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Oct 01st


Prison doors are revolving doors

When I was released from prison, not only was I a convicted felon, I was also a single mother with four children and nowhere to go. I gathered my children and our sack full of belongings as we headed for the nearest shelter. Upon checking into the shelter I was told that we would have thirty days to find housing. The shelters in Atlanta, GA are so overcrowded that they have a “get them in, get them out” policy.

Black History American History

A century ago, a two-day race riot in Springfield, IL, where White mobs lynched two Blacks, turned out to be the final straw for a small interracial group of Americans committed to social justice.


The nation’s appetite for mass incarceration appears to be waning

ATLANTA –The nation’s appetite for mass incarceration appears to be waning, as many states confront the financial challenges of maintaining large prison populations and as public support grows for more services that better prepare prisoners to come home to their communities.

A bailout for our students

Why do banks and businesses get breaks when college students do not? While some are getting multi-billion dollar bailouts, the students who so enthusiastically supported Barack Obama are being offered scant relief from the effects of our broken economy.

Now is the time to bail our poor children and families out of poverty

As the current recession has turned into what may be the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, we all witnessed televised coverage of the CEOs of big banks, investment houses, mortgage companies and auto makers testify before Congress and plead for financial bailouts.

Working together towards economic recovery

This January I had the honor to be sworn in to represent my community and state in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I begin serving at a challenging time, but I am optimistic we can fight for the political change Minnesota needs to recover from an economic recession and emerge stronger than ever.

Balanced housing policy needed to weather Minnesota’s financial storms

In need of a balanced housing policy to weather Minnesota’s financial storms.

Minnesota is in the midst of an unprecedented housing and economic crisis that has no end horizon in sight. Some troubling trends provide a clearer overview of the financial storms to be weathered in the days ahead as we search for innovative solutions to keep a roof over every Minnesotan’s head.

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