More than 300 Minneapolis educators and community members protested at the Davis Center Tuesday night to advocate for better school funding in teachers’ contract negotiations. As reported by North News, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) is asking for smaller class sizes, more school support personnel and restorative practices, among other demands. “According to [Minneapolis Public Schools], MFT’s proposals would cost the district $160 million. According to Sullivan, even with district cuts adding up to $27 million, there would still be a $6 million hole to fill – the district will be asking Minneapolis taxpayers and the state legislature for additional funding support over the next year.”
To learn more about why Minneapolis Public School educators are rallying for fully-funded schools, check out the story at North News.
New book, future restaurant from Twin Cities Oglala Lakota Chef
The founder of The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, published a cookbook-memoir-manifesto, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” According to the Southwest Journal, Sherman wants to decolonize and evolve indigenous foods in order to re-establish a connection with his culture and ancestors.
A Minneapolis City Council committee discussed plans with law enforcement and a local nonprofit to combat heightened sex trafficking during the Super Bowl LII on Jan. 18. As reported by the Minnesota Daily, the Minneapolis Police Department is using undercover operations and building relationships with the hospitality industry to combat the issue. In addition, 12 community organizations formed an Anti-Trafficking Response Committee. “We know sex trafficking occurs. Continue Reading
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
Police abolition is not a topic that fits the traditional confines of Midwestern small talk. So, when I asked about two dozen people at bus stops, in coffee shops, at the library and some acquaintances if they would share their feelings about the idea of a police-free Minneapolis, it’s not too surprising that few people were willing to talk to me at all and none of those who would would go on the record. Some said they didn’t know enough about the topic. Most of the people I approached listened politely and then quickly declined. A few others’ eyes glazed over after hearing the word “reporter.”
Twin Cities Daily Planet, an award-winning online publication powered by Twin Cities Media Alliance, is looking for an extremely curious, highly organized and driven Editor to advance its mission. Continue Reading
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
This week: Valerie Castile reflects on the pain and the activism in the months after her son’s death, international students fear for the future of affordable schooling at UMN and women take charge of their future with new initiative in Minnesota. Continue Reading
This week: university administrators aim to prevent sexual assault, the summit for civil rights strives to create a more inclusive society and a look at incoming Park Board Commissioner Kale Severson. Continue Reading