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Video Replay – Dismantling The “New Jim Crow” Laws

Thursday night, Minneapolis City Council members and groups concerned about laws that police may be abusing to harass the public held a discussion about repealing some of those laws -called the “New Jim Crow” laws because police use them disproportionately against minorities.

The discussion at Mathews Park in Minneapolis was live streamed on The UpTake. Continue Reading →

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

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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…) Continue Reading →

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New Members Take Seats On Minneapolis Council; Mayor Vows To End Racial Gaps

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A new era in Minneapolis and Minnesota politics began Monday (Jan. 6) as seven new City Council members — including the first Latina, the first Somali and the first Hmong-American to be elected to the 13-member body — were sworn in and new Mayor Betsy Hodges called for an end to the “gaps” between white people and people of color in the city. Continue Reading →

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