The Twin Cities Daily Planet’s Best of 2017

It seems like every think-piece or nonprofit email included the words “Now, more than ever” in 2017. While unprecedented challenges and tragedies rocked our national conscious in 2017, this year was the one when – more than ever – we as a community turned toward the hyper-local to affect change. For 11 years, the Twin Cities Daily Planet has always had a focus on local. But now, nearly three years into our mission of amplifying and connecting marginalized voices, that focus has become a platform for our local communities – especially those who have historically faced oppression – to own and assert their stories in an ever-changing world. From the highest municipal elections turnout in years, landmark workers’ rights ordinances, and growing resistance in the face of police brutality, racism and anti-immigrant bigotry, communities told their own authentic stories on our platform. Continue Reading

Announcing the departure of Daily Planet Editor Cristeta Boarini

What a journey these last two years have been. When I started my role as editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet in October 2015, I had an inkling of what this role meant. I knew I would be able to help tell stories that amplify and connect marginalized voices. I knew that I would get to embed with community in a way that traditional journalism has never allowed me to do before. But what has actually happened has been so much more. Continue Reading

St. Paul’s growing political will for $15 minimum wage may mean a faster track for passage

Samuel Callahan is a single father raising his 14-year-old daughter, the youngest of his seven children. The father-daughter pair share a one-bedroom apartment in North Minneapolis. It’s cramped quarters, and yet the small family still does not get to spend enough time together. Callahan has been working at a Taco Bell for the past four years, but in 2016 he also started picking up shifts at a McDonald’s in order to make ends meet. In total, Callahan works 17 hours a day, six days per week. Continue Reading