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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



Les Nubians

Fri., Sept. 6, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • With a distinctive “Afropean” sound and irresistible grooves,

Les Nubians have spent the last decade becoming the most popular French-speaking act in the U.S.








Saul Williams

Thurs., Sept. 12, 10 pm • Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523 or • Acclaimed poet, musician

and actor Saul Williams will be performing his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop






Dameun Strange, Guante, Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey, Mankwe, Lisa Brimmer and High Society

Fri., Sept. 13, 7 pm • Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. Continue Reading →

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