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Humphrey Public Affairs panel agrees: King’s Dream remains a dream, not our reality

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


The 1964 Civil Rights Act became law 50 years ago, and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs this year is hosting a series of events to commemorate the historic legislation. Last week’s panel discussion at Cowles Auditorium with local civil rights activists was the beginning. Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice Chair Dr. Samuel Myers characterized the January 23 event, cosponsored by the center and the African American Leadership Forum, as “a critical discourse and discussion about how far have we come and where we need to go.”

University of St. Thomas Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, the event’s keynote speaker, told the audience of around 40 people that Dr. King’s legacy too often is romanticized, especially his 1963 I Have A Dream speech. “That speech was amazing — according to many people, it is the greatest speech that’s ever been made in American history,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Payday lending called exploitation



By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Minnesota watchdogs are barking about what they assert to be “predatory” payday lending. A payday loan is a small, short-term, loan secured against a customer’s next paycheck. Upwards of 250 groups are accusing the banking system of exploitation, claiming U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and other institutions are exploiting this tough economic climate to gouge people struggling to get by, profiting from excessive fees on these payday loans. Lutheran Social Services, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, SEIU Local 26, ISAIAH (Faith In Democracy), and TakeAction Minnesota are among the national, state and local organizations demanding bank regulators step in and stop banks from racking up loans yielding annual interest rates near 400 percent. The collective presented a letter to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during a Town Hall Event at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City on February 22. Continue Reading →

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