Brother Ali Arrested for Civil Disobedience
Brother Ali was among 13 protesters arrested in South Minneapolis last night. Ali’s act of civil disobedience was part of an ongoing occupation of a foreclosed home in South Minneapolis, and occurred as over 125 people rallied in support of a family fighting against a bank error to keep their home.
According to Occupy activists and witnesses, Ali was the first to willingly cross police lines and be arrested last night for trespassing on the foreclosed property, and was one of the only protesters to be arrested without making a public statement. Instead, Ali remained silent and stoic as police placed him in handcuffs.
“We made sure anyone who was considering potentially getting arrested had thought it over and prepared something they wanted to say, as to why they were willing to step across a police line and be arrested for this family, this house, this case,” said Occupy Homes MN organizer Ben Egerman. “And so one after another, people did this. They stepped in front of a crowd of about 125 supporters and said what it was that had them there, you know, basically saying ‘I’m going to be arrested today.’ And the first of them was Brother Ali. He decided that he would rather be silent.”
Egerman says Ali has been interested in the Occupy Homes cause for the past few months. “I think one thing I’ve been really impressed by is he has really stressed that he wants to be a part of the movement as a participant, not just as an artist,” Egerman says. “I’ve really been impressed that, when push comes to shove, Ali is there because he wants to participate.”
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