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Was Charleston’s church massacre too noisy?

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The June 17 Charleston massacre where nine persons were killed inside a church has “rekindled the debate” for stricter gun laws, says the latest Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) policy brief. But Minnesotans soon will be able to buy gun “silencers” after Gov. Mark Dayton on May 22 signed an omnibus public safety finance and policy bill that overwhelmingly passed both in the Senate and in the House during this year’s state legislative session. Continue Reading →

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Jones-DeWeever: Confederate flag removal — overdue and not enough

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The removal of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina capitol grounds has been hotly debated since the June 17 massacre of nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

But it’s not just South Carolina, five other Southern states have the Confederate symbol as part of its state flag: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. Continue Reading →

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Feds promote trust-building between communities of color, cops and courts

National Initiatives officials explained the program to community members and invited comments 6-7:30 pm June 16 at the American Indian Center.

Skepticism was in no short supply June 16 at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis. The occasion was a community meeting called to introduce the U.S. Department of Justice’s new National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, an effort described as “designed to strengthen relationships between minority communities and the criminal justice system.”

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Support grows for taking down Confederate flag

Cornel William Brooks renews call for taking down Confederate flag in South Carolina.

In what is quickly and unexpectedly gaining ground as a fitting memorial to the nine African Americans killed by a White supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., some of the most ardent defendants of the confederate flag are reversing course and saying for the first time that the flag should no longer fly over the Capitol in South Carolina. Continue Reading →

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