Congress: 10,000 Hours a Week Raising Money

Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips (CD3) held one of his frequent townhalls on March 8 at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. He opened by stating that members of Congress spend 10,000 an average week. “in their relentless pursuit of money for their campaigns…To be elected to Congress takes millions and millions of dollars, and I want to find a way where we don’t have a Congress populated by people of means or people who are connected to great means, or people who have to sacrifice and sell their souls to raise money all the time.” Two Wayzata High School students raised the issue of being forced to respond to loud noises for fear of gunshots in the school. Phillips responded, “In spite of great efforts in behalf of a lot of us in this Congress to at least offer some solutions…

Legislative shutdown on table. Who loses?

The Minnesota State Legislature recently passed a $21 million COVID-19 response package, but as the virus spreads, and the Minnesota State Legislature keeps open a possibility of shutting down session, others worry that under-represented communities might be left in the lurch.

Parks are for Kids

Approved at the end of last year, MPRB’s budget demonstrates an investment in youth, particularly youth from marginalized communities. Youth funding increasing by close to a million to a million and a quarter dollars from last year.

The Future of Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations

Minneapolis League of Women Voters, Civic Buzz, Feb., 4, 2020, had an overflow crowd, the largest audience in a long time, of citizens concerned about neighborhood organization. Since 2015, Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations and the City of Minneapolis have been preparing for funding changes expected in 2020. The City is in the final stages of many years of discussions, reports, outreach, and feedback. They recently passed the Neighborhoods 2020 Framework and in September 2019, contracted with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) for the final phase of Neighborhoods 2020. CURA is completing a report that will soon be entering a 45 day public comment period before going to the City Council.

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women: Panel and Community Discussion

Watch a recent discussion on legislative action in support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and hear from local leaders. https://youtu.be/28zW6OnQH3s

Panelists were Sarah Curtiss (Men as Peacemakers), Rose Whipple (Indigenous youth leaders), Rene Ann Goodrich (Native Lives Matter), and State Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein (41B). Following the panel, there was small group discussion. The event was free and open to all and was hosted by Voices for Racial Justice and The UpTake.

Optimistic Dean Phillips speaks at Brooklyn Park Town Hall

When Dean Phillips announced his candidacy for Minnesota’s Third Congressional District, he promised, if elected, to host frequent town halls in the district. Phillips held his fifth town hall meeting on Nov. 23, 2019, at the Brooklyn Park Technical College. About 200 people joined him in the auditorium. The first question was on impeachment and subsequent questions covered a range of constituents concerns.

Rising Drug Costs Force MN Seniors to Make Tough Choices

By: Mike Moen (Minnesota News Connection)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The rising cost of prescription drugs continues to grab the attention of lawmakers and advocacy groups. AARP Minnesota says some of its members are being forced to choose between buying life-saving drugs or buying food, and they hope an upcoming forum will produce solutions on bringing drug costs down. Erin Parrish, associate state director of advocacy with AARP Minnesota, said the situation has reached a breaking point.

Small Business Spotlight: Trio Plant-Based

Trio Plant-Based, currently owned by Louis Hunter, opened in Sept. 2018. It’s one of the only Black-owned vegan restaurants in Minnesota and offers vegan comfort food and recently launched a new menu which highlights its soul food platters and bowls, a variety of burgers, and covered fries.

Peace Lovers Celebrate 20 Years on the Peace Bridge

Peace Lovers Celebrate 20 Years on the Peace Bridge from The UpTake on Vimeo. For 20 years peace advocates have gathered on the Peace Bridge, the Lake Street Marshall Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River connecting the two cities. Every Wednesday for 20 years, rain snow or shine, they have gathered on this bridge. On June 25, 1991, the Twin Cities designated this site as the, “Sri Chinmoy Peace Bridge.” April 1999 saw a small group of peace advocates starting the Wednesday tradition with flags and banners and 20 years of quiet pleas for peace continued. April 24, 2019 about 200 activists, many of them aging, took to the bridge to continue the quest for peace.

Reversing the Legacy of Racial Inequity

Reversing the Legacy of Racial Inequity from The UpTake on Vimeo. Minneapolis holds a reputation for being one of the most progressive cities in the Midwest with implementation of new policies and programs to improve the lives of its residents. Unfortunately, these policies have long overlooked and ignored the thriving legacy of racial inequity in the city. This should come as no surprise as a 2017 news report found that Minnesota was ranked the second worst state in the country for racial equality. So what exactly is racial inequity and what is Minneapolis doing about it?

Video Replay: Rep. Angie Craig’s First Town Hall

Congresswoman Angie Craig holds her first town hall since being sworn into office a few weeks ago. She’s asked about the shutdown, immigration, health care and other hot button issues.

Simon Urges MN Legislature To Invest In Democracy

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says the state can do more to insure voting rights. He and legislative leaders unveil a plan to increase voting security; decrease barriers to voter registration; restore of voting rights for those who were formerly incarcerated; and protect voter privacy.

New Farm Bill Signed Into Law; Hungry Americans Remain

Hunger-fighting groups applaud the new 2019 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump, for not including more work requirements in order for adults to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).