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.


Undemocratic neighborhood process continues in Prospect Park

A watertower in Prospect Park, Minneapolis.

I’ve been a member of the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association since 1997.

Tax exemptions are bad for city

Location of a proposed soccer stadium in Minneapolis.

A proposal for a new soccer stadium in downtown Minneapolis is drawing controversy because of how it may be funded.


Bands That Brew - The Federales

05/14/2015 - 5:00pm - 05/15/2015 - 12:00am

Beer Brewed By Local Musicians


Target Center all over again

The Minneapolis City Council has agreed to pay an additional $24.5 million to renovate the Target Center so Glen Taylor can charge more for admission.   Taylor is the publisher of t


When We Talk About "Homelessness", What are We Really Talking About?

Currie Avenue, Minneapolis

I start quite deliberately with the scare quotes above because it is one of my primary objectives here to articulate my discomfort with the way the term “homelessness” is conventionally used.


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.


Davnie’s dual duties

Rep. Jim Davnie just started his new job as executive director of SciMathMN, an advocacy organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.


City hears Riverside Plaza tenant concerns

Riverside Plaza tenant Marian Ali becomes emotional while speaking at the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Friday evening. Ali expressed that she felt unsafe living in the West Bank apartment complex.

By Liam Doyle

Cedar-Riverside community members and Riverside Plaza tenants convened Friday at the Brian Coyle Center gymnasium to formally assert complaints about the apartment complex’s management to city offi


Gray leaves MUL post; Steven Belton named interim

Scott Gray

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Minneapolis Urban League Board of Directors announced that Scott Gray will be stepping down as president and CEO to pursue other opportunities.

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