Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera, originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif.,  studied media and Spanish at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she earned her bachelor s. Since moving to the Twin Cities, she has been a news producer for KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television's arts series MN Original, and producer for the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radios Stations for the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

Recent Posts

Brother Ali Sings, Workers Rally To “Raise The Wage” In Minnesota


Hundreds of people carried signs and wore “Raise the Wage” T-shirts in the State Capitol, dancing while Brother Ali sang and established a tone of jubilant expectation for a rally calling on Legislators to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage. Continue Reading →

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Design for Public Good: An UpTake video wins praise from public design group


An eight-minute video from The UpTake’s co-founder, Chuck Olsen, and his company, VidTiger, has won notice for its skillful emphasis on the connection between good design and the public good. The UpTake is not only proud, we want to be sure our audience notices Chuck’s “mini-doc” film about the building of the Nyanza Maternity Hospital in Rwanda. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Protest Demands Answers in Police Shooting

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Terrance “Mookie” Franklin, a 22 year-old African-American male was shot during a shootout with police on May 10th in the Uptown Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Friends and family say there are too many questions surrounding his death and are demanding answers from the police. Continue Reading →

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Night On The Street: Kids Helping Homeless Kids

Lee Blons exults during Friday's Night on the Street event to help homeless youth in Minnesota. Click on photo to watch the video.

On any given night in Minnesota, about 2,500 young people will sleep on the streets…Homelessness among the young is a growing problem in Minnesota, one that has drawn the attention of more fortunate young people belonging to church congregations all over the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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Busting Myths on $7.25 an Hour…An Uptake Leadership Profile: Veronica Mendez

Click on the Image of these Retail Cleaners in front of Kmart to Hear how they are Fighting for a Living Wage.

Veronica Mendez is a myth buster. Sadly, she says one of the biggest myths that needs busting is one of the myths Americans want to believe most about their country: The myth that if you work hard enough and long enough, you can succeed. Continue Reading →

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Healing A Broken World…An UpTake Leadership Profile: Vic Rosenthal

Vic Rosenthal In His Younger Days

Jewish organizer and activist Vic Rosenthal works with communities in Minneapolis and beyond to help repair a broken world. He is the executive director of Jewish Community Action, an organization that mobilizes Jews to work on issues such as home foreclosures, LGBT rights and voting rights, among many others. Continue Reading →

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Half Native, Half Asian: All Service to the People…An UpTake Profile: DANIEL YANG

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Daniel Yang is part of a new cohort of young leaders in the Native American community in South Minneapolis, a half-Native, half-Asian grassroots activist with a passion for public service and a special compassion for refugees. The experience of being lost, exiled and afraid is one his family knows well: Yang’s father was a Hmong refugee who, along with his Ojibwe mother, instilled a commitment to social justice and community service in his son. Continue Reading →

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Dakota Spoken Here: Mni Sota’s Dakota Indian Heritage

Up for A Minnesota Book Award Saturday: Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota

Editor’s note: “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota,” was the winner in the Minnesota category of the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards, which were announced Saturday. Congratulations to authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White. — updated Sunday, April 14 at 8:07 a.m.

One hundred and fifty years after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the story of the Dakota Indian people is still connected to a troubled history of broken treaties and brutal repression that followed the war. But there is another deeper and older history: That of the Dakota people and their connection to the land of “Mni Sota Makoce,” the place where the water reflects the clouds in the sky. Minnesota is a Dakota place. Continue Reading →

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2012 Homeless Memorial: Remembering Minnesotans Who Died on the Street

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Every year, a silent march and vigil is held to honor those who died while living on the streets of Minnesota. More than 250 names were read at the Simpson United Methodist Church in Minneapolis during the memorial’s 28th year in existence. Continue Reading →

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“We Are Here:” Native American Artists Explore Pain of the Dakota War of 1862

Click on Jim Denomie's Painting to hear more about the exhibit

According to tradition, “We Are Here” is what each of the 38 Dakota Indian warriors who were hanged on the day after Christmas in 1862 said as the nooses were placed around their necks. “We Are Here” is also the title of an exhibit on view at the historic James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota. Native American artists comment on the events and aftermath of the U.S-Dakota War in the form of contemporary painting, sculpture and traditional works. Continue Reading →

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Sen. Franken Jokes Microwaves Important Tool In Gay Marriage Battle

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Speaking to 3,000 rally goers at the University of Minnesota, Senator Al Franken encourages everyone, including those with small kids, to get out the vote to defeat Minnesota’s marriage restriction amendment. Continue Reading →

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