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Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community. They provide distinctive character to a neighborhood and are the engine that drives a local economy. Without local businesses, there is no local … more
Imagine that we are standing on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is in fact a few blocks east of where I live in south Minneapolis. Imagine with the writing of this column, I am leaving the … more
Schools and prisons should never be in the same sentence; however, the school-to-prison pipeline is real. For far too many students of color, entering the gateway to incarceration begins with a … more
A longtime reader and community activist reached out to me last month to say hello, and in the course of our catching up, she shared a snapshot of a column I had written 20 years ago which she had … more
This year, we commemorated National Apprenticeship Week from Nov. 15 to 21. NAW was first observed in 2015 at a time when women made up just 9 percent of all Registered Apprentices, despite making up … more
A portion of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was included in the recent Build Back Better bill that was passed in the House. The LJSA, which has bipartisan support in the House, … more
There is a lot of discussion across the state — and the country — about how to help people experiencing a mental health crisis. There is general consensus — even among police … more
The past two years have sparked a renewed interest in mutual aid across the country as the pandemic and the George Floyd Uprising have exposed the many systemic flaws in our society. In Minneapolis, … more
During the height of last summer’s protests over the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd, our neighborhood got connected. We gathered, set up group chats, scheduled overnight crews to … more
Eyes darting from news story to blog post to social media message, but nothing looks any different. The same text flashes before your eyes.. the Minneapolis Mayoral election race has a pre-determined … more
The Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan has been rejected, twice this year, by the Minneapolis Park Board. But with the coming elections, some candidates still want to cut Hiawatha in half and pre-flood … more
The two forums held with the Ward 2 City Council candidates were fantastic opportunities to hear the spectrum of views from all four candidates. If you missed these sessions, please seek them out … more
I appealed a decision before Councilor Schroeder and the entire Minneapolis City Council* and while I was somewhat surprised I lost, I was terrified by Schroeder’s indifference to upholding the … more
I just read the September article "Homeless encampment on church property ends in Seward," and found it to be shameful and embarrassing in its implicit contempt for our most vulnerable unhoused … more
Art by Sarajea “Star” Martin, George Floyd Square community member, foundbysara@gmail.com featuring Jay Webb, aka The Gardener. more
The greater Longfellow neighborhood is one of the most progressive communities in Minnesota. Black Lives Matter and All Are Welcome Here signs are on practically every block. Yet, even as White … more
Dear Seward neighborsAs many of you know, Seward Neighborhood Group has been experiencing a difficult and trying time. At the end of March, 2021, our Executive Director resigned citing difficulties … more
Youth can make a difference in the world. They can lift their voice for justice and build a vision for the future of the betterment of society. Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute … more
We may be getting some rain, and the temperature is turning cooler, but make no mistake we’re still in a drought.  Our Environmental Services division monitors the impact of the drought on … more
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