Politics & Policy

Refugees, asylum and U.S. history — Time for a change of heart

Tens of thousands of children from Honduras and El Salvador and Guatemala are fleeing violence in their home countries. Some have sought safe haven in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. More than 57,000 have entered the United States since October. Kevin, one of the 57,000, describes why he left his home in Honduras:

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Israeli-Palestinian protests continue, move to Klobuchar and Star Tribune offices

The Anti-War Committee of Minnesota continued their protests this week. This time, the group set their sights on another Minnesota lawmaker and the mainstream media for what the protesters call a complacency over the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine.

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Six reasons Minnesota students should vote this year

(Photo by Francisco Osorio published under Creative Commons License)

Younger voters are known for their low turn-out rates, but in 2012 they showed up in record numbers and helped decide the fate of the presidential election. While the president isn't up for re-election for another two years, there's still plenty of reasons for younger voters, particularly colleges students, to vote this year. Here's six reasons why young voters should practice their civic duty on Election Day.

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A day at Farmfest: No tech talk with Gubernatorial Debate, yes drones for farming!

Today I spent the day at Farmfest. Originally I had planned to attend the Broadband Task Force meeting at Farm Fest but the meeting was cancelled; I figured this was a good opportunity to learn more about broadband and agriculture business as well as get a broad take on the priority folks in agriculture place on broadband.

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Twin Cities farmers want city officials to do more for urban farms

(Photo courtesy of Stone's Throw Urban Farm)

Urban agriculture may be a growing trend, but some Minneapolis farmers believe the movement may become stagnant if city officials don’t make active pushes to support it.

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A home for the Vikings, but not for our children? A question of priorities

A longtime friend and a retired legislator has an expression that forms the basis of this blog: “Minnesota does not have a money problem, it has a priorities problem”. How true.

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Not in my name: A call to American Jewish organizations during Operation Protective Edge

I am one of those millennial Jews who actually loved institutional Judaism growing up. I loved my synagogue, I loved my Hebrew school, and in fact, I am a 23-year old single woman from the Twin Cities currently exploring synagogue options in Washington, DC. Most people reading this probably understand that most Jews in their 20s and 30s without families don’t often place synagogue life at the top of their Jewish or social life, but I love the feeling of belonging, membership and lifecycle events that institutional Judaism provides.

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Oil trains passing through Minnesota cause safety concerns for residents, activists

(Photo by Rico Morales) One of the .111 "Oil" railcars

Each week about fifty oil trains, each carrying more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, pass through Minnesota. Almost all of them go through the Twin Cities.

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Palestine supporters confront Sen. Franken in tense phone call

Palestine supporters in Minnesota got to directly vent their anger at Sen. Al Franken over his support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine. Franken’s campaign workers arranged for the group of about 20 people to talk to the senator on a speaker phone. The Palestine supporters were part of a group of about 350 people who were protesting outside Franken’s campaign office. They entered the campaign office and demanded the staff get Sen. Franken on the phone to talk to them. [Video below]

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