On June 7, Reclaim the Block and Black Visions Collective hosted a rally to call for the defunding of Minneapolis Police Department at Powderhorn Park. Activists were joined by several members of the Minneapolis City Council who support the effort to the defund the MPD.
This demonstration occurred two weeks after George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, which has since sparked a global movement against police violence.
Minneapolis has become populated by several large-scale murals depicting George Floyd and calling for change. Here, the message “Together we will defeat racism” is written in both English and Spanish.
The corner of 38th Street and South Chicago Avenue, where George Floyd was murdered, has transformed into a memorial where demonstrators have placed flowers, signs, and calls to action.
This mural of George Floyd — painted by Xena Goldman, Greta McLain, and Cadex Herrera — has become the centerpiece of the surrounding memorial.
Though this specific street corner serves as the epicenter of the memorial, messages and commemorations for George Floyd span across several blocks on both streets.
This area — the street corner and the memorial that stretches beyond the site of Floyd’s murder — has become a space where community members may pay their respects and commiserate.
A list naming victims of police violence stretches across an entire block of Minneapolis’ Chicago Avenue, strewn with flowers.
In the short two weeks following George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer, there came a massive call for police defunding not only in Minneapolis but in other U.S. cities and internationally. Now, this demand shows no signs of slowing down as communities continue to grieve and seek justice.