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 →
On Saturday, December 12, Seward Co-op’s Friendship Store in Minneapolis hosted a community Kwanzaa Celebration with African drumming and dancing, stories and food and more. Continue Reading →
An estimated 800-1,000 people showed up for a protest organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis (BLM) December 19. Continue Reading →
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 →
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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Starting November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016, MNsure, Minnesota’s healthcare marketplace that came about as a result of the Affordable Care Act, is open for enrollment for healthcare options for the year of 2016. Continue Reading →
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he won’t be rushed in the Jamar Clark shooting investigation. Speaking exclusively last week to the MSR, Freeman said, “We’ve had an expedited investigation. This will be done and presented to the grand jury in no longer than three months.”
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VJ Smith is the national president of MAD DADS (Men Against Destruction, and Defending Against Drugs and Social-disorder). He founded the local chapter of the organization in Minneapolis and has managed it since 1998. Continue Reading →
On the evening of December 4 at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) hosted a recognition dinner for Frances Virginia (Lyons) Harris, their 2015 Minnesota volunteer of the year who received the organization’s Andrus Award. Continue Reading →
Overall, Turning Point wants to link existing practices to published literature, theories, models and specific cultural values. Continue Reading →