The Archives of Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee
in memory of Charlie Disney Dec. 3, 1941 - April 15, 2014
What's this group all about? ***** Photo gallery
From a landlord's perspective, the political fault line runs not between landlords and tenants (who are their customers) but between landlords and predatory elements within local government.
Facing abuse from local government, most landlords try keep a low profile, hoping that they will not be singled out for further punishment. This only encourages the abusers. In Minneapolis, a group of inner-city landlords tried another approach: They picketed and protested and generally became a thorn in the side of the city administration. In the process, they changed public opinion. The payoff was that in 2001 the mayor and half of the City Council were defeated.
This web site is about the Minneapolis group: their tactics, history, and grievances that landlords had. It describes types of experiences which, perhaps for reasons of social class, pass under the radar of public attention and understanding. Click on the following to explore areas of interest:
site directory - 187 links to sub-pages
Minneapolis landlord "horror stories" - 23 links
Property owners in St. Paul & their "horror stories" - 15 links
Minneapolis landlord experiences predating MPRAC - 2 links
History of Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee (MPRAC) - 35 links
MPRAC - its issues & activities - 35 links
What others have said of MPRAC - 2 links
Articles written about housing - 50 links
Media bias: Our "love-hate relationship" with the news media - 11 links
Email Wars - 12 links
Links to other web sites, landlord reports from other places - 3 links
The Watchdog newspaper's website
contact: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: MPRAC has not had regular meetings since early in 2010. Neither has the Watchdog newspaper been published recently. The high point of group activities during 2011 was to protest the revocation of Ron Folger's 16 rental licenses at a hearing of the Minneapolis City Council in December 2011 and publication of an opinion article in the Star Tribune on December 20, 2011. See article on Folger.
This landlord organization, renamed Metro Property Rights Action Committee, meets monthly (3rd Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.) at the Martin Luther King recreational center, 40th and Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis, to discussion issues relating to housing and crime. It is associated with a free-circulation monthly newspaper called the Watchdog. Recent issues are posted on a website, http://www.watchdog-news.com.
The videotaped meetings of Metro Property Rights Action Committee air in Minneapolis in half-hour segments on the MTN cable-television channel 17 on Fridays between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.; and on Saturday mornings between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m..
The Watchdog newspaper is a bimonthly free-circulation newspaper.
map showing location of Martin Luther King center
Where you can find racks for Watchdog newspaper (It's free.)
Several pages in this website have been translated by machine into French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Italian. Along with the English originals, they appear in another website, http://www.goldparty.org. To see the translations, click on the following links and then click on the links at the bottom of the page for whichever language one wishes to see:
Condemnation of William McGaughey's apartment building
http://www.goldparty.org/czaplewski.html Sam Czaplewski's triplex condemned and hospitalized tenant becomes homeless.
http://www.goldparty.org/divasbar.html City of St. Paul and St. Bernard's church put pressure on Diva's bar after a shooting
http://www.goldparty.org/kelly.html Landlords picket St. Paul city hall and Mayor Kelly is defeated in the next election.
http://www.goldparty.org/landlords.html Picketing landlords disrupt meeting of Minneapolis city council after rental license revoked
http://www.goldparty.org/leehelgen.html Some embarrassing questions asked at Council Member Helgen's neighborhood meeting
http://www.goldparty.org/mattson.html The racial "lawsuit from Hell" brought against Rey and Pat Mattson
http://www.goldparty.org/osterman.html City of St. Paul demolishes Nancy Osterman's house after she refuses to sell to inspector's friend
http://www.goldparty.org/progressive.html Can landlords be "progressive" or are they inherently selfish and evil?
http://www.goldparty.org/ruggles.html Minneapolis officials refuse to accept Floyd Ruggles' tax payment and take his building.
http://www.goldparty.org/speaker.html St. Paul officials condemn Betty Speaker's house while she is in the hospital near death.
http://www.goldparty.org/sundberg.html Minneapolis officials condemn Dave Sundberg's mansion for lack of a full basement
http://www.goldparty.org/wu.html Vagrants overrun Jim Wu's apartment buildings as nonprofit schemes to take them away.
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