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

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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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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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