Ty Moore, a Socialist city council candidate, was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in protests in downtown Minneapolis. Police confirmed Monday that Moore was arrested last week for refusing to disburse and interfering with traffic. He was one of dozens arrested while rallying outside Wells Fargo for greater rights for homeowners.
“The arrests were a form of civil disobedience to draw attention to the emergency that exists in the housing crisis,” Moore told the Star Tribune.
The rally of several hundred was organized by Occupy Homes Minnesota, and called on Wells Fargo to make put a moratorium on foreclosures and reduce the principals for troubled mortgages, according to the Star Tribune.
The arrests were made around 5:30, after the group had been asked by security to leave but continued protesting.
Moore is currently running for Council Member Gary Schiff’s seat in the ninth ward; Schiff kicked off his campaign for mayor in late January.
According to the TC Daily Planet, Moore, along with Ward 2 councilmember Cam Gordon and Minneapolis park commissioner Annie Young, was endorsed by the Green Party this month.
“A lot of people and a lot of politicians are worried that socialism is viewed as a dirty word, but I wear that label proudly,” Moore told the Star Tribune.