What is a confidential informant? What are the ground rules for handling an informant? When will being an informant no longer give them permission to commit crimes with impunity? Notice, we did not ask who is an informant. We all know that informants can be helpful to law enforcement. Our complaint is when they are harmful to the community or are allowed to commit … [Read more...]
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As a parent of children of color, I need to be heard. I'm tired of being dismissed by White defensiveness and the overwhelming White fear of being called a racist. I am in need of having a real conversation about my child, a conversation that not only openly and honestly acknowledges both my child's successes and struggles but also addresses your biases and mental models when … [Read more...]
This past May, the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) published a new study titled The Rise of White-Segregated Subsidized Housing. The study’s executive summary opens by stating, “Subsidized housing in Minneapolis and Saint Paul is segregated, and this segregation takes two forms — one well-known, and the other virtually … [Read more...]
Football and the nation lost a great man, my good friend Denny Green, July 22,, 2016, a giant on and off the field. He was one of the most successful head coaches in the history of both college and NFL football. Many players acknowledge his role as mentor, impressing on them to have a plan to enable sustaining success throughout life. He was a lifelong supporter of community … [Read more...]
Once again I feel it necessary to respond to misinformation and allegations included in Ron Edwards’ Spokesman-Recorder commentary, “Michael Baker is out at Theodore Wirth: Demotion as of October 1, 2016” (July 7, 2016). Quite simply, Mike Baker is not “out” at Theodore Wirth. He has been — and remains — a valued employee, and we look forward to working with Mike for years to … [Read more...]