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Most relentless, most focused, the most driven Part 1 in a series By Al McFarlane, Editor In Chief – I am interested in examining Prince’s life from my vantage point as a Black man. Where I stand as a neighbor, as a neighborhood business owner, as a journalist and communicator, as a cultural advocate, and…

Victor Propes A pioneering spirit
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Victor Propes A pioneering spirit

vpropesbuffalovpropescouncilVictor Propes envisioned strategies and structures that could support the advancement of people of African descent in Minnesota. His legacy includes ongoing efforts that seek to quicken consciousness and processes than can deliver equity and engagement to Minnesota’s Black community.

Solutions to violent extremism must come from within the community
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Solutions to violent extremism must come from within the community

noor-2014Mohamud Noor, Executive Director Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, discussed recent White House initiatives to address preventing violent extremism being embrace as a viable alternative by our youth. He talked with me Tuesday, February 24 on the Conversations with Al McFarlane Public Policy Broadcast on KFAI, 90.3fm. You can hear the entire interview at kfai.org/archive.

Flowers: Mobilize, engage citizens
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Flowers: Mobilize, engage citizens

[caption id="attachment_22296" align="alignleft"]al flowersAl Flowers[/caption]Al Flowers is the founder of Community Standards Initiative (CSI), whose mission is to mobilize and engage citizens in problem solving. One of its components is a program designed to mobilize people in the community to support better outcomes in education for Minneapolis school children.

Political, cultural Ebola in our community
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Political, cultural Ebola in our community

[caption id="attachment_22177" align="alignleft"]photoxpress 22737733PhotoXpress[/caption]On the one hand, it’s simply Politics 101 … throw mud on the other fellow, and kick him when he’s down.

If you don’t have a solution, or even a clue, criticize the other guy’s solution. Throw enough stuff on the wall in hope that something will stick. And if it doesn’t, it’s ok because you’ve done the damage by creating public mistrust, doubt, skepticism and paralysis.

The elephant in the room, or, is this a scene from ’12 Years a Slave?’: Republicans relentless in attack on Senator Jeff Hayden
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The elephant in the room, or, is this a scene from ’12 Years a Slave?’: Republicans relentless in attack on Senator Jeff Hayden

[caption id="attachment_22095" align="alignleft"]62 jeff haydenSen. Jeff Hayden[/caption]Most of us don’t get to the Capitol to witness the inner workings of our government.

When we do, most of the time, the experience is enlightening, encouraging and uplifting. We leave with a sense that justice prevails, that decency continues to emerge and that truth – even when crushed to the ground – eventually will rise and that freedom will reign.

Nardal Stroud, Michael Chaney, LaDonna Redmond: Fighting for food justice
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Nardal Stroud, Michael Chaney, LaDonna Redmond: Fighting for food justice

[caption id="attachment_20577" align="alignleft"]always3bestL-R, Rumadam Campbel Bey from Rumadam Bay Gardens; Niakeya Stroud, a resident at Plymouth Avenue Town Homes and Plymouth Avenue Green Gardens team member; Nardal Stroud, founder of the Plymouth Avenue Green Team and youth Mat and Sinah (in front) from the Project Sweetie Pie Green movement. This is the first year of turning the Humboldt Pocket Park into vegetable gardens and distribution of plants to surrounding gardens of North Minneapolis. (Photo by Peg Thomas)[/caption]Part 3 in a series

Al McFarlane
Nardal Stroud, how do you come to this work? What are you doing to address the question of food justice?

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