Take notice: Nigeria abductions are not an anomaly

Like many other people, I am outraged by the April 14 abduction of hundreds of young girls from their school in northeastern Nigeria by the insurgent group Boko Haram. The group attacked again on May 6, kidnapping eight more girls–this time from their homes–to prevent them from attending school. While we do not know exactly where the girls were taken or how they are being treated, it is likely that many of them will be raped and sold into sexual slavery. Some of the girls are as young as 12, and as a mother I can only imagine the nightmare the girls and their parents must be living.

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Allegations of sexual assault of high school student in jail not surprising

Last month the Star Tribune reported that an 18-year-old high school student who was being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Sherburne County Jail suffered repeated sexual assaults by his cellmate. The student, who had been taken into federal immigration custody, was housed with another “boarder” in the jail, a convicted sex offender who was locked up in the Sherburne County Jail under a contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

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A whisper

The sappy cards and flowers and pretty boxes of chocolate in every store I see mock how I feel on this particular Mother's Day. Over 234 girls were stolen from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven, a place where girls could learn in order to create a better life for themselves and their families. I just don't know how to think about this. All I can think of is a moment I had a few nights ago with my own daughter.

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Women's economic security on the move

Legislators and advocates have been working hard this session to build opportunity for all Minnesotans through closing the achievement gaps in education, improving racial health equity and addressing economic disparities that women face.

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House passes standard-setting bill for dealing with pregnant inmates

Since 2009, there have been 66 births by women serving time at the state’s women’s prison. Approximately a dozen women incarcerated there at any one time are expecting a child.

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Why teacher diversity matters

I've written recently about implicit bias and how it interferes with delivering a great education to every student. One other path to pursue when addressing implicit bias is diversifying the teacher work force.

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Mujeres en Acción programa de iniciar negocios

En Mayo, el grupo de Mujeres en Acción del vecindario de Corcoran en preparación para el próximo Mercado de Granjeros comenzara un programa enfocado en como iniciar un negocio.

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Mujeres en Accion micro-entrepreneur program

This May, in preparation for the upcoming opening of the Farmer’s Market, the neighborhood Latina women’s group Mujeres en Accion will be starting a program focused on how to start a business.

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Nightmare for Nigeria's school girls

On the night of April 14, dozens of armed men showed up at the dormitory of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. Dressed in Nigerian military uniforms, they told the girls that they were there to take them to safety and herded the girls into trucks and onto motorcycles. At first, the girls believed them. But when the men started shooting their guns into the air and shouting, “Allahu Akbar,” they realized that the men were militants from Boko Haram and that they were in serious danger.

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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

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