Open letter to the community: Ranked Choice Voting gives communities of color more opportunities
Monday, 12 August 2013 14:40
Nationwide, democracy is in trouble.
It's threatened from many different directions – by political polarization, by cynicism and apathy, by big money and special interests, by calculated attempts to suppress the vote. The recent Supreme Court decision striking at the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is the latest blow – a distressing reminder that when it comes to safeguarding and expanding that fundamental American right, we've got lots of work to do.
If the African-American community were a county unto itself, economically it would be the 16th largest nation in the world.
A 2011 study concluded that the African-American dollar has a collective worth of more than $1.1 trillion annually. But with such collective wealth, many ponder why and how so many African-Americans languish in poverty and as a whole has an unemployment rate that is near double the national average.
Viking stadium construction puts parking over people
Friday, 09 August 2013 16:11
Commentary by Ralph Wyman, Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance/HIRE Core Team
More than a year has passed since the Minnesota State Legislature passed a plan to build the Minnesota Vikings a new football stadium. At that time HIRE Minnesota said in these pages, "If all the right steps are taken, hundreds of people of color will obtain jobs."
Cherryhomes: Civilian Police Review Board still needed
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:00
Most of us will never know the challenges and pressures faced by police officers. To a great extent they handle this stress with professionalism and poise. Unfortunately, some members of the police force cannot handle these difficult circumstances.
Minnesota Liberian community split over Liberian finance minister's visit
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:24
Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
As Liberian Independence Day approaches, the Liberian community in Minnesota is divided. Minnesota has a very large population of Liberian immigrants, who are active not only here but also in political issues back in Liberia. The Organization of Liberians In Minnesota(OLM) is sponsoring a visit by Liberian finance minister Amara Konneh, who is scheduled to speak at the Independence Day dinner and ball on July 26 in Brooklyn Center. A new group, the Movement of Liberians Against Corruption (MOLAC) opposes the visit, claiming corruption by the finance minister and specifically charging that there is a $13.3 million health grant from the European Union that is not accounted for. Charges and countercharges of corruption are all over a local Liberian list serve.
Mayoral Candidate Jackie Cherryhomes is asking the Metropolitan Council to reexamine the route for the Southwest Light Rail transit (SWLRT).
"The current SWLRT alignment has numerous unresolved issues, including cost and neighborhood impacts, and is a plan that does not meet the standards and values we share in Minneapolis," said Cherryhomes.