Babette Sandman addresses the crowd at a Saturday rally downtown protesting the U.S. administration's policies on immigration, including the ban on refugees from seven Muslim nations and the proposed wall along the Mexican border. (Photo by Richard Thomas)1 / 6
Annalise and Elsa Holte hold a sign at the rally against the immigration ban. (Photo by Richard Thomas)2 / 6
Duluth for Clean Water hosted a forum at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe Saturday that was attended by over 100 people, addressing the proposed Polymet mine in Northern Minnesota. An after-party took place that evening at The Rathskeller. Above, Al Sands, Aliina Charging Hawk, J.T. Haines, John Doberstein, Ramona Marozas and Killy Kay. Duluth for Clean Water will host another forum March 4 on the subject of job alternatives to mining. For information go to duluthforcleanwater.org. (Photo by Richard Thomas)3 / 6
German-Swiss activist Enno Schmidt visited Duluth to address a Sunday forum on universal basic income, in which every citizen receives a minimum income regardless of their earning ability. Proponents say it would be a simpler welfare program that would reduce or eliminate poverty along with the problems caused by poverty. For information go to bigmn.org. (Photo by Richard Thomas)4 / 6
Dawn Nixon and her granddaughter, Mara Nelson-Preble, attended the Sami National Day celebration Sunday at the Sami Cultural Center in Duluth. "Sami" refers to people whose ancestry is from the Arctic regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. This year is the 100th anniversary of the first general meeting of Sami people in Trondheim, Norway in 1917. (Photo by Richard Thomas)5 / 6
Grant Hayes addresses a full house at the Sami National Day event in Duluth. Relatives in Ivalo, Finland sent the cap to his grandmother in Bovey, Minn. in 1922.(Photo by Richard Thomas)6 / 6
This past weekend offered numerous events that showed the level of social and political concern in the Twin Ports. Here's a sampling.