Last week, the big drama was about “Trumpcare.” It was defeated by the president’s own party. He said move on and let the ACA ex- (or maybe im-) plode. Some talk about a bi-partisan approach to a “fix.” I strongly disagree. I see this as a golden moment to structure a real, effective healthcare system based on the idea that healthcare is a right of every citizen. It seems … [Read more...]
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In 1827, with the publication of the Freedom’s Journal, John Russwurm and Reverend Samuel Cornish established the Black Press and boldly declared their mission: to be the voice the African American community, standing up for victims of injustice, and championing the unsung. Dedicated, resilient and strong Black women, who account for a significant number of the 211 African … [Read more...]
Two key Minneapolis City Council committees held a joint meeting Wednesday, March 22 to consider a proposed ordinance to expand important civil rights protections for thousands of low-income renters. The proposed ordinance would prohibit discriminating against tenants with a rental subsidy, such as Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. Unfortunately, for decades “we don’t take … [Read more...]
Medical care continues to dominate our attention in this nation. I hope we don't have millions of people without healthcare in the next year or so. However, in reality, we already do. A 50-year-old woman told my wife and me that she seriously needs a knee replacement, but she can't pay her deductible and twenty percent. Together they would be several thousand … [Read more...]
"Black coaches vanish from Big Ten, once a model for diversity in college basketball,” was the March 6, 2017 headline in the Star Tribune. The sub-headline was “Black coaches becoming a rarity in big-time college basketball.” The article was 2,393 words long. Was that article significant or just another “Minnesota Nice” move to gloss over racism and anti-diversity? Or, was … [Read more...]