This week: Cambodian families protest immigration detention, Minnesota cannabis workers unionize and growth of the state’s prison population slows.
Hope Community buzzed with activity the night of Dec. 15, as 50 or so people gathered for a Parks and Power event titled “People’s Assembly on Gentrification.” It was a people’s assembly in the truest sense of the words. Newcomers and longtime organizers alike shared a meal and shared ideas, discussing everything from the state of the city’s dilapidated and underfunded parks, to park workers’ rights, public spaces and gentrification.
Meetings such as this are at the heart of the Parks and Power campaign, a grassroots movement born out of the Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens (SPEAC) trainings facilitated by Hope Community Inc. Parks and Power aims to forward racial equity within the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation system by engaging everyday people to come together and articulate common values, find common ground and build solutions together.
Equity is one part of a broader vision for the Hiawatha network of schools.
15 Now Minnesota released a new animation that breaks down how the Minneapolis City Council’s delay on passing a $15 minimum wage opens the door for Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature to block any city from increasing minimum wages.