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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

 

Conclusion of a three-part commentary

 

There are voter’s rights advocacy groups in Minnesota and around the country working hard to further restore felons’ rights to vote, but less of a push to reinstate those presently incarcerated for felony convictions, and even misdemeanor convictions in eight states. There are some that believe rights should only be restored after release. This supposes it is harder to advocate for us while we are still in a cell, than when the cell is opened. If prisoners were allowed to vote it wouldn’t undermine anything or throw society into chaos. It might even make America, which houses 25 percent of the world’s prisoners (more than any country in the world), a little more in line with the values it framed for itself in its creation. Continue Reading →

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Civil rights tour opened students’ eyes to Black history

 Spring break trip field trip encouraged thoughts of college, attending HBCUs
 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

Over 40 Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) Black high school students, instead of spending spring break on a sunny beach, traveled down south by bus on a “Civil Rights Research Tour.” The five-day tour (March 31-April 5) took the students to Montgomery, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia and stopped at several historic sites, including the 16th Street Baptist Church, where four young Black girls died in 1964. For some students, the trip also included stops at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Four of the participants spoke to the MSR last week about their experience. “It helped me learn more about my history,” said Edison junior Nailah Heard. “I never heard of the 16th Street Church at all,” added Edison’s classmate Jasmine Valentine. Continue Reading →

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Ballot or the bullet — Black voting rights still challenged in 21st century

 

By Corey Yeager

Guest Commentator

 

On Election Day 2008, I went to my polling site to participate in the most historical election since the origin of this country. I recall the excitement that coursed through me as I made way to my local polling station. That morning, I had made the intentional decision to vote early before I headed to work. My reasoning for voting early that morning held deep meaning. I am an African American male licensed marriage and family therapist. Continue Reading →

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Why voting matters

MSR asked local and national figures the importance participating in electoral process

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

November 6 is Election Day in the United States. The MSR has published a series of stories and articles to fully inform you, the reader, on the issues and choices at stake in next week’s general election. This week, the following individuals answer the question: Why does voting this year matter?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou: “Don’t go after the election [and] sit around moping and bemoaning your outcast state… Get off the couch and out of the beauty shop and the barber shop and go vote.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record executive Amir Windom: “I’m 27 years old, and I think our generation as a whole have not been as interested in understanding what people went through to get us the right to vote. Even if you don’t care, you should exercise your right.”

 

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Our voting rights are under attack

 

 

By Benjamin Todd Jealous

Guest Commentator

 

In legislatures across the county, misguided state politicians have proposed, and in too many cases have passed, laws that create obstacles to voting. That is why on December 10, International Human Rights Day, we took a principled stand for freedom in New York City to let the world know that we will not sit back and let our right to vote be taken away. Over the last 12 months, 34 states have introduced voter suppression legislation, with laws passing in 14 of those states and bills pending in eight. These suppressive laws take many forms, but in each case they disproportionately impact people of color, working women, blue-collar workers, students, seniors and immigrants. In some states like Wisconsin and Ohio, lawmakers are limiting access to the polls by cutting or even eliminating early and Sunday voting opportunities. Continue Reading →

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