California Minuteman Ron Branstner to lead "Illegal Immigration Forum" at Willmar Library July 24

In Tuesday's Star Tribune, Alejandra Matos reports that the Immigration debate comes to Minnesota in force as politicians and immigration advocates and nonprofit groups that often serve traditional refugees struggle with the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexican border.

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25 years of counting kids: Income, race and inequality

Some 25 years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an annual, in-depth report on the well-being of children in the United States. The 2014 report shows our accomplishments — and our shameful failures. The area of education shows both.

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'A Right to Establish a Home': Exhibit chronicles violent 1931 protests against black Minneapolis family

In 1931, postal worker and World War I veteran Arthur Lee moved into a new home in south Minneapolis at 4600 Columbus Ave. — where he, his wife Edith and six-year-old daughter Mary faced crowds as large as 4,000 people protesting violently to the presence of the young black family in what had been an all-white neighborhood.

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OPINION | Equity missing from new Southwest Light Rail plans

Last week Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) was glad to see a plan moving forward to build the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), but deeply disappointed in the lack of equity in the plan as it currently exists.

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East Metro Integration District's Crosswinds School of Arts and Sciences resists takeover attempt

(Photo courtesy of Crosswinds) Students of Crosswinds Arts and Science School

Parents and students in the United States scored a major victory 60 years ago in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which decreed an end to school desegregation. More recently, Twin Cities parents and teachers scored another victory in a long and convoluted fight for school integration. That fight also is related to a lawsuit brought over school segregation.

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OPINION | Privilege isn't what you think

The concept of privilege is one that's both acknowledged and dismissed, depending on which side of cultural identity one hangs one's hat.

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St. Paul's NAACP head aims to leave the world a little better place

Jeff Martin

“You got some people who are in it for the notoriety. You got some people who are in it for a specific cause, and they don’t go outside their cause. And you got some people in it that shouldn’t be in it,” says Jeff Martin, St. Paul’s NAACP President, as he grins and takes a sip of coffee.

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State Services for the Blind reaches out to people of color

(l-r) Lisa Larges, Annette Toews, and Donna Marhoun, Braille Manager (Photo by Lisa Henrickson)

Over many years, studies have shown African Americans to be more prone to diabetes than Caucasians and to have a higher incidence of diabetes-related vision loss or impairment. The Minnesota State Services for the Blind, a relatively little-known State agency, can help people of color with vision loss or visual impairment, whether diabetes-related or from other causes.

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OPINION | The Indian Wars are not over

On an overcast, and quiet midday afternoon, 50 or so Anishinaabeg from ricing families and their friends gathered at Big Bear Landing on the shore of Big Rice Lake. It is 138 years to the day of the infamous Battle of the Little Big Horn.

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Recognizing the past at Rondo Days 2014

Rondo Days Parade 2012

On Saturday July 19, 2014, the Rondo Avenue celebration will be held. This year's theme is "Recognizing the Past, Honouring the Present, and Soaring into the Future." This theme reflects on our collective experiences as a people. Every day, we experience events that would break the spirit of ordinary people, but as a resilient people, we have managed to find the silver lining. Time and time again we have found positive responses to adversity. The annual Rondo Days celebration is a testament of our resilience. Here is a little history of the Rondo Days celebration.

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