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America did not learn from the Kerner Report, history repeats itself in Ferguson

(Photo by Fibonacci Blue published under Creative Commons License) Students at South High School held a sit in for four and half hours, the length of time Michael Brown's body was on the street after he was killed. Then they walked out and marched to the Minneapolis police 3rd precinct.

“The police are not merely a ‘spark’ factor. To some Negroes police have come to symbolize white power, white racism and white repression.

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Twin Cities celebrates Transgender Day of Remembrance

(Photo by Ted Eytan published under Creative Commons License)

Stoned to death. Stabbed 33 times. Pushed out of a moving car then run over. When hate and fear rage out of control, people destroy by any means necessary. Eighty-one transgender people were murdered in the past year throughout the world.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: What does Obama's order mean for Minnesota immigrants?

This week's featured guest is local immigration attorney and activist Susana de León. The conversation focuses on Obama's recent executive order on immigration, examining what it means for immigrant communities in Minnesota, and for immigration reform nationally. [Audio below]

The immigration reform trap (or how the GOP took the bait)

So Obama finally showed some backbone and did what he should have done before the election–he acted on immigration. Had he done this before the election as he said he would (if Republicans did not act) then maybe more Hispanics would have voted for Democrats and the November results would have been different. Now we see Republicans engaged in a faux act of anger, declaring that they will get even. The Republicans should be grateful that Obama acted–it takes immigration off the table without Congress having to act, or not act, and therefore it removes a thorny problem for the GOP. But foolishly and predictably the Republicans have protested, only guaranteeing that they will continue to guarantee that Latinos vote for Democrats, perhaps for the next generation.

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Was it political cowardice or bad strategy?

UPDATE: Heard from the Speaker of the Minnesota House, sadly shortly to be minority leader (replaced by this guy), and looks like some state-specific comments of mine might not hold up. Details here.

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Twin Cities immigrant community welcomes Obama's action

(Photo from El Colegio's website) El Colegio's school mascot, Los Jaguares.

Maria Cervantes was among dozens of Latino community members who assembled Thursday night at El Colegio High School in Minneapolis to watch President Obama’s televised announcement on immigration reform.

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GLOBAL GROCERIES | A final word on #Grapegate

(Photo by Liz West published under Creative Commons License)

By now, you’ve heard of #Grapegate. But, if you’ve been living in a snow bank, here’s a quick update.

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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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2014 Women’s Congress: Girl power goes green for future generations

(Photos by Sarah Ellen Miller)

Despite being a leading environmental policy expert, Carolyn Raffensperger said she’s been excluded from environmental projects because of her gender, and it’s happening to women across the board.

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