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Today's episode is a reflection on the role of foundations and non-profit organizations in the political economy of Minneapolis. We take a close look at the McKnight Foundation's interjection of a $250,000 grant at a critical moment in the struggle over the Upper Harbor Terminal, assessing the implications and impacts of that grant. We also use Blu…
 
We were honored to sit down with Northside artist and youth worker Koo Keem to reflect on the dynamics of real estate, gentrification, the music industry, housing policy and police power at play in the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment. We also talk through some of our experiences with the Minneapolis uprisings in the wake of the MPD lynching of …
 
The potential for building housing onsite has been one of the most hotly contested elements of the proposed Upper Harbor Terminal re-development. On today's episode we take an overview of the capitalist housing policies that have facilitated gentrification and housing insecurity and then sketch out a vision for socialist housing policies that we co…
 
Thank you for helping us hit the milestone of 150 subscribers on Patreon! In celebration we are unlocking our recent Patreon exclusive episode breaking down the late September New York Times podcast and front page coverage of Minneapolis and the city council "pledge" to dismantle MPD. We really appreciate you tuning in, help us hit our goal of 200 …
 
We are taking a short detour from Season 2's coverage of the Upper Harbor Terminal today to sprinkle in a bonus episode. We were honored to talk with two tenants and organizers with the Alliance of Hornig Tenants, a tenants union fighting for each other and housing justice. We talked about the issues that kick started their organizing, learn about …
 
Today we talk with Samuel Stein author of Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. Sam's book is a great analysis of the forces behind the global phenomenon of Gentrification and the relationship between the capitalist real estate market, urban planning and municipal governments. In our interview we talk through some of the key conce…
 
Special guest Sidejob Spence joins us for a conversation on the exciting unionizing burst in Minneapolis this summer and how it can relate to the fight against gentrification. We attended the inspiring picket at the NE Minneapolis Spyhouse last saturday, which was a part of an unfair labor practice strike called by the Spyhouse union. Walking up th…
 
On today's episode we step back to analyze our strategies for creating the structural changes we need in our political economy. The Upper Harbor Terminal project inspired strong resistance that has so far been unable to defeat the Billionaire agenda moving the development. Years of strong mobilization aimed at defunding the MPD have not yet been ab…
 
We were honored to interview Dakota professor, author and activist Waziyatawin. Land and power are the core of capitalist development projects like the Upper Harbor Terminal and there is no way to understand the dynamics of land ownership and power in Minnesota without understanding the genocide of the Dakota people and the dispossession of their h…
 
We are going to be sprinkling in some Patreon exclusives throughout season 2. Become a subscriber on Patreon to hear our whole conversation with writer & filmmaker Amber Delgado Patreon.com/moneypowerlandsolidarity Also subscribe to Amber's Curated Tolerance Patreon for really insightful reflections on Gentrification…
 
Today we launch Season 2 with a reflection on the core issues of land, labor, wealth and power at play in the Upper Harbor Terminal development. We also re-orient ourselves to the UHT after the George Floyd uprising and set the context for the UHT city council vote coming this fall. Please subscribe, rate and leave a review of the show to help us r…
 
We dive into the tricky waters of electoral politics with a special report on the eve of the CD 5 primary. The squad looks into the donations from members of the Billionaire Pohlad family to Antone Melton-Meaux in his effort to primary Ilhan Omar, contrast the visions of the two candidates and the discuss the battle between the forces of reaction a…
 
We sat down with Krystle D'Alencar and Linda Moncada, workers at Tattersall Distilling who are in the midst of a unionizing effort. Linda and Krystle walk us through the story of their union organizing, discuss the issues and desires that are driving the union and how workplace organizing fits into this social movement moment. Follow the Tattersall…
 
We are joined by Rev Dr. Robin Bell who reads the powerful letter submitted to city and state level elected officials by members of the North Minneapolis faith community calling for a complete overhaul of the Upper Harbor Terminal Development. Please email, call and tweet state Representatives Fue Lee and Raymond Dehn and ask that the 5 Million dol…
 
Today we are looking deeper into MPD terrorism and brutality by going beyond the visible players and shining light on some of the behind the scenes power brokers that prop up the status quo. The law firm Rice, Michels & Walther were long time legal representation for the Minneapolis Federation of Police, representing them in collective bargaining, …
 
We are debuting a new format this week. The Money Power Land Solidarity team sat down with Minneapolis activist, organizer and Twitch streamer Kswiftly on the summer solstice for a wide ranging discussion. We talked about the Upper Harbor, reflected on local luminary Ricardo Levins - Morales concept of Sun and Moon spaces in the context of the Minn…
 
In the weeks before the murder of George Floyd we had the honor to sit down with Black elder Miss Linda Taylor. Miss Linda joined us to talk about the demand to cancel rent during the Covid19 pandemic and the struggle against gentrification and displacement in South Minneapolis. Miss Linda shared her hard fought wisdom on issues of housing, race, c…
 
In todays episode we re-post the MPD 150 audio report Enough Is Enough: a 150 Year Performance Review of the Minneapolis Police. Formed in 2017 to mark the 150 year anniversary of the creation of the Minneapolis police department, the MPD 150 project fertilized the soil that produced the Minneapolis uprising in the wake of the murder of George Floy…
 
Continuing our reporting on the impacts of Covid19 we have an interview with public health worker Rosemary Fister. We talked with Rosemary about the relationship between mutual aid and the State, housing, public health and the impacts of Covid19 on the unsheltered community in Minneapolis The Money Power Land Solidarity is produced by Isaac Speckto…
 
We sat down with CEO of First Avenue Dayna Frank for an in-depth and critical discussion of the Upper Harbor Terminal development. First Avenue is co-developer of the contested Upper Harbor Terminal re-development project in North Minneapolis. We planned on sharing this interview as a part of Season 2, but with the $20 Million State bonding request…
 
We are joined by mail carrier and Socialist Alternative member Tyler Vasseur to talk about the Neo-Liberal attack on the United States Post Office and the impact of Covid-19 on postal workers. Tyler traces the impacts of the 2006 "Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act" and sketch ideas for the future of a healthy post office. We also reflect on…
 
Join us Friday, May 1st for the Cancel Rent and Mortgages Caravan! Meeting 12pm in downtown Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Plaza and rolling out to the Governors Mansion in St. Paul CancelRentMN.com In our first bi-lingual episode we talked with Renters United for Justice member and leader in the Sky Without Limits Community in South Minneapolis Vanessa …
 
We sat down with working class artist Mark Eliason to continue our exploration of the impacts of Covid-19 on the Twin Cities. Mark and i had a rich discussion about music, housing, homelessness, drugs, health, class, creativity, gentrification and more. Shout out Isaac for salvaging my rough recording. The band Mark is looking for the name of is We…
 
We are shifting gears and releasing an intermediate season 1.5 of the podcast to cover the Covid-19 pandemic. In today's episode we orient ourselves to this new reality and focus in on the impact of the coronavirus on the unsheltered homeless community in the Twin Cities. We sat down with public health nurse Sarah Jane Keaveny for a report from the…
 
For today's special quarantine edition we are shifting our focus to the political economy of Minnesota's Billion dollar Medical Technology industry in light of the Corona virus pandemic. In 2014 Medtronic executed the largest "Tax Inversion" in history, shifting its legal headquarters to Dublin, Ireland in order to take advantage of Ireland's low c…
 
We talked with writer and filmmaker Amber Delgado about her recent essay in Scalawag Magazine and collaborative project "Curated Tolerance: the aesthetics of gentrification". It was great to compare reflections on our experiences of gentrification, housing justice, race, class and art between Amber's base in Durham, North Carolina and us up here in…
 
We are launching a new goal today to get to 100 Patreon subscribers! This is a clip of our interview with Samuel Stein, author of "Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State", published by Verso books in 2019 as a part of the Jacobin series. A longer clip of our interview is available now for our Bread and Butter subscribers on Patreon,…
 
We sat down with artist, organizer and public housing resident Kaaha Kaahiye of the Defend Glendale and Public Housing Coalition to talk about the struggle for public housing in Minneapolis and beyond. Kaaha talks about the origins of the powerful Defend Glendale campaign, the fight against privatization of public hosing, the role of the Minneapoli…
 
In this final episode of Season 1 we ground ourselves in the values and goals of the show and give a brief history of the Upper Harbor Terminal development. We also give an overview and analysis of the UHT 'Collaborative Planning Committee" as well offer some perspective on how we might organize together in the months to come. Huge salute to the pr…
 
This episode opens with North Minneapolis architect and community based developer Paul Bauknight reading an excerpt from his powerful letter of resignation from the Upper Harbor Terminal Collaborative Planning Committee (CPC). Mr. Bauknight, along w/ Committee co-chair Tessa Antilla, resigned from there appointed positions on the CPC stating that t…
 
On October 2nd I stopped through the KFAI studios and talked on air with our friends DJ Terrell Lamar and Profe-C at Radio Pocho. We talk about the inspiration for the Money Power Land Solidarity podcast, review what we covered in Season 1 and have nice little convo. Season 1 finale coming soon. Support us on Patreon. www.patreon.com/moneypowerland…
 
We are taking a break from our regular content this week to offer listeners a special treat. In March of 2019 I had the honor of hosting a panel discussion with organizers of the legendary Minneapolis chapter of Anti-Racist Action (ARA). In the 1980's a multi-racial skin head crew in South Minneapolis named The Baldies took it upon themselves to sh…
 
Today's episode is an affirmation of our love for poor people, our desire for beautiful things in our lives and a recognition that capitalism drives a wedge between the two. Our critique of Gentrification is not a desire for things to remain the same but a call for a new economic and political order that will support working people to thrive. Socia…
 
Today we are continuing our look at housing and gentrification in Minneapolis to set the context for the Upper Harbor Terminal Development. We had the honor to sit down with the dynamic homegrown talent Dr. Brittany Lewis who serves as the Senior Research Associate for CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Affairs) at the University of Minnesota. Dr.…
 
The prospect of building housing at the Upper Harbor Terminal development is one of the most stirring elements of the plan. Some want luxury market driven development and others want deep affordability for the neighborhood. The UHT gives us an opportunity to step back and reflect on how we build housing in this city and ask; what is the best way to…
 
On this week's episode we have an interview with Minneapolis Hip-Hop artist, water protector and culture bearer Tufawon. We sat down in Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis and reflected on his experience fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, the connection between urban and rural struggles for justice and how development projects l…
 
Todays episode is a reflection on white nationalism, white supremacy, capitalism and working class solidarity. The Upper Harbor Terminal Development sits just north of the Lowry Ave bridge that connects North and Northeast Minneapolis. Any honest discussion of the dynamics at play surrounding the UHT must deal with the legacy of segregation, violen…
 
We sat down and talked with grandmother and community organizer from the Bottineau Neighborhood Nancy Przymus about the GAF Shingles Factory. Nancy has been engaged in deep research and organizing exposing the toxic pollution that spreads from the GAF Shingles Factory into the air of North and Northeast Minneapolis. The GAF sits directly next to th…
 
In today’s episode we take a closer look at the billionaire Pohlad family and their company United Properties which currently has exclusive rights to develop 48 acres of publicly owned river front land in North Minneapolis. An Oligarchy is a form of government where a small group of ultra wealthy business people control public life, an oligarch is …
 
We sat down with North Minneapolis resident and Community Organizer Roxanne O'Brien to talk about the grassroots activism against industrial polluter Northern Metals, growing up between North and Northeast Minneapolis, the relationship between Race and Class in the fight for change, the Upper Harbor Terminal and more. This is a first person history…
 
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