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Seward Coop names new manager for ‘Friendship’ store

Raynardo Williams

Seward Coop founded their first store in 1972 on Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis. In their long history, much like many of the Minnesota food coops, very few people of color, including African Americans, have worked in their stores as managers. Currently, after over 40-plus years, Seward Coop has hired Raynardo Williams, a 35-year-old African American born and raised in St. Paul, to manage their second location, which is under construction on 38th Street across from Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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Conferees defend all citizens’ voting rights

Keith Mayes

The struggle for democracy by Blacks for most of this country’s history has included the right to vote, a right that according to some is still being challenged. “Democracy is under siege,” proclaims U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). He and U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) held forums in North Minneapolis and Madison, Wisconsin on their constitutional Right to Vote Amendment.
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What is the future of the Council on Black Minnesotans?


It is a poorly kept secret that racial disparities exist in Minnesota. In literally every measurable aspect, education, income, housing, employment, etc., people of color lag behind their white counterparts. This in spite of the efforts of many to make and keep Minnesota an all-inclusive place to live, that provides equal opportunities. Continue Reading →

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Identity theft a growing threat

Identity thieves are constantly on the prowl for your personal information. The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are teaming up to offer advice for protecting yourself and steps you can take if your ID is compromised. Identity theft can happen to anyone and because scammers are always getting smarter, it’s important to remain vigilant. Continue Reading →

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