Think before you ink: Tattoos might be everywhere—but Minnesota requires teens to wait

Miley Cyrus has a dream catcher on the right side of her abs. Justin Bieber has an eye with “Believe” under his right arm. LeBron James has Chosen1 stretched across his back.

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Social justice activists make waves at Capitol on school, homeless issues

Advocates for social justice made waves at the State Capitol on Thursday, pushing to end racial disparities in school suspensions and to address the problem of homelessness in Minnesota. The day of social activism began with a coalition of African-American and religious leaders calling for an end to school suspensions and police officers in schools; later, advocates for the homeless asked the legislature to pass a $100 million bonding bill to prevent homelessness.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | The aftermath: An introspective look on the Unchain Our Children rally

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Christina Cerruti

On Wednesday, February 26th, NAACP St. Paul Youth and Collegiate Branch and students from Central High School hosted a youth organized protest and walk out against the school to prison pipeline. This was a project that stems from student concerns about the mistreatment of low income youth and youth of color within the school system. The “Unchain Our Children” movement was birthed out of a desire to bring more awareness to the systematic complexities and harms of the school to prison pipeline.

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Rally for anti-bullying bill draws hundreds to Capitol

Hundreds of people rallied at the Capitol Monday (March 3) to urge lawmakers to pass the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act” — also known as the anti-bullying bill.

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"School-To-Prison Pipeline" sparks protest, school walkout

About sixty students from St. Paul’s Central High School walked out of their classes Wednesday (Feb. 26) as a statement against the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The students joined more than 100 protesters — many of them college students and other community members — who gathered outside the school before marching to the nearby St. Paul Reformation Lutheran Church for a program-cum-protest. Guests included Nekima Levy-Pounds, a law professor from the University of St. Thomas, the rapper Lioness and others who spoke out against a system they charged leads children of color down the school to prison pipeline.

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A chicken-and-egg funding conundrum

Since we know that supportive housing is effective to stop homelessness, what are the barriers to going to scale? Why does it remain so difficult to assemble the funding?

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Minnesota Senators introduce ban on "ex-gay" therapy, identical bill now pending in both houses of the state legislature

Minnesota senators have introduced a bill that would prohibit those with professional licenses from engaging in “reparative therapy” in regard to sexual orientation and gender identity for those under the age of 18. If the bill passes, therapists who provide such therapies to youth risk losing their licenses to practice.

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Building meaningful education programs for Lao youth

Youth programs are one of the big areas funders and community organizations serving the Lao community are interested in, and with good reason.

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Legislators team up with Minnesota Family Council against bullying bill

Republican lawmakers are partnering with the Minnesota Family Council to rally opposition to a bill that would address bullying in Minnesota schools.

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$3.5 million too much to spend to give kids lunch in school

$3.5 million is too much to spend to make sure low income children get to eat lunch at school. I wouldn’t have thought so either, but Sen Sean Nienow has shown me the light: “If the problem is that we have one or two or 10 or 50 or 100 or 1,000 kids that have a parent that [isn't] fulfilling their responsibility, well then let’s look at targeting the resources to fix that problem, and not spend it on all 60,000 kids.”

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