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In the wake of Orlando, I’m sorry I can’t come out

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:50pm
Amidst all the horror and heartbreak of Sunday’s coverage of the terrorist attack mass shooting that occurred in Orlando, two thoughts have kept creeping into my mind: “I should come out now,” quickly followed by “I can never come out now.”

REAL ID poses deeper problems for the undocumented

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:03am
“So many human rights are attached to this piece of plastic,” Iris Altamirano said of something many people take for granted: driver’s licenses. “Everyone should have access to it.”

How entrenched sexism and racism can destroy a city

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 11:56pm
Do you want to know how entrenched sexism and racism can destroy a city? Do you want to know how institutional sexism and racism lead to grandmothers getting shot dead on the street?

Best of Neighborhood News 6/9/16: Housing for minimum wage workers

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:46am
This week: housing crisis for minimum wage workers, Allina nurses call a strike, remembering Muhammad Ali and discriminatory mud-slinging in the Minnesota Legislature's District 57A race.

Will the Minnesota United FC stadium do to Midway what I-94 did to Rondo?

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:49pm
A billionaire team owner, a semi-vacant lot in disrepair and two cities in constant battle over permanently hosting Minnesota sports teams. These are the factors that have swiftly sent the city of St. Paul closer and closer towards helping finance a multi-million dollar stadium for a soccer team not yet playing in the major league.

The new federal tool privatizing Minneapolis public housing

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 7:59am
What’s happening at Glendale and in Minneapolis thanks to Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) has happened across the country. Housing advocates nationwide agree: RAD brings more problems than solutions to public housing residents.

Letter to the Editor: Listening is essential to ensure scientific perspective in legislature

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 10:30pm
In both of my roles as a scientist and an elected representative, I support Ilhan Omar to be the next State Representative of District 60B.

Sounds of Blackness teams up with local high school to create anthem for Black youth

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 9:55pm
“So often the terms and phrases applied to African American youth are negative: at risk, inner city, thug, gangster,” said Gary Hines, a three-time Grammy award winner and music director of the ensemble Sounds of Blackness.

Best of Neighborhood News 6/2/16: St. Paul activists want police officers out of schools after black teen is brutalized

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:51pm
St. Paul activists want police officers out of schools after black teen is brutalized After a black teen was maced and his face slammed, Citizen Education reports, St. Paul activists are among those calling for an end to this violence. “Regardless of the context; no child should be subjected to this type of violence, especially […]

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network launches to transform mental health for QTPoC

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 9:26pm

Clinicians and therapists of color lack adequate resources and support in the mental health field. The situation is even worse for queer and trans people of color.

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Bisexual erasure: keeping the B in LGBT

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 8:27am

Growing up, I was never taught the word “bisexual.” I knew that gay and lesbian people existed, but somehow nobody ever thought to keep the “B” in LGBT.

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Study abroad: expensive vacations or a chance for cross-cultural understanding?

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 8:11am

Study abroad programs have been an international tradition for years, touted as a surefire way to expand global horizons and even change students’ worldviews. But ironically, they have a diversity problem - first and foremost, economically.

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Why Minnesota needs more teachers of color

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 8:06am

The state of public education in Minnesota is not looking good. According to data provided by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), in 2014 and 2015 more than half of 11th graders were not at grade level in math or reading. For those same years, the Minneapolis Public School District (MPS) showed no more than a third of 11th graders performed at grade level for either subject. For students of color, the numbers are even worse, giving Minnesota one of the largest achievement gaps nationally between students of color and their white peers.

There are many factors affecting why Black, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Native American kids don’t perform well here. But one key contributor is a belief gap that follows them into their classrooms, where they are viewed by predominantly white teachers as having less academic potential than their white peers.

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Lowry Grove residents organize to save community following property sale

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:54pm

The walls of Antonia Alvarez’s home are covered in her children’s awards, school projects and artwork, alongside old family photos. Her kitchen table has been a planning and gathering space for dozens of protests, rallies, and meetings in the fight for immigrant justice.

During an early morning meeting on April 29, 20 residents and friends of the Lowry Grove manufactured home community, where Alvarez and many others live, gathered at that kitchen table as they plan and work to save their homes. Last week, the owners of the park announced that Lowry Grove will be sold to Continental Property Group (CPG).

However, residents are not going down without a fight.

“We won’t be defeated until the last minute, and we’ll decide what the last minute is,” Alvarez said. Alvarez is co-founder of La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, a Latino immigrant justice organization.

Lowry Grove is a 15-acre park and is occupied by 96 manufactured homes located in the inner-ring suburb of St. Anthony.

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Best of Neighborhood News 5/4: Minnesota first place yet again in racial gaps

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:37pm

This week: racial gaps in home ownership and teen pregnancy, and Minnesota's persistent islamophobia

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$15 minimum wage proposal attracts more than 4,000 signatures in first week

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:51pm

Momentum builds behind the campaign to bring a $15 minimum wage to voters in Minneapolis is picking up. In the first week of signature collection to get $15 on the November ballot, 15 Now and other supporting organizations engaged over 100 volunteers, who gathered more than 4,000 signatures.

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Minnesota’s bathroom bills, the latest violation of human rights legislation

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 8:38am

The 40 exclusively-Republican sponsors of SF 3002 and HF 3396 hope the government will force business owners and educators to conform to a new state definition of human rights, in the process, banning any facilities policy that could be considered transgender-inclusive.

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Combating the poverty porn narrative of the Northside

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 1:14am

Recently, the Star Tribune printed a letter to the editor, that painted this hyperbolic hyper-violent, extremely negative and fetishized picture of North Minneapolis.

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Best of Neighborhood News 4/27: ‘He was ours’ Mourning the loss of Prince, music genius and eternal seeker

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:42am

This week: remembering Prince's Minnesota legacy, racial disparities reaffirmed in new study and t-shirts banned in Western Minnesota high school.

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The Guerrilla Girls, ‘estrogen bombs’ and exclusionary feminism

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:39am

To the Guerrilla Girls, who got their start in New York in 1985, it was just a bit of visual humor–a prod at the patriarchy. But to the transgender and gender-nonconforming students in the audience, it didn’t seem funny so much as tone-deaf–and, frankly, insensitive.

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