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Could a police-free city be a viable option in Minneapolis?

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.”

One man answered my questions openly. Continue Reading

Community Voices: A call for ‘regeneration’ over reparations where Black potential has been stifled

If you seek to learn about reparations specifically for Black people living in what we call the United States of America, you will see a contentious debate. One argument tracks the history, showing the ways that those enslaved in this country, their descendants and folks that looked like them were disadvantaged throughout the occupation of this land. Continue Reading