Insight News

Feb 08th


On day one: Mayor and majority of city council side with equity

On day one: Mayor and majority of city council side with equityOne hundred and fifty community members braved a record cold snap to demand the new Minneapolis City Council prioritize closing Minneapolis' worst-in-the-nation racial equity gaps as they begin their new terms.

By a 7 – 6 majority, the council supported a motion to allow community members impacted by the gaps to testify for 15 minutes before the council, however they did not meet the two-thirds threshold necessary to suspend the rules. At the conclusion of the inauguration ceremony for the new council, hundreds kicked off a rally for equity by singing "We Shall Not Be Moved" on the stairs of the rotunda as newly inaugurated Mayor Betsy Hodges sang along.

Letter to the editor: Shannon Gibney

Letter to the editor: Shannon GibneyWhat an unsettling article about the MCTC, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, regarding its unfair and hypocritical treatment in rendering a threatening reprimand to the biracial English professor, Shannon Gibney, for addressing structural racism in the U.S. only because two (2) caucasian students in her class felt uncomfortable about the subject.

Green line businesses in the red

Green line businesses in the redAlthough the mission is for the Green Line to connect communities and make travel more efficient, the construction process has severed customer traffic and left Arnellia's (like many businesses along the Central Corridor) in the red.

Donna Brazile is MLK, Jr. speaker

Donna Brazile is MLK, Jr. speakerDonna Brazile, political commentator, strategist, author and adjunct professor, will deliver the keynote speech at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. This event will be hosted by General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

U.S. winning war on poverty

U.S. winning war on povertyWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty, a new report finds that robust social safety net programs are slowly leading the nation to victory.

According to the report, "Trends in Poverty With an Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure," the poverty rate has dropped 40 percent since 1967, as a result of provisions such as housing vouchers, free school lunch unemployment benefits, Social Security, food stamps, and more. Without these programs, the researchers find, the percentage of Americans living in poverty would be twice as high.

Dark factories

Dark factoriesDear EarthTalk: What are "dark factories" and are they good for the environment?
-- Mitchell Pearson, Erie, PA

So-called dark factories—otherwise known as "lights out" or "automatic" factories—are manufacturing facilities that do not depend on human labor to get work done. While they may have some benefits for the environment they are certainly not beneficial overall considering the impact widespread adoption would have on needed jobs.

FACTS ON ETHNIC ELDERS: Study shows racial gap in pension, retirement savings

FACTS ON ETHNIC ELDERS: Study shows racial gap in pension, retirement savings"Facts on Ethnic Elders" is a monthly column on research findings about ethnic elders present and future. It is supported by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

"People of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement," states a new report titled, "Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States," by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS).

Friendship Academy of the Arts students give back to the community

Friendship Academy of the Arts students give back to the community The students of Friendship Academy of the Arts (FAA) shared in the spirit of giving this season by sharing the gift of art.

Although in the midst of testing, FAA students found it necessary – and were empowered –to give back to the community in a way they thought best, which was the giving of themselves in a musical performance along with some handcrafted gift items for the residents of Providence Place Senior Living located in south Minneapolis.


Environmentalist: Della Schall Young

Environmentalist: Della Schall Young In Minnesota most of us take water for granted.

After all this is the land of 10,000 lakes. We are surrounded by water. But Della Schall Young is not most of us. She knows the true value of water.

Preserving Nelson Mandela’s legacy

Preserving Nelson Mandela’s legacyPRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Nearly a month after his death, there is a bitter struggle to define – and, in many instances, re-define – the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president.

Cora McCorvey: Intent, purpose & grace

Cora McCorvey: Intent, purpose & graceWhile deeply entrenched in public service, Cora McCorvey developed a desire to write a book about her life.
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