Everything you need to know about free speech at the Mall of America

A warning during the December Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America.

Starting this week, the ongoing trial of Black Lives Matter protestors for allegedly organizing a December demonstration at the Mall of America will place a spotlight on free speech, racial inequal


Growing up Somalian in Minnesota

Minneapolis sidewalk; Image from Voices for Racial Justice.

Growing up Somalian in America is a walking contradiction. Both cultures are constantly at odds jockeying for which one drives my life.


Reefer Madness Pitched to Minnesota Police Chiefs

The Minnesota Police Chiefs Association kicked off the second day of its 2015 Executive Training Institute with a keynote address from Kevin Sabet, President and CEO of


Body cameras benefit the police

Whether or not they care to admit it, I am positive that every student, professor and community member has an opinion on body cameras for police officers.
Perhaps a bod

Minneapolis police records shed light on 2014 military training

In August of 2014, military helicopters flew low over residential neighborhoods of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, engaged in a series of night-time training exercises.  The exercises involved the


Dueling State of the City Events Reveal Rift Between Rhetoric and Reality of Inequality

Mike Griffin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) leading a chant of "black lives matter" on the steps of City Hall during last week's "People's State of the City" rally.  Photo by Bill Lindeke.

These days it’s hard to tell whether Minneapolis is united about being divided.


St. Patrick’s Day disturbances create concerns

“Banish bias, but keep downtown livable,” blared the Star Tribuneeditorial of Monday, March 23, 2015, warning about unacceptable public behavior threatening urban revival while avoidi


MOA outwitted after Twitter fiasco

A warning at the #blacklivesmatter demonstration at the Mall of America.



We Can Make 28th Avenue Better for People

Crosswalks at 40th Street and 28th Avenue Are Heavily Used

Driving 28th Avenue from 38th Street to Minnehaha Parkway in south Minneapolis is a pleasure, a little too much so.

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