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