Monthly Archives: October 2011

Iraq War Over. Troops Home By Holidays

President Obama talks about the end of the Iraq war during his weekly address

President Obama says that the death of Moammar Qadhafi in Libya and the announcement that troops from Iraq will return home by the end of the year are strong reminders that the United States has renewed its leadership in the world. He says the role of our brave pilots and crews has given the Libyan people a chance to seek a democratic future for their children, and after a decade of war in Iraq, the United States is moving forward and focusing on strengthening the economy and security at home. That is why President Obama is calling on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, give working families a tax break, and put teachers back in our classrooms and cops on the beat. He says we must bring the same sense of urgency to revitalizing our economy that our troops took to their fight, which is why President Obama is urging Republicans and Democrats to work together to pass the American Jobs Act now to put the American people back to work. Full Text of President Obama’s weekly address. Continue Reading →

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“Politicians Don’t See the Light Until They Feel the Heat”

Representative Keith Ellison at CTUL rally

“Sometimes politicians don’t see the light until they feel the heat,” Congressman and Chair of the Progressive Caucus Keith Ellison told The UpTake yesterday during an interview about the growing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Continue Reading →

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Saving North High School, Preserving a Community Stalwart

Click on Photo to Watch Video About Campaign to Save North High School

When administrators revealed a plan last spring to shut down North High School — one of only two public schools on Minneapolis’ embattled north side — MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and other activists answered the call. Continue Reading →

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NOC Calls on Minneapolis Public Schools to Divest from Wells Fargo

Click on Photo to View NOC Video

MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and North Minneapolis activists yesterday called on Minneapolis Public Schools to divest from Wells Fargo Bank — which they say has exacerbated the mortgage foreclosure crisis — especially in hard-luck North Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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Citizens Commission Discusses Redistricting

Click Photo to Watch Video of Citizens Redistricting Hearing

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Citizens Redistricting Commission gathered to hold final discussions on a proposed Minnesota redistricting map before the panel of 15 commissioners officially submits that map to the state’s judiciary on October 21. Continue Reading →

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