East Phillips Neighborhood Institute/EPNI

  • Thoughts on Environmental Racism for Earth Day 2023

    Thoughts on Environmental Racism for Earth Day 2023

    The ongoing fight against fracking, pipelines and all extractive industries We lost the battle if not the war on Line 3. It’s done, it’s dusted and it’s leaking into groundwater even as you read this. (See KSTP Eyewitness News for reporting on the 153 cases of pollution control violations in the latter half of 2022.)…

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  • Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #102: East Phillips, Union Strikes, Socialists in Office, and More!

    Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #102: East Phillips, Union Strikes, Socialists in Office, and More!

    Another eventful week, let’s start local. More stories to come in our featured news section. 

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  • They Don’t Care About Us

    They Don’t Care About Us

    The town of Pajaro, California is ruined. Many residents of this poor Latino farming community will never return home. The levee keeping water from the Pajaro River away from the town broke. The Federal government, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, had known for years that the levee was weak and needed to be replaced.…

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  • Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #101: Ruling Class Backlash and Movement Solidarity

    Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #101: Ruling Class Backlash and Movement Solidarity

    Our last edition described major developments in the fight around the Roof Depot. The dynamic has changed, but the intensity of the ruling class hostility has not diminished.

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  • MFT/ESP Solidarity Event with East Phillips Coalition

    MFT/ESP Solidarity Event with East Phillips Coalition

    *Minneapolis Federation of Teachers / Education Support Professionals, the union representing educators in the Minneapolis Public Schools A sharp battle has erupted in Minneapolis between the working people of East Phillips and the City’s rulers. East Phillips is historically one of the most polluted neighborhoods in Minnesota, with a highly diverse population and the largest…

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  • Centering the Roof Depot Struggle

    Centering the Roof Depot Struggle

    Our chapter is engaged with coalition partners to stop the continued pollution and disempowerment of Little Earth and East Phillips residents. Entering this fight means directly confronting the history of colonialism that has been the rule for centuries, as well as recognizing the history of indigenous resistance to the ruling class. This land acknowledgement was…

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  • No Demo: Solidarity Continues in East Phillips

    No Demo: Solidarity Continues in East Phillips

    The fight to prevent the demolition of the Roof Depot building and to prevent the City of Minneapolis from installing a polluting truck yard and diesel fueling station in East Phillip continues, and the last two weeks have shown that the momentum is strong! In the week leading up to the originally planned demolition date…

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  • Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #100: Developments in the East Phillips Fight, UMN Graduate Labor Union, and More!

    Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #100: Developments in the East Phillips Fight, UMN Graduate Labor Union, and More!

    Twin CitiesDemocratic Socialists of America Little Red Letter #100 Developments in the East Phillips Fight, UMN Graduate Labor Union, and More! For Minneapolis, the last week has seen rapid changes in the fight around the Roof Depot demolition. For more context, see the update written by Connor S featured below. TCDSA members came together Saturday…

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  • No Demo!

    No Demo!

    The East Phillips Urban Farm fight just had a huge victory! Monday, February 27, was the anticipated first day of demolition of the Roof Depot building. But on Friday, February 24, the judge granted a temporary injunction on demolition for at least two weeks. EPNI needs to raise $10,000 in that time to post bond…

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  • Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #99: Standing Up, Fighting Back

    Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #99: Standing Up, Fighting Back

    Twin CitiesDemocratic Socialists of America Little Red Letter #99 Standing Up, Fighting Back Our last edition started with a few recent events, ones which put the brutality of the system in sharp focus. Frustration, anger, and grief are all understandable reactions to the ruling class’s tools of oppression and goal of exploitation. Organizing in the…

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  • Neoliberals on Display

    Neoliberals on Display

    East Phillips is a neighborhood plagued by industrial pollution, with children there suffering abnormally high rates of asthma and other respiratory ailments. Under a cloak of progressive rhetoric and talk of equity, the majority on the Minneapolis City Council steamrolls over both the the community vision and fears of increased pollution. With this 7-6 vote,…

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  • Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #98: The Brutality of the System

    Twin Cities DSA Little Red Letter #98: The Brutality of the System

    Events from the last couple weeks need to be addressed before anything else. Multiple examples, local and national, of the brutality of our current system.

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