Churches pick up on sustainability movement

(Photos by Matt Grimley) Dan Doerrer, pastor of Nativity Church, and Rev. Susan Mullin, director of faith formation for Faith United Methodist Church, after a first meeting to decide how the two churches can address sustainability within their churches and the larger St. Anthony community.

On the first day, there was a meeting.

It was a Citizens for Sustainability meeting in October. Dan Doerrer, associate pastor of Nativity Church, was invited to attend by members of the group. There he connected with Rev. Susan Mullin, director of faith formation for Faith United Methodist Church.


Bridging the generations: Hmong families come together in St. Paul

Two organizations, Hnub Tshiab (New Day) Hmong Women Achieving Together, and Koom Tes (Cooperation) hosted a two day intergenerational retreat for Hmong families in St. Paul on Oct. 11-12, 2014, at Wilder Foundation Center for Social Healing.

“I can be the role model that I’m searching for.”

That was the comment of one participant at the “Intergenerational Retreat,” a two day event that brought Hmong men and women together to discuss gender issues within the family system and in the community to learn to be more intentional about addressing intergenerational conflict.


[PHOTOS] #BlackLivesMatter protesters halt 35W traffic: “We’re ready for change”

(Photos by Katie G. Nelson)

The largest highway in Minneapolis was brought to a standstill on Dec. 4 after protestors marched down a two-mile stretch of I-35W from Uptown to downtown Minneapolis to rally against several recent, high-profile cases of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.

For more than an hour, northbound I-35W was reduced to foot traffic, with cars backed-up for miles behind the barricade of police cars separating protestors from oncoming traffic.


East Side Enterprise Center now open for business

(Credit: Gustavo Rosso, Patagonia Visual Solutions) Mahogany James, pictured above left, is working for Metro State and ESABA on the internship program for local businesses. James and her husband Claude volunteered many hours for the ESEC Grand Opening.

The East Side Enterprise Center (ESEC) has held two major events to introduce itself to the world: the October 30 New Moon community celebration and the official November 18 Grand Opening for all ESEC partners.


Billion dollar surplus anticipated for new biennium

(Photo by Paul Battaglia) Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, left, and House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt greet after they both made comments regarding the Dec. 4 release of the November Budget and Economic Forecast.

Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton are expected to have more than a billion additional dollars at their disposal.


Worker fired by Delta for public remarks supporting an airport minimum wage

(Still from video below, by Labor Education Service)

The organization 15 Now is reporting today that Delta Airlines has fired Kip Hedges, long-time Minnesota labor activist and Delta baggage handler, for statements he made in a Workday Minnesota video that was published on October 20, 2014. Workday has reposted the video here.


After Ferguson: What comes next? The nature of media coverage is a big part of the answer

Owners Jerome and Cathy Jenkins outside of Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson, MO

“What do we do now?” Such questions have been noticeably absent in media coverage in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August, especially after last week’s announcement of the decision not to indict the police officer who killed him. Instead, most of the focus has been on if and when violence would erupt after the grand jury decision.


Chicano and Latino Studies department problems persist

Amid complaints that the Chicano and Latino Studies department is suffering from a lack of funds and resources, University of Minnesota leaders are reaching out to find solutions.


West Bank Business Association enters second year of cleanups

(Photo by Ricky Aponte published under Creative Commons License)

After Cedar-Riverside businesses complained for years that graffiti and street trash were deterring customers from the area, the West Bank Business Association banded together with other local organizations to clean up their neighborhood.