OPINION | National spotlight exposes culture of racism, harassment and brutality

"The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that's what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve." – President Barack Obama

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Minnesota March for Equity addresses state's 'opportunity gap'

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II – whose “Moral Mondays” campaign has spread from North Carolina to other states – lead a March for Equity on Aug. 16.

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All cops are Darren Wilson

I know. It’s an inflammatory title, and easily disproved. I am sure there are many cops out there who wouldn’t execute a kid in cold blood for walking in the street.

But i want to talk solutions, and all the ‘good cops’ in the world didn’t save Michael Brown. They didn’t save Eric Garner. Or Terrance Franklin. Or Oscar Grant. Or Kelly Thomas. Or John T. Williams. Or any of the other 400 people/year who are murdered by police in the United States.

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The cross and the Molotov cocktail

[Content note: discussion and photos of lynching and other forms of brutality]

Can you see the Imago Dei in these young men? Can you see the suffering Christ in their rage?

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Minnesota's good life for Whites only?

(MSR file photo) Dr. Edward Ehlinger

Health disparities have been a big concern in America for a long time. Although Minnesota is known for many good things — lots of trails and bike paths, multiple millionaires, and 10,000 lakes — health in the American Indian and Black/African American populations is not one of them. The health disparities that people of color and American Indians experience in comparison to Whites in Minnesota is of concern to many and should be of concern to many more.

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New maps affirm old disparities, segregation in Twin Cities

(Images courtesy of Wilder Research) Above, data compiled from the 2010 census show the highest concentration areas of Twin Cities residents 65 years of age and older.

Minnesota Compass, funded through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, released an interactive map this week using the most recent census data for Minneapolis and St. Paul. The data shows distinct boundaries in the sister cities, separating neighborhoods based on age, ethnicity, income, education and poverty levels.

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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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Documentary to tell the story of Juneteenth

(Photo by Charles Hallman) Lee Jordan

Although Lee Jordan has been working on it for some time now, the local filmmaker’s recent meeting with a local film group virtually has confirmed that his preliminary plans for a documentary on Juneteenth have not been in vain.

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Educating future nurses as a ticket out of poverty

FHCA Founder, Rachelle Simmons and her class gather around a patient during a hospital tour.

Sometimes, an airplane ride can change your life. Rachelle Simmons was college visiting in Baltimore with her son, and mentally noted something unique.

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Back from observing Ukraine election, Minneapolis resident works to preserve heritage in Northeast

Although Luba Lewytzkyj was born in the United States, she retains close ties with Ukraine, her parents’ homeland. Her father, the Very Reverend Dr. Wolodymyr Lewytzkyj, was a priest at St. Michael’s & St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Northeast, from 1955 to the mid-1960s. He represented the 10th generation in his family to serve as a priest.

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