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Early voting by absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election beings today in Minnesota. Minnesota is one of the first states in the country to open absentee voting for all eligible voters. This year’s August 11th primary election saw record-setting participation in absentee voting, and over…

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Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order on Sept. 1 banning evictions of people who lost work as a result of the pandemic. To benefit, renters must sign a declaration that they don’t make more than US$99,000 a year or $198,000 for those filing a joint ret…

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Coach John Robert Thompson Jr. has died at 78. Washington, DC native Thompson was the first African American coach to lead the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team to the NCAA championship. But perhaps his greatest achievement was giving young Black basketball players hope on and off the court, …

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America’s economic situation has substantially deteriorated since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and families across race and ethnicity feel the pain, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, which notes that the coronavirus now stands as the third leading cause of death …

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On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who looked resplendent after recovering from the coronavirus, honored John Lewis' legacy in her address: "We have gathered in our streets to demand change. And now, we must pass on the gift John Lewi…

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The third night of the Democratic National Convention, rightfully so, was about Joe Biden and his ability to lead.  At issue are the people - the faces of democracy - he will be charged to lead and the mess - the current state of our democracy - he and Kamala Harris will have to clean up. Ev…

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Tuesday night was all about Joe Biden. Who would expect less? The presumptive candidate for president of the United States became the candidate in the form of a seamless Roll Call that represented the beauty and diversity of the country’s regional and cultural landscape. 

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The lack of a live band, confetti floating, and loud, raucous conveners was a bit jarring. Viewers knew it would be different. The DNC had more than adequately prepared us for this hybrid (virtual/live) convention. COVID-19 had also prepared most of us for meeting virtual without lots of fan…

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New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched what many may perceive as a proverbial David v. Goliath battle, filing a suit that seeks to dissolve the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA).

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“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” decried Congressman John Lewis referencing standing up to protect voting rights in America. With the General Election quickly approaching, a diverse group of national organizations have joined forces for a three-day, virtual “Voting Rights Act Su…

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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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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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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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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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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…

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As more corporations jump into the fray, offering statements of support for African Americans in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests, a new study reveals that many companies’ actual policies and practices contradict their public statements.With just a…

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Underlying the recent unrest sweeping U.S. cities over police brutality is a fundamental inequity in wealth, land and power that has circumscribed Black lives since the end of slavery in the U.S.

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Amidst the burned-out husks of buildings and just blocks from the 3rd District police station, where many neighboring businesses were looted and burned, some bars and restaurants, their windows still covered in plywood, are opening for business.

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Just after midnight on March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, an EMT in Louisville, Kentucky, was shot and killed by police officers who raided her home.

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The campaign to defund the police has swept across the U.S.  Protestors who have been pushing for drastic changes to policing have taken a huge step forward. On Sunday, Minneapolis City Councilmembers in a veto-proof majority made up by Council President Lisa Bender, Alondra Cano, Phillipe C…

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In nationwide demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody, protesters have been frequently pepper-sprayed or enveloped in clouds of tear gas. These crowd-control weapons are rarely lethal, but in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, there are strong calls for p…

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 “George Floyd’s story has been the story of Black folks,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, delivering a passionate eulogy Thursday at a Minneapolis memorial service honoring the life and death of George Floyd, 46, who was murdered by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.