Best of Neighborhood News 2/24: Effort for release of Jamar Clark videos focuses on unique provision in data law


Effort to get Jamar Clark videos released focuses on a unique — and untested — provision in Minnesota’s data law

This week on MinnPost, Peter Callaghan explored the intricacies of Minnesota’s Data Practices Act and its connection to the lawsuit fighting for the release of video related to Jamar Clark’s death.

“Until the community is given some measure of transparency through the release of the videos, the relationship between the community and the police department cannot begin to be repaired,” notes the suit.

Read more about the law’s 50-year history and cases that successfully used public-information laws to gain release of police shooting tapes here.


Show of support for trans youth in South Dakota despite anti-transgender bill

Last week, the South Dakota Senate passed a bill that would prevent schools from implementing transgender-inclusive policies. Most notably, the bill would ban transgender students from the right to use restrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify.

This week, The Column gathered responses in support of transgender youth from LGBTQIA advocacy groups.

See what the ACLU, opposing senators and protesters had to say here.


Sabathani celebrates 50 years of service to South Mpls

The Minnesota Spokesman-Reporter covered the Sabathani Community Center’s 50 year anniversary this week.

“Strong Past, Stronger Future” is the theme of Sabathani’s celebration of its 50th Anniversary. A South Minneapolis landmark, Sabathani Community Center was founded in 1966 to support African American youth in the Bryant neighborhood of South Minneapolis. In over 50 years it has grown to serve a diverse community of African American, Latino and Somali residents.

Today, Sabathani serves more than 31,000 people each year, or nearly eight percent of Minneapolis’ population.

See the whole article, including information on a new interactive exhibit, here.