A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. I was six years old when my father got arrested in 2002. I turned 21 in August of this year. When I went to Stillwater Correctional Facility in May of 2017 to see my dad for the first time in almost 15 years, I had to wait while my family … [Read more...]
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Congratulations, Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter III, and their new council members After the November 7 election, Star Tribune and Pioneer Press gave their ritual “change is coming,” headline. But as we asked in our previous column, “Will there be real change or fake change to maintain the status quo?” As the new and the old … [Read more...]
My heartfelt “thank you” goes out to each of the Saint Paul City Councilmembers who voted in favor of the ordinance to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only stores. Menthol will no longer be sold at stores where kids shop on a daily basis. The Council’s vote will have a significant impact on the health of our African American community — especially our young … [Read more...]
Boston-born White House chief of staff John Kelly’s recent remark on Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show reopened a divide so deep in this country about slavery that I am reminded of American novelist William Faulkner’s quote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Kelly told the conservative media television host that he viewed Confederate general Robert E. Lee as “an … [Read more...]
Most of us don’t choose our families During National Adoption Month in November, we make a special effort to honor those families who do choose to give the gift of a permanent family to teens, children and infants who desperately need someone in their corner. By the end of this year, in Hennepin County, we expect that at least 124 infants, children, and teenagers will … [Read more...]