A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. I organize because I have to. I organize because I believe that we are much more powerful together than we can ever be apart. I organize because I believe that individual power can change a moment, but collective power can change things forever. I … [Read more...]
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The next night following Moonlight’s win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater — the country’s longest running LGBTQ youth theater company — celebrated a first: a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented to them in November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. The National Arts and … [Read more...]
The office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the U of M refuses to answer these questions: How many of the 1000 rapes reported over the past six years were reviewed (their office does not review and investigate every rape allegation), and reviewed in the same aggressive manner as the case with the 10 Black Gopher players? What is the racial breakdown of the … [Read more...]
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian Novelist, The House of the Dead, 1862 Twenty-four hours after the election of Donald Trump as this nation’s 45th president, the stock prices of privately run prisons in this country soared. And this reversal of fortune came as no surprise to private prison … [Read more...]
It’s about time. The meeting of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s Board on Friday, February 24, ushered in a new regime change, as Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz was announced to be the Authority’s new Chair. This change came as no surprise to any who have followed our coverage of the Authority (see list below of 28 columns, 2005-2015). The February 24 Star … [Read more...]