2021 Voter Guide, Ward 2, City of Minneapolis: Robin Wonsley Worbolah

By JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements: Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of AmericaMultiple community leaders, including Jitu Brown of Journeys for JusticeBrief background: A community organizer and graduate of Carleton College, working on a Ph. D at the University of Minnesota. Wonsley Worlobah was a board member for Restorative Justice Community Action Network. She is engaged with the fight for a $15 minimum wage.Primary issues: Police accountability: Supports creating an elected body of civilians that can hire and fire police and supports making any complaint against an armed responder grounds for suspension. Wants worker and student control over campus public safety.

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 2, City of Minneapolis: Yusra Arab

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

Yusra Arab

Primary endorsements: AFSCME Council 5Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades CouncilState Rep. Hodan HassanBrief background: A former policy aide in City Hall, a mother, and U of M political science graduate. Arab’s family fled Somalia when she was four.Primary issues:Police accountability: “We must hold our law enforcement officers to the highest standards.” Increase training for racial bias and crisis management, invest in recruiting more BIPOC officers, add checks on police discipline in the city’s Department of Civil Rights.Charter amendments: Supports rent control; no mention of public safety charter amendment.Education: Supports expanding stable homes and making sure surrounding schools have stable school programs.Racial justice: Wants to expand renewable energy programs, especially in BIPOC communities. Expand commercial property ownership opportunities for communities of color. Create more pathways toward homeownership, especially for BIPOC people.Other major issues/priorities: Continue investing in affordable housing and expand outreach for houselessness.Best way to learn more information: https://www.yusraarab.com

Telehealth in Minnesota

Although not a perfect fit for everyone, telehealth offers therapy from the safety and convenience of your home. People with limited or no access to transportation, those living in rural areas, those without childcare options, and those who simply prefer video sessions can get the treatment they need.

Community Mental Health Programs See Results for Minnesota Immigrants

“For people like Fatuma Ali, mental health recovery can be an even longer and tougher journey because, as Mental Health America and other organizations have often reported, certain aspects of immigration itself can have a greater impact on mental health due to the trauma and lack of social supports often associated with migration.”

Advocating for Yourself in Therapy

Going to therapy can be intimidating and confusing. Even though your therapist is there to help you, they are in a position of authority. Every licensed therapist is required to follow an ethics code that includes requirements for competency, education, and practice.

Radical News Radio Hour: Environmental Justice, Immigrant Justice, the Budget, and Education (#50)

Today we’re talking about efforts to defund the Public Employees Relations Board with Saint Paul Federation of Teachers President Nick Faber. We’re also talking about the somewhat unexpected budget numbers with Clark Goldenrod with the Minnesota Budget Project. We’ll also hear from Antonia Alvarez, an immigration justice organizer currently on day seven of an 11-day fast in Washington, DC. Alvarez is President of a statewide and regional organization called Pueblo de Lucha y Esperanza. Finally we’ll hear from Steve Sandberg, Board member with the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute, on the future of Roof Depot property in Phillips neighborhood.

When A Loved One Comes Out

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Updates: Police reform legislation at the Minnesota State Legislature

After the murder of George Floyd last May, the Minnesota legislature saw momentum in police reform, passing a ban on choke holds and neck restraints, end warrior-style police training, and increase data collection around police use of deadly force. The recent death of Daunte Wright by police and the conviction of Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death have renewed focus on police reform, though there has been pushback by Republicans in the Senate.

Unrest unfolds after Brooklyn Center police kill Black man

After Brooklyn Center police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright, protesters and mourners gathered outside the police department to call for change. Police met their emotions with chemical munitions and less-lethal weapons. A curfew was set in place by multiple mayors and Gov. Tim Walz to quell ongoing unrest.