Alleging mistreatment, low wages and poor working conditions, a group of striking workers recently protested outside of the Target Cooperation headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.
[caption id="attachment_16286" align="alignleft"]Kissy Mason talks to reporters outside of the Hennepin County Government Center about her being denied employment with the Target Corporation because of a 2004 misdemeanor conviction, as State Rep. Raymond Dehn, Dan McGrath of TakeAction Minnesota and St. Paul NAACP President Jeff Martin look on. (Harry Colbert, Jr.)[/caption]Instead of employing capable and qualified workers, many claim the Target Corporation would rather employ unfair hiring practices that disproportionately exclude African-Americans.
[caption id="attachment_16280" align="alignleft"]Micah Hines[/caption]Being a trailblazer is Micah Hines’ legacy.
The age old debate of is it nature or nurture can be waged when discussing why Hines, who is the general counsel to Gov. Mark Dayton, so seemingly effortlessly has ascended to such heights as to become the first African-Americans to serve a Minnesota governor as general counsel. People can debate if she was nurtured by her parents and grandparents and thus acquired the tools of leadership and service, or was it by nature just supposed to be that way.
[caption id="attachment_16266" align="alignleft"]CNN political commentator and former presidential adviser, David Gergen, speaks to a group of supporters of ranked choice voting. (Photo: Harry Colbert, Jr.)[/caption]In what supporters say will give the voter a greater voice in election outcomes, growing calls are being made for ranked choice voting.
In all of last year Minneapolis tallied a total of 41 murders – Chicago had already eclipsed that number in January of 2013 – and the death toll keeps rising.
[caption id="attachment_16207" align="alignleft"]Kowsar Mohamed, 16, a junior at Minneapolis’ South High School fights back tears as she details incidents of bullying and harassment at the hands of her fellow students. (Photo credit: Harry Colbert, Jr.) [/caption]Minneapolis School Board Member Hussein Samatar and the South High School Somali-American students are calling on Minneapolis School District to better provide for their safety and to hire Somali speaking staff members.
[caption id="attachment_16169" align="alignleft"]Former Minneapolis City Council president, Jackie Cherryhomes, addresses a room of supporters as she launches her mayoral bid. Photos by Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]The DFL field for Minneapolis mayor increased by one as former city council president and Northsider, Jackie Cherryhomes announced her candidacy for the city’s top job.