Insight News

Oct 04th


Increase welfare support

The current economic crisis has prompted legislators on both sides of the political aisle to consider ways to support the nation’s middle class through the financial downturn. But who is thinking about the nation’s poor, those individuals, many of whom support a family, who, in 1996, were cut off from federal financial support in the name of reform.

2010 Session Preview

A new decade is upon us and with it come great challenges. I want to talk about the critical issues facing our community and state and what we can do at the State Capitol this session to improve the lives of Minnesotans.

Rep. Keith Ellison's Op-Ed for Matt Entenza

In 1987, when I sat down for my first day of law school at the U of M, a tall white guy was already sitting in the next chair. His name was Matt Entenza and I have been close to him ever since.
We were student activists together, our children were born around the same time, and we have always shared the values of generosity and inclusion.

Jasmine Lynn: No hiding place from gun violence

Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Lynn arrived at Atlanta's Spelman College, my alma mater, as a smart, dedicated student full of promise. She was a psychology major with a 3.8 grade point average who wanted to be a lawyer. Her friends knew her as "a beautiful, free spirited ball of energy [who] always had a smile on her face." But last September, just a few weeks into her sophomore year at Spelman, Jasmine was walking with friends on the nearby campus of Clark Atlanta University when she was hit and killed by a stray bullet.

Shame on Haiti critics

The impoverished nation of Haiti recently suffered a devastating earthquake. The damage and death toll mark this as one of the biggest natural disasters in the last century. In a real show of humanity and brotherhood, the world has come forward, offering prayers and monetary support to Haiti. There are a few, however, who have sunk lower than most of us can imagine, making insensitive and inappropriate comments about Haiti at a time when the country needs and deserves our compassion.

Take action and serve

Take action and serveAs we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. some will celebrate through our fellowship of remembrance, a day off from work, or a heightened spirit of service. Whether we attend a celebratory breakfast or lunch or roll up our sleeves to volunteer, we have a tremendous opportunity to use this time as a time of renewal and recommitment to the movement of securing the dream King preached about 46 years ago. Today, we can celebrate how far our people have come --from the cotton fields all the way to the White House.

Ratings pay for teachers

After years of fighting proposals that would tie teacher salaries directly to student performance, the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second largest teacher’s union, is showing signs of coming around. While the union does not directly support the idea of merit pay, it does now favor ratings pay for teachers, moving closer toward the Obama administration’s desire to hold teacher’s accountable – rewarding or punishing them financially – for student success.
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