2021 Voter Guide, Ward 2, City of Minneapolis: Robin Wonsley Worbolah

By JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements: Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of AmericaMultiple community leaders, including Jitu Brown of Journeys for JusticeBrief background: A community organizer and graduate of Carleton College, working on a Ph. D at the University of Minnesota. Wonsley Worlobah was a board member for Restorative Justice Community Action Network. She is engaged with the fight for a $15 minimum wage.Primary issues: Police accountability: Supports creating an elected body of civilians that can hire and fire police and supports making any complaint against an armed responder grounds for suspension. Wants worker and student control over campus public safety.

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 2, City of Minneapolis: Yusra Arab

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

Yusra Arab

Primary endorsements: AFSCME Council 5Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades CouncilState Rep. Hodan HassanBrief background: A former policy aide in City Hall, a mother, and U of M political science graduate. Arab’s family fled Somalia when she was four.Primary issues:Police accountability: “We must hold our law enforcement officers to the highest standards.” Increase training for racial bias and crisis management, invest in recruiting more BIPOC officers, add checks on police discipline in the city’s Department of Civil Rights.Charter amendments: Supports rent control; does not support the public safety charter amendment. Education: Supports expanding stable homes and making sure surrounding schools have stable school programs.Racial justice: Wants to expand renewable energy programs, especially in BIPOC communities. Expand commercial property ownership opportunities for communities of color. Create more pathways toward homeownership, especially for BIPOC people.Other major issues/priorities: Continue investing in affordable housing and expand outreach for houselessness.Best way to learn more information: https://www.yusraarab.com

Telehealth in Minnesota

Although not a perfect fit for everyone, telehealth offers therapy from the safety and convenience of your home. People with limited or no access to transportation, those living in rural areas, those without childcare options, and those who simply prefer video sessions can get the treatment they need.

Community Mental Health Programs See Results for Minnesota Immigrants

“For people like Fatuma Ali, mental health recovery can be an even longer and tougher journey because, as Mental Health America and other organizations have often reported, certain aspects of immigration itself can have a greater impact on mental health due to the trauma and lack of social supports often associated with migration.”

Sanctuary Supply Depot aims to support houseless encampment residents

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

The group accepts donations at Boneshaker Books in Seward neighborhood 4-6 p.m. each day. After police disbanded an encampment that included hundreds of people in Powderhorn Park last summer, volunteers sought a new way to distribute resources. Unsheltered people moved to smaller encampments throughout the city and Sanctuary Supply Depot was formed. “We wanted to continue to support folks with supplies, but realized, Oh, the logistics of that are very different when everyone is spread out versus when everyone is in one place,” said Sarah Greenfield, an organizer with the Supply Depot. Greenfield is one of multiple volunteers and organizers that established the group last year.

Advocating for Yourself in Therapy

Going to therapy can be intimidating and confusing. Even though your therapist is there to help you, they are in a position of authority. Every licensed therapist is required to follow an ethics code that includes requirements for competency, education, and practice.

When A Loved One Comes Out

Family support is an essential protective factor against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation for LGBT+ adolescents, and social support is vital for mental health outcomes.

Updates: Police reform legislation at the Minnesota State Legislature

After the murder of George Floyd last May, the Minnesota legislature saw momentum in police reform, passing a ban on choke holds and neck restraints, end warrior-style police training, and increase data collection around police use of deadly force. The recent death of Daunte Wright by police and the conviction of Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death have renewed focus on police reform, though there has been pushback by Republicans in the Senate.

Unrest unfolds after Brooklyn Center police kill Black man

After Brooklyn Center police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, protesters and mourners gathered outside the police department to call for change. Police met their emotions with chemical munitions and less-lethal weapons. A curfew was set in place by multiple mayors and Gov. Tim Walz to quell ongoing unrest.

Column: The Peculiar Timing of the $27 Million Settlement

The “peculiar” timing of the unprecedented $27 million pretrial settlement, paid by the city of Minneapolis to the victim’s of killer cop, Derek Chauvin, wasn’t peculiar at all. Without unwavering accountability, such settlements enable the city and county to repeatedly get away with executing grave injustices against vulnerable populations and no real commitment to cease this behavior, as demonstrated with the violent police raid of the Near North homeless encampment on March 18.