Mayor Betsy Hodges

Minneapolis Keeps Pressure On Indiana To Protect LGBT People

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges credits economic pressure from protesters, her city and other cities for the Indiana legislature’s decision to revise its “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” but says the state needs to do more.

Mayor Hodges Unveils Plaque

The Long Road To Same-Sex Marriage Commemorated In Bronze

“People can forget what it took. I hope that it will be a good reminder.” —Rep. Karen Clark who authored the law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota talking about a bronze plaque unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall.

Smeared Face Of #Pointergate Tells His Story

Navell Gordon steps out from behind KSTP-TV’s blur to say he’s not the gang member the station insinuated he is. “I’m a member of the NOC gang, Knocking on doors, and organizing and getting more people involved.”

Why Activists Shut Down Interstate 35W

A list of murdered people that was too long to finish reading, a push for a livable wage, both components of a long day of activism on the streets and interstates of Minneapolis.

Redlining: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In “Non-White” Areas

A new report shows that from 2009 to2012, people in predominantly non-white Minneapolis neighborhoods such as Near North and Camden were three times more likely to be denied loans – – regardless of what race the person was who applied for the loan. “The lack of access to credit continues to plague communities of color in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area,” says Myron Orfield from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. (More…)

Real Indians Protest Racist Name Used By Fake Ones: Fighting “The R Word”

Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan/Video by Todd Billings&Bill Sorem

Celebrities, sports stars, politicians and civil rights leaders joined hundreds of American Indian protesters and their allies Thursday night as they stormed the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis to protest against the Washington D.C. football team whose team name they say is racist and offensive. Among the all-star cast of supporters of the protest, which was organized by the American Indian Movement (AIM), were former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills (a Lakota Sioux from Pine Ridge, S.D.), St. Paul Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Ex-Minnesota Viking Joey Browner and Minneapolis’s newly elected mayor Betsy Hodges. They stood with AIM leader Clyde Bellecourt and an estimated 700 Native Americans who marched to the Dome to demand a stop to “the R-word”. The protest was a response to Washington team owner Dan Snyder’s refusal to change the team’s name, as well as the Minnesota Sports Authority’s denial of a request by the American Indian Movement and the American Civil Liberties Union to block the team’s name from appearing in the stadium.

Minneapolis Election: Betsy Hodges Almost Claims Victory; RCV Count Goes Slow

It was a dark and stormy election day that began with frost on car windshields and ended with snow and slush that got more media attention than the voting, at least on the 10 p.m. TV newscasts. But the day also brought smiles to the faces of the proponents of Ranked Choice Voting, who liked what they saw as the new voting system got its first serious tests in the Twin Cities, and to supporters of Minneapolis Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges, who led in first-preference voting by a wide margin and seemed to be the odds-on favorite to formally claim victory Wednesday