Minneapolis-based Brother Ali, who is set to release a highly political hip-hop album in August entitled “Mourning in American and Dreaming in Color,” has long been a vocal supporter of the area’s Occupy Homes movement.
This past Thursday Ali was one of 13 people arrested at a rally in Minneapolis to prevent the foreclosure of the Cruz family home in south Minneapolis. The group were told not to cross from a sidewalk onto the house’s property, but did so anyway in peaceful protest.
“I think there was a need for us to make this bold of a statement,” he said Friday. “People are fighting for justice and for dignity.”
Ali spent about seven hours in jail, was bailed for $50 and will appear in court on July 5. This is the type of community involvement the world needs from its artists but so rarely gets these days.