out During Derek Chauvin Trial

Minneapolis, MN – Members of the Original Black Panther Party, led by King Rick, gathered on the south plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center on March 12, 2021, calling for justice to be done in the trial of Derek Chauvin. They spoke to Unicorn Riot alongside members of the Yellow (Asian)…

Race and Perception: First Two Weeks of Derek Chauvin Pre-Trial

Minneapolis, MN – Jury selection in the murder/manslaughter trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin finished its second week with eleven jurors finalized at the end of Friday, March 19, 2021. Judge Peter Cahill officially ruled on Friday there would be no change of venue and no co…

Justice Families Seek Police Accountability with Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

Minneapolis, MN – “There was many police murders that led up to George Floyd“, said Toshira Garraway, founder of Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence (FSFAV). Families who’ve lost their loved ones to police violence have been gathering in the Twin Cities demanding justice and…


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