Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a six-part series under the theme “Poverty is a math problem (and so much more).” Poverty must not be a bar from learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty. — President Lyndon B. Johnson Education is the key to opportunity. It’s a ticket out of poverty. — President George H. W. Bush The best anti-poverty … [Read more...]
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A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. For a prisoner in the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), a 15-minute phone call can require three hours of labor. Mailing a letter — two hours of labor. A sweatshirt to keep warm in winter — 60 hours of labor. Minnesota DOC policy requires … [Read more...]
A Black high school student circulated a petition to remove a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee, which prompted the city of Charlottesville to remove it. That decision ignited the fury of extreme militant White supremacist groups who responded to the call of White Nationalist Richard Spencer to the “Unite the Right” march. Black student activists on campuses across … [Read more...]
Masjid An-Nur targeted by White protester, but has support of community On Friday, August 20, around 2:45 pm, I was driving to the Cub Foods supermarket on West Broadway Avenue North. Taking the back way to the store, I drove north on Lyndale Avenue to turn west onto 18th Avenue to enter the store’s parking lot on its south side. Masjid An-Nur, a copper-domed mosque, is on … [Read more...]
A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. The sky was dark and rain was starting to fall, but the energy was high at Voices for Racial Justice last Wednesday evening as we welcomed our growing BRIDGE Network to our space for a casual gathering. In fact, as the rain grew heavy, we were glad … [Read more...]