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The chief reaches out — Harteau meets with Black officers

 

 

The last couple of months have been challenging for the administration of Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau. She is showing she can meet challenges and seek solutions. The incidents embarrassing to the department — in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Green Bay, Wisconsin, downtown Minneapolis, the shooting death of Terrance Franklin, etc. — show how the rank and file have become their own worst enemy, creating problems for the department, seeding suspicion in communities of color, and reducing their credibility in White communities. Chief Janeé Harteau’s recent decision to reach out to Black officers in her department showed she is developing a keen understanding of why and how to bring everyone to the table, demonstrating growth and maturity. Continue Reading →

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Why I don’t call the police

 

 

In a Minneapolis Police Department squad car, this morning: crowded by claustrophobia-like cowardice on a battlefield, reflect on how one can do right and still go wrong. Years back, assaulted on the sidewalk. Call 911. Squad car comes. Describing the assailant, am interrupted, ”Show me I.D. What’re you doing out here? Continue Reading →

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We need a change

 

 

By Marian Wright Edelman

Guest Commentator

 

“Dear President Obama . . . Guns are really easy to get and people think they need them to protect themselves, but most times they’re showing off and making more problems and adding to the violence… 7 people are too many to lose and I don’t want to see another one of my friends, or even myself gone. We need a change.”

In mid-July, students at Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools summer enrichment sites across the country participated in a National Day of Action. Continue Reading →

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Rolling up our sleeves to take on the achievement gap

 

 

By Katrice Albert

Guest Commentator

 

It’s not surprising to hear Minneapolis/St. Paul has one of the widest student education achievement gaps — between children of color and White children — in the United States. It’s a ranking we can’t wait to shake, just as quickly as we can, for good. Doing so requires hard work on many fronts: rolling up our sleeves, listening, partnering and leading. That’s why the University of Minnesota is working with schools, school districts, parents, families, teachers and students to address this issue on many fronts. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

The Music
 

Diana Ross
Wed., Aug. 28, 8 pm • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org • The legendary Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard Magazine will give a rare, one-night-only performance at the Orpheum Theatre.  

 

 

 
Robert Cray
Sun. Aug. 25, 7:30 pm • Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, 952-431-9200, www.suemclean.com or www.mnzoo.org • With his mix of rock, soul, jazz, blues, plus a little gospel feel, Robert is internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to the blues. Continue Reading →

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Do NFL owners get free racketeering passes?

 

 

Having grown up in Chicago, I think I know a thing or two about racketeering and fraud. Have you heard of Al Capone? The National Football League, the game we love, has two franchise owners, one in each conference, who are in deep trouble with the feds. Cleveland Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslem has since April been under investigation by the FBI for his involvement and ownership in Pilot Flying J. Several of his employees have already been arrested, and lawsuits are piling up. The Vikings shared ownership of Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf was recently slammed by a New Jersey Judge for violating state racketeering laws and using fraudulent bookkeeping practices. Continue Reading →

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RBI reporter’s notebook

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

For the third consecutive year, the MSR was the only local media at both the 2013 RBI Baseball and Softball World Series. As a result, we had unencumbered access to the players, coaches and officials to provide virtually exclusive coverage. “It’s disappointing that more media hasn’t jumped on board to cover this event,” bemoaned Minnesota Twins RBI Coordinator Frank White. “The players are a lot more talented than what people are giving them credit for.”

 

The eighth is greatest 

Atlanta entered this year’s softball world series with seven titles, the most of any RBI team. Their eighth came last week, thanks to Manager Richard Lee’s effective managing of his shorthanded club. Continue Reading →

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County Attorney Freeman on Terrance Franklin case: ‘It’ll be up to a grand jury’ — MSR inquires into historical failures to prosecute police for misconduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Historically, many local Blacks believe that no matter what evidence is presented, nothing happens to Minneapolis police officers for misconduct against people of color. The May 10 death of Terrance Franklin, reportedly at the hands of City police, has thus far done nothing to erase such beliefs. A common theme expressed during recent public demonstrations is that the city’s Black community has no confidence in the police department investigating Franklin’s death or in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office that might or might not do anything to the responsible officer or officers for acts of misconduct. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman pledges that his office will do anything in its power to see that justice is done in the Franklin case. Freeman spoke one-on-one with the MSR last week for nearly an hour. Continue Reading →

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The August strategy: Immigrant rights activism heats up

 

 

 

 

By Elena Shore

Contributing Writer

 

About 40 leaders of immigration reform advocacy organizations were arrested Thursday, August 1, on Capitol Hill. The group was there as part of a protest aimed at pressuring the House GOP into passing an immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship. Taking a page from young undocumented immigrants, or Dreamers, nine of whom were arrested along the Arizona border last week, the veteran activists blocked traffic along a street adjacent to the Capitol while chanting a slogan popular among Dreamers: “Undocumented, unafraid!”

The action came a day before Congress members leave Washington, D.C. for their August recess. It kicked off a series of demonstrations, town hall meetings and events that are being planned by immigrant rights advocates during the month of August. The goal, according to Angela Kelley, vice president of immigration policy for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress, is to use the August recess to gain so much momentum in support of immigration reform that “when they come back, there’s an air of inevitability” around settling the issue. Continue Reading →

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