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Video From Activists Puts Police On Notice In Advance Of Jamar Clark Announcement

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Activists say they will not tolerate police engaging in excessive force and say they are planning “nonviolent, peaceful protest.” The police must strike a balance between protecting free speech and public safety says the video. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Spokesman Recorder now designated as a historic landmark

On November 20, 2015, the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder at 3744 4th Ave. South in Minneapolis was designated as a historic landmark. Publisher and CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard’s comments begin at the 4:00 min. mark. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder is the Black-owned business in the state of Minnesota. Established in August 1934 by Cecil E. Newman, the Spokesman-Recorder today remains a family-run newspaper company that is African American and woman-owned, led by Williams-Dillard, granddaughter to Mr. Newman. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: A Little Girl in the Segregated South

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Dr. Bernadeia Johnson shares what it was like to grow up in the segregated south and how our society faces some of the same issues today. Dr. Johnson served as Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) from 2010-2015, overseeing a district of 35,000 students and 7,000 staff and working diligently to improve education outcomes and close the city’s wide achievement gap. She grew up during the civil rights era in Selma, Alabama, spending summers with her grandparents in Minnesota. A National Board Certified Teacher, she has also served as MPS Deputy Superintendent and a principal, assistant principal and teacher in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: Knowing Where We Come From Determines Where We’re Going

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Peggy Flanagan joined Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota as its executive director in 2013. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy was the first Native American and youngest person ever elected to serve on the Minneapolis Board of Education (2005-2009). She co-chairs Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle to K Cabinet and has served on Governor Mark Dayton’s Task Force on Child Protection. A nationally-recognized expert on civic engagement, Peggy was chosen by Campaigns & Elections magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: Globally Competent Teaching

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Dana Mortenson is co-founder of World Savvy, which has reached more than 375,000 students and 2,200 educators from three offices nationwide. Dana serves as advisor and board member to a range of nonprofits focused on youth development, international education and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. This EDTalks was presented on April 6, 2015. Continue Reading →

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Lucila Dominguez honored at 9th annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards

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(Note: This video is featured courtesy of The Saint Paul Foundation. To learn more about all of this year’s Ambassador Award honorees, visit http://www.saintpaulfoundation.org/ambassador_awards/)
Lucila Dominguez knows that change doesn’t come easily. Sometimes it requires personal sacrifice, as demonstrated by her work with CTUL, the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (Center for Workers United in the Struggle). In fact, Lucila’s first volunteer act with CTUL was a 12-day hunger strike outside a major food retailer to protest unfair wages and working conditions. She continued to volunteer with CTUL until 2014, when she joined staff as a lead organizer, fighting for the rights of low-wage immigrant Latino workers. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: A Hmong Perspective of Public Education

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Kao Kalia Yang shares stories of family and her educational experience as a Hmong girl growing and learning in the Minnesota school system. Now a teacher, public speaker, writer and author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the forthcoming book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016), Kao Kalia Yang reminds us why teachers teach. Born in Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, she is a member of the Hmong ethnic minority and is now an American citizen. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. Continue Reading →

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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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MNGOP: Expand Tax Break For Low-Income Seniors To All Retirees

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Minnesota Republicans are proposing the state eventually eliminate its tax on Social Security benefits. Currently Minnesota taxes Social Security benefits at the same rate as the federal government, meaning that people whose income mostly relies on social security is not taxed, but those who have additional income are taxed.
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REPLAY: Hearing On “Financial Assurance” Question For PolyMet Mining Proposal

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REPLAY: A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Tuesday from environmental activists, mining advocates and other stakeholders on the controversial copper-nickel mining proposal for northern Minnesota that is being advanced by PolyMet Mining Corporation. Continue Reading →

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Design for Public Good: An UpTake video wins praise from public design group

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An eight-minute video from The UpTake’s co-founder, Chuck Olsen, and his company, VidTiger, has won notice for its skillful emphasis on the connection between good design and the public good. The UpTake is not only proud, we want to be sure our audience notices Chuck’s “mini-doc” film about the building of the Nyanza Maternity Hospital in Rwanda. Continue Reading →

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