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Matter: verb [no object] 1 (usually in the negative or in questions) be of importance; have significance…what did it matter to them?

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Whether it is being among the most highly infected with COVID19, being forced out of jobs at an alarming rate due to lack of childcare and support, or making up a large portion of the essential workers who put themselves at risk to keep the country going, women of color continue to bear the …

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Yesterday, another Black man was killed by law enforcement officers during an encounter over a minor offense. I say another, because we haven’t even gotten halfway through the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, we haven’t arrested the killer of Breonna Taylor, we’re still…

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Let this sink in – our child poverty rate is higher in the United States than in any other wealthy nation. Nearly 11 million children in the United States live in poverty further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also know that children of color are disproportionately represented amon…

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Congress just missed one of its best shots at improving health when the Senate failed to advance a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to US$15 an hour. Study after study has linked higher income to better health.

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While adults debate closing and re-opening schools, youth endure Covid-19-created home isolation juxtaposed to street protests against racism and police violence. Twenty-year veteran history/social studies teacher, Dr. Stephen Bond’s book “Perseverance In A Strange Land” collects his Wilson …

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Comcast NBCUniversal presents an exclusive virtual panel discussion on the new film A Most Beautiful Thing, the highly acclaimed documentary chronicling the first African American high school rowing team in the United States from the West Side of Chicago.

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Today there is a welcomed breath of fresh political air in Washington, DC even amidst the unprecedented spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic throughout the United States. According to the Biden-Harris Administration the issues of racial justice and equity are now top priorities in a “whole…

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“The ultimate measure of …[people] is not where …[they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where …[they] stand at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A Poetic Tribute to #The Amanda Gorman

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W.D. Foster-Graham is a native son of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an alumnus of Minneapolis Central High School’s Class of 1970. A graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he received a B.A. in psychology, with a minor in Black studies. He is an original member of the 3-time Grammy Award…

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COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the United States and Minnesota has experienced one of the largest per capita increases among states.  Earlier this year, COVID seemed a little distant – we’d hear about a friend of a friend or a distant relative who contracted the virus.  With this re…

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To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life, but to feel affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses – that is something still greater and more beauti…

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Once again, Black Americans have saved a presidential candidate with our votes, which President-Elect Joe Biden publicly acknowledged. He could NOT have won without us. Yet, his newly released “priorities” say Nothing about racial healing, reparations, or eliminating racial injustice.

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For generations, the neighborhoods in North Minneapolis have been the targets of marginalization and disinvestment. Although not always as violent as the states in the South, Minnesota experienced its own institution of Jim Crow laws through redlining, discriminatory lending practices, and e…

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On May 25, 2020, four Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd. Minnesota, the rest of our country, and the world witnessed the last minutes of Mr. Floyd’s life; Floyd, a father, a son, and, more importantly, a human being, lay with his head pressed into the cement, empty hands bound …

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Friendship Academy of the Arts (FAA) will celebrate the recently completed construction –which continued throughout the ongoing COVID19 pandemic—of its second campus. A sense of anticipation is in the air for the Friday September 4 ribbon cutting at the new Intermediate School campus located…

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Accept what’s happening is happening. Nature is turning you inward to gain power through peace, rather than outward to gain power through activity.  Until things improve and something starts to work, let’s lie down in the cool, shady valley . . . and rest. 

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The U.S. Postal Service is under threat of collapse and privatization. This comes after years of federal political maneuvering that has effectively depleted revenues and staffing – issues now amplified by new cuts to overtime worker pay and slowed delivery.

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There is a certain kind of reality created by our present days.  A good portion of Americans might not be returning to what was ‘normal’ for quite some time.  An unprecedented pandemic of a mysterious, relentless and killing disease where the shock of over 16,000,000 global cases to date has…

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The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, the location where George Floyd’s neck was pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee. But it is also imprinted in streets, parks and neighborhoods acros…

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"We declare our rights on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY."           -Malcolm X

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Lately, the phrase ‘unprecedented times’ has been so widely used that much of the world around us feels alien in comparison to our previous “normal.” Throughout the sanitation frenzy and social distancing mandates, one of the main beacons that keeps our spirits high and sanity in check is mu…

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Merriam-Webster defines reform as an amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt, or depraved. It defines transform to make a thorough or dramatic change in form. Something altogether new. A significant change in form, nature, or function.

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That will never be your son! Calling for his mother as a police officer presses his knee in his neck. That will never be your brother, struggling to breathe as a police officer presses his knee in his neck. That will never be your husband bleeding and unconscious on the ground as the police …

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We have endured (and grown to loathe) the mandated social distancing required to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But during these scary times, we have embraced a digital togetherness, connecting with loved ones and clients across platforms from Facebook to Zoom.

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There are many feelings about what is ahead for the African American community in Minnesota during this time of uncertainty. We’re worried about the high rates of infection and death, like what our brothers and sisters have experienced in Chicago and Detroit. We are concerned there will be l…

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The Equity Lens is a popular term in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion. The Equity Lens is not available in stores. The Equity Lens is not something you can actually touch and feel. The Equity Lens does not come with instructions or a score sheet to assess whether you are using it…

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Looking down a soccer field, you take stock of the obstacles between you and the goal. There’s no one set way to progress, no certain path that will close the distance between you and the goalkeeper. The object is never to let them stop your forward momentum. 

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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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