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Legislature Fails To Protect Poor From Financial Predators

Grant Stevensen- ISAIAH

Businesses are driving poor people further into poverty says a group of Minnesota religious leaders. Their new report on “poverty profiteering” says inaction by Minnesota lawmakers is to blame along with payday lenders, big banks, and wall street. Continue Reading →

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Religious Activists Applaud Vote To Slash Sentences For Drug Offenders

Alonzo of MAD DADS

“Don’t take the money and throw it at putting people in a box,” an ex-felon told a state commission that voted to slash recommended sentences for drug offenders who have swelled Minnesota’s prison population beyond capacity. Continue Reading →

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Parents Cheer As Minneapolis Schools Back Off On Suspensions

Rev. Paul Slack

Parents and religious groups are cheering a policy change putting a moratorium on suspensions in Minneapolis elementary schools for non-violent behavior. African American children are disproportionately the ones who have been suspended. 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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Social Justice Activists Make Waves At Capitol on School, Homeless Issues

Mass Suspensions News Conference

The day of social activism began with a coalition of African-American and religious leaders calling for an end to school suspensions and police officers in schools; later, advocates for the homeless asked the legislature to pass a $100 million bonding bill to prevent homelessness. Continue Reading →

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Push for Anti-Foreclosure Legislation Wins Abbreviated Homeowner “Bill of Rights”

Click on Photo to watch video on How Rose McGee's Struggle Led to the Homeowner Bill of Rights Passing in Minnesota

Minnesota homeowner Rose McGee won a year-long struggle with CitiBank to keep her home. Along the way, she became a champion of anti-foreclosure movement, which pushed the state legislature to pass a Homeowner Bill of Rights. Continue Reading →

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