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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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MN School Trust Lands: Contemplating the Golden Goose


With the Minnesota budget crunch, there is pressure in the legislature to increase revenues from School Trust Lands. To some in the legislature there is concern that the DNR management protects the environment rather than extracting the maximum short term gains from the lands. Continue Reading →

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Four-time MN Governor Candidate Ken Pentel Sees Tipping Point Coming

Ken Pentel

Three time Green Party candidate for Minnesota Governor and The Ecology Democracy Party candidate in 2010, Ken Pentel boasts an aggressive social agenda. It includes an ecology-based economy, proportional representation in the Minnesota House of Representatives and removing corporate funds from elections, which he says out to be publicly funded. Continue Reading →

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