New Book: Anti-Highway Organizing

Posted by on October 4, 2002


From: Stacy Zellmann

OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY: Inside the Minnehaha Free State Mary Losure
University of Minnesota Press | 200 pages | 31 halftones, 2 maps | 2002
ISBN 0-8166-3905-1 | paperback | $16.95

Construction plans for the reroute of Highway 55 through south Minneapolis sparked an environmental movement that pitted activists against public authorities in one of the most dramatic episodes in the city’s history. Fueled by idealism and anger, a diverse coalition of Native Americans, neighborhood residents, and young anarchists banded together to try to stop the highway expansion. Beginning in 1998, this group sustained protests for more than a year and eventually faced an unprecedented show of force by law enforcement.

“Our Way or the Highway is a compelling and gripping account of remarkable citizen activism from the perspective of a seasoned and assured journalist.” -Winona LaDuke

For more information, including the Activist Scrapbook, visit the book’s webpage:

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