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Mpls pursues a Racial Equity Action Plan

By Brandi Phillips
Contributing Writer

 

Led by 8th Ward Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, a Racial Equity Action Plan for the City is in the planning and formation stages. It is expected to be implemented by a Racial Equity Action Plan Committee that Glidden hopes will be comprised of community members, city council members,and various city departments such as the police and fire department. The Racial Equity Action Plan is intended as a well-thought-out approach to the goal of racial equity. The Racial Equity Action Plan Committee will be defining the term “racial equity” as well as setting goals based on the definition. In 2012, the City of Minneapolis initiated a Climate Action Plan that, according to the City’s website, provides a roadmap to guide Minneapolis towards greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Rock the Garden 2014
Featuring De La Soul, Lizzo, Best Coast, Dessa, Valerie June, and more. Sat.-Sun., June 21-22, 3-10 pm

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Go to http://rockthegarden2014.com or call 612-375-7600 for more information

 

Ordway Summer Dance Series: R&B/Soul
Featuring music by Ray Covington and the Maxx Band. Thu., Jun. 19, 5:30 pm

Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul

Go to www.ordway.org/summerdance for more information. Continue Reading →

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Family, community mourn loss of 17-year-old shooting victim

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

Using a bullhorn brought by K.G. Wilson of Hope Ministries, 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson’s stepmother Nekisha Bowman pleaded to the gathering outside their North Minneapolis home Monday, “If you know something, you need to go to the police and do what’s right. My kids are suffering.”

Steverson, an Edison High School junior, died Sunday at a local hospital. He was shot and found lying on a Northside street around 1 am Sunday morning, said Minneapolis Police Inspector Mike Kjos, who told the MSR Monday evening that the case remains under investigation. “There hasn’t been anything put out publicly,” said Kjos. Bowman said during Monday’s one-hour street vigil organized by Wilson that Steverson “didn’t deserve what he went through. Continue Reading →

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South West Light Rail advocates see gains for communities of color

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

As Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council prepare to hear the public’s thoughts on the proposed South West Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), the effort to secure it has created some strange bedfellows. The Met Council has been cheerleading its passing, along with community advocacy groups who see the new rail line as an opportunity for more shared equity. Even the Star Tribune in a recent editorial called out Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for failing to take leadership, as well as those who have been beating the equity drum. And some of the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) opposition to the SWLRT claim that the proposed light rail system will not be equitable but rather “trickle down transit.”

The SWLRT is a $1.68 billion (feds will pay half) proposed light rail project that will stretch 16 miles and run through Minneapolis, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →

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MSR’s ‘Only One’ at the NCAA softball regionals

After a long winter, our “Only One” reporter finally got out and spent last weekend as the only Black media member in the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium press box at the NCAA Minneapolis Regional softball tournament at the University of Minnesota. Again I seemingly wore my invisible suit as the passing-out-stats people passed me by on a couple of occasions. Before last weekend’s four-team double elimination tournament, I promised Gophers’ Tyler Walker and Madie Eckstrom that I would attend. The two previously were featured a couple of weeks ago in our Gopher 100 series.  

“We are going to see a whole lot of each other,” exclaimed Walker. Continue Reading →

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Photo exhibit highlights life in ‘70s and ‘80s Twin Cities’ Black community

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

The daily life of Minneapolis’ Black community during the 1970s and 1980s, which has been documented in black and white and color photos, is now on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. “Sights, Sounds & Soul: Twin Cities through the lens of Charles Chamblis” opened April 26 and runs through January 4, 2015. Chamblis was called “The Pictureman,” says Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Exhibit Developer Ben Petry during the one-hour tour he conducted for the MSR several days before the exhibit opened last weekend. “Somebody told me if you really knew him well, you called him ‘The Pictureman,’ and if you casually knew him you called him ‘The Cameraman.’”

His daughter Reva found boxes of her father’s photographs and lent them to MHS in 2001, added Petry, who admitted that he “emerged himself in the photographs and the time period” while he prepared the historical exhibit. Continue Reading →

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Gopher candidates for NFL Draft find the experience ‘overwhelming’

 

 

 

There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2013-14 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players.  

This week: Gopher football players Ra’Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen

 

The waiting game hopefully is nearing its end for former Gophers Ra’Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen. These two are the only Minnesota players being considered in this year’s NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. If projections are accurate, Hageman will be the first Minneapolis City Conference player to be selected in the opening round and Vereen, the Valencia, Calif. Continue Reading →

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U of M study: Race matters most in determining who breathes bad air

The Twin Cities earn yet another racial disparities distinction
 

By Isaac Peterson
Contributing Writer

In April, researchers at the University of Minnesota released a study showing that people of color in the U.S. typically breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted compared to their White counterparts. The study concluded that race and income are major contributing factors in how much polluted air is breathed, but that race matters more than income. Using satellite observations, data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and maps of land uses, the research team was able to compare the geographic data with Census figures to determine socioeconomic disparities in air pollution exposure. The study was national in scope and provided information on air pollution on a nationwide basis, broken down to show comparisons between urban and rural areas as well by city, county, and state. The pollutant the study tracked was nitrogen dioxide (NO2), one of the main pollutants targeted by the EPA, which considers it one of the most significant threats to air quality. Continue Reading →

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I remember when the community supported us

By Lovell Oates
Contributing Writer

 

Conclusion of a series

Last week: If the bridge is not built to reconnect these [incarcerated] brothers…in the end, the work being done in the community will become more difficult because a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.  

I remember when Joe and Tyrone were outcast in the community and brothers and sisters would check their behavior. In fact, their families wouldn’t allow it. I talk about Joe and Tyrone in terms of being incarcerated, yet we all know the community is full of these types of brothers that have never been to jail, which makes it worse for the simple fact that the brother in jail at least has a chance to evaluate his situation. Joe and Tyrone, in the free world, don’t even know that they are clowns and fools because it’s normal to everyone around them. Continue Reading →

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