Palestine supporters say Gov. Dayton backs Israeli Zionists

"There are not enough children to be killed to be safe," says Karen Redleaf Schraufnagel, a Jew and an organizer for Minnesota Coalition for Palestinian Rights, spoke to the now weekly gathering of support for Palestinian victims of the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The previous day, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had met with a congregation in Minnetonka, MN voicing unconditional support for the Israeli action.

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Saado Ali Warsame: Minnesota's Somali community reflects on slaying of fearless singer

(Photo from Facebook) Saado Ali Warsame

For more than four decades, Saado Ali Warsame, killed last week in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu, used her songs and voice to plant seeds of peace and unity in Somalia and its diaspora communities in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Faran Rabbani: My letter to President Obama

Photo by William Arthur published under Creative Commons License

As part of this great nation’s foreign policy, when injustice takes place in any part of the world, America usually takes a stand.

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Fatal shooting stems from out of control bus route

Yesterday evening when my phone rang off the hook, with several people calling repeatedly but not leaving messages, I knew something was wrong. I called back, to find out that a man had been fatally shot after getting off of the 19 bus in front of my home. Thank the Lord for small favors, but no one in my house was harmed, my dog was okay, and my home appears to be unscathed--although shell casings or evidence of some kind was left by the trash can on my corner.

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Life-saving legislation: A new law to prevent heroin overdose deaths

With more and more fatalities each year, heroin overdose has become a statewide epidemic. Minnesota’s heroin-related deaths in 2013 almost doubled from 2011 and the upward trend continues.

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1,000 march in Minneapolis to protest Israeli bombing of Gaza

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More than 1,000 people of many ethnic groups and many faiths gathered at 44th and Central in Northeast Minneapolis to rally in support of the Palestinian people on the day Israel invaded Gaza with army troops. The death toll is estimated at 274 Palestinians, mostly children and women, and two Israelis. The rally was organized by the Anti-War Committee.

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Locked Up, Locked Out: Community event covers daily effects of a criminal record

(Photos by Emily Terrell)

TakeAction Minnesota hosted a community conversation on July 12 with the Minneapolis Urban League called Locked Up, Locked Out to give a personal voice to the everyday challenges faced by individuals with a past criminal record.

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170 to 14: Deputies want a new Hennepin County Sheriff

Wow, deputies endorse the new candidate for Hennepin Sheriff, Eddie Frizell, not the incumbent Rich Stanek, by a vote of 170 to 14 votes. There must be some serious reasons because I am sure that endorsing against one’s current boss is a risk. An announcement is expected out soon.

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As another 'long, hot summer' threatens North Minneapolis, community members gather to talk solutions

After the latest rash of violence on Minneapolis’ North Side over the last couple of weeks, community residents and civic leaders are all searching for ways to stop it. Many are calling this the 21st Century’s version of “a long, hot summer” in the city.

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