'Now is the time' to diversify the MPD: Veteran officers campaign to bring more women and people of color into Minneapolis police force

(Photos by Emmett Timmons)

It is no secret that historically the relationship between the Minneapolis Police Department and communities of color in Minneapolis has been tense, at best. Between brutality, shootings, racial profiling and other problems, the tension has led to the creation of a civilian review board, and even at one point, to federal mediation. Yet the tensions continue.

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Should family caregivers have protected status? Conferees discuss Women's Economic Security Act provision

Rep. Carly Melin and Senate President Sandy Pappas listen as legislative staff do a side-by-side comparison of HF2536*/SF2050, the so-called “Women’s Economic Security Act,” during an April 29 meeting of the conference committee. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

If you’re a family caregiver should you be protected against discrimination in the workplace? This is the question the conference committee on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) seeks to answer as it considers expanding protected classes within the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

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'In Praise of a Goddess': Empowerment through information for Indian girls

Global citizenship is a keystone of Macalester education and I, like many students here, strive to connect this idea of global citizenship to my academic endeavors and other engagements on campus. When I graduate, one thing is for certain: I want to leave a lasting impact on the global community and make the world a better place for those who are marginalized in our world. I hope to work in the area of global health in the future and am particularly interested in pursuing a career exploring the intersection between global health and women’s empowerment. I’ve been passionate about women’s empowerment for a very long time, and growing up partly in India only stoked that fervor.

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New NAACP Labor Chair Tee McClenty is ready to fight for jobs

Labor activist Tee McClenty, originally from Camden, New Jersey, has a long history of service and of representing labor interests. As she tells it, “I’ve been a labor activist for a very long time. I worked at a long-term care facility, where I was a union steward. My last 17 years I spent at a hospital in Maplewood, where I was a union steward representing members.

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Minneapolis Public Schools aims for new level of Black student achievement in 2014-15, mentors, new programs part of plan to 'normalize success'

Approximately 80 local Black men met with Black male students on Friday, April 11 at Patrick Henry High school as part of the 100 Strong Who Care mentoring program. (Photos by Charles Hallman)

An estimated 80 local Black men met with Black male students last Friday morning as part of the 100 Strong Who Care mentoring program that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Equity Director James Burroughs started about five years ago. He told the students before they met with the men in small groups, “We want to let the world and Minneapolis know that Black men do care about our young Black men.”

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We don't always know when we're biased

Most of the bias in our society operates without people being aware of their own bias.

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Victims of violence could gain more protections in rental housing agreements

It may become easier for victims of domestic abuse to break a rental housing lease.

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Women's Economic Security Act passes the House, heads to Senate

Rep. Carly Melin speaks during an April 9 news conference on the front steps of the Capitol to preview the House floor debate on the “Women’s Economic Security Act.” (Photos by Paul Battaglia)

After nearly four hours of debate Wednesday, the House passed the so-called “Women’s Economic Security Act” on a 106-24 vote.

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House repasses bill toughening bullying standards

Rep. Jim Davnie answers a member’s question during the April 8 debate to concur with the Senate amendments to HF826. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

It has been nearly a year since the House passed the proposed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act after a highly contentious debate.

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Bill to ban anti-gay therapy falls short, supporters plan to push the proposal again next year

University of Minnesota students led an effort to ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change therapy to children, but their attempt this legislative session fell short.

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