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Mpls advocacy group works to restore ex-felons’ voting rights

(l-r) Mike Griffin and Wintana Melekin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

“Forty-seven thousand Minnesotans don’t have the right to vote. They’re tax-paying citizens who have served their time, and they’re out. They’re in our community, they own property. They run businesses. They’re part of our community. And they’re denied the right to vote on Election Day, but they have to pay taxes.”
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It’s election year again and nobody cares

By Ezekiel Caligiuri

Guest Commentator





First in a series

When the 14th Amendment of the Constitution was enacted, it was supposed to grant all persons “born or naturalized” in the United States as citizens. This still didn’t include women or members of racial or ethnic groups, not considered whole people. It wasn’t until 1870, when the 15th Amendment was passed where it became illegal to prohibit any male citizen from their right to vote because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It wasn’t until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was supposed to make voting more accessible for the marginalized society. Continue Reading →

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Emancipation Proclamation and our collective history


By Benjamin Todd Jealous

Guest Commentator


The Emancipation Proclamation, which set our nation on the path to the end of slavery, was signed 150 years ago this month. This year, we should resolve to teach our children the story of our collective history. The past century and a half offers countless tales of bravery and sacrifice to inspire the next generation. Only by sharing our history will we be able to continue our progress over the next 150 years. President Lincoln’s wartime proclamation in 1863 read that “all persons held as slaves” in rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” This was a noble idea and certainly a brave gesture. Continue Reading →

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