Hundreds block traffic downtown, peacefully demand police accountability

(Photos by Katie Nelson)

Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

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A long, powerful history: How we militarized the police

Policing in America has been shaped from its early days by a military structure, a war mentality and a cloud of racism that continues to repeat itself over time.

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GUANTE.INFO | This is not a think piece: Turning outrage into action from Ferguson to the Twin Cities

When the Twin Cities Daily Planet asked me to write a column, I had to hesitate. Though I’ve been writing op-eds for quite some time, I felt like this space could be used for something more constructive than a platform for my own opinions.

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Tong Thao: Hmong Men respond to sexual assault within their community through 'Man Forward'

Sexual assault is a personal violation. When the perpetrator is someone you know, it violates your sense of trust in the deepest way. So when we heard about this most recent incident of a 21 year old Hmong man who has admitted to molesting a 6 year old and other girls in his church, we were appalled and saddened to see continued victim blaming and the lack of accountability. As a group of men who are against gender-based violence, we say men must take a stand and participate in creating community accountability when sexual assault happens in our communities.

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Urban League Chief Scott Gray: When citizens and law enforcement collide

A national outbreak of tense and unfortunate collisions between citizens and law enforcement has formed a drumbeat calling for solutions to relieve the taut climate.

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'Born and raised on the fair': Brooke Blakey keeps us informed about public safety

(Photograph by Sarah Whiting) Brooke Blakey

Brooke Blakey loves the Minnesota State Fair. It's a good thing, because she's there 12 to 16 hours a day during the 12-day run of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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Police violence against Blacks incites unrest nationwide

Last year, long before most people had heard of Ferguson, Missouri, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, in essence declaring that racism in the United States had ended.

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Aiming at the Moon (and hitting ourselves): Redefining how we relate to the world

Early Wednesday morning, August 21, I was heading out for coffee from my motel in LaMoure ND, and a sight begging to be photographed appeared a few steps to my left, and I couldn’t pass on it. Here’s the snapshot. The waning moon appeared to be in the “bullseye”.

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