Politics & Policy

Twin Cities mayors pledge racial equity

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Clockwise (from right): Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Professor john a. powell, Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

The Twin Cities could be the nation’s best example for racial equity — so pledge the mayors of the state’s two largest municipalities. In welcoming the estimated 500-plus attendees at the August 5-6 “Convening on Racial Equity” at the University of Minnesota, both St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges told the audience that they are committed to addressing racial equity in all aspects of government and society.

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Minneapolis councilmember Cano meets with 2909 Bloomington Ave. S. families

(Photos by Jay Clark) Young 2909 Bloomington residents greet councilmember Alondra Cano, give her tour of backyard

On August 7, councilmember Cano met with over 50 family members living at 2909 Bloomington Ave. S., to hear about safety concerns and work with residents to get problems fixed.

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City data could help you catch a bus and improve your neighborhood

(Photo by justgrimes published under Creative Commons License)

City-generated data my soon help people track buses from their phones and help monitor problem properties for things like noise violations and landlord abuses. These are just two potential uses that may go public by November under the city’s new open data policy.

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Somali president visits Twin Cities, receives mixed welcome

(Photos and video by Christina Cerruti)

It was completely dark by the time Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus on Aug. 9. But the lack of light didn’t stop protesters, many of whom had been demonstrating for hours, from rushing to the curb and chanting “Down, Hassan, down!” as the president arrived.

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Refugees, asylum and U.S. history — Time for a change of heart

Tens of thousands of children from Honduras and El Salvador and Guatemala are fleeing violence in their home countries. Some have sought safe haven in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. More than 57,000 have entered the United States since October. Kevin, one of the 57,000, describes why he left his home in Honduras:

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Israeli-Palestinian protests continue, move to Klobuchar and Star Tribune offices

The Anti-War Committee of Minnesota continued their protests this week. This time, the group set their sights on another Minnesota lawmaker and the mainstream media for what the protesters call a complacency over the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine.

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Six reasons Minnesota students should vote this year

(Photo by Francisco Osorio published under Creative Commons License)

Younger voters are known for their low turn-out rates, but in 2012 they showed up in record numbers and helped decide the fate of the presidential election. While the president isn't up for re-election for another two years, there's still plenty of reasons for younger voters, particularly colleges students, to vote this year. Here's six reasons why young voters should practice their civic duty on Election Day.

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A day at Farmfest: No tech talk with Gubernatorial Debate, yes drones for farming!

Today I spent the day at Farmfest. Originally I had planned to attend the Broadband Task Force meeting at Farm Fest but the meeting was cancelled; I figured this was a good opportunity to learn more about broadband and agriculture business as well as get a broad take on the priority folks in agriculture place on broadband.

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