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United Nations treaty can help fight racial disparities in Minnesota

United Nations treaty can help fight racial disparities in Minnesota

Jun. 27 | Local advocates join delegation to Geneva  to encourage treaty enforcement   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   In the mid-1960s, the U.N. proposed a treaty — the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial...

Workshops help MPS students’  parents learn their rights

Workshops help MPS students’ parents learn their rights

Jun. 26 | Knowing these rights, they can better advocate for their children’s interests     By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer   The is the first year Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) have hosted parent advocacy workshops in conjunction with...

When a crisis strikes, the poor are most vulnerable

When a crisis strikes, the poor are most vulnerable

Jun. 25 | Emergency preparedness means planning to be on your own for at least 72 hours   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Conclusion of a  two-part story   Emergencies of any kind, natural or manmade, are unpredictable and can occur at any time....

Mpls pursues a Racial Equity Action Plan

Mpls pursues a Racial Equity Action Plan

Jun. 23 | By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer   Led by 8th Ward Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, a Racial Equity Action Plan for the City is in the planning and formation stages. It is expected to be implemented by a Racial Equity...

Ruby Dee passes

Ruby Dee passes

Jun. 22 | October 27, 1922 — June 11, 2014   Cultural icon and beloved actor Ruby Dee is no longer among us. She was best known for her film portrayal in 1961 of the achingly vulnerable, nonetheless strong-willed Ruth of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic...

Freedom Summer revisits Mississippi’s voting rights history

Freedom Summer revisits Mississippi’s voting rights history

Jun. 20 | Award-winning filmmaker credits his career to those who risked their lives for change   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer An oft-overlooked but important part of the Civil Rights Movement is the focus of Freedom Summer, which premiers on American...

Clinton decries growing U.S. political polarization

Clinton decries growing U.S. political polarization

Jun. 18 | Ex-president, in Humphrey school speech, sounded alarm that we are ‘drifting apart’   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Barack Obama, or for that matter Jimmy Carter, or even former president Bill Clinton himself would not have been elected...

WNBA players’ dilemma: Make money abroad or stay home and rest?

WNBA players’ dilemma: Make money abroad or stay home and rest?

Jun. 17 | A  “time off bonus” of up to $50,000 a player can earn for “limiting their overseas play to three months or less” is part of the collective bargaining agreement signed earlier this year by the WNBA players and the league. But is 50 grand...

Life coach teaches grow-as-you-go leadership skills

Life coach teaches grow-as-you-go leadership skills

Jun. 13 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Highly charismatic motivational speaker and leadership trainer Mary Jo Winston, PhD, is perfectly suited to her line of work. Inspirational? The very air seems to come alive around her. She certainly, completely...

Hope for hip hop: Local students make The Next Move

Hope for hip hop: Local students make The Next Move

Jun. 12 | High School for the Recording Arts gives academia an undercurrent of artistry   By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Visiting the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) isn’t for the faint of heart. Your senses are bombarded as soon...