money.power.land.solidarity. is a Minneapolis-based podcast about economic and urban development, local politics, race, class, wealth, and culture from a working-class leftist perspective. Our entry point was the Upper Harbor Terminal Development, a project slated for North Minneapolis' river front, and continues to be core to our conversations and interviews.
Season 2 Premier: A Struggle for Land and the Future
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.
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The following track was used in this episode, check it out"The Spring (Instrumental)" by Chad Crouch
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PATREON PREVIEW: Welcome to Minnesota w/ Amber Delgado
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
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Season 2: Deep Truth Telling and Dramatic Action w/ Waziyatawin
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 homeland. Waziyatawin discusses this history, the present state of settler colonialism in Minnesota and potentials for liberation both in Minnesota and beyond.
Please donate to the Dakota Land Recovery Project
Waziyatawin is a Wahpetunwan Dakota from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in American history from Cornell University in 2000 and earned tenure and an associate professorship in the history department at Arizona State University where she taught for seven years. Waziyatawin currently holds the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program at UVic. Her interests include projects centering on Indigenous decolonization strategies such as truth-telling and reparative justice, Indigenous women and resistance, the recovery of Indigenous knowledge, and the development of liberation ideology in Indigenous communities. She is the author or editor of five volumes including: Remember This!: Dakota Decolonization and the Eli Taylor Narratives; Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities; For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook; In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: The Dakota Commemorative Marches of the 21st Century; and, her most recent volume, What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland. She is a compelling speaker and is often invited to give talks and interviews, appearing on many radio and television programs.
Season 2: From Protest to Power
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 able to accomplish that goal. How do we learn from these efforts to become more effective? How do we break the cycles of capitalist oppression? How do we organize to exercise power over billionaire developers at city hall and racist police on city streets? We hope these reflections are useful and would love to hear your thoughts.
Solidarity with the Spyhouse Union Ft. Sidejob Spence
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 the the picket we were reflecting on the role of "The Broadway" in the gentrification of NE MPLS and the possibilities for solidarity opened up by these brave workers, figured it might be cool to share some of those thoughts with our listeners Support the Spyhouse Union @spyhouseunion and the incredible work of UNITE HERE local 17.
Season 2 continues Monday with one of our best interviews to date
Season 2: Gentrification and The Real Estate State with Samuel Stein
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 concepts in the book to help us better understand what is happening with housing in Minneapolis and how the "Real Estate State" shows up in the Upper Harbor Terminal development. We cant recommend Capital City highly enough for people looking to make sense of life in the city and thank Samuel for his generosity for coming on the show.
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