Sculptor refuses to be pushed around by racism

(Photo courtesy of Frank Brown) Frank Brown standing by his work, The Second Coming of the William Lynch Theory, created in 2008. It is on display in the atrium of the Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul sculptor Frank Brown describes himself as a “gofer,” someone who “goes for it, who doesn’t sit around waiting for someone to come looking for them. I take the initiative to go out and initiate the conversation that hopefully will create a positive response.”

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Equity Atlas calls for racial equity in labor market

The majority of Americans will be people of color by 2040, according to Policy Link’s brand-new National Equity Atlas. Through interactive maps, figures and charts, the Atlas illustrates the country’s current and projected racial demographics, and inequalities. But most importantly, this new online tool reveals the economic benefits of including diverse populations in the labor market. Minnesota, and the nation, cannot afford their exclusion.

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MPS puts all Black and Latino suspensions under review to combat discipline bias

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Bernadeia Johnson

Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) newly announced “aggressive steps” to reduce Black student nonviolent suspensions are now in place.

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Critics say 'Pointergate' story perpetuates racial stereotypes, Mayor says she doesn't plan to stop pointing

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Mayor Betsy Hodges

The fallout continues from a local television station’s airing a controversial story two weeks ago. The Hubbard Broadcasting-owned ABC affiliate, KSTP 5, aired a November 9 news story that claimed Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and a Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) volunteer organizer flashed gang signs at each other at a voter registration event prior to this year’s general election.

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Lao American students and why social capital is important

Lao parents play a significant role in students’ academic success, even if they feel they don’t have a lot to contribute because they didn’t attend U.S. schools, speak fluent English, or fully understand American higher education systems. -Dr. Krissyvan Khamvongsa Truong

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Who are heroes and to whom? An Indigenous perspective on Columbus

Last month, October 13, 2014, it was my pleasure to participate in a celebration at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. The occasion was the resolution passed by the Minneapolis City Council to have as a co-name, “Indigenous Peoples Day,” for what white U.S. society has celebrated as Columbus Day.

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UCare sends a message; pulls advertising from KSTP

Dan Ness

UCare Wednesday (Nov. 12) ordered its advertising agency to pull current and contracted advertising from KSTP-TV in protest of a KSTP news feature about a photograph that the station said showed Minneapolis' Mayor Betsy Hodges swapping gang signs with a young Black man.

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Indictment or not, protest the racist police state

The grand jury's decision on whether or not to indict killer cop Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown is expected any day. Authorities are planning and prepping for major unrest in Ferguson and throughout the country, the KKK is threatening to use 'lethal force' against protesters and, meanwhile, the activist world is aflutter with calls to action once the news is out.

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St. Paul aims to lead in workforce racial equity

Nearly $105 million in St. Paul City contracts was awarded in 2013 to businesses owned by people of color, women-owned, and small businesses, according to Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) annual report. That was about 41 percent of the “total business opportunity” of more than $255 million. Approximately 18.6 percent of this “total business opportunity,” or $47.5 million of the contracts awarded last year, went to small businesses; $38.5 million (15 percent of total) went to women-owned businesses; and $18.8 million (7 percent of total) went to businesses owned by people of color.

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VIDEO: KSTP owner Stan Hubbard refuses to apologize during Augsburg #Pointergate protest

(Photo by Kristoffer Tigue) KSTP owner Stanley Hubbard defends his station's report, now known as #Pointergate, during his Nov. 13 speech at Augsburg College. Video below.

Outside of Sateren Auditorium on Augsburg College’s campus, dozens of protesters convened in the cold November air, demanding KSTP publicly apologize for their report last week, now dubbed #Pointergate.

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