With the holidays here, it's a good time to talk about impaired driving and what communities can do to prevent it. Twenty-nine years ago, Larry Mahoney drove his pickup truck down the wrong side of Kentucky’s Interstate 71 hitting a church bus head on and killing 24 children and three adults. The incident, which became known as the Carrollton Bus Crash, remains the deadliest … [Read more...]
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As college application season looms, here is some advice for first time college attendees I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in my neighborhood drove me to submit a college application that changed my life's trajectory. I wasn't going to … [Read more...]
Over the last decades, many American inner cities have seen an economic resurgence. Buoyed by millennials and people's desire to shorten their daily work commute, neighborhoods and communities that were all but pronounced dead two decades ago now find themselves flush with new businesses and residents. This is no more evident than here in the District of Columbia, where the … [Read more...]
Why is the Star Tribune opposing livable wages for metro workers? Could it be that some of the businesses that have the most low-wage workers (Target, Walmart, Cub Foods) spend millions on advertising in the Tribune? The paper is working hard to protect the wealthy capitalists and their ability to exploit workers. The Tribune is now trying to stop St. Paul from adopting a … [Read more...]
Some are already calling the incoming Minneapolis City Council the most progressive in the United States. That means the new Council will be determining, through its actions, the meaning of the word “progressive.” Working class and marginalized folks in Minneapolis will be watching closely. We’ve watched as cities sold off public property on the cheap to private speculators … [Read more...]