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Mom, Student, Tireless Community Voice…An UpTake Leadership Profile: Chanida Phaengdara Potter

Doing It All For Family, Community, Connections: Chanida Phaengdara Potter. Click on her photo to watch a video report on her leadership.

This story about Chanida Phaengdara Potter is the latest continuing series of UpTake profiles on men and women whose names may not be widely familiar but whose leadership makes our neighborhoods, our cities and our states better places. Continue Reading →

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FREE AT LAST: Same-Sex Marriage Celebrations Rock St. Paul, Not To Mention Church & State

Dancers from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival brought a rainbow's worth of Isis wings to Tuesday's celebration of the new same-sex marriage law at the State Capitol. Click on the dancers to see video of the celebration that followed the signing ceremony.

The Three Amigos: Church, Military, State. With scorching sermons from the pulpit, with speeches of denunciation on the floors of the Legislature, with the arbitrary and cruel ending of careers and removals from the ranks — the great powers of our society strove for decades to keep Tuesday’s ceremony and celebration from happening. Continue Reading →

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Night On The Street: Kids Helping Homeless Kids

Lee Blons exults during Friday's Night on the Street event to help homeless youth in Minnesota. Click on photo to watch the video.

On any given night in Minnesota, about 2,500 young people will sleep on the streets…Homelessness among the young is a growing problem in Minnesota, one that has drawn the attention of more fortunate young people belonging to church congregations all over the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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Ernest Wabasha: The Burden of Minnesota’s History

Wabasha, Ernest

I was 30 years old, a journalist with a passing knowledge of Indian history. Yet it had never occurred to me, until I came across the name of Ernest Wabasha one day, that people still lived among us who were connected to the terrible events of 1862-63, the time of the so-called “Sioux Uprising” and the exile and banishment of the Dakota Sioux from their homeland. But there it was: The great-great grandson of Chief Wabasha was living on a reservation near Redwood Falls! I looked up Mr. Wabasha’s telephone number and called to ask if I — a complete stranger — might visit some day. “What are you doing this afternoon,” he asked. Continue Reading →

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Milwaukee Activists March In Immigration Action In Washington

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More than 50 people attended a rally in front of the Mitchell Park Domes on the South side of Milwaukee Tuesday to send off immigrant activists and allies for a Wednesday march for immigration reform in Washington D.C.. They were part of a total of 200 families, some from each congressional district in Wisconsin, traveling to Washington to march in favor of ending abuse of immigrant workers and a direct path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Simultaneous rallies were held around Wisconsin to send off activists on the long bus ride to Washington. Activists planned to conduct a phone bank on the ride, encouraging Wisconsin voters to contact their Congress members to act on meaningful immigration reform. Once in D.C, activists planned to speak with their elected officials and meet with thousands of activists from around the country to march for justice for undocumented immigrants. Continue Reading →

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Busting Myths on $7.25 an Hour…An Uptake Leadership Profile: Veronica Mendez

Click on the Image of these Retail Cleaners in front of Kmart to Hear how they are Fighting for a Living Wage.

Veronica Mendez is a myth buster. Sadly, she says one of the biggest myths that needs busting is one of the myths Americans want to believe most about their country: The myth that if you work hard enough and long enough, you can succeed. Continue Reading →

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Decision Not To File Charges in Derek Williams Death Outrages Milwaukee Community

Activists protested Friday after a prosecutor refused to bring charges against Milwaukee police officers in the death of Derek Williams. Click on the photo to see the protest.

No criminal charges will be filed against three Milwaukee police officers found by an inquest jury to have failed to render necessary aid to Williams when he collapsed and died in the back of a squad car on July 6, 2011. The controversial death of Williams, a young father of three, has roiled police-community relations since the incident and community anger exploded after last week’s development. Continue Reading →

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