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St. Paul's SpiderBaby: Gay pro wrestler celebrates 10th anniversary

Terrance Griep, pro wrestler and writer, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Tommy "The SpiderBaby" in November, which is what he calls himself when he steps into the ring. Besides a tenth anniversary, SpiderBaby won a tenth championship, according to his press release. Griep, who is openly gay, said, "this victory represents a political statement."

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Golfers, public to get input on Minneapolis' five public courses from Dec. 4-14

Golfers and the general public can weigh in on what to do with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) five public courses through an online survey planned to be open on the main page of www.MinneapolisParks.org from Dec. 4-14.

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Protesters march to Metrodome, denounce Washington team nickname as racist

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Metrodome on November 7. denouncing the nickname of Washington's NFL franchise, the Redskins.

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OPINION | Again we speak against injustice

“Ake” is a word we use in Lakota to express our frustration. It's translated as “again.” Growing up on the Rosebud reservation, I would hear my parents say, “Ake!” when someone unnecessarily repeated themselves, made another promise that may have been suspect or when another frustration took hold in the family or in the community.

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Change the Name protest — Video report

AIM Twin Cities, Little Earth of United Tribes and Minneapolis American Indian community members gathered on Nov. 7 on East Franklin Avenue to protest the Washington team on during their game against the Minnesota Vikings. The event, led by AIM Twin Cities co-founder Clyde Bellecourt, featured Billy Mills (1964 Olympic Gold Medalist, Oglala Lakota), Gov. Jesse Ventura (former Minnesota governor), Nathaniel Khaliq (St. Paul City Council member, Ward 1), U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Joey Browner (Minnesota Vikings, 1983-1991) and Betsy Hodges (Mayor-Elect, City of Minneapolis).

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University of Minnesota panel refocuses Washington football mascot controversy on protecting youth

Bellecourt speaks during panel dissusssion.

On November 5, the University of Minnesota hosted a symposium on race in sports and media for a more in-depth discussion of the issues surrounding the controversy over the Washington football team'

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Struggle against racist sports nicknames gives labor movement opportunity to discover its own history – and find a path forward

In early September the AFL-CIO held a dramatic convention in Los Angeles. With the labor movement’s segment of the U.S. workforce down to a meager 11 percent, leaders urged the pursuit of new paths, what they called “a historic opening in the labor movement.” President Richard Trumka called on the more than one hundred year old federation to open its arms to embrace new kind of organizations – worker centers, worker associations, and associate member organizations. It’s time, he said, that the labor movement become a movement of “the 99 percent.” He and other leaders called particular attention to the International Domestic Workers’ Network, the National Taxi Workers’ Alliance, United Students Against Sweatshops, and Working America, as they encouraged unions to develop strategies which used links with such organizations to build community support for workers and to fight against racism and on behalf of immigrants’ rights.

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