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Feb 11th


Minnesota needs prison phone policy reform

Minnesota needs prison phone policy reformWhen we think about freedom today, some see it as a historical ideal that has been achieved and while others are so overwhelmed with the injustices around them that they have given up hope of ever affecting any form of change.

As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, we cannot forget he was impacted by the loss of freedom that comes with being incarcerated. In his book, "Long Walk to Freedom," Mandela recalled that while in prison, he was entitled to have only one visitor and write and receive one letter every six months. He said that it was "one of the most inhumane restrictions of the prison system."

Can you talk about racism in the college classroom?

Can you talk about racism in the college classroom?Recently, Professor Shannon Gibney was reprimanded by Minneapolis Community and Technical College after three white male students complained about her classroom discussion of structural racism. That's not the only classroom where structural or institutional racism or white privilege are discussed, or where such discussions spark protests or anger. The consensus of professors and students who have responded to requests for interviews is that, while these discussions often can be painful, investing in this type of curriculum is essential in the long run. We invite readers to share their own experiences and points of view, either through comments or through articles submitted for publication.

Remains of Black soldier in Korean War returned

Remains of Black soldier in Korean War returnedNEW YORK – Clara Gantt, 94, has waited more than 60 years for her husband to come home from Korea, and last Friday his remains were returned in a flag-draped casket to the Los Angeles International Airport.

Her husband, Sgt. First Class Joseph E. Gantt, was a field medic with the 2nD Infantry Division when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950 after his unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces near the town of Kunu-ri, North Korea.

Anytime Fitness offers affordable, approachable gym environment for Northsiders

Anytime Fitness offers affordable, approachable gym environment for NorthsidersNorth Minneapolis is no longer a "Fitness Desert."

Anytime Fitness, the fastest-growing fitness club chain in the world, opened on West Broadway and Penn Avenue last month, becoming the first gym for adults the community has seen in many years.

Hunger at the holidays for 500,000 Minnesotans: Recent SNAP cuts push more to food shelves

Hunger at the holidays for 500,000 Minnesotans: Recent SNAP cuts push more to food shelvesMinnesota's unemployment rate is at a six-year-low and the state budget is back in the black, but for many of the working poor, the economic rebound has yet to be felt. According to the new director of Minnesota FoodShare, Suzanne Shatila, the need at food shelves remains around record levels, and recent cuts to SNAP benefits have more people looking for help in feeding their families.

NAACP congratulates Michelle Howard for being named first female Four-Star Admiral

NAACP congratulates Michelle Howard for being named first female Four-Star Admiral(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP congratulated Michelle Janine Howard on her nomination by President Barack Obama for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as vice chief of naval operations.

This appointment will make Howard the first female four-star Admiral.

MN minimum wage & the kids of the working poor

MN minimum wage & the kids of the working poorSupporters of raising Minnesota's minimum wage say the most important group that action would help may be the children of the working poor.

Many think the only people earning minimum wage are teenagers at their first job. In reality, however, most are age 20 or older and earn a big part of their families' income.

Posh: A family affair

Posh: A family affairAll in the family is exactly how Tunisunia Reed keeps it at her salon in south Minneapolis.

From ownership, to construction and décor, the efforts to create and run Posh Hair Studio, 2403 Nicollet Ave., have been nothing short of a family affair. With the help of her husband and business partner, Reed has set out to establish a salon that exudes class, sophistication and elegance.

Hodges vows to close gaps

Hodges vows to close gapsWhen Betsy Hodges emerged the victor of an absurdly crowded field in the contest to become Minneapolis’ next mayor, she said it sent a clear message that the city would no longer be divided.

“I want to grow Minneapolis and I want to close the gaps between white people and people of color,” said Hodges, who takes office Jan. 2. “I want to close the gap between the haves and the have nots. The people of Minneapolis very clearly said they wanted me to do that. The results of that election made it pretty clear that the message I carried resonated with the people of Minneapolis.”

Kya Brown: Aiming for the top

Kya Brown: Aiming for the topKya Brown, 14, attends DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and serves as a 9th grade student representative on her high school’s student council.

She is on the cheer squad and the basketball team and plans to join the track team in the spring. Her favorite subjects are English and social studies. The highly-involved teenager was also first runner up in the Miss Black Minnesota USA Pageant.

Ernestine Walton: Angelic warrior

Ernestine Walton: Angelic warriorErnestine Shalema Walton-Brailsford was buried last Friday, the day after Nelson Mandela died. Friends and family mourned her loss and celebrated her life at midday funeral services at Trinity Tabernacle Church in North Minneapolis, where she was an active member.
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