Residents of East Phillips want less industrialization, more green jobs and space for the community.

Residents and City Council members gather at the East Phillips Community center to discuss alternative uses for the Roof Depot in the East Phillips neighborhood. The Roof Depot has been a controversial site where City officials propose building a water yard in an already over industrialized, residential area.

MINNEAPOLIS: In January, 2015, The City of Minneapolis inquired on a plot of land located between The City Hiawatha Public Works facility and Smith Foundry in the South Minneapolis neighborhood of

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Northside Achievement Zone gets mid-term report card

Almost three years ago, the Spokesman-Recorder reported on the origins and mission of the Northside Achievement Zone, or NAZ, which was described as “a $28 million social experiment” whose goal was “increasing educational outcomes so that kids and families have opportunities that they can point to” over the following five years. (“Northside Achievement Zone envisions a ‘tipping-point’ of success,” MSR February 22, 2012)

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Harambee: Let's pull together to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline

During my recent travels to Tanzania, I had the opportunity to learn more about the education system. The most important lesson I learned was community members play a key role in the building a network of support for each student. This network plays a critical role in accelerating academic achievement and advancing personal development. While visiting classrooms in Tanzania, I met aspiring doctors, lawyers, engineers and even a young woman who stated confidently, “I will be president of Tanzania.” Throughout our visit, I witnessed firsthand community members working together to help children learn, thrive and grow. I also watched as the adage that it takes a village to raise a child came alive. One example is the notion of “harambee” which means “let’s pull together.”

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Same-sex conversion therapy: What is it? Where is the movement to ban it in Minnesota?

The movement to ban same-sex conversion therapy in Minnesota picked up the support of GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and other key GLBT organizations.

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Promise Zone could invigorate north Minneapolis, some question its efficacy

(Photo by Ron Reiring published under Creative Commons License)

Lesa Clarkson started connecting Minneapolis’ middle and high school students with University of Minnesota undergraduate tutors last year.

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Minnesota State High School League adopts trans-inclusive policy

The Minnesota State High School League passed a policy on Thursday morning that provide a framework for schools to allow transgender students to participate in high school extracurricular activities including athletics.

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Support for transgender students grows around the state ahead of policy vote

(Source: Facebook) A creative reinterpretation of the Minnesota Child Protection League’s anti-transgender ad.

Just before the Minnesota State High School League’s proposed vote in early October on a trans-inclusive high school athletics policy, support poured in for transgender students. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, council members Barbara Johnson and Elizabeth Glidden, Sen. Scott Dibble, the president of Minnesota’s pro-soccer club Minnesota United, the Star Tribune Editorial Board, and the state’s teachers union Education Minnesota all wrote statements in support of transgender students.

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Star Tribune publishes second anti-transgender ad

(Photo from Aaron Gleeman's Twitter)

The Minnesota Child Protection League is at it again. The anti-LGBTQ organization paid for a second full-page anti-transgender ad in the Star Tribune’s Sunday paper this week.

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Minneapolis moves toward restorative justice, deemphasizes punishment

(Photo courtesy of Restorative Justice Community Action) Minneapolis residents Manu Lewis and Vincent De Lusia volunteer with RJCA to talk with nonviolent criminal offenders as part of a reconciliation plan, meant to help offenders face how their actions affect the community.

When a University of Minnesota student got arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, instead of finding himself in front of a judge, he found himself in front of Bill and Susan Engel.

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