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First Avenue to donate Thursday profits to Planned Parenthood in response to Trump rally

The legendary Minneapolis venue says the president's views are in conflict with its "core values."

While thousands of supporters watch President Trump take to the stage in Target Center on Thursday, across the street First Avenue will be having its own form of protest.

The legendary music venue has announced that it will be donating all profits from its Thursday evenings to Planned Parenthood North Central States.

This will include profits from the Main Room, which Oh Sees is playing on Thursday, as well as from the adjoining 7th Street Entry and Depot Tavern.

In a statement from CEO Dayna Frank, she said the move was being taken because the actions of the Trump administration "are in direct conflict to our core values."

"While we are not a political organization, First Avenue has hosted candidates and events across the political spectrum and supports diversity of thought.

"However, the actions and policies of this administration are in direct conflict to our core values. First Avenue believes in radical inclusivity; every person needs to be treated with dignity, respect and professionalism.

"Our mission statement explicitly outlines First Avenue's goal of fostering a unique, diverse, and innovative cultural environment. We're happy to support an organization dedicated to equal access to healthcare for all."

Planned Parenthood, which provides women's health services across the country, has been one of the organizations targeted by the Trump Administration because it provides access to abortions.

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In August, the organization announced it was leaving the federal Title X program that provides family planning services for low-income Americans, as reported by the Washington Post.

It comes after the Trump Administration implemented a rule that prevents Title X providers from referring women for abortions unless they are in a medical emergency.

Street closures start Wednesday evening

Road closures in downtown Minneapolis will start Wednesday evening ahead of the Trump rally on Thursday.

You can see a map of the closures below, with two blocks of 1st Avenue North and give blocks of 2nd Avenue North among those closing down at 8 p.m.

The 6th Street North exit off of I-394 will close down, which will prove a pain for Thursday commuters, while I-394 access to Ramps A and B will close at 9 a.m. Thursday, though they can still be access by local streets.

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