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Video Replay – Dismantling The “New Jim Crow” Laws

Thursday night, Minneapolis City Council members and groups concerned about laws that police may be abusing to harass the public held a discussion about repealing some of those laws -called the “New Jim Crow” laws because police use them disproportionately against minorities.

The discussion at Mathews Park in Minneapolis was live streamed on The UpTake. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: Globally Competent Teaching

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Dana Mortenson is co-founder of World Savvy, which has reached more than 375,000 students and 2,200 educators from three offices nationwide. Dana serves as advisor and board member to a range of nonprofits focused on youth development, international education and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. This EDTalks was presented on April 6, 2015. Continue Reading →

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Lucila Dominguez honored at 9th annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards

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(Note: This video is featured courtesy of The Saint Paul Foundation. To learn more about all of this year’s Ambassador Award honorees, visit http://www.saintpaulfoundation.org/ambassador_awards/)
Lucila Dominguez knows that change doesn’t come easily. Sometimes it requires personal sacrifice, as demonstrated by her work with CTUL, the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (Center for Workers United in the Struggle). In fact, Lucila’s first volunteer act with CTUL was a 12-day hunger strike outside a major food retailer to protest unfair wages and working conditions. She continued to volunteer with CTUL until 2014, when she joined staff as a lead organizer, fighting for the rights of low-wage immigrant Latino workers. Continue Reading →

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Nekima Levy-Pounds honored at 9th Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards

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Nekima Levy-Pounds has made it her life’s work to stand up for equal rights and the well-being of all people, especially those who have been marginalized by society. Nekima is a civil rights attorney, an award-winning professor of law at the University of St. Thomas Law School, and a tireless advocate for social justice. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: A Hmong Perspective of Public Education

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Kao Kalia Yang shares stories of family and her educational experience as a Hmong girl growing and learning in the Minnesota school system. Now a teacher, public speaker, writer and author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the forthcoming book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016), Kao Kalia Yang reminds us why teachers teach. Born in Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, she is a member of the Hmong ethnic minority and is now an American citizen. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers React To What Gov. Dayton Did And Didn’t Say In State Of State Address

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen reacts to Governor Mark Dayton's State of the State address.

What Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said in his State of the State address Thursday night generally energized Democrats and brought criticism from Republicans. But the Governor was also chided by lawmakers from both parties for some of the things he didn’t talk about. Continue Reading →

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MN Doctors Warn Against Rolling Back Energy Policy Changes

Doctors from Twin Cities Medical Society warn that an energy bill under consideration at the Minnesota legislature will have adverse health effects.

Minnesota doctors hold a news conference about an open letter they plan to deliver to every member of the House and Senate, the Twin Cities Medical Society states that emissions of power plants “are adversely affecting our environment and impacting the health of Minnesota’s communities.”
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Police Harassment, Workers Rights Issues Getting Minneapolis Leaders Attention

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Neighborhoods Organizing For Change Field (NOC) Organizer Mike Griffin led a “people’s state of the union” presentation at Minneapolis City Hall that outlined systemic labor issues for low-wage workers and how certain city laws are being abused by police to harass minorities. Continue Reading →

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