Reports on Super Bowl Week of Action
“Why Activists Protested the Super Bowl 2018 in Minneapolis,” Britni de la Cretaz, Teen Vogue, February 5, 2018
“'(People) don’t really pay attention when we talk, but with protests for the last week a lot of people have been looking and recording and… you can see they recognize that it’s something we are passionate about,’ says CTUL’s [Cardell] McKizzie. The protests are about ‘getting heard, being seen.'”
“Hot Protest in an Ice-Cold Super Bowl City,” Dave Zirin, The Nation, February 1, 2018.
“As Veronica Mendez Moore from the Twin Cities Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En Lucha (CTUL) said to me, ‘It’s not about being anti-football. It’s about being against a corporate party that’s extracting from our communities and creating an environment of militarization, while increasing wealth at the top at expense of those at the bottom.’
The Pre-Game: Our Lives Over Their Games – Jan 29
The Week of Action started out powerfully with 500 people marching to the Super Bowl launch party at the Excel Center. Here are some of the highlights of press coverage:
- “Opening Night draws peaceful protest led by Black Lives Matter,” Martin Rogers, USA Today, January 29, 2018
- “Black Lives Matter points to ‘dark side’ of Super Bowl,” Kare 11, January 29, 2018
Click here for complete list of press coverage
Super Bowl Protest: Tackle Corporate Greed – Feb. 2
Over 250 people braved the cold in this action with CTUL and Navigate, calling on Home Depot to support a Responsible Contractor Policy in the contracted cleaning of its stores, and to support a clean DACA bill. Check out video footage of the action on WorkDay Minnesota and Unicorn Riot
Super Bowl Breakfast: Support $15 and Workers’ Rights
Photo by Chris Juhn taken for MPR News
The same corporations that fought to keep thousands of working families in poverty by fighting against Earned Sick & Safe Time and a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis and St. Paul sponsored an elite $2,500 per table event to honor community service and personal integrity in the NFL. Over 200 workers and community allies showed up to call on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Super Bowl Host Committee to support $15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and support sufficient funding for enforcement. Check out this video by WorkDay Minnesota of the action outside, as well as a video from the action on the inside.