Iris Altamirano brings organizing background to Minneapolis school board campaign

“Most people identify me as a janitor’s daughter that went to Cornell,” said school board candidate Iris Altamirano. A woman who beat the odds in her own life, Altamirano decided to run because, as a mother of two young children, she’s concerned about the opportunity gap. She believes she has the skills from her career as an organizer to make the district better for all students, especially from marginalized communities. “Minneapolis is a great city and we do a lot of great things and we are leaders in the country on a lot of amazing things,” she said. “I just think the opportunity gap should not be one of them.”


Tree gators and dead sod: 2014 Nicollet Avenue construction update

You may have noticed that the winter was not kind to some of the new, greener features of Nicollet Avenue. This spring there were a number of trees that didn’t make it through their first winter and there were lots of patches of dead grass.


University Avenue's artwork, crumbling walls tell its history

I walked down University Avenue from the Capital to the University of Minnesota the week before the Green Line train opened in St Paul. It was a quiet Sunday, not many walkers, not a lot of cars and many storefronts were closed. Quiet and a little sad. The art on University Avenue reveals some of the sadness (such as the tiled tower coming down in Frogtown)...


COMMUNITY VOICES | Minnesota Kurds Want Independent Kurdistan, Worry for Relatives In Iraq

Photos By: 
Jay Clark

Minnesota Kurds Hope that this flag is soon flying over an independent Kurdistan

Since the early 1990’s, a thriving community of Minnesota Kurds has grown  around the Moorhead area, and today numbers more than 1100.  Most of the Minnesota Kurds are from Iraqi Kurdistan


Gov. Dayton: Too early to decide on special session for flooding

Governor Mark Dayton says he is still waiting for more damage assessment of Minnesota's flooding to decide if he needs to call a special session of the legislature. This [past] week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [was] in Minnesota looking at the damage and many counties still haven't estimated how much it will cost to repair the damage since they are still fighting the floods.

E-DEMOCRACY | Playing the blame game in education

Tom Goldstein posted at 8:10pm, Jul 05:

I think the most significant problem in education right now is that no one is willing to take ultimate responsibility for the welfare of all children. Teachers blame parents or kids... while parents, some politicians, and administrators blame teachers. Teachers in turn blame administrators--or school board members. School board members blame the state or the federal government for a lack of funds or onerous expectations or whatever, while the state or federal government mandates an ever-changing patchwork of rules and regulations--and the cycle just perpetuates itself. Rarely, if ever, do you hear anybody willing to take responsibility or be held accountable, except in ways where there are no real consequences.


64 years later, one of Minnesota's Black athletes gets posthumous recognition

(l-r) Lea Hargett, Henry Crosby, Miguel Ramos, Peter Gorton (Photos by Charles Hallman)

William Henry “Bill” Binga until last weekend was resting in an unmarked grave for over 60 years. Now, that is no longer the case.


Normandale appoints third Black woman to lead a Minnesota college

(l-r) Incoming Normandale President Dr. Joyce Ester and outgoing president Joe Opatz (Photo courtesy of Normandale Community College)

Nearly a quarter of U.S. college presidents are women, but according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) data, the number of female college leaders of color peaked at 14 percent in 2006 and is now at 12 percent.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Constant growth--the cancer model: Southwest LRT v. democracy

Shallow tunnel construction, St. Louis MO, 1/7/2005

I can’t help thinking about the easiest, cheapest, action to mitigate climate change: plant trees.

We would lose 10,000 inner city trees with the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit shallow tunnels plan through the Cedar Lake Park and Kenilworth bike trails. In the current but ever-morphing Met Council plan only 480 "significant" trees would be cut—the largest trees.

The other almost 90 percent of the vegetation is "not significant." In Met Council/Hennepin County Commission SWLRT development plans, not all trees or people count equally