Reflections of New Minnesotans: Queer identity, immigrants and communities of color

In this episode, Qais Munhazim joins host Julia Nekessa Opoti to discuss his own experiences as a gay, Muslim immigrant, as well as general issues of queer identity in Twin Cities communities of color. [Audio below]

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans celebrates APIA heritage month

Dancers from the Cultural Society of Filipino Americans performing “Tinikling”, the National dance of the Philippines, at the CAPM Asian Pacidic American Heritage Month Banquet last Friday. (Photos by J. Lee)

The Asian community of Minnesota honored individuals and organizations for service last Friday at the APIA Heritage Month Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Prom Center in Woodbury. The annual event is organized by the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans.


We remember Brown v. Board – now what?

Saturday, May 17, 2014, marked the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education. This landmark Supreme Court decision determined that separate schools for Black and White students unconstitutional. As I reflect on this case and subsequent decision, attention must be paid to the “v.” or verses that connects an eight-year-old African American student, Linda Brown, to public education during that time. This detail serves to remind us of the oppositional history that existed for Black students because all kids are our kids, and equally important, why this history deserves constant consideration.


Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month in the Lao Community

Sabaidee, everyone and I hope you've been enjoying the National Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


Hmong Village is NDC’s "Small Business of the Year"; 14 others honored

Shongleng Yang at Hmong Village (photo by Maren Misner, for NDC)

A family-owned and operated waste disposal provider (since 1981), a private chef and catering service specializing in made-from-scratch soul fusion and comfort foods (since 2013), and a boxing and fitness gym that provides a community for at-risk youth (since 2011), were among the 15 recipients of the 2014 Neighborhood Development Center Entrepreneur Awards, announced at a celebration at Neighborhood House in St. Paul, on Saturday, May 17.


Second annual Hmong American Day celebrates with song, art, dance, and personal reflections

Hundreds gathered Wednesday, May 14 to celebrate the second annual Hmong American Day in Saint Paul.

The event began with an opening ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol’s Upper Mall, featuring speeches by Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, state Sen. Foung Hawj, and a host of others.


Rights chief: Minneapolis insincere on civil rights legislation

Tensions at Minneapolis City Hall have been brewing over the city's Department of Civil Rights and have spilled into an over boil at a recent City Council board meeting.


Southwest LRT riding for equity

Southwest Light Rail has the chance to be a transformative infrastructure link for North Minneapolis residents, connecting them to jobs, shopping and other recreational opportunities -- even though the broader goal was to better connect suburban riders. Folks in North Minneapolis recently held an open meeting with Met Council members to ensure the project's planning doesn't leave them out. Issues raised at the panel included fares, safety issues like street lights and video surveillance cameras, trash cans convenient to bus stops, and heated shelters. The discussion led to the creation of an advisory panel in which transit riders in Minneapolis have a seat at the table when it comes to decision making for the future of transit in Minneapolis.

Environmental Justice and Health Alliance report: People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters

Blacks, Latinos and other people of color, and low-income residents are disapportionately in harm’s way if a worst-case factory disaster occurs.


Photo exhibit highlights life in '70s and '80s Twin Cities' Black community

Minnesota Historical Society Exhibit Developer Ben Petry, standing in front of exhibition photos of (l-r) The Cato Shriners (1987) and Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder staff (approx. 1985) (Photo by Charles Hallman)

The daily life of Minneapolis’ Black community during the 1970s and 1980s, which has been documented in black and white and color photos, is now on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. “Sights, Sounds & Soul: Twin Cities through the lens of Charles Chamblis” opened April 26 and runs through January 4, 2015.

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