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Sep 03rd

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International peace group comes back to its roots

International peace group comes back to its rootsCIRCLE PINES – Mel Duncan has travelled all around the world in the last decade, getting into dangerous situations and finding peaceful solutions in a variety of global hotspots as part of Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international organization he co-founded with Quaker activist David Hartsough.

Last week, however, NP made a local stop when Duncan and the group’s other leaders held their annual director’s meeting at the Circle Pines Hospitality House.
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PALESTINE: Pedagogy of the occupied tardiness

PALESTINE: Pedagogy of the occupied tardiness7 March 2013 – On school days in Hebron you can find members of CPT watching as teachers and students pass through the checkpoints that separate their homes from their schools. Two of the schools attended by children living in and near the Old City lie within the "H2" area of Hebron, which is under the control of Israeli soldiers and police. In order to reach their schools, children and teachers must pass through metal detectors. Soldiers frequently search their backpacks and briefcases. High school students and teachers are sometimes subject to body searches, and frequent ID checks often make both teachers and students late for school.
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Isn't it time to repeal the war on drugs

Why do Black Americans allow the war on drugs unfair toll on people of color to continue? Instead of putting a stop to the racial disparities and arrests, prosecutions, imprisonments, and lack of rehabilitation programs, Blacks have unknowingly allowed the status quo to continue in their communities.
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Still hanging: Reflections of the Washburn hate crime

Do the lives of people of color have value in Minnesota or our country as a whole?
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Turning the clock back on voting rights

Shelby County, Ala. is suing the Justice Department because they think that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its reauthorization in 1982 and 2006) is unfair.  The facts: The small city of Calera redistricted its boundaries in a way that the sole African American councilman lost his seat.  Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act forced a new election with different boundaries, and Ernest Montgomery regained his seat.
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Black History Month’s powerful question

Black History Month’s powerful questionI have a rule about this month. If it’s February, I know that somebody somewhere has given an interview or written an article declaring America no longer needs Black History Month.
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Guns, not the Klan, are the real threat

February 18, 2013 — Chicago suffers unbearable levels of gun violence, yet the victims remain largely silent. They travel from funeral home to graveyard, rather than march from church to gun shop. The president is applauded when he calls for action on gun violence, but before his plane leaves the tarmac, more are shot, including even the sister of one of the young children standing behind him during his address.
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