A nation of immigrants turns its back

Don’t call hundreds of thousands of people a “border crisis” and a “problem.” Start realizing that they’re refugees, whether officially stamped or not.


Reflections of New Minnesotans: Reactions to Central American refugees reflect attitudes towards people in crisis

Beyond thinking about immigration reform, what conversations are we having as a nation about advocating for Central American child refugees or turning them away? Navigate Minnesota's Emilia Gonzalez Avalos joins the show this week to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis pushing thousands of children to make the dangerous trek into the United States, and the implications of national reactions to the situation. [Audio below]

Whose country is this?

There were many disadvantages to being brought up in a restrictive part of the country in the 40’s and 50’s, even if you were white and middle class. In my mother’s New England, in the broken land and stunning autumn months and soft spring times of my childhood, I was told, in words and gestures from both teachers and parents that I had only a limited role to fill in this world. In my privileged home, oldest of five children, it was assumed that marriage would define me and that it was indeed unseemly of me to want more. I was not denied the chance to explore the world around me, to go on those long hikes I have written about or swim in dangerous water. At the same time I was expected to settle down, and to content myself raising a large family. My mother did not work. I would not work.


Crisis at the border: We must ensure humanitarian protections work and American values are upheld

While the impact of the refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is being felt most dramatically in Texas, Arizona, and other southwestern states, we can expect it to affect us all. On just one day this week, The Advocates for Human Rights—based in Minnesota and about as far from the Mexican border as one can get—interviewed two unaccompanied children, ages 9 and 14, and a mother who, with two children under 5, fled their home countries and endured horrendous journeys to get to the border and to safety.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Minnesota Kurds Want Independent Kurdistan, Worry for Relatives In Iraq

Photos By: 
Jay Clark

Minnesota Kurds Hope that this flag is soon flying over an independent Kurdistan

Since the early 1990’s, a thriving community of Minnesota Kurds has grown  around the Moorhead area, and today numbers more than 1100.  Most of the Minnesota Kurds are from Iraqi Kurdistan


Supreme Court decision will not slow organizing efforts, workers say

Minnesota home care workers say a U.S. Supreme Court decision will not slow their efforts to organize for a voice on the job. (Photo courtesy of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota)

Workers in Minnesota and other states say they will continue organizing, despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that imposes some limits on how unions are financed.


Update: Restoring local authority to build community networks

It has been a busy few weeks for those of focused on restoring local authority to communities over the matter of building Internet networks. But for those of you who are just wondering what is happening, we haven't done the best job of keeping you in the loop.


Resolving refugee crisis at border stymied by U.S. Policy

The United States’ response to the refugee crisis that has developed at the US-Mexico border endangers the human rights of thousands of migrants. At the current pace, an estimated 90,000 children will arrive at the southern border by the end of 2014.[1] Many of these children have endured long, extremely dangerous journeys that involve the risk of rape, robbery, beatings, and sex trafficking.


New EPA guidelines: Minnesota on track

In my last blog, I discussed the disappointing yet legally sound court decision to strike down part of Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act. Most known for setting renewable energy and conservation mandates, this lesser-known piece sought to curb state emissions by restricting the import of electricity from new power plants that would raise Minnesota’s overall emissions. The decision highlighted the barriers states face as individual actors when addressing problems – like pollution – that aren’t confined to political boundaries.

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