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...]
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Alternative schools chip away at public education After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most Black children. In an effort to engage Black parents around reaching that elusive goal, educators and community stakeholders tackled leadership, … [Read more...]
Congresswoman Wilson deserves apology It is not easy to admit when you are wrong, but the mark of the character of a man is when he can do so. A man who cannot, or will not, apologize when he is in the wrong is not a real man, no matter how many ribbons are pinned to his chest. On Oct. 19, Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump’s chief of staff, publicly made an erroneous … [Read more...]
“I’m not saying that the protesting players deserve to be punished. The problem is with the kneeling and sitting … that they are not — let us say — “advancing the ball,” says Stephen L. Carter, professor of law at Yale University (Star Tribune 10/20/2017). And just what would “advancing the ball” look like? Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid solving the police brutality problem … [Read more...]
Thurgood Marshall reminds us that: History shows grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. Sometimes history takes things into its own hands. Will we stand up to the urgent problem of violence in our neighborhoods, regardless of who by and for what, or will we silently condone violence, … [Read more...]