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September 2019 I was elected onto the Augsburg University Board of Regents, a position I accepted with pride and joy. I’m passionate about education as I believe everyone should have access to a high-quality education irrespective of their circumstance.  At the second board committee meeting…

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In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) for the Democratic nomination for President. Apparently, the Editorial Board of the Times disagrees with Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), who allegedly told Warren that a wom…

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Many of us have secret dreams at Christmas. Some want a toy, or computer, a renewing of traditions, or a reunion of loved ones from far away. Part of the holiday for many Christians, though, is a desire for something beyond any of these: a society marked by the fairness, gentleness and justi…

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Shortly after arriving in Minnesota in 2010, a work colleague invited me to a Black gathering spot in the Twin Cities. I was excited to experience Black America in Minnesota. I was welcomed with open arms. As a newcomer, I was constantly asked questions about my accent, my experience living …

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When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into law on June 22, 1944, it laid the foundation for benefits that would help generations of veterans achieve social mobility.Formally known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, the bill made unprecedented commitments to the nati…

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines environmental justice as, “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulat…

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“Over the past 12 years there have been some 12,000 police shootings … only 95 have been prosecuted and less than half of those successfully prosecuted … this was one.”

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“I’m A Rican” my brother Luis Mario Robles, Jr. use to say with his strong Brooklyn accent and a bit of swagger and attitude for effect.

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Recently, I had the chance to experience a life-changing event.  That’s right, I had that chance and I’m only13-years-old and in the 8th grade.  What did I do, you may ask?  Well, it was something I had looked forward to since I was five-years-old. 

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Our recent journey to Egypt put us in Cairo during the Coptic Christian New Year celebration. It was as an emotionally stirring time. A large bustling city in the North, Cairo was on high alert with armed guards and military tanks positioned throughout the city.

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I was in the middle of writing another commentary – one on the need to retrain police on how to deal with calls on those suffering from mental breaks – but I had to stop in the middle to type this instead.

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Editor’s note: Victor Martinez, a Henry High School student leader a little over a decade ago, shares a lifechanging message of life lessons he learned as he searched for the love of his life. He reveals a framework for getting everything you want out of life and more. Martinez now pastors a…

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This week, I wanted to take a moment to shine a little “purple spotlight” on a brother doing important work by maintaining positivity, purple music, and philanthropy, wherever he goes, Craig Alexander of Prince Day Houston.

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Throughout my life, I have seen great advances in the cause of civil rights. I have been honored to work alongside many other community activists, leaders and elected officials to achieve some of those steps – including passage of Minnesota's landmark anti-discrimination laws in the 1950s an…

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Keith Ellison’s plan to become Minnesota’s next Attorney General has emerged as a lightning rod attracting venomous vitriol in a toxic and dangerous political environment.

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The right of Black people to vote has been opposed since the passing of 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1870, which granted Blacks access to the ballot.