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Oct 10th


WE WIN Institute's griot invasion

WE WIN Institute's griot invasionThe WE WIN Institute Griot Invasion of north Minneapolis at Bethune Park inspired incredible dance and movement from WE WIN Institute youth.

For 10 weeks, under the leadership of Kenna Cottman, students learned the history of the Griot and the role of the dance Griot. A griot is an African storyteller.

Torii Hunter named Twins nominee for Roberto Clemente Award

Torii Hunter named Twins nominee for Roberto Clemente AwardMajor League Baseball and Chevrolet announced that Torii Hunter was named the Minnesota Twins 2015 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.

St. Paul police-community dialogues

St. Paul police-community dialoguesSt. Paul's district councils have begun cross-cultural dialogues among community members and the St. Paul Police Department in efforts to bridge the divide between communities of color and law enforcement.

Families are going home

Families are going homeOver the years, watching hundreds of local families find brief refuge in Project Home, we saw the need to develop a program for those who needed and wanted more support.

New International Peace site to be celebrated in Minneapolis

New International Peace site to be celebrated in MinneapolisA new international peace site will be dedicated in downtown Minneapolis Sept. 20 at Open Book, which houses the Loft Literary Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Milkweed Editions at 1011 Washington Ave. S.

New civil rights-themed playground dedicated at MLK Park

New civil rights-themed playground dedicated at MLK ParkA happy crowd of children, community members and civil rights activists gathered at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Aug. 22 to celebrate the opening of a new civil rights‐themed playground.

Numerous speakers, music and a ceremonial ribbon‐cutting helped dedicate the unique and inspiring play area during the fifth annual Celebrate Our Beloved Community event. The new playground mixes in numerous educational opportunities detailing people, places and events that helped shape African-Americans' struggle for civil rights.

'Your Honor, don't send that child to jail, give him to us'

'Your Honor, don't send that child to jail, give him to us'Ramsey County JDAI Stakeholder Committee: August 18, 2015. Agenda: The next JDAI focus?

Brief background -- JDAI stands for Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. In 2005, community elders recognized secure detention (kiddy jail) as the entry gate to prison pipelines and mobilized an attack with phenomenal and measurable success. In short they said, "Instead of jailing low level juvenile offenders, let community serve as an alternative." The annual intake plummeted in the Ramsey County juvenile detention by 70 percent in just five years. Yes, between 2005 and 2010, Ramsey County Juvenile detention dropped from more than 4,000 children per year to less than 1,000, with no corresponding increase in juvenile crime.
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