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Community involvement now emphasized in Mpls Park Board planning



By Jamal Denman

Online Editor


Over the years, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has had its fair share of critics. Often the criticism has come from residents concerned about the amount of effort the Board and its members have put into providing resources to the community and maintaining park grounds and facilities. Some such critical sentiments were recently expressed in a story published in the MSR (“Youth sports build more than just muscle,” April 4, 2013), where youth sports coach and community leader Laverne Turner questioned if the MPRB’s actions were matching up with their claims of providing extensive programs and activities for youth. MPRB Communications and Marketing Manager Dawn Sommers agrees with Director of Recreation Centers and Programs Al Bangoura that such concerns were warranted some years ago. “We saw the story…and we appreciate [and] we understand his [Turner’s] criticism of the time,” said Sommers. Continue Reading →

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Brief: Author blasts media bias




Last week, Main Street Project, Waite House and Headwaters Foundation for Justice together with The Center for Media Justice and Free Press welcomed author Joseph Torres to the Twin Cities to promote his book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, co-written with Juan González. Over the course of his two-day visit, Torres brought the story of race and the American media to several audiences, mostly of color. The high point of his visit was an evening community event in which Torres detailed the legacy of racial segregation in the media and the ways in which it has distorted news coverage and impacted the health, safety and well-being of communities of color. Using a mixture of images, storytelling and facts, he covered over 300 years of history that is not typically taught in schools. The audiences seemed receptive to Torres’ message that media creates the landscape that shapes how society views and responds to communities of color. Continue Reading →

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