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Minneapolis Housing Policy Coordinator letter to city council on not closing encampment

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Presented without comment for now, except that it took massive pressure to get the city to talk to residents.  "Yesterday, City leaders and outreach teams met with people staying at the encampment located near 2nd and Girard Avenues N.  The meeting was in response to a direct request from those living at the encampment. The residents of the encampment are actively working to find more permanent housing and they requested more time to complete this process. As a result of this conversation we will not close the encampment as planned this Friday."

Near North camp, a unique community of unhoused people, seeks a permanent home while battling Minneapolis' attempts to remove

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Near North camp is an unhoused community which has developed near self sufficiency through mutual aid and community development. For months since its founding, it has defended itself against the City of Minneapolis' multifaceted removal campaign.

Encampment in North Minneapolis threatened with destruction by the city on February 26th

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This is a press release put out by Near North camp residents and supporters.

One week ago, a director within the Office of Community Planning and Economic Development, Erik Hansen, placed notices of demolition on the tents of structures of houseless residents living on formerly vacant land, ordering this community to leave their homes with nowhere suitable to go during dangerously cold temperatures. The current standing is the threat of eviction has moved to February 26th due to concern for police personnel to be participating during subzero degree weather.

Support the most exploited workers first

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In a workforce divided between a more protected part and a more exploited part (divided by permanent or temporary status, by a border, by residency papers, by union representation), building militancy in the more protected part of the workforce is always going to hit a wall, because the demands of that part are going to be disciplined by competition with the more exploited part.