Best of Neighborhood News 11/12: Minneapolis Works rally, U denies expanded paratransit services


Rally draws 600 to march on Minneapolis City Hall

Fast food workers and retail cleaners who went on a one-day strike were joined by Walmart workers, union members, faith leaders and community activists in a march from a McDonald’s restaurant in northeast Minneapolis to the Macy’s store on Nicollet Mall, a downtown U.S. Bank branch and City Hall, according to Workday Minnesota.

The strike and rally were just one of many demonstrations nationwide to call for action on workers’ rights, including a $15 minimum wage, paid sick time, fair scheduling and increased enforcement of wage theft. All the measures are part of the ongoing discussion with Minneapolis Works and the Working Families Agenda in Minneapolis.

Read more about the event at Workday Minnesota.

U denies disabled students expanded paratransit options

The Minnesota Daily reports that the University of Minnesota’s Professional Student Government (PSG) is exploring options to expand paratransit services for the U’s disabled students after the school’s Parking and Transportation Services rejected two calls for more paratransit services.

The PSG is hoping to start up a pilot program that would allow for a limited number of students to be picked up or dropped off at home, provided that their home is within three blocks of campus.

“If they’re not giving this a try, they’re leaving students out in the cold, literally,” said Kyle Kroll, the president of PSG.

Find out how and why the pilot program faltered and what options are available to disabled students, read more on the Minnesota Daily’s website.

The passing of two Henrys

In a tragic twist of fate, two prominent African community members who shared the same first name were found dead within 24 hours of each other, Insight News reports.

The body of Liberian Henry McCabe was found on Nov. 2, and the body of Kenyan Henry Gichana was found Nov. 3. The police do not suspect foul play.

To read more about the incidents and to learn how to help the families of the deceased, check out the story on Insight News.