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Rybak Sees Solution in North Minneapolis Neighbors Helping Neighbors


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak talked to The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen at Netroots Nation about the Minneapolis Promise, the mayor’s plan to export Minnesota’s crazy politicians (and keep the sane ones) and how he will appeal to the White House for federal aid for North Minneapolis, which was ravaged by a tornado on May 22. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Seeks Tornado Damage Help


U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) met with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson in Washington, D.C. to discuss the aftermath of the tornado that hit North Minneapolis on May 22 and caused millions of dollars in damage and resulted in the death of two Minnesotans. Continue Reading →

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Tarryl Clark Brings Unions, Environmentalists Together


Tarryl Clark told The UpTake at Netroots Nation this past weekend about her work with the Blue Green Alliance, the Midwest-wide merger between unions and environmental groups. Clark has teamed up with former Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer to launch the Alliance’s Jobs 21 campaign. Continue Reading →

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Van Jones Distinguishes Between the American Dream and the American Fantasy


Green activist Van Jones delivered a thrilling speech at Netroots Nation on Saturday, rolling out his new organization, “Rebuild the Dream” which will kick off this summer and culminate in a rally in Washington in October. Jones, who has become a staple at Netroots, distinguished between the American Dream and the “American Fantasy” propagated by the right. Continue Reading →

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“Our Walmart” Protests Poor Working Conditions

Girsheila Green with the organization “OUR Walmart” speaks to investigative journalist Tiny Dupuy about poor working conditions at the Big Box giant. Last week, about 150 workers appeared at Walmart’s headquarters to protest the unhealthy work environment and disrespect between bosses and employees. Continue Reading →

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NRA Uses Fear To Sell Guns, Says Minnesota State Senator

Senator Barb Goodwin (DFL-Fridley)

Minnesota State Senator Barb Goodwin (Democratic Farm Labor party) says that a “shoot first” gun bill proposed by Republicans would make Minnesota seem like the wild west. She tells how her father was a postman and how this would add fear to that line of work. Continue Reading →

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Protect “Manoomin” Wild Rice from Sulfates, say Native Americans


A group of Anishinaabeg and non-Native peoples gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday to protest proposed legislative changes that would remove the protection of “Manoomin,” or Minnesota wild rice from harmful sulfates. Native peoples consider Manoomin a spiritual food. Continue Reading →

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