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Sep 20th

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Time to raise minimum wage

The first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times. It's time to increase the floor for the 23rd time, from its current $7.25 to at least $10 an hour.
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12 Years a Slave: A necessary movie

Melissa Harris-Perry called “12 Years a Slave” the best movie you’ll only want to see one time. 

This is one of those very rare times when I disagree with my celebrity news crush. Normally I find her insight on issues spot on and in toe with my own. But this time she got it wrong.
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Stand up to bigotry of 'states' rights'

Stand up to bigotry of 'states' rights'In 1980, after receiving the nomination of his party, Ronald Reagan kicked off his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Miss., at the Neshoba County Fair. Neshoba County is not someplace you just drop into; you have to want to go there. It's a small town remembered largely for being the site of the horrid 1964 murders of three young civil rights volunteers, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney. Reagan went to Mississippi to give a speech that focused on states' rights and the dangers of big government. He went to send a message — and it was heard clearly across the South.
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Davion Navar Henry only

Davion Navar Henry only"I'll take anyone," Davion said. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be..."
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The power of our shared vision and partnership

The power of our shared vision and partnershipTwo decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money. I also learned that in a democracy, the people can win every time - but only if we are organized.
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Open Letter to The Walker Art Center

Open Letter to The Walker Art CenterEditors note: This open letter was published prior to the October 30th screening of 12 Years a Slave at the Walker Art Center.

To Whom It May Concern at The Walker Art Center,

We have learned that on October 30 The Walker Art Center will be showing the film, 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, and followed by a talk with the director on Nov 9. This film is perhaps one of the most honest and visceral visual representations of the horrors that were part and parcel of the institution of slavery. Furthermore from the beginning, 12 Years a Slave has been, from its firsthand account, to the writer, to the director and leading actor, one of the most highly recognized, fully Black cinematic collaborations in the history of film.
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Letter to the editor: Questioning Insight News' endorsement of Ward One candidate

Letter to the editor: Questioning Insight News' endorsement of Ward One candidateWard One, which is believed to be the most significantly diverse and economically challenged ward in St. Paul, has consistently experienced a deficiency in motivation from too many residents not acting on the historical and hard fought right to participate in the electoral process through the casting of individual votes in local elections. Certain voters who share specific racial or economic attributes neglect to maximize their political potential and impact by engaging in the process through increased voter turnout equal to the numbers reflecting those within their ranks qualified to be registered and able to vote.
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