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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Minnesota spending more to help homeless youth

Lina Warner was homeless at age 17, but at 22 has a place of her own, is working and attending college. (Photo by Frances Roen)

After Minnesota officials announced Tuesday that more money would be going to organizations that help homeless youth, I talked with Lina Warner, one example of at least 1,000.

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Groups organize support for safe schools bill, prepare for March 3rd rally at Capitol

Organizations supporting the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act are ramping up organizing as legislative session nears.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | "Unchain Our Children" youth organized rally against the school to prison pipeline

On February 26th at 12:30pm, NAACP St. Paul Youth and Collegiate Branch is organizing a protest against the school to prison pipeline at Central High School in St. Paul, MN.

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