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Media coverage of protests missing depth, balance

Panel members included Maria Reeve (l) and Bishop Richard Howell (crop out man at far left)

Did local media tell the whole story of the Jamar Clark shooting and its aftermath? An all-Black forum featuring representatives of both the community and local media discussed the coverage last week at the Minneapolis Urban League’s Northside headquarters, only a block west of the 18-day encampment outside the Fourth Precinct police station.

Twin Cities Black Journalists (TCBJ), the NABJ’s local chapter, sponsored the December 17 forum, which included the MSR, Insight News, the Star Tribune, Black Lives Matter (BLM) Minneapolis Organizer Adja Gildersleve, Shiloh Temple Pastor Bishop Richard Howell, and Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News Senior Reporter Brandt Williams moderated. Continue Reading →

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Social justice lawyers urged to step up, lead change

Artika Tyner

A rather uncharitable, age-old joke goes, “What do you call 1,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea?” The punchline: “A good start.” Fortunately, you can’t prove that by Dr. Artika Tyner, attorney at law and author of The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice (ABA Book Publishing). Tyner, in fact, is wholly committed to applying her profession to benefit society at large, the disenfranchised in specific.

Atypical as it may be of someone in her line of work, Dr. Tyner points out in an email interview, “History has shown us that lawyers have been at the forefront of social change movements. Continue Reading →

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New MPS super promises growing grad rates, shrinking achievement gap

Sergio Páez

Originally slated to start in July of 2016, newly named Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) superintendent Sergio Paez could assume his duties much sooner, pending negotiations. The school board last week voted 6-3 to hire Páez to succeed Bernadeia Johnson, who resigned in January.

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