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EDTalks: Mohamed Farah on mentoring Somali youth

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Listen to Mohamed Farah who is co-founder and Executive Director of Ka-Joog, which enriches the lives of Somali-American youth in Minnesota through mentoring and guidance on education and employment. This month he joined other Minnesota leaders at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to talk about ways to prevent youth from being recruited by international extremist organizations. Continue Reading →

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Students, Faculty Protest $150K Pay Day For “War Criminal” Condoleezza Rice At U


The University of Minnesota apparently has a short and incomplete memory of Condoleezza Rice’s role as national security advisor and Secretary of State in the Administration of President George W. Bush. The U is paying Rice $150,000 to speak on campus Thursday, but nowhere in the U’s glowing description of Rice and her contributions can one find a hint of what Ms. Rice actually did while in power. Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistle-blower Coleen Rowley tells the UpTake what we should remember about Condi Rice. (More…) Continue Reading →

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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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Dancing For Justice…An UpTake Leadership Profile: Ananya Chatterjea

Click on the photo to learn how Ananya Dance Theatre is making an impact through social justice dance.

Ananya Dance Theatre’s performances are about more than entertainment. Their purpose is to make you think … And while using dance might not bring results that can be measured in legislation or at the ballot box, it can achieve social change in different ways. Continue Reading →

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“US Bank and Wells Fargo Throw Families onto the Street”

Click on Photo to View Video of Tax Day Protest Against Big Banks

More than a hundred demonstrators marched on Tax Day to Wells Fargo’s headquarters, where they held a spirited rally, posted a “bill” for “$21.6 billion Wells Fargo owes the 99%”, and asked the bank to pay its fair share in taxes. Continue Reading →

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Somali Money Transfer Problem a Federal Issue, Says MN DFL

Click photo to watch Thissen's answer about helping resolve Somali remittances

Somali Minnesotans are stuck in limbo because the U.S. Government has pressured banks not to let them wire money home to their families in the war-torn East African nation. They aren’t getting much help from their elected leaders at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Continue Reading →

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