When you reside at the intersections of multiple identities, anniversaries of your civil rights struggles can be both bitter and sweet. And this May 17th was a reminder. At 12:01 am on May 17, 2004, the city of Cambridge was the first to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. At 9:15 am the first couple was married. Then Cambridge City Clerk Margaret Drury said to … [Read more...]
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Sam Mitchell: we thank you for a job well done We are elated that Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns was voted 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year (the second year in a row for a Timberwolves’ player: Andrew Wiggins was 2015 Rookie of the year). But don’t forget the key role Sam Mitchell played in developing these outstanding future Hall of Famers. So why was the architect of … [Read more...]
Loving someone in prison should not be stigmatized A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. I've been gone a long time. At the very beginning, someone in my family sat behind the glass in the Hennepin County visiting room with tears in her eyes and told me not to worry. She said, "This is not … [Read more...]
Beginning in 1994, the United States Congress established a process to designate a number of urban and rural areas as Renewal Communities (RC), Empowerment Zones (EZ), or Enterprise Communities (EC). These designations were used to identify many of the poorest communities in the nation. Through a competitive process, several communities were awarded federal grants, bonds, … [Read more...]
As the school year winds down, one can’t help but think of graduations and where and how students will embark upon the next phase of their lives. Unfortunately, the opportunities for far too many will be limited because of disparities in graduation rates and in opportunities for students at high-performing schools compared with their counterparts at low-performing … [Read more...]