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Mar 31st


Open Letter to The Walker Art Center

Open Letter to The Walker Art CenterEditors note: This open letter was published prior to the October 30th screening of 12 Years a Slave at the Walker Art Center.

To Whom It May Concern at The Walker Art Center,

We have learned that on October 30 The Walker Art Center will be showing the film, 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, and followed by a talk with the director on Nov 9. This film is perhaps one of the most honest and visceral visual representations of the horrors that were part and parcel of the institution of slavery. Furthermore from the beginning, 12 Years a Slave has been, from its firsthand account, to the writer, to the director and leading actor, one of the most highly recognized, fully Black cinematic collaborations in the history of film.

Letter to the editor: Questioning Insight News' endorsement of Ward One candidate

Letter to the editor: Questioning Insight News' endorsement of Ward One candidateWard One, which is believed to be the most significantly diverse and economically challenged ward in St. Paul, has consistently experienced a deficiency in motivation from too many residents not acting on the historical and hard fought right to participate in the electoral process through the casting of individual votes in local elections. Certain voters who share specific racial or economic attributes neglect to maximize their political potential and impact by engaging in the process through increased voter turnout equal to the numbers reflecting those within their ranks qualified to be registered and able to vote.

Time to reform horse and buggy debt collector laws

Time to reform horse and buggy debt collector lawsAn adage advises that one man’s pain is another man’s gain. As consumers nationwide struggle to recover financially from the Great Recession, this adage is also a truism. Across the country, creditors and debt collectors are taking advantage of archaic laws to extract payments that satisfy court judgments for consumer debts.

A slave to slavery comparisons

A slave to slavery comparisonsThe brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration had done to right that wrong. As a health advocate, he must have seen those men and women who decide to forego pain medication in favor of something to eat for their children. As a distinguished medical leader, he must have read the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports that talk about the differential ways in which health care is delivered in emergency rooms, with Black and Brown men less likely than others to receive medication for their pain, even when it involves a broken bone.

North Minneapolis is burning

North Minneapolis is burningPam Peters has lived in the Harrison neighborhood in North Minneapolis for 12 years. She's a resident leader on the board of the Harrison Neighborhood Association and also identifies as a lover of the outdoors. Pam has been an active hiker for decades, from the foothills of Denver where she used to live to the Theodore Wirth Park trails right outside her door. Yet when Pam steps outside onto Glenwood Avenue, exercising becomes a difficult task.

Child poverty remains at record high levels

Child poverty remains at record high levels21.8 Percent of Children Poor – including over one-third of Black and Hispanic Children

"We need to create jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs that pay enough. When will enough of our leaders get it?" – Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund

Faith, mental illness, and our community

Faith, mental illness, and our communityWith the recent Rick Warren interview September 17, 2013 on CNN, the conversation about faith and mental illness has once again gained national attention. Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of the megachurch Saddleback Church and author of "The Purpose-Driven Life," was interviewed for the first time since his son committed suicide four months ago after a life long battle with mental illness.
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