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In a special legislative session, the Minnesota House and Senate bowed to public pressure and passed a sweeping package of police reforms in the form of  Minnesota Police Accountability Act of 2020. 

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Some critics of Black Lives Matter say the movement itself is racist. Their frequent counterargument: All lives matter. Lost in that view, however, is a historical perspective. Look back to the late 18th century, to the very beginnings of the U.S., and you will see Black lives in this countr…

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Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-81, which requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Researchers have advocated for masking, calling it a simple and effective step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To date, 30 state…

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Before the end of the month, the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health will share their determination on the educational delivery model that they believe will be in the best interest of the health and safety of Twin Cities students, parents, school staff, and s…

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Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill has lifted a gag order in the criminal case against the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd. He also said he would take under advisement a news media coalition’s request to make body camera footage more widely available.

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In May, the Pulitzer organization awarded Ida Wells Barnett a special citation “For her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching.” The Pulitzer Prizes’ motto is “Honoring excellence in journalism and the ar…

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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel representing the interest of George Floyd’s family held a late-morning news conference in Minneapolis to announce and detail a lawsuit filed against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers charged in Floyd’s May 25 death. 

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For some Minnesotans, a lost job or unexpected expenses have put their housing at risk. In response to this, today at West Broadway Crescent Apartments, Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan announced a $100 million housing assistance program to help prevent evictions, prevent homelessness…

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Approximately 7,000 Minnesota child care providers will be eligible for $56.6 million in funds to help ensure children’s and staff’s health and safety in their child care settings during COVID-19. The new COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care program is specifically designed to…

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The Schultz Family Foundation, founded by former Starbucks ceo and chairman emeritus Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri Schultz, today announced that Tyra Mariani has been appointed president by the Board of Trustees. As president, Mariani will partner with the Schultz family and Board to lea…

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Del Shea Perry has waited a long time to learn the truth about what happened to her son, Hardel Sherrell, when he was detained in Beltrami County jail.  In 2018, Sherrell walked into Beltrami County Jail and nine days later, on September 4, he was “carried out in a body bag,” said Perry. Sta…

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Antone Melton-Meaux is seeking to unseat incumbent US Representative Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota’s fifth congressional distirct. Melton-Meaux is aiming at winning the DFL nomination in the August Primary Election on Tues., Aug 11. The winner of that contest will face a Republican pa…

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The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is bringing together amazing artists to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the street on Plymouth Avenue in support of the movement for racial justice sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

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The 2020 primary election kicked off on June 26 with the start of absentee voting. This year, Hennepin County is emphasizing the ability to vote by mail to ensure all eligible residents can safely participate during the COVID-19

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Last week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Protect our Protesters Act to criminalize police violence against demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights. After the unjust murder of George Floyd, people across the country protested their opposition to police brutality and were …

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently announced it is investing up to $30 million from its endowment in voter outreach organizations in the Deep South to increase voter registration and participation among people of color with a lower propensity to vote.The initiative, called Vote …

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Today, the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, by a bipartisan vote of 236 to 181. The legislation is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforce…

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Robert Horace Johnson, 90 of Minneapolis died June 20, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife Alene Johnson and daughter Penny Webb. He is survived by daughters, Valerie Hutchinson, June Johnson, Robbin McLaurin, and Ramona McCree. Visitation is Thursday, June 25 at 10 AM with the funera…

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Former North Minneapolis legislator the Rev. Randolph "Randy" Staten  impacted Minnesota as a whole. He was the first African American legislator from the city of Minneapolis representing House District 57B (now 59B). Staten served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1981 to 1987. 

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George Floyd's death is a symbol of hope to 20 family members who didn’t receive justice when their loved ones were killed by police. Videos of Ahmaud Arbery’s and George Floyd’s brutal deaths sparked outrage. But what happens when there isn’t a video circulating on social media. Several Bla…