Sculptor refuses to be pushed around by racism

(Photo courtesy of Frank Brown) Frank Brown standing by his work, The Second Coming of the William Lynch Theory, created in 2008. It is on display in the atrium of the Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul sculptor Frank Brown describes himself as a “gofer,” someone who “goes for it, who doesn’t sit around waiting for someone to come looking for them. I take the initiative to go out and initiate the conversation that hopefully will create a positive response.”

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Minneapolis moves toward restorative justice, deemphasizes punishment

(Photo courtesy of Restorative Justice Community Action) Minneapolis residents Manu Lewis and Vincent De Lusia volunteer with RJCA to talk with nonviolent criminal offenders as part of a reconciliation plan, meant to help offenders face how their actions affect the community.

When a University of Minnesota student got arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, instead of finding himself in front of a judge, he found himself in front of Bill and Susan Engel.

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Don't put mothers and their children in prison

Today’s Twitter feed is abuzz with the news that the White House intends to announce administrative action for some of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented Americans. While the contours of the relief remain unclear, President Obama’s action undoubtedly moves the immigration reform debate to a new place and promises to make real – at least in a limited way for the very near future – the right to family unity guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights at articles 17 and 23.

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South Minneapolis historic home owner Pearl Lindstrom dies at 92

(Photo by Paige Elliott)

Pearl Lindstrom, the owner of the south Minneapolis home recently added to the National Register of Historic Places has died at the age of 92. A call to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner today confirmed Lindstrom's death was reported with their office. The cause of death, time of death and other details are pending an official investigation.

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Critics say 'Pointergate' story perpetuates racial stereotypes, Mayor says she doesn't plan to stop pointing

(Photos by Charles Hallman) Mayor Betsy Hodges

The fallout continues from a local television station’s airing a controversial story two weeks ago. The Hubbard Broadcasting-owned ABC affiliate, KSTP 5, aired a November 9 news story that claimed Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and a Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) volunteer organizer flashed gang signs at each other at a voter registration event prior to this year’s general election.

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'Live Free' flags open public conversation on domestic violence

(Photo by Kristal Leebrick) Liz Richards, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, raises the Live Free Without Violence flag to honor people who have been killed due to intimate partner violence.

Liz Richards draped her Live Free Without Violence flag from the brick railings at 97 Langford Park in St. Anthony Park for most of October to honor four people killed in 2014 due to intimate partner violence.

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"Last night I had the strangest dream…."

Last night Paul Chappell inspired 250 of us at the Annual Celebration of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers at Landmark Center in St. Paul. “Is World Peace Possible?” was his topic. Of course, the answer is “yes”, but one needs both to believe that possibility and work towards the goal rather than get mired in a sense of futility.

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Women in prison: Visiting author imagines options, honors work of local volunteers

“Imagining a world beyond incarceration” is the theme of Maya Schenwar’s new book, a critique on the nation’s prisons entitled Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Schenwar will read from her book and help readers imagine a world beyond incarceration on Saturday, November 22. The reading and discussion, set for 3:00 p.m. at Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Avenue South in Minneapolis, is free and open. Schenwar’s reading is sponsored by the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) which is housed at Boneshaker.

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Indictment or not, protest the racist police state

The grand jury's decision on whether or not to indict killer cop Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown is expected any day. Authorities are planning and prepping for major unrest in Ferguson and throughout the country, the KKK is threatening to use 'lethal force' against protesters and, meanwhile, the activist world is aflutter with calls to action once the news is out.

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Mayor Hodges, gang wannabe on "list"?

Since last week when KSTP reported about her Honor doing gang signs she may be already listed as a "wannabe" in the Minneapolis gang file or Bureau of Criminal Apprehension data system.

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