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Twin Cities Daily Planet will only publish pieces that fit our mission to amplify and connect marginalized voices. Community Voices pieces should be original, Minnesota-focused content not published on other media sites, though on a blog you own yourself is acceptable.
This November, residents of Minneapolis’ Ward 4 will have an opportunity to elect a
representative on the Minneapolis City Council.
City Council Member Barb Johnson, a 20-year incumbent and city council president, took office after her mother. Her family has held this seat for 46 consecutive years. Johnson is arguably the most conservative member of the council, and with our weak mayoral system, holds an incredible amount of power both individually and institutionally. This November could change that. Continue Reading
In this video titled “Something Here Does Not Belong,” Minneapolis South High School VOICES students Alex Zeta, Izzy Quast and Adrianna Medloc spoke with social service providers, faith leaders and advocates to highlight the complexities and multifaceted support behind reproductive rights. Continue Reading
A precinct caucus is a neighborhood meeting – about as grassroots as it gets. It’s an evening of people coming together, building local power and changing the problems we see in our government. Continue Reading
I am a product of colonization. I am also a product of resistance. My heritage is that of the people who historically – and yes, still do – inhabit Minnesota: the Dakota people. I also have white ancestry, which is what presents itself on my skin and my face. In many ways I find this to be a metaphor for colonization itself—whiteness resting itself upon Indigenous blood and bones. Continue Reading
In this panel discussion with filmmaker D.A. Bullock, poet Andrea Jenkins and visual artist Ricardo Levins Morales, the artists discuss the relationship between art and resistance movements. Continue Reading
At South High in Minneapolis, student voice is an important part of learning to be civically engaged. Learn more in this video titled “Outspoken,” created by students Jo Alterini, De’vion Wagner, Jonathan Magati and Tre’von James. Continue Reading
In this video, created by South High VOICES students Keeler Gonzalez, Lindsey Morris and Marie Berlovitz, local voting rights advocates discuss how ex-offender disenfranchisement makes it more difficult for felons to rehabilitate and reintegrate into community, and how the practice also disproportionately affects people of color. Continue Reading