Kenya McKnight

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Concentration of Level 3 sex offenders on North Side ‘dumping ground’ opposed

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ (DOC) latest reporting, there are 1,428 total sex offenders in the state. Of the 134 registered Level 3 Sex Offenders (L3SOs) in Minneapolis, 37 percent live in the 55411 and 55412 ZIP codes, which are located on the city’s North Side. Residents objected to this concentration at a June 25 community meeting at North Regional Library. A DOC spokesperson told the MSR last week that the State updates the Level 3 registered list twice a year — January 1 and July 1. “[The registered list is] always changing, constantly evolving. Continue Reading →

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Women of color wield decisive power in this election

 
Voter ID, marriage amendment impact Black women
News Analysis

By Dwight Hobbes 


Contributing Writer

 

Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party.
Advocate-activist Kenya McKnight, a 2012-13 Humphrey Policy Fellow

and 2013 Bush Fellow, was a 2009 Fifth Ward City Council candidate in Minneapolis. She comments, “Because women make up the largest numbers in America, [they] have the ability to influence policy on many levels that impact birth rights, families and infrastructures of our communities.  

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Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party. Continue Reading →

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Local Black scholars screen, critique film on 1963 Children’s Crusade

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Re-enactments of true events in documentaries are common practice. University of Minnesota professors Rose Brewer and John Wright both were critical of the use of re-enactments in Mighty Times: The Children’s March, which won the best short documentary Oscar in 2005, during a discussion after its August 24 screening at the Glover-Sudduth Center in Minneapolis. The film was about the 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, when thousands of Black children of all ages were arrested and jailed in seven days of protests. (See “Film on 1963 Birmingham Children’s Crusade gets free screening” in MSR Aug. 16-22 issue.)

First produced for HBO, the film used scenes that included actors and shot at locations outside of Birmingham. 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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Marches honored legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The traditional St. Paul MLK Day March began at 10 am in front of Central High School. Congressman Keith Ellison addressed the crowd of about 1,200 prior to the march. March leaders included Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, Congresswoman Betty McCollum and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Continue Reading →

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