VIDEO: "I never voted in my life"

(Still taken from video by John Akre) Video in Spanish and English below

Many nonprofits participated in Get out the Vote this year, and they’re sharing why voting is important to them on video.

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Courage under fire: Girls on film

The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival is spotlighting two female driven, award-winning films this week.

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I am dangerous; the trauma of passing

I am a young Arab-American woman of many identities and I pass as white, but I am not white.

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"Race baiting" charge heats up Minnesota Secretary of State debate

Charges of race baiting and incendiary politics flew in a debate between candidates for Minnesota secretary of state Tuesday night.

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VIDEO: “I would like more of the Latino community to vote”

(Still taken from video by John Akre) Video in Spanish and English below

Many nonprofits participated in Get out the Vote this year, and they’re sharing why voting is important to them on video.

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Connecting health, equity and transportation

The increase in the minimum wage is the biggest public health legislation passed in the last legislative session, according to Minnesota health commissioner, Dr. Ed Ehlinger. Moving from lowest twenty percent income level to the second-lowest twenty percent income increases life expectancy by three years. Public health is also closely tied to transportation, said Ehlinger in his keynote address to the October 25 St. Paul Healthy Transportation for All forum. His insights offer a lot of food for thought.

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Power and privilege: To empower, patronize, or pimp? Part 1

It was the first real big job he had as a contractor…

Manuel had been working as a handyman getting paid by the hour, but this was a contract; one price for labor and all materials, a contract, a step towards independence in the world of construction. No longer just a laborer but now a self employed contractor. I hadn’t processed all of the above at the time, but my friend had, and our difference in perspective is where our conflict began.

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VIDEO: "Minnesota ... a foreign graduate unfriendly place"

(Still from video by Adja Gildersleve) Video below

This election year, seven individuals are learning more about what it means to do their civic duty, and they’re sharing their stories on video.

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Minnesota House candidate Yolandita Colón hopes to bridge party divide

(Photo courtesy of vote4colon.com)

Yolandita Colón is a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, she seems to stand for progressive causes like educational equality, meaningful immigration reform, improved housing for all, and human rights and social justice. On the other, she favors lowering taxes for businesses and business owners, and has very conservative stances on social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.

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