St. Paul City Council President Amy Brendmoen told members of ISNow, "We need to pause and take the time to answer basic questions about how a wage increase would affect workers before making any decisions." Yet, why doesn't the councilwoman tell the healthcare industry, landlords, colleges, and universities — those that are swimming in profits — that they need to pause and … [Read more...]
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All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded future. The future must always be greater than the present, or there has been no progress. And, in the words of Frederick Douglass, “progress concedes nothing without a … [Read more...]
Students of color need to see more educators of color I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black. My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same, even with me in front of the room. Academia and public … [Read more...]
A monthly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. A dialogue on personal and community accountability Vina: I remember the night well. It was December 19, 2014, a Friday night. I had just wrapped up a phone call with my friend and colleague Kevin Reese, who was then in prison at Lino Lakes … [Read more...]
President Trump wants to arm teachers to prevent or reduce the carnage from future school shootings like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this month. “A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what had happened,” Trump said last week about the attacker in Florida. He’s not the only one who thinks this is a good idea: … [Read more...]