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Protesters plan to march on U.S. Bank Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday

The protest against corporate greed and racism will take place on the big day itself.
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Super Bowl Sunday will see a march on U.S. Bank Stadium by activists protesting racism, policy brutality and corporate greed.

The Super Bowl Anti-Racist and Anti-Corporate Coalition (SAAC) had signaled in previous months their intention to protest the Super Bowl, but hadn't revealed until today that they intend to march on the stadium itself.

The site of the Super Bowl is expected to be on tight lockdown, so it's unclear how successful they'll be, but nonetheless the coalition group is intending to rally at Peavey Park in south Minneapolis at 3 p.m. before heading to the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

An official start time for the game hasn't been confirmed yet, but festivities in the stadium are expected to get underway around 5:30 p.m., while there will be huge amounts of activity outside the stadium.

"Organizers are united in protest of racist police brutality and the sell-out of our city to greedy NFL owners and corporate sponsors," a press release from the group says.

"From Jamar Clark and Justine Damond, to Philando Castile and Phil Quinn, justice has been denied for these and many other lives stolen by Minneapolis and St. Paul cops," SAAC said.

"Local officials are spending millions to roll out the red carpet for the NFL, making Minneapolis worse for the poor and working people who live here.” 

Groups including local unions, Democratic student groups, and racial justice organizations will take part in the march.

A week of protests planned

One of them will be the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, which in November revealed it is planning a week of protests in the lead-up to Super Bowl LII.

They accused organizers of whitewashing Minnesota "for all of those rich out-of-town visitors" while "failing to meet the needs of our neighbors right now."

"The city is spending more time and more of our money to host next year's Super Bowl than to deal with police violence and the other problems right in front of us," coalition organizer Loretta VanPelt said.

"Homeless people will be moved to temporary centers out of sight of the Super Bowl, the light rail trains we paid for will be closed to the people who live here on game day, and if the bus drivers don't have a contract by then, a strike will leave the rest of us without public transit at all."

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