Politics & Policy

Don Samuels calls cops over hotdog giveaway

(Photo courtesty of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change) A Minneapolis police officer shows up at NOC's office on West Broadway. Video below.

With less than three weeks to go until the Nov. 4 election, Minneapolis school board candidate Don Samuels may have gotten himself in some hot water with a local Northside philanthropic nonprofit.

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Minnesota is first to free the beagles: A second chance at life

Back on May 20 of this year, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill into law, which included the Beagle Freedom Law (and the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Law) — thus making Minnesota the very first state to pass the Beagle Freedom Law. Yip yip hurray!

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The importance of local races

Before she was in Congress, Michele Bachmann was a state senator, and before that, pertinent to the title of this post, she was on her local school board. The fact I don’t have to explain who she is might demonstrate the importance of that one school board race.

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Gutierrez calls for Latino voter turnout in Minnesota

(Photo by Eric Best) Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minneapolis, pose for the crowd at the Oct. 8 event at El Nuevo Rodeo on Lake Street.

The nation’s top Latino elected official joined local leaders last week to encourage Minnesota’s Latinos to vote on Election Day.

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Minneapolis and utilities establish unique "Clean Energy Partnership"

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On Oct. 6 a public hearing took place at City Hall to review tentative utility franchise agreements reached between the City of Minneapolis and utility companies Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. The agreements, if approved by the Minneapolis City Council on Oct. 17, would set in motion a first-in-the-nation, public-private “Clean Energy Partnership.” 

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Rep. Rick Nolan uses "turds" to describe past Minnesota water quality

(Photo from video by The Uptake) Video below

Yesterday’s 8th Congressional District candidates debate in Duluth between Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) and challengers Stewart Mills (GOP) and Ray Skip Sandman (Green) touched on several topics, including social security reformation, gun regulation and oil pipeline expansion. But the highlight of the debate was easily when Rep. Nolan used the word “turds” to help prove a point as he described just how bad Minnesota’s water quality used to be.

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OccupyMN to celebrate three-year anniversary Oct. 7

(Workday Minnesota photo) In the fall of 2011, Occupy Minnesota demonstrators occupied the plaza at Hennepin County Government Center for several weeks.

Three years ago, the Occupy movement mobilized thousands of people and re-shaped the public debate over wealth and inequality. On Tuesday, OccupyMN will celebrate the anniversary with events in Minneapolis.

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Constitutional Personhood: A tale of women, fetuses, corporations, animals, robots, and Martians

“We the people” are the first three words of the Constitution. Legally it should be simple to decide who is part of that we. But as the Hobby Lobby decision showed when the Supreme Court ruled that a corporation had religious rights, it is not always clear who or what the Constitution considers a person or a thing. One would think that it is simple–persons have rights, property does not. The reality is that throughout American history the constitutional line between property and personhood has been thin and contentious.

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"If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu."

I spend almost all my time attempting to figure out how I can braid storytelling and organizing. I’ve been attempting to not just organize communities around ideas, but also organize ideas, making sense of the din around us, the tunnel vision that too often exists in the justice world, the lack of recognition of the ties that bind injustice together, and the ways and whys we too often ignore who we are for what we do.

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