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Oct 22nd

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A pledge to keep to our youth

A pledge to keep to our youthAs young people graduate from high school, or finish the school year as sophomores and juniors, they begin to search for summer jobs. For the past several summers, the jobs have not been there, and this summer will be no different. It is true that economists are projecting a better employment situation for the college graduates who are entering the labor market now. At the same time, those high school graduates who must save money for college incidentals or for other needs will have a hard time finding work.
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John Lewis to youth : Get in 'necessary trouble'

John Lewis to youth : Get in 'necessary trouble'Child Watch

Not every speaker tells a crowd of young leaders that their job is to get into trouble. But that's part of the message iconic civil rights warrior and now Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) conveyed at last year's week-long Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools®' National Training that began June 1 for nearly 2,000 college-age Freedom School servant leaders and site coordinators.
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From hardship to hope

From hardship to hope"Foster care is not fun for anyone," says 24-year-old law student Amy Peters, who entered Nebraska's foster care system at age 12 and remained until she "aged out" at 19. Fortunately for Amy, she excelled in high school and was accepted at the University of Nebraska, and because she was attending college was eligible for housing, health care, and financial assistance until age 21 through Nebraska's Former Ward Program. Amy knows very well she was one of the lucky ones.
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"Bring Back Our Girls": Why we should care

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthought

Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthoughtI take great exception to the notion that "I don't know who I represent" in Ward 5 as recently claimed by an unelected city department head in relation to the racial equity toolkit ("Rights Chief: Minneapolis insincere on civil rights legislation," May 14, 2014). Too often the people in Ward 5 seem to be an afterthought. The racial equity toolkit and plan need to be of excellent quality; specifically they need to reflect work that is thoughtful, competent, functional, and substantive. Most importantly, the effort needs to be crafted to substantially move the needle on closing the immense disparities suffered by people of color all over the city, but especially in Ward 5. This iteration of the racial equity toolkit does not yet meet those criteria, it needs work. I don't want to see the people of my ward short-changed and disappointed once more. I'll paraphrase Malcolm X who perhaps said it best: "A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything." Ward 5 has been the victim in that equation long enough. Either we do it right, or why do it at all.
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Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthought

Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthoughtI take great exception to the notion that "I don't know who I represent" in Ward 5 as recently claimed by an unelected city department head in relation to the racial equity toolkit ("Rights Chief: Minneapolis insincere on civil rights legislation," May 14, 2014). Too often the people in Ward 5 seem to be an afterthought.
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The Donald Sterling scandal: Keep your eyes on the ball

The Donald Sterling scandal: Keep your eyes on the ballNobody asked me, but LA Clipper's owner, Donald Sterling, is an 80 year old, white billionaire. How can we be surprised by his views? Last week, Ben Jealous, former NAACP President made a telling point in a TV interview I watched. I paraphrase: How is it that the media and public figures jump up and down over the, admittedly despicable, racist comments of an individual and do so little to decry the insidious racism of the society, at large?
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