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Racial Equity Justice Day at the Capitol a multicultural rally

By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer

 

By most accounts, 2013 saw some promising action by the Minnesota State Legislature, such as passing the Dream Act and the Homeowners Bill of Rights. But with Minnesota at the bottom nationwide in terms of racial equality, there is clearly much work to be done. To that end, last week the Organizing Apprentice Project (OAP) held the Racial Equity Justice Day at the Hill, an event that included a multiracial and multicultural mix of people and organizations — and that was attended by a few state legislators as well. The purpose of the rally, said Vina Kay, OAP’s director of research and policy, was to “attend to unfinished business in 2014.” The rally began in the Capitol Rotunda and included speakers and spoken word performances. Speaking were artist Brother Ali; Vina Kay; rap/hip hop performers Lioness and Guante; Peggy Flanagan of the Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund; Jovita Morales of Mesa Latina-Waite House; Nique Mabrey from

OutFront MN; Fernando Rodriguez, a sophomore at Owatonna High School and leader of Central Campesino Youth; Archie Davis of Trillium Works from Duluth; Nicole Buckanaga of Leech Lake; and Emilia Gonzalez Avalos of Navigate. Continue Reading →

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This week’s entertainment spotlights!

Flight

Various metro-area theaters
A seasoned airline pilot miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe,
saving nearly every soul on board, but as more is learned, more questions
than answers arise as to what really happened on the plane. Starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle.  
TCS.AX Official After-Party
 featuring Raekwon the Chef

Sun., Nov. 4 — 9 pm
 First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
701 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-1775 or www.first-avenue.com
With Brother Ali, Slug of Atmosphere, Dessa, I Self Devine, Sims,
Los Nativos, MaLLy, Plain Ole Bill and Kevin Beacham
Tickets are $21 in advance and $23 at the door. Continue Reading →

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Minnesotans march for Trayvon Martin

 

 
Attendees call for a ‘new beginning’ on solidarity,
an end to racial profiling

By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

 

Thousands last week peacefully stood, marched, sang and chanted outside University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium, protesting not only the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, but also the violent deaths of several other Blacks in recent weeks in other parts of the country. Third year U-M student Brianna Wilson urged the rally participants who attended the March 29 event to not “let this energy go to waste” but to “get energized…and fight for racial justice.” Ever since the Martin death made news, she said the emotions among her and others on campus “has been shocking and frustrating. You hear a lot of frustration, a lot of anger.”

Wilson recalled how a friend of hers “cried on the phone” after hearing replays of the 911 call with Martin and the man who shot him: “You could hear Trayvon in the background, screaming for help. That broke her heart, and broke my heart,” she said. Nick Muhammad of Torch Light MN estimated at least 10,000 persons were in the Northrop Plaza. Continue Reading →

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