This week: workers of color to testify on union biases, street preachers harassing “sodomites” in downtown Minneapolis and arguing for open meetings on heated topics in St. Cloud.
Among the ways we choose to evaluate where we live, few reports are more respected than that of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), an annual, comprehensive examination of cities’ laws, policies and services with regard to LGBT people and LGBT issues.
More than 400 cities were evaluated in 2015, the most in the four years the HRC has been producing this report. As one can expect, some cities are given very poor scores. And then many cities—47 across the country—are praised for a perfect score. All cities are judged from the same scorecard template, which may be a root of why I take so much issue with the MEI, how it’s conducted, what is measured, what isn’t measured and of course, what it says about cities with a perfect score.
With all the rhetoric in the media about immigration, we hear little of the voices of actual immigrants telling their stories. “Coming to America” is a film about the journeys and struggles of immigrants finding a new life in Minnesota.
In a multicultural and urban city like Minneapolis, the role of a superintendent to oversee the needs of 36,000 ethnically diverse students throughout 72 schools is paramount — and it’s been over a year since the whirlwind search to fill this role was initiated.