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Jul 29th


MINNEAPOLIS' MESSAGE: Committed to equity and success for children

MINNEAPOLIS' MESSAGE: Committed to equity and success for childrenFollowing meetings with 200 community members in March, internet feedback for the committee findings, and five parent focus groups to gather input on the draft plan, Minneapolis last month published a report which establishes a plan to eliminate disparities for children in Minneapolis from birth to three years old.

Embracing the global significance of the Haitian Revolution

Embracing the global significance of the Haitian RevolutionSoundbites, blogs and horrific snapshots that flash across the television screen as CNN newscasters detail how Haitians are been mistreated in the Dominican Republic should have us all pondering this inequality, but moreover the injustices that collectively people of color face globally.

Until proven guilty

Until proven guiltyOur legal system says that we are entitled to being judged innocent, until proven guilty. The presumption of innocence is something we all want, and most have come to expect. But in the streets of our city there is a growing disconnect between the expectations of law enforcement and the communities which they serve.

JUNETEENTH + UJAMAA = Cooperative Economics

JUNETEENTH + UJAMAA = Cooperative EconomicsWhat happened?

Wasn't Friday, June 19, Juneteenth – the 150th Anniversary of the end of American slavery?

Afrodescendientes: Blending art and design with architecture

Afrodescendientes: Blending art and design with architectureJames Garrett, Jr. is a visual artist, published writer, and award winning architect with offices located in downtown St. Paul.

On the futility of building walls

On the futility of building walls"If elected as President, I will have a wall built along the US-Mexican border and I will get the Mexicans to pay for it" - Donald Trump 2015 announcing his presidential bid...

Post July 4th reflections

Post July 4th reflections...I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? - Frederick Douglass, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro," July 5, 1852

How we receive our guests

How we receive our guests"... every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed..." – MLK

Choosing a Black-owned business: Community leaders challenge MCTC

Choosing a Black-owned business: Community leaders challenge MCTCIt has been more than one and a half years since we met with former Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) President Phil Davis and others, including Mike Christensen and the MCTC CFO at that time. The purpose of the meeting was to engage MCTC in an effort to add Cut Fruit Express a Minority (African Descent) owned firm, as a vendor to MCTC's food service operations. President Davis and his staff decided this was a wonderful opportunity for the college to engage in a worthwhile endeavor that would benefit our community.

More renters competing for lower-cost apartments

More renters competing for lower-cost apartmentsLow rental vacancy rates and rising rents have led to competition for lower-priced units, finds a new Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) report.Minnesotans with low incomes are at greatest risk in this tight rental market.

Lessons from Charleston attack

Lessons from Charleston attackDays ago, a 21 year old man walked into a 124 year old church in Charleston, South Carolina on a mission of destruction. Consumed with hatred, he was welcomed with love. Puffed up with prejudice, he was patiently pastored. Grounded in violence, he was greeted in peace. Angry, deceitful and desperate, the young man witnessed joy, transparency and hope among the small group who welcomed him into their Bible study.
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