BEHIND THE STORY | From symbolic gesture to social change

On April 25, I had the privilege of attending the Minneapolis City Council meeting where the local government body voted unanimously to observe Indigenous People’s Day on the day of the federal hol


May 1 marchers demanding immigration reform block Minneapolis intersection

Photos and video by Paige Elliott

Members of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (“Assembly for Civil Rights”), faith and labor groups, civil rights activists, including American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt, and a host of others, gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis May 1 to call for comprehensive immigration reform and the end of deportations. 


Plumbers make repairs for needy homeowners

Plumbers Local 15 members Jeff Corbett (left) Steve Friend (right) were among the 96 union plumbers who volunteered for the annual “Water’s Off” event.

Volunteer plumbers from Minneapolis/St. Cloud Plumbers Local 15 and St. Paul/Mankato Plumbers Local 34 helped 81 needy homeowners as part of the 20th annual “Water’s Off” day of community service Saturday, April 5.


Former SEIU organizer Abdi Muse is Mayor Hodges' labor liaison

A few days after the November 2013 election, Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges visited the delegate meeting of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation and made a promise.


May 4: 40th annual MayDay Parade will include themes inspired by city's 1934 Teamsters strikes

The annual MayDay Parade and Festival presented by the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is known both for celebrating spring and for honoring people’s struggles against rampant capitalism.


May 3: Local and national musicians team up for concert to celebrate life of folksinger Pete Seeger

The music of American folksinger Pete Seeger, who died January 27, will be celebrated at a concert May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. Tickets for the concert, “For Pete’s Sake,” are available for $30 plus fees at the Fitzgerald box office, at or at 800-982-2787.


Should family caregivers have protected status? Conferees discuss Women's Economic Security Act provision

Rep. Carly Melin and Senate President Sandy Pappas listen as legislative staff do a side-by-side comparison of HF2536*/SF2050, the so-called “Women’s Economic Security Act,” during an April 29 meeting of the conference committee. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

If you’re a family caregiver should you be protected against discrimination in the workplace? This is the question the conference committee on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) seeks to answer as it considers expanding protected classes within the Minnesota Human Rights Act.


Faculty at two Twin Cities colleges organizing into unions

Students at Macalester College showed their support for contingent faculty who have launched a union organizing drive.

With students and community members showing their support, contingent faculty at Macalester College and Hamline University announced they are seeking to unionize.


Postal Service actions jeopardizing security of the mail, demonstrators say

Congressman Keith Ellison was among the many people who voiced support for a strong Postal Service at Thursday's rally in Roseville. (Photo by Joey Getty)

A Postal Service decision to open postal counters in Staples stores will compromise service to customers and jeopardize the security of the mail, employees and community members said at rallies held nationwide Thursday.


Some class sizes reduced in new St. Paul teachers' contract, trust an ongoing issue between teachers and district

SPFT President Mary Cathryn Ricker (Photo by Charles Hallman)

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) and St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) both cite “seven community-developed priorities” in the three-year “landmark contract” that was settled last month and approved earlier this month. These priorities include smaller classes and hiring more teachers and staff.

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