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Vasectomies, Viagra And “War On Women”

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Saying she is sick of the “war on women”, Representative Phyllis Kahn proposes that reproductive health bills treat men and women equally. She proposes that men have counseling before a vasectomy because it might prevent a “live birth” and have a stress test to make sure viagra won’t cause them to have a heart attack. Continue Reading →

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Sen Hayden Hopeful For Undocumented Immigrant Medical Help

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Hospitals paying for undocumented immigrants cut off from state-provided dialysis and chemotherapy may get some help. Senator Jeff Hayden says Governor Mark Dayton has proposed reinstating the Emergency Medical Assistance funding. However Hayden says Republicans oppose paying for it by closing corporate tax loopholes. Continue Reading →

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DFL Lawmakers Make Case Against Voter Photo ID

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“For so many reasons this photo ID bill is a bad idea,” said Sen. Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis. “It sounds simple enough, but when you stop and think about the hurdles it would put between our citizens and the ballot box, it’s alarming. I am especially concerned for the disproportionate harm it will do to communities of color.”
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Structures for Inclusion Conference 2012 in Austin Texas: Design is Relational

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STRUCTURES FOR INCLUSION is an annual conference focused on design for social good. Structures for Inclusion 2012 brings together activists, designers, funders and policy makers who are at the forefront of designing in the public’s interest. Dynamic innovators and experienced professionals from around the world are providing honest, inspiring conversations and participatory workshops to help designers do more and do it better. This year’s theme: Design is Relational

It is not just about objects. It’s also about being a catalyst to change human relationships and activities. Continue Reading →

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Syrian Revolution Anniversary Demonstration

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A group of Syrian-Americans gathered in Loring Park to commemorate the the anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian Demonstrations that grew out of the Arab Spring. This rebellion has bee treated very harshly by the Assad government. To this date, there are more than 10,000 people dead, among them 600 women and 430 children. The Syrian Sunrise Foundation is one of the US organizations involved with the revolution. Minnesota Facebook page has the local information. Continue Reading →

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Activists deliver populist message to Wells Fargo on bank’s 160th birthday

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Wells Fargo celebrated its 160th birthday today, and to mark the occasion, a dozen activists organized by the group Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, descended on the bank’s Minneapolis regional headquarters and unfurled black balloons carrying populist messages. Continue Reading →

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Electronic Poll Books Already In Use In Minnesota

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Voting could be faster and more accurate with electronic poll books says an election administrator who has been trying them out. The system Minnetonka City Clerk David Maeda uses is similar to the one Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has proposed for statewide use. Continue Reading →

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