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Super Bowl Weekend National Take A Knee Conference & Rally


  • Augsburg University - Foss Lobeck Miles Center 625 22nd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

NATIONAL TAKE A KNEE CONFERENCE: RACE, POLICE VIOLENCE & THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

On the first weekend of BLACK HISTORY MONTH and professional football’s Super Bowl we are hosting a conference: RACE, POLICE VIOLENCE & THE RIGHT TO PROTEST followed by a protest and rally of our own on Sunday February 4.

THIS IS A TWO-DAY EVENT, Taking place in Minneapolis MN, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 (1pm -7 pm) AND SUNDAY (10 am-3 pm) FEBRUARY 4 at the Foss Center at Augsburg University 625 22nd Ave.

Help us keep the struggle against police violence alive.

Over 50 people from around the country, including mothers who have lost children to police violence and youth who have Taken A Knee to protest police violence along with activists, have committed to coming to our Conference.

We are hosting this event at this years Super Bowl because NFL players beginning with Colin Kaepernick in 2016, have taken a knee to protest police violence and others this season have helped keep attention on the problem and this is the perfect place to continue to highlight this struggle. And it will keep it going beyond the NFL season.

Kaepernick opened a kind of Pandora's box that President Trump and other opponents have not been able to close, the Conference seeks to deepen the protest and make it harder for the protest to be silenced and stopped.We want to make it the fire that can't be stamped out.

The Conference is also designed to deepen our understanding of the issues of police violence, racism and our right to protest. It’s also an opportunity to meet and be in community and fellowship with others in this struggle for justice. It’s a chance to work together to come up with ways we can continue to put pressure on this government to end this scourge on our society.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE ON THE WEBSITE

CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS IS A GRASS ROOT EFFORT THAT DEPENDS ON INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT

PROGRAM

Conference is grass roots so you will hear from fellow activists students, mothers, family members and others on the ground in this struggle. A few nationally recognized athletes are being invited.

SATURDAY – 1pm to 6pm
1:00 pm - Opening plenary,

MC

WELCOME: Olivia House- Take A Knee Nation, Augsburg University soccer player who has Taken A Knee

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Valerie Castile mother of Philando Castile, Mothers, students who have Taken A Knee and Colin Kaepernick and the last 7 NFL players left standing (kneeling) for justice

OCCASION: Why we are here? The problem of police violence and what can be done about it! 
Nkume Boja Brock Satter, Boston Mass Action Against Police Brutality

PANEL DISCUSSION/ Q&A – Facilitator, Toni Taylor St Louis activist ( mother of Carey Ball Jr killed by St Louis police 2013) & Valerie Castile: Mothers family members friends share their experiences of losing a loved one to police violence

2:30 pm – WORKSHOP- RACE: THE INTERSECTION OF CLASS & RACE. Why is police violence not limited to Blacks and POC?

4:00 pm – WORKSHOP- POLICE VIOLENCE: Why is there a term “police violence? The history and role of police in the US

5:30 PLENARY – How do we build a movement? How should we relate? What are the obstacles, detractions and distractions? Brian Taylor, Cincinnati Black Lives Matter

PANEL DISCUSSION /Q&A – Brian Taylor, Dr, Rose Brewer U of M professor African Africana Studies and Women's Studies , Mona Jenkins Cincinnati Black Lives Matter

7:00 pm - DINNER FREE! A taste of the Twin Cities

SUNDAY — 10am to 3pm

10 am – BRUNCH FREE!

MC – Kevin Williams Take A Knee Nation co-visionary of Take A Knee Conference; Word of encouragement from invited VIP

11 am –PLENARY : WHY PROTEST: The necessity of resistance Mel Reeves, Take A Knee Nation, human rights activist/organizer writer/human being

PANEL DISCUSSION/ Q& A - Youth who Took a Stand by "Taking a Knee," Olivia House, Alyssa Parker, local HS guests

12 pm - WORKSHOP - THE RIGHT TO PROTEST: WHERE DID THESE RIGHTS COME FROM? WHAT ARE OUR RIGHTS? HOW DO WE PROTECT THEM?

1:30 pm – CONFEREE GATHERING - Conference Referendum attendees draft a Declaration about police violence, propose the way forward after Minneapolis

2:30 pm – CLOSING - special recognition and awards presentation, announcing Declaration and agreed upon demands, After Minneapolis: Keeping the Movement against Police Violence alive

3:30 pm – DEPART for TAKE A KNEE RALLY at US Bank Stadium

4:00 pm –TAKE A KNEE RALLY – Take a Knee 8th Street & Chicago Ave (2 blocks from US Bank Stadium) Authorities this year have reportedly placed about a five block perimeter around the event

The conference is FREE but donations are needed and encouraged:
https://www.gofundme.com/dvc4g-take-a-knee-nation

Questions email us at takeakneenation@gmail.com


Take A Knee Nation is an organization that includes Twin Cities Take A Knee, Boston MASS Action, Cincinnati Black Lives Matter, students, cheerleaders and athletes from around the US who have taken a knee to protest police violence, along with the families especially mothers ( Valerie Castile, Toni Taylor) and friends of victims of police violence and activists who have committed to the struggle against police violence and racism.