Yearly Archives: 2019

Dean Phillips speaks at June town hall

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Story and Video by Bill Sorem
New CD3 Congressman Dean Phillips had promised town halls every month in his district, moving around the area to make it easier for constituents to participate. A crowd of about 300 gave him a standing room only audience in the Gillespie Center in Mound on June 15. His brief introductory remarks take about his new experiences in Washington and his steadfast refusal of PAC money. He commented on overtures from Republicans Senator Ted Cruz and House member Mark Meadows to work on joint legislation, two members of Congress with strongly opposing political views. Phillips had visited the southern border with a group of Congress members and he says he was deeply moved by what he saw. Continue Reading →

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Don’t Let the Moment Pass, says civil rights leader Josie Johnson


Story and Video by Bill Sorem
Josie Johnson spoke at the Minneapolis League of Women Voters 2019 Annual Meeting in North Minneapolis. Johnson, active civil rights leader, former acting director of the Minneapolis Urban League, University vice president and provost, and the first Black Regent at the University of Minnesota spoke to LWV members and friends at the Annual Meeting, June 11, 2019. (more…) Continue Reading →

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10 Minute Walk to a Park

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Story and Video by Bill Sorem
A 10 minute walk to a park for 97% of the Minneapolis population was one of the metrics that has traditionally kept Minneapolis on the top of the listing of cities park systems by The Trust For Public Land. The 2019 listing had Minneapolis in 3rd place, behind St.Paul which was in second. First place went to Washington D.C. In 2018, Minneapolis was in first place for the 6th consecutive year, with St. Paul 2nd. Christensen noted that this was a nice honor, but only one of the considerations in park system planning. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota loses one dairy farmer every day


On May 7, the Civc Buzz of the Minneapolis League of Women Voters had two speakers discussing, “The Urban/Rural Struggle for a Sustainable Future.” Both speakers, Meg Moynihan and Amanda Babcock, discussed the challenges of running a farm, whether it be in rural Minnesota or an urban landscape. Watch the livestreamed discussion here. Story and video by Bill Sorem. Continue Reading →

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Peace Lovers Celebrate 20 Years on the Peace Bridge

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Peace Lovers Celebrate 20 Years on the Peace Bridge from The UpTake on Vimeo. For 20 years peace advocates have gathered on the Peace Bridge, the Lake Street Marshall Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River connecting the two cities. Every Wednesday for 20 years, rain snow or shine, they have gathered on this bridge. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Reversing the Legacy of Racial Inequity

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Reversing the Legacy of Racial Inequity from The UpTake on Vimeo. Minneapolis holds a reputation for being one of the most progressive cities in the Midwest with implementation of new policies and programs to improve the lives of its residents. Unfortunately, these policies have long overlooked and ignored the thriving legacy of racial inequity in the city. This should come as no surprise as a 2017 news report found that Minnesota was ranked the second worst state in the country for racial equality. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Simon Urges MN Legislature To Invest In Democracy

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says the state can do more to insure voting rights. He and legislative leaders unveil a plan to increase voting security; decrease barriers to voter registration; restore of voting rights for those who were formerly incarcerated; and protect voter privacy. Continue Reading →

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